On August 6, at 3:30pm, two radio plays will be performed onstage before a live audience at the Reg Lenna Civic Center, for nationwide broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
First up is I Love Lucy: The Untold Story, a new play by Gregg Oppenheimer based on his father's best-selling memoir, Laughs, Luck...and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time. It's a fascinating and funny look behind the scenes at the many obstacles that had to be overcome in order to get I Love Lucy on the air.
My Favorite Husband, Lucille Ball's CBS radio sitcom that inspired I Love Lucy. The episode is "Trying to Marry Off Peggy Martin." Originally broadcast on December 2, 1950 on CBS Radio, it was written by I Love Lucy writers Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh and Bob Carroll Jr., who later turned it into the classic episode of I Love Lucy entitled "Lucy Is Matchmaker."
Gregg Oppenheimer, son of I Love Lucy creator Jess Oppenheimer, will direct both productions, to be performed in the style of old-time radio programs, with actors standing at microphones on the stage, plus sound effects and music. The total running time for the two plays is approximately ninety minutes.
The productions will feature Desi Arnaz impersonator Adrian Israel, as well as Rooftop Comedy's Costaki Economopoulos, Christina Pazsitsky, Jamie Ward and Nate Bargatze, plus Margo Davis, Len Tobin, Rick Hennigan, Mark Ozog, Gary Yoggy, Barb Pickelhaupt, and Jamestown's own Lee John, Dana Block, Vince Joy Jr., and Daniel Pierce.
And joining the cast for this World Premiere Event will be two Special Guest Stars: Stuffy Singer, a veteran of many classic radio shows including The Jack Benny Program and Our Miss Brooks and such TV series as Leave It to Beaver, My Three Sons, and The Bill Cosby Show; and Michael C. Gwynne, whose many TV credits include Kojack, Dallas, Hill Street Blues, Cagney and Lacey, Knight Rider, plus featured roles in such movies as The Terminal Man and Howard Stern's Private Parts.
Tickets are you still available for our Live Lucy Radio Show Event.
Purchase your tickets at the Reg Lenna Box Office - 716-664-2465