With her head of curly red hair, her infectious grin that was six miles wide, her zany sense of humor and unique comedic style, there are few women (or men) who can match that one-of-a-kind comedienne Lucille Ball. For decades, she entertained millions as Lucy Ricardo with her real life hubby Desi Arnez as Ricky Ricardo and her buddies Ethel and Fred Mertz, played by Vivian Vance and William Frawley.
Now the Palace Theater in Waterbury is preparing to bring you a brand new show “I Love Lucy- Live on Stage” for your viewing pleasure on Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 31 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Get ready to laugh, guffaw, giggle and chuckle as that master lady of mirth gets herself into barrels of trouble, as only Lucy can. While she may have seemed a little madcap on stage and screen, in real life she was a consummate businesswoman, a model, a movie star, a television success and the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu. She amassed her fair share of Emmy Awards, as well as being one of the first recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Awards, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center and the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
In 2012, the sitcom “I Love Lucy”, which ran from October 15, 1951 to May 6, 1957, was voted “Best TV Show of All Time” by a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine. It is often thought of as one of the most influential shows in television history.
Turn your clocks back to 1952 and imagine you’re in the audience at Desilu Playhouse and waiting anxiously to watch not one but two live onstage episodes from your favorite redhead. As you sit at the edge of your seat, a charismatic host will offer entertaining insights about this brand new invention called “television” and literally let you look behind the curtain.
Advertising jingles will ring out thanks to the charming Crystaltone Singers on products you might not have thought about in years or may be items you still use every day. Then, when the suspense has risen to a fever pitch, you’ll be overwhelmed to welcome Lucy (Thea Brooks), Ricky (Euriamis Losada), Fred (Kevin Remington) and Ethel (Lori Hammel) – live on stage- ready and eager to perform two wild situations from your favorite comedy show. If you truly love Lucy, then you’ll adore these “I Love Lucy” encounters of the hilarious kind.
For tickets ($40-60), call the Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury at 203-346-2000 or online at www,palacetheaterct.com Performances are Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 31 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Staged and directed by Rick Sparks, “I Love Lucy” is giving a big shout out to Lucy’s legion of fans. Let the merry madcap magic begin!