Lucky Penny Productions Announces Their 2022-2023 Season!
With confidence that pandemic disruptions will soon be behind us, Lucky Penny Productions is excited to announce their 2022-2023 season of plays and musicals. The company’s 14th season is expected to be (fingers crossed!) their first full season since 2018-19, launching in September 2022 at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center in Napa.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Sept. 9-25, 2022
Siblings Vanya and Sonia have spent their adult years trapped in mundane lives at their family’s cottage, caring for their ailing parents. Meanwhile, their self-involved sister Masha has become a glamorous movie star. After their cleaning woman Cassandra warns Vanya and Sonia of impending doom, Masha arrives unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike, who sparks a friendship with the beautiful girl next door much to Masha’s dismay. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance. The Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play went to this brilliant black comedy by Christopher Durang in 2013.
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
Oct. 21-Nov. 6, 2022
This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. Lucky Penny will produce what is know as the “RSC Version” which is the stage script that is most like the classic film.
A NAPA VALLEY CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 2-18, 2022
It’s back for more Christmas joy! In Napa’s high stakes wine business Alexander Yuge is a financial success but his heartless attitude earns him few friends. Even his loyal nephew Joe Patchett wonders what’s gone wrong. But a familiar yet mysterious group of Christmas Eve visitors help Yuge remember what really matters. This new holiday show for the whole family was a smash hit for Christmas 2021 and returns for another holiday season. Written by Lucky Penny co-founder Barry Martin, with original music and lyrics by Rob Broadhurst.
December 3-18, 2022
Another new creation from Lucky Penny for Christmas! This time it’s a show made for kids. What happens when Santa’s sleigh crash lands on Mt. St. Helena on Christmas Eve? Can a frantic elf get help from the people of Napa Valley to save Santa and save Christmas? Featuring new original songs by Rob Broadhurst, “Saving Santa” will run with different curtain times during the same weekends as “A Napa Valley Christmas Carol.”
DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS: THE MUSICAL
A Young Actors Production Jan. 27-Feb. 12, 2023
It is present-day, and in the kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teenage son of Belle and King Adam (The Beast), offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains. Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos – the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Jafar – are welcomed to Auradon Prep to attend school with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies. The four Villain Kids have a difficult choice: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good? Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney’s Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new musical comedy featuring the beloved characters and hit songs from the films!
AND THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND
Co-Produced with Napa Valley College Theatre Arts
March 10-26, 2023
This musical showcases the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb, Broadway legends who brought the world the music of “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” and collaborated on classics including “New York, New York” and “My Coloring Book.” Love songs, torch songs, and acerbically witty comic numbers have made this a favorite with music lovers around the world for decades.
April 21-May 7, 2023 When Henrietta Leavitt began work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she wasn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joined a group of female “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculated projects in “girl hours” and had no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempted to measure the light and distance of stars, she also took measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. This true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt was written by the Bay Area’s Lauren Gunderson, who has become America’s most produced playwright. It explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them..
“THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL”
10TH Anniversary Revival
June 2-18, 2023
In 2012, Lucky Penny brought this one-of-a-kind, blow-the-roof-off musical to the Napa Valley Playhouse in Napa. Now it’s time for a tenth anniversary revival starring much of the original cast! Break out your best Trailer Trash attire and get ready for the show the creators David Nehls and Betsy Kelso call “an all-American musical odyssey through agoraphobia, adultery, hysterical pregnancy, strippers, huffing, electric chairs, flan, roadkill, toll collecting, spray cheese, guns, and disco.” The gang from Stark, Florida’s ‘Armadillo Acres’ might be even more raunchy and hilarious 10 years later. Sure to be Napa’s adult-oriented theatre event of the year.
Season tickets on sale! Individual shows tickets on sale May 1st
For more information and tickets visit luckypennynapa.com Call 707-226-6305