Nashville-set musical comedy to open in May
Another commercial production has lined up to give Off Broadway’s Little Shubert Theater a try: Tuner “Lucky Guy” is gearing up for a stint that begins in late April.The Little Shubert — actually one of the larger Off Broadway houses in Gotham, at about 500 seats — was recently home to the short-lived revival of “Dracula.” Prior to that, play “Viagara Falls” opened in July but closed by the end of the summer. Leslie Jordan, Kyle Dean Massey (“Next to Normal”), Jenn Colella (“High Fidelity”) and Varla Jean Merman, the drag persona of Jeffery Roberson, are among the thesps set to appear in the musical written and directed by Willard Beckham. Tuner has been around for a number of years, bowing in Dallas in 1987 and going on to be produced in North Carolina, Maine and New Jersey. In 2009 the musical was revised via a workshop production at Connecticut’s Goodspeed Musicals. Massey plays the singing cowboy at the center of the musical comedy, about a group of eccentrics in Nashville all scheming to churn out the next hit record. Jordan’s last Gotham stage appearance, “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet,” ran more than two months Off Broadway and recently began a London stint. The “Lucky Guy” design team includes Rob Bissinger (sets), Paul Miller (lights), William Ivey Long (costumes) and Kurt Fischer (sound). A.C. Ciulla choreographs. Tuner is skedded for a 12-week run that begins previews April 28 ahead of a May 19 opening.