Lucky Penny Productions 2017-2018 Season
A compelling mix of classics and recent works for its 2017-18 season, headlined by the legendary musical “Chicago”
Sept. 8 - 24, 2017
Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb Book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb
Set in the jazz hot 1920s, Chicago tells the story of Velma and Roxie, two rival murderesses; prison matron Mama Morton; and slick lawyer Billy Flynn, who conjure a murder-of-the-week media frenzy. Revolutionary in its original 1975 production, Chicago was revived in 1997 and won six Tony Awards, and continues today as the longest running American musical in Broadway history. The 2002 film version of the musical won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Oct. 20 - Nov. 5, 2017
By Arthur Miller
In 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, Abigail, niece to the minister, accuses several local women of witchcraft. What follows reveals a tangled web of lies, deceit, and ulterior motives. The compelling classic, the 1953 Tony Award winner for Best Play, remains as current today as when written as a response to the Communist “witch hunts” of the 1950s, exploring “mass hysteria” and the darker, and nobler, sides of human nature.
Dec. 1 - 23, 2017
Music by Charles Strauss
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Book by Thomas Meehan
Annie on Broadway claimed seven Tony Awards including Best Musical and became a world-wide phenomenon. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Escaping the orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan, Annie finds fun-filled adventures galore and finds a new home and family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks. A special musical for the whole family at Christmas time.
Jan. 19 - Feb. 4, 2018
8 X 10: A FESTIVAL OF 10 MINUTE PLAYS
By Various Authors
Lucky Penny’s 6th annual short play festival will bring eight new and original works to the stage. The plays will be chosen from works submitted by playwrights from all over the country. The 8 x 10 has become a local tradition and a fan favorite.
Feb. 23 - Mar. 11, 2018
TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL
Book and Compilation by Mary Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman
With her signature songs woven in and out, Tenderly tells the story of Rosemary Clooney’s successes and struggles – a star on film, radio, and TV, with continual troubles in her personal life. Rosie rises to stardom alongside Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, battles through a rocky marriage to Jose Ferrer, and sees her career fade as she suffers with addiction and depression – troubles she overcomes as she returns to music and finds a new kind of success. Starring Lucky Penny’s Artistic Director Taylor Bartolucci as Rosemary Clooney, Tenderly is sure to be an inspiring musical treat.
Mar. 29 – April 8, 2018
Book, Music and Lyrics by Scott Martin
Set at a ComicCon Convention in a hotel ballroom, six voluptuous B-movie “Scream Queens” try to revive their fading acting careers by presenting a musical revue for their fans. The Queens take the audience into the world of no-budget movies with awful scripts, fake monsters and gooey special effects, involving the audience in a screaming contest and zombie talent search. Scream Queens is sure to be an outrageously laugh-out-loud good time.
April 27 - May 13, 2018
THE MISS FIRECRACKER
By Beth Henley
In the small town of Brookhaven, Mississippi, Carnelle Scott is furiously rehearsing for the Miss Firecracker Contest - hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation as “Miss Hot 3 Tamale” and allow her to leave town in a blaze of glory. The unexpected arrival of her cousin Elain, and the threat of Elain’s eccentric brother, Delmount, to sell the family homestead complicate her plans. But, aided by a touchingly awkward seamstress named Popeye, Carnelle perseveres. Author Beth Henley
explores issues of beauty, self-image and acceptance in this revealing play that ran Off-Broadway in the mid-1980s.
June 1 - 17, 2018
HANDS ON A HARDBODY
Book by Doug Wright
Lyrics by Amanda Green
Music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green
Based on the true events depicted in a 1997 film documentary, Hands on a Hardbody takes place at a Nissan dealership in Longview, Texas. Ten contestants vie to win a brand-new truck by outlasting the others while keeping a hand on the truck at all times. Every character needs the truck claim their American dream - and we watch them struggle through the heat and exhaustion with humor, ambition, and hope until a winner is declared. Hands on a Hardbody debuted at La Jolla Playhouse in 2012 before a run on Broadway in 2013 that garnered six Tony nominations.
All shows are performed at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way in Napa.
Season tickets on sale! Individual shows tickets on sale May 13th For more information and tickets visit luckypennynapa.com call 707-266-6305.