f your mother is the zany comedienne Lucille Ball and your father is the Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz, are you destined for a life in show business?
Just ask Lucie Arnaz, who made her television debut at the age of twelve playing a teenage soda jerk at an ice cream shop on her mom’s series “The Lucy Show” in 1962 and she hasn’t stopped since. With Jack Benny as a next door neighbor in Beverly Hills, Lucie Arnaz knew early on what fame looked like and the responsibilities it defined.
Lucie won over Broadway in “They’re Playing Our Song” by Neil Simon and has appeared in such shows as “Pippin,” “Lost in Yonkers” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” to great acclaim as well as touring with “My One and Only,” “Seesaw,” “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” and “Social Security” to name but a few.
Ms. Arnaz, who once called Connecticut home, now resides in Palm Springs, California with her husband Larry Luckinbill. She has devoted much of her five decades in show business to preserving the memories of her famous parents in museums and in tribute shows, like her highly successful shows honoring her father “Babalu!” and “Latin Roots” and the film paying tribute to her parents “Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie.”
Now you have the opportunity to experience her up close and personal when Lucie Arnaz appears in her night club act “An Intimate Evening with Lucie Arnaz,” with her musical director Ron Abel at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook on Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m..
With sass and sparkle, Ms. Arnaz will sing and share stories of her show business family, revealing her “roots” with personal anecdotes and favorite tunes. From ballads to Broadway, Latin to pop standards, jazz and a little country, with maybe a bongo for good luck, this concert is a sure crowd pleaser.
For tickets ($58-68), call the Kate, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook at 877-503-1286 or online at www.katharinehepburntheater.org.
Let Lucie entertain you in royal style. If you loved Lucy, you’ll surely love Lucie!