It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to sit down long enough to write a post, and for that I am heartily sorry. The end of the school year simply gets to be crazy to the point where I am never sure if I am coming or going, and this year was even worse than usual. I now am the mother of a middle schooler. I have no idea how that happened. God help me.
What this all boils down to is that I was insanely busy, and now not so much. And thankfully, I was given the opportunity to see I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, compliments of Broadway in Cincinnati, and it was the perfect way to kick off my summer!
I don’t know about you, but I grew up watching I Love Lucy reruns on tv, most of the time at my Granny’s house during the long summer breaks. (And by the way, why did summer break seem SO much longer then than they are now?!) I know Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel almost as well as my own family, laughed at their antics and crazy situations along with the studio audience, and remember each and every episode like it was yesterday. I loved it when Lucy got into trouble with Ricky and he told her she had “some ‘splainin’ to do”, I loved it when they showed shots of the Tropicana and wanted to be one of the dancing girls with the fantastic outfits and huge headdresses, and I loved watching Lucy and Ethel get themselves into huge messes and finagle a way to get out of them without getting caught. I loved watching them get caught.
When I got the invite to check out I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE I couldn’t wait. I’d heard great things about the actors portraying Lucy and Ricky, and everything I heard turned out to be true. The show was fantastic from beginning to end!
Here’s a little about the show from Broadway in Cincy:
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – is live on stage and in color for the very first time!
Thea Brooks and Euriamis Losada lead the company as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, with Kevin Remington and Lori Hammel playing Fred and Ethel Mertz, the Ricardo’s loveable landlords and sidekicks. The cast also includes Sara Jayne Blackmore, Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Gregory Franklin, Jody Madaras, Carlos Martin, Denise Moses, Cindy Sciacca, Kami Seymour, Richard Strimer and Mark Christopher Tracy.
An “out-of-body experience for ‘Lucy’ fans” according to Showbiz Chicago. I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE takes audience members back to 1952 as members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience where they await the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes, “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.” A charming host entertains and enlightens the crowd to the behind-the-scenes filming process of a brand new thing called “television,” the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50s style harmony and the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel. It’s a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience TV Guide’s William Keck calls “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years – including Broadway!”
Every single moment of the show was a joy. The Crystaltone Singers were delightful and I fully enjoyed watching them perform the old product jingles for Alka-Seltzer and Brylcreem (A little dab will do ya!) Fred and Ethel were spot on, right down to Ethel’s nasal voice and Fred’s high-waisted pants. Thea Brooks as Lucy was amazing! She has Lucy’s mannerisms and simple grace down to an art, along with her signature goofiness that made Lucy so relatable and lovable. Euriamis Losada as Ricky — well, he blew me away. When he told Lucy she had “some ‘splainin’ to do” I would have sworn it was Ricky Ricardo himself. When he sang ‘Babalu’, I pretty much melted. He and Thea together as Lucy and Ricky? I was transported back in time, sitting on my Gran’s couch, watching reruns on a lazy summer afternoon.
If you have a chance to see this show while it is in town, you need to do it. If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be in a live studio audience in the golden age of television, you need to see this show. The entire cast is charming, the episodes are fun and memorable, and the sets and costumes will have you wanting to make over your home or your wardrobe (or both — I need a beautiful dress with loads of crinoline underskirts STAT and I definitely need a Davenport!)
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE will play the Aronoff Center from June 2 – 14: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30PM, Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM and Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM. Tickets for I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE start at $29. They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInCincinnati.com.
Disclosure: I was invited to attend the opening night performance by Broadway in Cincinnati in exchange for sharing my experience with you. I 100% loved this show and know you will love it as well.