The play premiered at the Greenway Court Theater in October 2011. It played in front a sold out crowds and received a lot of recognition from the audience members and theater critics. The show was extended for two months following the reaction and again the tickets were sold out in hours. Right after the Los Angeles run, the show was taken to Chicago, where it had a nine week run at the Broadway Playhouse. Following the massive positive response, the producers have decided to launch a nationwide tour of the play that will allow the whole country to witness their beloved Lucy, live on stage.
I Love Lucy:
"I love Lucy" was a television sitcom which aired on CBS and ran from October 15, 1951 to May 6, 1957. The black and white series revolved around the lives of Lucy Ricardo played by Lucille Ball, her husband Ricky Ricardo played by Desi Arnaz, their landlords Fred Mertz and and Ethel Mertz played by William Frawley and Vivian Vance and all of their friends. Set in a New York City apartment, the antics of all these chahracters when they came together made "I Love Lucy" a household name.
The play ran for six seasons and was the most watched show in America for four of its seasons. The winner of five Emmy Awards, the show was listed second, on TV Guide's list of television's greatest shows. The show is still aired and is syndicated in a dozen different languages ensuring that "I Love Lucy" remains popular. A notion supported by the fact that it still has an American audience of 40 million each year.
Directed by Rick Sparks, the play is designed to take the audience back to the 1950’s, where they are in fact like the studio audience. The cast and crew are on stage trying to film an episode of the show, when things like line forgetting, improvising and other minor mishaps begin. Acted out brilliantly, the play brings both color and life to the characters that were always behind the television screen.
Sirena Irwin takes the stage as Lucy, or Lucille Ball. She performed in the original Los Angeles and Chicago productions and won numerous awards for her efforts. Bill Mendieta takes on the role of her husband, Ricky Ricardo. He too was involved in the original productions and won the Best Actor Broadway World Award. Seasoned actors Kevin Remington and Joanna Daniels assume the roles of Fred and Ethel Mertz.
Considering the wonderfully innovative storyline and the excellent cast, the play promises to be an extremely entertaining spectacle. Still getting rave reviews from all over, the play has also won numerous awards, including eight Broadway World 2011 Los Angeles Awards. So do not miss your chance of watching this exciting show live and buy now.