Ohhhhh, Lucy! Iconic TV show comes to life at Bass Hall!

Sirena Irwin as Lucy and Bill Mendieta as Ricky in  I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE (Photo by JustinBarbin.com).
Sirena Irwin as Lucy and Bill Mendieta as Ricky in I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE (Photo by JustinBarbin.com).

Performing Arts Fort Worth is proud to present the Texas premiere of I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, the brand-new, nationally touring hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history. The show runs March 11-16, 2014, at Bass Performance Hall.

Tickets start at $38.50 and are on sale NOW. Call the Bass Hall box office at 817-212-4280 or visit http://www.basshall.com. Tickets are also available in person at the box office at 555 Commerce St. Discounted tickets for group orders of 10 or more are available by calling 817-212-4248.

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!

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. There, 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 – are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time! It’s a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that TV Guide’s William Keck calls “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years – including Broadway!”

Curtis Pettyjohn (Fred), Sirena Irwin (Lucy), Joanna Daniels (Ethel) and Bill Mendieta (Ricky) in I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE (Photo by JustinBarbin.com).
Curtis Pettyjohn (Fred), Sirena Irwin (Lucy), Joanna Daniels (Ethel) and Bill Mendieta (Ricky) in I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE (Photo by JustinBarbin.com).

Sirena Irwin and Bill Mendieta lead the company as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, reprising the roles they created in the original Los Angeles and Chicago productions. Kevin Remington and Joanna Daniels play Fred and Ethel Mertz, the Ricardo’s loveable landlords and sidekicks. The cast also includes Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Gregory Franklin, Peter Kevoian, Jayme Lake, Carlos Martin, Tyler Milliron, Denise Moses, Cindy Sciacca, Richard Strimer, Mark Christopher Tracy, Carolynne Warren and Tamara Zook.

I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is staged and directed by Rick Sparks and adapted for the stage with new material by Kim Flagg and Rick Sparks. The creative team also includes Wayne Moore (music direction, arrangements and special lyrics), Peitor Angell (original music), Aaron Henderson (scenic design), Shon LeBlanc (costume design), Kelly Bailey (associate costume design), Chris Wojcieszyn (lighting design), Cricket S. Myers (sound design), Diane Martinous (hair/wig design), Desiree Falcon (make-up design) and Sarah Hall (production stage management).

Photo: Justin Barbin.
Photo: Justin Barbin.

The I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE on-stage band comprises Wayne Moore (musical director, conductor and first keyboard), Andy Belling (assistant conductor and second keyboard), Ron Barrows (trumpet), Steve Bringelson (bass), Dave Lotfi (drums/conga), David Olivas (saxophone), Nicholas Stankus (guitar, banjo and conga).

The iconic hit sitcom I LOVE LUCY® originally aired on CBS from 1951 – 1957 for a total of six seasons and 179 episodes and is widely considered to be one of the most popular programs in the history of television. The show was a technical trailblazer, pioneering the multi-camera shooting technique (still employed by the majority of traditional sitcoms to this day) and the use of 35mm film for the capture of a weekly, 30-minute scripted television program (which made possible the re-airing of episodes at a later date, what we now know as “reruns”). In September 2012, I LOVE LUCY® was named the “Best TV Show Of All Time” and the “Greatest TV Comedy” by People Magazine and ABC’s “20/20” special “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time.”

I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE had its world premiere in Los Angeles at the Greenway Court Theatre from October 2011 – February 2012. A subsequent Chicago production was launched that played two sold-out engagements at the Broadway Playhouse, September 2012 – March 2013. The show is produced by Stephen Kahn (executive producer), David George (executive producer), Allan Williams (executive producer), Jeff Davis (executive producer), Hyra George, Kim Flagg, Dede Harris and Sharon Karmizan under license from CBS Consumer Products.

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