In Lucky Streak - A Musical, Bennie (Mandy Mook) flees to the women's shelter where she works in NYC after tragedy strikes in her own home. She receives comfort from close co-workers and friends, Lea (Lana Dealy) and Melanie (Victoria Barbee), who let her know that, to paraphrase Barry Manilow, she can also "make it through the rain."
Lucky Streak is one of the more than 350 performances in this year's KC Fringe Festival, which kicks off on July 18, 2013.
Interview Highlights: Alli Jordan and Vicki Vodrey
On challenges and opportunity
"Any new play brings challenges and the opportunity of discovery," says director Alli Jordan. "Musicals are even more difficult when trying to figure out the music and the dancing while continuing to test the story and character development."
"Musicals you see on Broadway take years to formulate and go through extensive workshops and numerous fringe festivals to see what works and what audiences love about the show. I hope this is just the beginning for Lucky Streak. The Kansas City Fringe Festival allows for artists to experiment without the pressure of a flawless world premiere."
On Barry Manilow's songs creating a new story
"I was listening to a lot of music for last year's (KC) Fringe show Thank You Notes: Headed To Heaven with Flat Jimmy Fallon. We used one of Mr. Manilow's songs in that show," says Lucky Streak writer Vicki Vodrey. "As I listened, his songs started a story in my head.
"So I decided to see if I could write a book to a musical, and live up to the challenge of writing a story that Mr. Manilow would approve of. There is actually quite a range to his music, but he is so well known for his romantic love songs, and also for his love of music and performing, that I decided to combine those elements."
On musicians as "key elements"
"I've been working with a few of these musicians and actors since last fall," says Vodrey. "The musicians have been one of the key elements of this and have been electrifying and delightful to work with! I just love listening to them."
On the rehearsal process creating a vision
"It's a beautiful process to see everyone working so hard and come together," says Jordan. "We continue to change the tempo of songs or re-think a scene or an approach to a character. Rehearsal is not just blocking or running through lines but really forming a vision through the collaborative beauty that theater allows."
On bringing all the elements together
"There are so many elements that have to come together," says Vodrey. "It's quite a challenge, especially in a festival setting. But luckily for us, we have a number of people in our cast and crew that are good at brainstorming, rolling up their shirtsleeves and pitching in however they can."