UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Centre Stage Off-Centre presents "The Lucky Boy," Feb. 18–22, at the Penn State Downtown Theatre, with book, music and lyrics by Kirsten Childs. John Simpkins directs, with musical direction by Jennifer Peacock, and choreography by Dario Natarelli.
Kirsten Childs, 2019 commissioned writer for the Penn State New Musicals Initiative, penned the latest project, "The Lucky Boy," based on an adaptation of 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.