Thea Brooks as Lucy and Euriamis Losada as Ricky in “I Love Lucy: Live on Stage.”
Everyone loves I Love Lucy, the black-and-white sit-com originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, long before Thea Brooks or Euriamis Losada the stars of “I Love Lucy Live on Stage,” were born.
The audience of "I Love Lucy Live on Stage" will be taken back to 1952. There they become part of a studio audience watching back-to-back episodes of I Love Lucy be filmed. Not only do they see Lucy up to her usual shenanigans, pulling in her husband, Ricky, and their neighbors Fred and Ethel, but people are also treated to jingle-driven commercials of the period for Brylcreem, Halo shampoo and Alka-Seltzer.
The stage show opens Tuesday in San Francisco at the SHN Curran Theatre, and runs until November 23rd.
“A family friend who was a Lucy fanatic sent us various fridge magnets, so Lucy was always around when I would go get milk,” says Brooks, who plays Lucy. “My mother was a hippie and I was sort of raised without television. I learned more in my comedy research when I was in college and really started to enjoy her then.” Brooks told
Born in Santa Fe, Cuba, Losada was 6 when he emigrated to Miami. “I remember my dad being very proud that a Cuban had made such a success in American entertainment.”
Before it was called binge-watching, teenage Losada did just that with “Lucy” DVDs and a secret ingredient. “Every time I watch an episode now I get a craving for ice cream,” he laughs, “but I have to resist so I can lift those congas every night!”
I Love Lucy is considered by many to be one of the best and most important television series ever made, The show was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, it won five Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations. Another award that the show won was the coveted George Foster Peabody Award for "recognition of distinguished achievement in television." In 2012 it was voted the 'Best TV Show of All Time' in a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine. All this while revitalizing the career path for “Queen of the Bs” film star Lucille Ball, it made a household name of Cuban-American her then-husband bandleader Desi Arnaz, and it led a number of production innovations that are now industry standards, including filming with three cameras in front of a live audience.
All these elements contribute to the touring production that builds an evening around the filming of two I Love Lucy episodes where the audience in the Curran fills in for the Desilu Studios audience of almost 65 years ago.
Adding to the recreation are onstage musician filling in for Desi’s band and allowing Losada, a gifted singer, to croon a few signature Arnaz tunes. Both Brooks and Losada have been touched by how much the characters of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and their neighbors Fred and Ethel Mertz, portrayed in the show by Kevin Remington and Lori Hammel, mean to people.
“I met a young married couple recently,” says Brooks. “The girl had grown up in India and she said that ‘Lucy’ was one of only two shows that were dubbed into Hindi and that it had been a huge part of her childhood. That’s just really cool!”
IF YOU GO
I Love Lucy Live on Stage
Where: SHN Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., S.F.
When: Tuesdays-Sundays; closes Nov. 23
Tickets: $45 to $115
TMZ has reported that a family fight has erupted over two of the most iconic TV theme songs in history.
Earle Hagen wrote the opening tunes for Make Room For Daddy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Spy, That Girl and The Mod Squad. He is also remembered for co-writing and whistling "The Fishin' Hole", the melody of the main theme to The Andy Griffith Show, the instrumental classic "Harlem Nocturne" used as the theme to television's Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, and co-wrote the theme song to Tim Conway's Western comedy Rango.
Hagen died in 2008, but the royalties keep streaming in. The two songs (The Dick Van Dyke Show & The Andy Griffith Show) have netted $390,402 since 2011... not bad for compositions from shows that aired fifty years ago.
BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) has collected the money and is required to cut a check to the rightful survivor, Hagen's widow, his second wife of three years, however his kids are in a fight for the royalties.
BMI wants a judge to decide who should get paid.
The songs are still awesome, read the full sory, and take a listen at, TMZ.com
2, 2014 FOX canceled Utopia due to low ratings after less than two months
on the air, 10 months short of the network’s social experiment plan.
The series started out airing twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday nights.
