Theater review: 'Lucky Guy' -- 2 stars
It’s no secret that the Little Shubert Theatre tends to attract commercial Off-Broadway shows of the absolute worst quality. During the past year, it has played host to the vulgar geriatric comedy “Viagra Falls” and a flop revival of “Dracula.”
Compared to those recent tenants, the proudly corny country-themed musical “Lucky Guy” doesn’t seem all that awful, even if it’s not that good.
The shoestring plot concerns a young cowboy-guitar player (Kyle Dean Massey) who arrives in Nashville after winning a songwriting contest. His shot at fame is compromised by a sleazy used car salesman (comedian Leslie Jordan) and a desperate country music diva (drag performer Varla Jean Merman) who are determined to steal his song.
The show, which has music, lyrics, book and direction all by Willard Beckman, might please those who enjoy old-fashioned camp and the deliciously ornate costumes of William Ivey Long. But it plays out too slowly, and the songs — while occasionally hummable — are forgettable.
Jordan, who is best known for his cameo appearances on “Will & Grace,” is roughly half the size of Merman. Together, they resemble a comedy team awkwardly pigeonholed into a random vehicle, such as Laurel and Hardy in “Babes in Toyland.”
It would be much more fun to hear their stand-up comedy act than deal with the stupidity of “Lucky Guy.”
If you go: “Lucky Guy” plays through July 24 at the Little Shubert Theatre. 422 W. 42nd St., 212-239-6200, luckyguythemusical.com.