Lucky Break

A Musical Comedy
Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon & Jay Gruska

Book by Seth Friedman
Lyrics by Ranjit Bolt
Based on the screenplay of the film The Front by Walter Berstein

This is a very clever and apposite new musical, yet to receive its world première production.  Based on the screenplay for Walter Bernstein’s brilliant film The Front, starring Zero Mostel and Woody Allen, it’s a dramatic love story set against the background of the McCarthy-era Communist witch-hunts in America in the 1950s.

It has twice been produced, very successfully, in workshop productions in New York.  The producers are Dena Hammerstein, Janet Robinson & Pam Pariseau.  Anyone interested in hosting the first production of this remarkable show should contact Pam Pariseau.

You can listen to a selection of the music by clicking below.

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First New York Workshop

This workshop was produced at the Baryshnikov Arts Centre in March 2008.

Creative Team

Directed by John Caird and Nell Balaban



Brian d’Arcy James - Howard Prince
Richard Kind - Hecky Brown
Jayne Paterson - Florence Barrett
Clarke Thorell - Alfred Miller
Peter McRobbie - Francis X. Hennessey
Philip Hoffman - Phil Sussman
Jason Kravits - Myer, Harry Stone etc.
Bill McCauley - Chad Merrill, Bartender
Richard Roland - Steve Parks, Bellboy, Party Goer#1, Howard’s Attorney
Daniel Bogart            - TV Director, Book Clerk, Bellboy etc.
Amy Rutberg - Margo, Chanteuse, Alfred’s wife etc.
Suzanne Grodner – Lillian etc.
Bobby Creighton - Danny, Little Timmy, Bellboy etc.
Eydie Alyson – Secretaries, Party-goers, Wives etc.


Administration and Management

General Managers – David Richards & Tamar Climan
Associate Managers – Jeromy Smith & John Gendron