Still in Love with Lucy
by Thomas Watson
Monday, September 17, 2007
Dear Fellow Lucyfans:
"I Love Lucy Square
The Los Angeles City Council voted last week to name the intersecton of Melrose Avenue and Plymouth Boulevard "I Love Lucy Square" after both Lucille Ball and Lucy Casada, who owned a popular restaurant there called Lucy's El Adobe Cafe.
The intersection is adjacent to Paramount Studios, the western portion of which was once the longtime home of Desilu Productions.
Lucy's El Adobe Cafe -- located just across Melrose Avenue -- was once the favorite hang-out of then governor Jerry Brown and his friend Linda Ronstadt.
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Lucy VAMps for "The Untouchables"
Some people call it "bonus material." People in the video business call it "VAM" -- Value Added Material. Call it what you will: a "Lucy Show" is coming to DVD. No, not the complete series; not yet, anyway. But CBS/Paramount is including a 1965-66 (color) episode of "The Lucy Show" on its new "Untouchables" DVD set, due out September 25. The package is "Season One, Volume Two," and includes the last 14 hour-long episodes of the crime series' 1959-60 season.
The "Lucy" episode in question is "Lucy, the Gun Moll," featuring special guests Robert Stack, Bruce Gordon and Steve London -- all of whom were regulars on "The Untouchables." The script, by Bob O'Brien, is a "take off" on the long-running Stack series, produced by Desilu. In the story, Lucy Carmichael helps government agents track down bank money stolen by a notorious gangster -- whose girl friend just happens to be a dead ringer for Lucy.
To my knowledge, this is the first time "Lucy, the Gun Moll" has been released on home video -- and is CBS/Paramount's first experiment with releasing "The Lucy Show" on DVD. I encourage you to support the effort by adding this set to your collection.
Betty Comden Memorial Tribute
Lucie will participate in a special tribute to the late Betty Comden in "Great Women Salute a Great Woman: Betty Comden -- in the Words of Comden and Green."
The one hour event will be staged at the Majestic Theatre in New York City on Tuesday, September 18, at 2PM. The free event is open to the public, and will showcase the talents of Lucie, Judith Blazer, Carolee Carmello, Barbara Cook, Christine Eversole, Lypsinka, Audra McDonald, Phullis Newman, Elaine Stritch, Mary Testa, Leslie Uggams and Lillias White.
Ms. Comden -- the award-winning lyricist and librettist, with writing partner Adolph Green -- created such classic New York musicals as "Bells Are Ringing" and "Wonderful Town," died November 23, 2006. She was 89.
Friends of Old-Time Radio
The 2007 convention of the Friends of Old-Time Radio will be held in Newark, New Jersey, on October 18-21. Lucie Arnaz will appear in Gregg Oppenheimer's special production of "Harry Lime" on Friday evening, October 19.
Also appearing at the convention will be such celebs as Shirley Mitchell, Chuck McCann, Gil Stratton Jr., Joe Franklin, and Will Hutchins.
For a complete rundown on the guest celebrities and the entire weekend of events, visit the Friends of Old-Time Radio web site at:
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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