Show Dates: 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 to Saturday, February 22, 2020

Book, music, and lyrics by Kirsten Childs  • Directed by John Simpkins
Kirsten Childs, 2019 commissioned writer for the New Musicals Initiative, penned the latest project The Lucky Boy based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs”. Driven by a need to be eternally revered, King Ambrose tortures and kills citizens who don’t proclaim him adorable. When it’s predicted that an illegal alien baby will grow up to surpass him in adorability, Ambrose finds the child and throws him into a nuclear waste bin. Rogue scientists, defunded by royal order, rescue the baby and name him Lucky. Because of particles of adorabilium in the nuclear waste, he’s now not only immune to radiation poisoning, but he’s ten times more adorable than the King. Eighteen years pass and Lucky has fallen in love with Ambrose’s daughter Vocal Fry. Ambrose consents to the nauseatingly-in-love pair’s marriage—if Lucky can bring Ambrose three golden hairs from the devil’s head! 
The Lucky Boy commission was made possible by a generous contribution from Peter and Ann Tombros.
Penn State Downtown Theatre
General Admission  • Evenings at 7:30 p.m.: $12.50  • Student: $8.50
About the New Musicals Initiative
Each year, Penn State Musical Theatre commissions writers to visit the junior class to meet, share work, and discuss important issues. These high-profile Broadway writers leave and begin to write a musical surrounding those young artists. They return the following fall to deliver a first draft of a musical inspired by the now senior students and are in residence with them throughout the year workshopping and developing the musical. The project culminates in a New York City concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below and a full concert reading on campus. Possibilities exist for the show to continue on at Penn State into production and then professional co-production with a regional or New York City theatre.  


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