You Wanna Hear Luck?

A Musical Satire in Two Acts  •  Book & Lyrics: Ruth Pleva & Elly Rakowitz  •  Music: Herb Sweet & Ruth Pleva 
© 2010 Luck Productions, LLC.

Reviews & Critiques

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COLLABORATIONS  OF  RUTH  PLEVA  &  ELLY RAKOWITZ

YOU WANNA HEAR LUCK?
A Musical Satire

Won 2014  IMEA (International Music & Entertainment Association)
Award for
Outstanding Original Book  of a Musical  and its
Nomination for Outstanding Original Score of a Musical

THE VILLAGE VOICE Review by Dick Brukenfeld
“Having praised off-off Broadway’s importance in developing the new, I am always pleased to see it proving my point. ...YOU WANNA HEAR LUCK, which is packing Stagelights II, doesn’t stretch the form a la O’Horgan or Harold Prince. It uses the book show in a fresh way, songs that are superb…ingenious story that turns America’s race problem upside down…offers both black and white playgoers a fresh, comic perspective …Herb Sweet wrote an excellent rock score…Each number develops its idea nicely in words and music… Both the lyricists and the composer build their ideas beguilingly…”

CHELSEA CLINTON NEWS Review by Helen Kruger
“I can’t recall ever seeing the Stagelights II as jampacked as it was for YOU WANNA HEAR LUCK? Nor do I recall an audience …display as much enthusiasm as this racially mixed group did for “Luck”…found myself humming the title song on the way out.”

RHODE ISLAND UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DRAMA Brad Smoker, Chair 
“Your two scripts, YOU BE THE DOCTOR! and YOU WANNA HEAR LUCK? were the best, unqualified, of all we received…My first choice for production this summer, would have been YOU WANNA HEAR LUCK? because I really love it, but casting would pose a problem…have therefore chosen your Moliere script ...It is so tightly constructed that I would have guessed that it was produced somewhere before…”

STUART ZAGNIT  - Accomplished veteran actor (Signs of Life, Diary of Anne Frank, Fiddler On The Roof, The People In The Picture, Newsies and The Wizard in The Wiz traveling tour  -Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional): It’s a very good, very accomplished show! …Congrats on the great work…the message is clear and strong…I’ve played almost the whole score – it’s great! Bravo!”

                                                         YOU BE THE DOCTOR!
                                             Musical adaptation of Moliere’s “The Physician In Spite of Himself”

YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DRAMA Eva M. Vizy, Playreading Committee
“Dean (Robert) Brustein has asked me to reply to you regarding YOU BE THE DOCTOR ..It is by far one of the best we have received…Unfortunately there are insufficient funds and personnel for the piece.”

RHODE ISLAND UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DRAMA Brad Smoker,Chair
Won 2nd place in national contest. (“You Wanna Hear Luck?” 1st Place.) Preferred to produce “Luck” but did not have the appropriate cast. “We have therefore chosen your Moliere script…It is so tightly constructed that I would have guessed that it was produced somewhere before…” Two months later: “I found it a very tight book, very comic, and interesting music. We were
planning to do it this summer when the university withdrew the funds to support the summer theatre program…we are very disappointed.”

ALFRED de LIAGRE, JR. A.N.T.A
“…very impressive job in tackling the difficult assignment of adapting Moliere. Do let me know how the production is received when you try it out in Rhode Island…If you would like to send me your two-character play, I will be happy to read it.”

THEODORE MANN, Producer – Circle-in-the-Square Theatre
“You have a very clever and witty adaptation of a difficult play, but I am afraid that at present I am not looking for a musical to do at the Circle. Good luck with it, you have done a good job.”

HAROLD PRINCE, Producer
“You’re right, it’s well done…It just doesn’t seem as though it ought to be done on Broadway…Why don’t you send it to Judy Marechal, who is the best of the off-Broadway producers?...quite frankly…its pro.”

ARTHUR WHITELAW, Producer
“…well written…You have a good future…”  but he was interested only in Broadway productions.

DAVID BALDING, Producer - Establishment Theater
“…very interesting, a splendid adaptation, however…impractical for off-Broadway…theater is not large enough…”

WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY Jane Chodorov
“…very good adaptation…literate and extremely well done…should have an excellent chance for off-Broadway…material so easily lends itself to a variety of pace and inventiveness…you can well afford to give yourself artistically free rein in terms of style and theatricality…I strongly urge you to begin showing the script to potential producers.”

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                               2012 Productions: Carte Blanch Studios New North American Plays Festival, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
                                                             Miami One-Act Festival, Miami, Florida

TALENT ASSOCIATES - NORTON SIMON, INC. - Larry Cohen
“… it made me laugh a great deal, and that alone is a rarity…struck me as especially clever, and having been brought up in a semi-orthodox household only accentuated that pleasure…You’ve fleshed out a good, original idea; both Millie and Tess are marvelously dimensional creations – funny, vulnerable and remarkably touching…haven’t enjoyed reading a piece of material so much in a long time (but) I can’t see it as an original play for television…not interested in seeing the musicals you’ve written because I don’t think I can help you with them…but I’d like very much to see any other full-length plays…”

ONE STAR LTD. THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS William D. Thomas
“I thought the script was well put together, structurally sound, and made good use of dialogue. At the present time we are not accepting any new projects…”

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