Utopia had a decent debut thanks to a special post-football debut on Sunday,
September 7th. The ratings dropped about 50% a couple days later with its first
Tuesday night. The Friday airing did even worse.
The live-streaming feed will be shut down today and the participants, who
committed to spending a year in this social experiment, will be sent home.
I'd like thank DawnMarie for hosting our Utopia forum and doing a
first rate job writing most of the content.
Utopia’s Friday night timeslot will be filled with repeats of MasterChef
Junior starting this week. Season two of the young cooking competition
launches a new season this Tuesday filling Utopia’s former timeslot.
In the movie "Pump Up the Volume," Mark Hunter (Christian Slater) laments, " All the great themes have been used up and turned into theme parks." I feel Hollywood writers have run out of fresh ideas and creativity, and we're doomed to watch the same plots and recycled ideas in perpetuity. I think the lowest they ever sank was in 2007 when ABC aired the sit-com, Cavemen based on the GEICO Cavemen commercials.
In the 1989 John Hughes comedy John Candy stars in as an idle, good-natured bachelor who's left in charge of his nephew and nieces during a family crisis. Get Uncle Buck on DVD.
Earlier this month The Hollywood Reporter reported that ABC is going to test a reboot of Uncle Buck. The sit-com will be based on the classic John Hughes movie “Uncle Buck,” starring John Candy. This is the second attempt by a network to turn “Uncle Buck” into a sitcom. The first version was on CBS in the fall of 1990, with Kevin Meaney in the John Candy role. But it lasted just one season.
Next, the website Deadline, reports that an updated version of Lost in Space is in development. the original TV version of aired on CBS from 1965 to 1968 and Lost in Space followed the Robinson family’s journey on a five-year voyage to a planet in the Alpha Centauri star system. But when Dr. Zachary Smith sabotages the mission, the ship veers off course and gets Lost in Space.
The original cast included Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, Bill Mumy and Jonathan Harris as Dr. Smith. Writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will pen the adaptation and executive-produce alongside Kevin Burns, who holds the rights to the original.
Fun, campy, sometimes cheesy, but always entertaining, and Lost in Space had the best robot in TV history!
Lost in Space which was resurrected on the big screen in 1998 and there was talk of another TV series version in 2003.
Are you ready to return to Twin Peaks? Showtime is working on a new series based on the 1990-91 serial drama created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. It follows an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). Its pilot episode was first broadcast on April 8, 1990, on ABC. The show's title came from the small, fictional Washington town in which it was set. No word on the casts or plot of the new series. Look for it on Showtime in 2016.
NBC has ordered a pilot for a Bewitched follow-up series that would focus on a character named Daphne, the daughter of Tabitha and granddaughter of Samantha Stephens from classic sitcom Bewitched. Daphne is described as a 20-something year old with magical powers
The original Bewitched sitcom starred Elizabeth Montgomery as a beautiful witch married to a mortal advertising executive and aired on ABC from 1964-72. The spin-off series Tabitha, starring Lisa Hartman, ran for 11 episodes on ABC in the 1977-78 season.
Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (“The Vow”) will pen the pilot of the untitled follow-up, Obviously Kohn and Silverstein have no understanding of Bewitched or they would know Daphne could not have any witchy powers as all witches names in the Bewitched universe must end with the letter "A," such as Samantha, Endora, Tabitha, Aunt Clara, Serena, Esmeralda, etc....
Of course Bewitched was also made into the terrible 2005 film with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Perhaps I'm being rough on the creative team behind the movie, but Bewitched is one of my favorite classic TV shows, so I feel protective of it.
I was only going to buy the first five seasons of the DVDs with Dick York as Darrin, but Bewitched: The Complete Series is a great bargain, so I have all eight season, and I'm glad I've got them.
I'm not blind about TV's Bewitched not being original in itself, the concept was from a movie titled, "I Married a Witch," and some comedy elements of I Love Lucy were recycled, and Elizabeth Montgomery herself was bored with the recycled scripts and was ready to leave when Dick York became too sick to continue in the role of Darin, but at it's worst, Bewitched was better than most of this season's new sit-coms.
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