Still in Love with Lucy
by Thomas Watson
Monday, October 4, 2004
Lucie in Concert
Lucie Arnaz will perform her nightclub act this week (Tuesday through Saturday nights) at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California. We are told that the booking is virtually sold-out, but there may be a few tickets still available on a couple of the nights. If you are interested in attending, you inquire about tickets by phone at (714) 556-2787, or visit the Center's web site at:
Christmas Ornament #2
A few weeks ago we mentioned the new Hallmark Keepsake ornament for 2004, which features Lucy Ricardo as the ballerina...
Carlton Cards, meanwhile, has also introduced their new Christmas ornament -- this one recreating the finale of "Lucy Tells the Truth" (episode 72). Yes, recreating! This is a "motion" ornament... Lucy stands against a background, and when you push a button, little knives pop out! Very clever!
The ornament is priced at $19.95 (US Dollars), $24.95 (Canadian), and should be available wherever Carlton Cards are sold. Their information hotline is 1-888-222-7898, or visit them on-line at:
OF RELATED INTEREST
Old-Time Radio Convention
The annual convention of SPERDVAC (The Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy) will hold its annual convention in Los Angeles the weekend of November 12-14. Once again Gregg Oppenheimer will be directing one of the radio-recreations that provide the entertainment for the Saturday night banquet. This year Gregg is recreating one of radio's great comedy programs, "The Fred Allen Show," with Harold Gould (of TV's Rhoda) playing Allen.
Also in the cast is Janet Waldo (who appeared in both I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show); Charlotte Rae (of TV's The Facts of Life); Robert Easton (who appeared on The Lucy Show); and Herb Ellis (of Dragnet).
Gregg's recreation of "The Fred Allen Show" is the second of two short programs to be presented that evening. The first program is also a winner: an adaption of Jack Benny's movie, "The Horn Blows at Midnight," starring world-renowned Benny impersonator Eddie Carroll.
The banquet starts at 6:30PM.
For more information, including a complete schedule and a form for making reservations (seating is on a first-come, first-served basis), please visit the SPERDVAC web-site at:
"Broadway: the Golden Age" on DVD
"Broadway: the Golden Age," a 2003 documentary concerning the "golden age" of Broadway (the 1940s - 1960s), has been winning acclaim in selected cities around the country. Directed by Rick McKay, the film features interviews with 140 of Broadway's greatest stars, along with still photos and action-footage of many of the productions. The film -- and many bonus features -- will be available on DVD beginning November 2.
Included in the Bonus Material is footage from the New York and Hollywood premieres of the documentary; extended performance footage featuring Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse; June Havoc on "Pal Joey"; a 35-minute sneak preview of next year's sequel film, "Broadway: the Next Generation"; and a Director's Commentary in which McKay tells stories about the six-year production of "Broadway: the Golden Age" and the 140 celebrities he interviewed.
The "Broadway: the Golden Age" DVD will sell for $19.98. If you are a fan of Broadway -- or show business -- you will want this for your collection.
Have a great week everybody!
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