Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, October 22, 2007 - UPDATED

Dear Fellow Lucyfans:

Lucie Back at Birdland

Lucie Arnaz will perform at New York's Birdland jazz club -- for two nights only -- November 18 and 19, 2007. Appearing with her are two of her children, Katharine and Joe Luckinbill, with musical direction by Ron Abel.

The shows start at 7PM each night. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street -- in the heart of Manhattan's famed "theater district."

For reservations or other information, call (212) 581-3080, or visit the Birdland web site at:

Lucie in Philly Tonight!

Lucie will also lend her considerable talents to tonight's black-tie opening gala for the Philadelphia Theatre Company's new Suzanne Roberts Theater. It's billed as "An Evening with Terrence McNally and Friends," and playwright McNally will be joined by playwright Edward Albee and director Jack O'Brien.

Lucie will perform a monologue from the play, "Master Class."

Also performing at the event will be John Glover, Marian Seldes, Edie Falco, Nathan Lane and Richard Thomas, Doris Roberts, and many others.

Private Party: Lucy Fans Celebrate the Redhead

What to do on a Sunday afternoon? Get a group of fellow fans together and talk about Lucy! That's what happened this past weekend in the New Jersey home of longtime fan Joe Genua -- whose own "Lucy Room" is not to be believed:

Friends came from as far away as northern New York and southern New Jersey... Among the attendees (see picture above) were (left to right, back row) Glen Charlow, Ken Wessler, Bill Osmon, and (front row) Peter Ennamorato and Joe Genua.

Friends of Old Time Radio Convention

Earlier in the week, a couple of Joe's guests attended the Friends of Old Time Radio Convention, held at the Holiday Inn at the Newark International Airport.

Lucie Arnaz and Shirley Mitchell were among the Convention's special celebrity guests, both appearing in a radio program recreation ("Too Many Crooks," a Harry Lime fable) directed by Gregg Oppenheimer. Lucie also appeared on a panel discussion.

Here are a few photos:

(Top row) Chuck McCann, Bill Dana, Marilyn Michaels, Michael Gwynn, Brian Gari.
(Bottom row) Mitch Murray, Lucie, Gil Stratton, Jr.

Gregg Oppenheimer and Shirley Mitchell

Lucie and Glen Charlow


New "I Love Lucy" Complete Series - DVD Update

CBS/Paramount Home Video will release the Complete Series edition of its popular "I Love Lucy" DVDs tomorrow, October 23rd.

The new set will include -- as Bonus Materials -- the long "lost" 1953 "I Love Lucy Movie," a newly colorized rendition of the "Lucy Goes to Scotland" episode, footage of the "Lucy" gang picking up Emmys at the 1954 awards banquet, and highlights of Lucy and Desi's very first TV appearance (on CBS' Ed Wynn show).

The package will also include the original "I Love Lucy" pilot and all 35 episodes from season #1 (1951-52), now digitally restored. Discs from Seasons 2-9 (including the Lucy-Desi comedy hours) will be exactly the same as those currently being sold -- except they are all available here in a single collection.

"I Love Lucy Square" Ceremony November 15

A few weeks ago, we mentioned that the Los Angeles City Council had voted to rename the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Plymouth Boulevard near Paramount Studios "I Love Lucy Square," in honor of both Lucille Ball and restaurant owner Lucy Casada.

We now know that the official ceremony will take place on Thursday afternoon, November 15, at 4PM.

We will report any additional details as they become available.

They're Playing Her Song

Lucie Arnaz, Robert Klein, and conductor Marvin Hamlish will bring their "30th Anniversary" concert version of "They're Playing Our Song" to the San Diego Symphony for two nights, November 9th and 10th. Performances are at 8PM.

The two performers vocally recreate the songs from the Broadway show, and share stories about their award-winning work together back in the late 1970s.

For information about the performances, visit the San Diego Symphony web site at:

Janet Waldo Joins Recreation of "Benny" Broadcast

Actress Janet Waldo -- who played Peggy Dawson in the famous "Young Fans" episode of "I Love Lucy" -- has joined the cast of Gregg Oppenheimer's upcoming recreation of "The Jack Benny Program."

As mentioned here previously, this special one-day-only 75th Anniversary recreation of the Benny show will be part of a special luncheon sponsored by SPERDVAC -- the Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy. It will be held at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, California, starting at 12 Noon. Tickets for the show (including lunch) are $25.

"The Jack Benny Program" will star impressionist Eddie Carroll starring as the Milwaukee Penny-pincher. Comedian-impressionist Chuck McCann will appear as Don Wilson, with three original Benny cast members -- Beverly Washburn, Stuffy Singer, and Shirley Mitchell -- being featured in the cast. Also appearing will be Dena Dietrich, Tommy Cook, Gloria McMillan, John Stephenson, and Don King.

We will have more information about special event in the next few weeks, and you can also visit the SPERDVAC web site for updates:

Have a great week everybody!

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