Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  6m, 6f

In this fractured folk tale based on a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Mazel and Shlimazel, the spirits of Good Luck and Bad Luck, make a bet to determine who is the more powerful. 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Fables/Folktales
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

In this fractured folk tale based on a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Mazel and Shlimazel, the spirits of Good Luck and Bad Luck, make a bet to determine who is the more powerful. The terms: Mazel will take a hapless young man named Tam under her wing for one year, at the end of which Shlimazel will attempt to undo everything she's done in one second. That's the point at which Tam and the princess with whom he's fallen in love have to rely upon their own ingenuity to save the kingdom and keep Tam's neck out of the hangman's noose. Along the way, matters are complicated by a crafty prime minister, a superstitious nurse, and a lion on the loose!
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"LUCK! is a true family event, a great story that will keep first time theatergoers engrossed and experienced theater lovers entertained not only because its book is based on a wonderful Issac Bashevis Singer story but because its glorious story-driven score will have you humming the songs as you leave the theater.  It's perfect for theaters of all sizes and budgets. It can be done in grand style or on a bare stage. You can double the size of the cast or do it with a handful of actors;  however you do it, everyone will have a chance to shine." - Anthony Gruppuso, Producer 

Videos

  • "No One"
  • "Who Knew"
  • "No One"
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A folk-tale village.
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Luck! (Mazel, Shlimazel, Villagers)
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No One (Princess)
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Hail! (Villagers)
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This Isn't Me (Tam, Mazel, King, Villagers)
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Waste Not, Want Not (Grillida)
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The Man Can Do No Wrong (Tam, Members of the Court)
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Who Knew? (Mazel)
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More Than Meets the Eye (Kamstan)
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Half a World Away (Tam, Princess)
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Only Fear (Tam, Princess, Kamstan)
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It's Me! (Mazel)
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The Luckiest Man Alive (Tam, Kamstan)
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Waste Not, Want Not Reprise (Grillida)
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Shlimazel's Waltz (Shlimazel, Demons)
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Goodbye (Princess)
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Inside (Mazel. Tam)
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Casting

6m, 6f
MAZEL - The personification of Good Luck [Female] 
SHLIMAZEL - The personification of Bad Luck [Male] 
TAM - A lad of humble birth 
THE PRINCESS - A headstrong girl 
KAMSTAN  - The King’s Prime Minister 
THE KING - A quick tempered but benevolent ruler [Can play other roles]
GRILLIDA - The Princess’ Nurse [Can play other roles] 
ENSEMBLE Plays all other roles including:  
PERIAPT - a henchman  
MERRYTHOUGHT - another henchman  
MERRY VILLAGERS  
LAUNDRY WOMAN  
ROYAL COACHMAN  
ROYAL BLACKSMITH  
ROYAL GROOM  
ROYAL GARDNER  
ROYAL CHEF  
THE ROYAL COURT  
FLYING SERPENTS  
A LIONESS  
DEMONS, IMPS, GOBLINS, etc.
HANGSMAN
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Mark Waldrop

Winner of the Edward Kleban Award for lyrics, Mr. Waldrop wrote lyrics for the acclaimed 75th Anniversary edition of Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, which he also scripted. He has continued to write all new lyrics and dialogue for the show from then to the present. Off- Broadway, he wrote book and lyr ...

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Brad Ross

Brad Ross, winner of the Richard Rodgers Development Grant, is a composer of Musical Theater, Pop and Classical music. His musicals and orchestral works have been performed worldwide. Musical Theatre: Three Musicals published by Samuel French. LITTLE BY LITTLE premiered Off-Broadway at The York The ...

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Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer is among the most important Jewish writers of the Twentieth Century, and is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for literature (1978). His stories speak to Jew and non-Jew alike. Even today, readers find his writing powerful and provocative, filled with ideas and passions that resonate as freshly as ...

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Luck! was performed in New York City as a staged reading in The York Theatre Company’s Developmental Reading Series in New York City in July 2009 under the direction of Stephen Nachamie.

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