I LOVE LUCY National Tour Brings its Brand of Nostalgia to Boston
"I Love Lucy" Live on Stage
Staged & Directed by Rick Sparks; Adapted for the stage and with new material by Kim Flagg and Rick Sparks; Original episodes written by Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, and Bob Carroll, Jr.; Musical Director & Special Lyrics, Wayne Moore; Original Music Composer, Peitor Angell; Scenic Designer, Aaron Henderson; Lighting Designer, Chris Wojcieszyn; Costume Designers, Shon LeBlanc, Kelly Bailey; Sound Designer, Cricket S. Myers; Hair/Wig Designer, Diane Marinous; Makeup Designer, Desiree Falcon; Production Stage Manager, Sarah Hall
CAST: Sirena Irwin as Lucy Ricardo, Bill Mendieta as Ricky Ricardo, Kevin Remington as Fred Mertz, JoAnna Daniels as Ethel Mertz (Carolynne Warren as Ethel Mertz on press night); Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Gregory Franklin, Peter Kevoian, Jayme Lake, Carlos Martin, Tyler Milliron, Denise Moses, Cindy Sciacca, Jeffrey Christopher Todd, Mark Christopher Tracy, Tamara Zook
Performances through December 22 at Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, as part of the Lexus Broadway in Boston series; Box Office 1-800-982-2787 or www.BroadwayInBoston.com
The I Love Lucy show debuted in 1951, ran for six seasons on CBS television, and has lived on in syndication for more than half a century. If you've never seen one of those 181 black-and-white episodes starring the redoubtable redhead, then you must have been living under a rock in a very deep cave. While all of the original players have departed for the great Tropicana Club in the sky, the National Tour of "I Love Lucy" Live on Stage, the stage show adapted from the beloved program, dares to replicate "The Benefit" and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined" in its Boston premiere at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre as part of the Lexus Broadway in Boston series.
Live on Stage is formulated on the premise that it's 1952 and we are the studio audience attending the filming of a pair of shows. Whether you're a longtime fan or a newcomer to the antics of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Ricardo, you'll have reasons to applaud the ersatz cast of Northampton native Sirena Irwin as Lucy, Bill Mendieta as Ricky, Kevin Remington as Fred Mertz, and Dorchester native Carolynne Warren (who filled in for regular JoAnna Daniels on press night) as Ethel Mertz. Mark Christopher Tracy is relaxed and energetic as Maury Jasper, the Desilu Playouse host for the live television taping. He leads a fine supporting ensemble, including Jeffrey Christopher Todd as the Stage Manager, and three men and three women who make up the Crystaltone Singers (Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Gregory Franklin, Jayme Lake, Carlos Martin, Cindy Sciacca, Tyler Milliron) who perform during set changes, and also play the characters and sing jingles in live commercials for familiar products, such as Brylcreem, Alka-Seltzer, and Chevrolet. Denise Moses and Tamara Zook help to warm up the audience before the show as "plants" who have come to Hollywood from the hinterlands to see their favorite star.