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LUCKY GUY Musical Headed to Little Shubert

Avid Theatricals announced today the Off-Broadway premiere of Lucky Guy, a new musical comedy, written and directed by Willard Beckham. Performances will begin on Thursday, April 28, 2011 and continue through Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the Little Shubert Theatre (422 West 42nd Street, between 9th & Dyer Avenues). Opening night is set for Thursday, May 19, 2011. Lucky Guy will play a 12-week limited engagement.

Welcome to Nashville - a town full of colorful characters all chasing after the very same dream: a smash hit record. To beat the odds and strike gold (or, better yet, platinum), it takes one great song, serious talent, or lots of luck - and preferably all three. Featuring an array of musical styles with salutes to Country, Broadway, Vaudeville, Bluegrass, Pop, and even Hawaiian, Lucky Guy weaves a tale of down-home dreamers and low-down schemers all willing to do whatever it takes to come out on top in the cut-throat world of Music City, USA.
The Lucky Guy creative team includes Rob Bissinger (set design), Paul Miller (lighting design), William Ivey Long (costume design), Kurt Fischer (sound design), Todd Ellison (orchestrations and musical supervision), and A.C. Ciulla (choreography). Cast and additional creative team will be announced at a later date.
Tickets are $44.00-$81.50 (Premium seating will also be available) and will be on sale beginning Monday, January 10, 2011 through TeleCharge.com/212-239-6200.

Join Lucky Guy online at www.luckyguythemusical.com.

Willard Beckham (Writer & Director) is a native of Hominy, Oklahoma and is honored to have received a special commendation from his home state recognizing his achievements in musical theatre. A graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music, Mr. Beckham made his debut as a composer/lyricist at Carnegie Hall. He was then commissioned to write the first musical comedy ever produced in Korea, Magic in the Mirror, directed by Baayork Lee. As a performer, he got his big break touring in the first and second national companies of No, No, Nanette performing with such luminaries as Don Ameche, Evelyn Keyes, June Allyson, Ann B. Davis and wound up back in New York "playing the Palace" hoofing in the chorus behind Carol Channing in Lorelei. Mr. Beckham then went on to originate two leading roles on Broadway: Geoffrey in Something's Afoot (co-starring Gary Beach) and Richard Tidewell in The Utter Glory of Morrisey Hall with Celeste Holm. After taking a short break of 20 years or so, he returned to the New York stage in his own one man musical Me, Myself and I. He is most proud, however, of his work on Lucky Guy, which has earned him an ASCAP Special Award for Musical Theatre.


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