Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, June 23, 2008

Dear Fellow Lucyfans:

New Lucy-Related Musical

Lucy fans in the Los Angeles area may want to check out "Dance with Me," a new musical based on the romance of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It is currently scheduled for four performances -- July 10-13th -- at the WeHo Church in West Hollywood, CA.

Part of the Festival of New American Musicals, "Dance with Me" has book, music and lyrics by Robert Bartley and Danny Whitman. Bartley also serves as director, with music under the direction of Mark Jones. No cast members have been announced.

The WeHo Church is located at 916 North Formosa Avenue in West Hollywood.

For ticket information, visit the following web-site:



Jamestown August Festival

Actress Ruta Lee, character-actor Joseph Ruskin, and Vivian Vance's sister, Lou Ann Graham, will be the special guests at this year's "Lucy's Birthday Celebration" in Jamestown, New York.

The schedule of events, unveiled by the Lucy-Desi Center's Ric Wyman, also includes a luncheon salute to fashion designer Elois Jenssen (hosted by author Allan Glaser), and appearances by Lucy's longtime employees Frank Gorey and Wanda Clark, and by Lucy-Ethel impressionists Diane Vincente and Rhonda Medina.

For complete details, visit:

My partner Richard Brock and I are planning to attend... Richard will be at his piano for many of the events, and Ric has me involved in a couple of the programs, too... We had so much fun in May, visiting with old friends and meeting many new ones. I hope many of you will be able to join us in August!

Dann Cahn Memoirs...

Good News! Dann Cahn, the original film editor on I Love Lucy -- and later a director of various films and television programs -- tells us that he is back at his computer keyboard, writing the fourth (and final) installment of his "Lucy" memoirs, "The Best of Times." Dann hopes to have the article finished in the next few months, and will be selling it to interested fans...

As our regular readers know, Dann has been writing his memoirs in the form of "articles" for the past several years. He started writing them in the early 1990s as stories for "Cinema Editor," the official publication of American Cinema Editors, Inc. (an honorary professional society). When Lucy fans discovered them, Dann revised and expanded the articles, and illustrated them with photos from his personal collection. Each has been published in a self-contained booklet.

To date, Dann has finished three stories devoted to his "Lucy" years: (1) "The Beginning," recounting the start of "I Love Lucy" -- and how Dann was hired to work on the series. (2) "The Cuban Caper," which tells how Dann was sent to Cuba by Desilu to film special footage for the first Lucy-Desi special, "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana." and (3) "Movies & Memories," which harkens back to the 1930s when Lucy -- and Danny -- were both starting out in Hollywood... and ends with them working together on "Forever, Darling" in the 1950s.

Dann sold copies of the booklets at the Lucy-Desi Festival in Jamestown, NY, over Memorial Day -- but also wants to make them available again to readers of this web site. The spiral-bound booklets are priced at $12 each or all three for $28 (including postage and handling), and can be purchased from Dann directly.

Send check or money order to:

Mr. Dann Cahn
PO Box 49824
Los Angeles, CA 90049

If you want the booklet(s) inscribed, please enclose a note indicating to whom he should sign the inscription(s).

Howard Rayfiel Remembers Lucy...

Howard Rayfiel, resident counsel to Desilu Productions and later a vice-president at Lucille Ball Productions, has written a fascinating new memoir, "Where the Hell is Desilu?" (Photo left by Jean Ferro.)

The book -- subtitled, "How to Fail in Hollywood Without Really Trying" -- spans not only Howard's 9-year association with our favorite redhead, but his entire career in the business of "entertainment law."

Included are behind-the-scenes stories about the final years of The Lucy Show and the subsequent Here's Lucy series.

The book is available for purchase over the internet ($15.95 + shipping) at:

(If the above link does not work, type into your browser -- -- That will take you to a main page with a "search" function. In the "search" box type -- desilu -- which should take you to the proper location.)

Katharine Luckinbill at Laguna Playhouse

Katharine Luckinbill, daughter of Lucie Arnaz and Larry Luckinbill, is currently appearing in the world premiere of a new play, "Alexandros," at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California. The play, written by Melinda Lopez and directed by David Ellenstein, is described as "a birthday party nobody will forget, a hilarious human comedy with a warm Latin heart." It concerns a Cuban-exile family that gathers in Miami to celebrate the 75th birthday of the family matriarch.

For complete ticket information, visit the Laguna Playhouse web site ( or call 949-497-2787, extension 1.

Bewitched "Fan Fare" Convention Set for June 25-28 in Los Angeles

This year’s Bewitched Fan Fare will be held at the Victory Theater Center in Burbank, California from June 25 – 28.

"It's the perfect location," said Mark Simpson, Chairman and Founder of Bewitched Fan Fare, "it is a lovely classical theater, loaded with history. We couldn’t have chosen a better venue, especially with all of the special events we will be including as part of Fan Fare this year."

Some of those “special events” include tributes to Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery (who recently was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) and producer William Asher, as well as a history of the Warner Brother’s Ranch (where Bewitched’s exterior scenes were filmed for it’s entire 8-year run), a “Cosmos Cotillion”, presentation of the first annual Bewitched Fan Fare Appreciation Award, and appearances by some very special guests. Said Simpson, "We want to have a great time celebrating Bewitched, as always, but we also want to be able to educate the upcoming generation of fans about the show and its stars."

Seats are limited, and those interested in attending Bewitched Fan Fare 2008 can get more information at Registration cost is $65 per person and provides admission to all Fan Fare events, except those which may require an additional outside admission fee. All airfare, lodging, meals, etc. are the sole responsibility of attendee, unless otherwise stated.

Bewitched Fan Fare is a worldwide organization with members from all over the Cosmos, providing an annual convention loaded with fun, games and magic to witches and mortals alike since 2000 (BC). The 2006 Bewitched in Salem (MA) Convention was the biggest yet, attracting worldwide media attention.

Have a great week everybody!

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