October 28, 2010

Upcoming Here's Lucy - Season Four DVD and Lucille Ball Specials

MPI will release "Here's Lucy - Season 4" on DVD sometime in the first quarter of 2011 (but that could still possibly move).

Upcoming for December 2010 MPI DVDs for their Lucille Ball line-up will be a double-feature of specials Lucy starred in (both with Art Carney of The Honeymooners) back in 1974 and 1976: "Happy Anniversary and Goodbye" and "What Now, Catherine Curtis?"

The Lucy Show - The Official 3rd Season

The Lucy Show - The Official 3rd Season will be available November 30th!

The classic comedy The Lucy Show is back on DVD for a Third Season of side-splitting episodes, hilariously performed by TV superstar Lucille Ball, playing suburban mom Lucy Carmichael. This season, Lucy squares off again with Theodore J. Mooney (Gale Gordon), the stubborn bank president who controls her finances - but who always manages to fall for Lucy's schemes. Also returning are Lucy's TV family: her partner-in-crime Vivian (Vivian Vance, I Love Lucy), Lucy's daughter Chris (Candy Moore), Lucy's young son Jerry (Jimmy Garrett), and Vivian's son Sherman (Ralph Hart). The Lucy Show is pure gold, confirming Lucille Ball as the queen of TV comedy!

This 4-DVD set, with extras, will arrive on the Tuesday following the USA's post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend, which is kicked off by the so-called "Black Friday" sales events...so be prepared to head back to stores and pick this up, or just pre-order it from Amazon with the link below, so it can be delivered straight to your doorstep!

Lucy Show: Official Third Season

The Lucy Show - Season 4 DVD is slated for March 15th, 2011!

Lucille Ball Hometown Wedding Giveaway

MediaOneBridal.com and the Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz Center invites engaged couples to participate in the national "Lucille Ball Hometown Wedding Giveaway" Contest in honor of the legendary couple, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and in commemoration of Lucy's 100th birthday.

On July 30, 2011, one very deserving bride and groom, along with 50 of their closest friends and family, will win an all inclusive 1950's , Lucille Ball inspired wedding ceremony at the world famous Tropicana Room and a glamorous cocktail reception at the chic Desilu Playhouse and Museum. All located in the Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown, New York. Also included is a romantic 7 night honeymoon to thrilling Niagara Falls. Over twenty-five of Media One Bridal's premiere wedding specialists from New York and Pennsylvania will collaborate to make this a once in a lifetime dream come true. For full details and to register, visit MediaOneBridal.com.

"I Love Lucy" Diamond Jubilee Cruise

Presented by Cruise Planners - cruise with Lucy and Rick on October 15, 2011.

Celebrate the life and laughter of Lucy during the 60th Anniversary of "I Love Lucy" and Lucy's 100th Birthday as we sail the Western Caribbean for 7 nights aboard Royal Caribbean's unforgettable Oasis of the Seas!

Live the Lucy Experience! Live performances, meet and greet cocktail party, Lucy's 100th Birthday Bash, Look-a-Like Costume contests and much more!
1st 100 booking will be entered to win 1 of 8 chances for an exclusive Lucy and Rick specialty dining experience.

Come join Cruise Planners in our once in a lifetime celebration of the "I Love Lucy Show" 60th Anniversary and Lucy's 100th Birthday aboard Royal Caribbean's unforgettable Oasis of the Seas!

On October 15, 2011 we'll depart on a 7 night celebration of the life & laughter of Lucy as we sail the Western Caribbean, departing Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Royal Caribbean's private island in Labadee, Haiti followed by Falmouth, Jamaica and onward to Cozumel, Mexico.

Immerse yourself in unparalleled detail into all that is Lucy with some of the best known experts on Lucy, including our emcee Tom Watson, one of the foremost experts of all that is Lucy; Michael Stern who's known as Lucy's Greatest Fan; ....and of course Lucy and Ricky themselves.*

Live the Lucy experience through live "I Love Lucy" performances, meet and greet party and cocktail hour. Find yourself surrounded in nostalgic cameo scenes like the Crazy Gypsy Lady or the Candy Conveyor Belt! Speed it up with full length episodes including the 1st I Love Lucy show ever shown! You'll even be able to give your personal best wishes to America's Favorite Red-Head* at her 100th Birthday Celebration! Trivia contests, Look-A-Like contest, decorate your cabin door contest, prizes & much, much more!

*Impersonators so unique, you'll swear they are the real deal!

Tentative List of Events:

First Night Enjoy a Cocktail Party to welcome everyone on board and Watch thee First Episode of I Love Lucy to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the First Show.

Day two Lucy's 100th Birthday Celebration. Enjoy a Conga band, dance, have cake and Toast to Lucy's Big Birthday! Photo Ops!!!!

Through out the week:
  1. Headline performance entertainment by "Lucy" impersonator, Suzanne LaRusch
  2. Headline Performance entertainment by "Ricky" impersonator, Adrian Israel
  3. "I Love Lucy" Trivia Contest(s),
  4. "I Love Lucy" character look-a-like contest(s)
  5. Character costume photo opportunities
  6. Memorabilia Display
  7. Daily appearances, Passenger interaction, photo-ops etc. by Suzanne LaRusch and Adrian Israel.
  8. Special guest appearances
  9. Last Night cocktail party and delivery of "I Love Lucy" Commemorative Pin

Call 866-403-1318 or 877-278-9386 or visit http://www.danidestinations.com/rw/view/923

UPDATE - New Website for Information - www.ilovelucycruise.com/

Celoron Park on Chautauqua Lake

A new book out by Tom Goodwill that is about a history of the Celoron amusement park from the turn of the last century just came outl. This park was around when Lucille Ball lived in Celeron. Lucy spent time at the park and enjoyed the shows that played there.

The book also contains a complete chapter on Lucy. Written by Tom Goodwill, a former Jamestown resident, amateur historian, and avid postcard collector. It's a great read, and you'll learn a lot of things about Lucy's childhood hometown that you never knew!

Thanks to Abbie for this story - who has a great website on Lucy's childhood home in Celeron - http://59lucylane.com

October 15, 2010

Theater Preview: You'll love "Lucy" in Laguna

Although Lucille Ball stands at or near the top of every list of comedic actresses, and her "I Love Lucy" television shows live on forever in reruns, the last three decades of her life were marked by bitterness and failure. Fortunately, she had Lee Tannen as a buffer.

Tannen, a distant relative of her last husband, Gary Morton, was a rabid Lucy fan from childhood and, when finally accorded a chance to meet the legend, stayed at her side for the better part of those last 30 years. After her death, he compiled his reminiscences into a book entitled "I Loved Lucy."

That book is now a stage play, receiving its world premiere at the Laguna Playhouse where a pair of terrific actors bring the Lucy-Lee relationship back to life under the spirited direction of Todd Weeks. It's a box of theatrical bonbons for Lucy fans, of whom there are legion.

Taking on the tricky task of playing a still-living person while that person is in the audience (as he was opening night) is Jeffry Denman, who both performs and, alternately, narrates the story. Denman skillfully projects a gay man's adoration while gradually standing his ground against the diva's dominance — which shatters the friendship on at least two occasions.

The even trickier assignment of bringing a beloved figure, about whom most fans have decades of knowledge, to life on stage falls to Diane J. Findlay, and she is a revelation. Findlay captures the late-life Lucy as a tough, sharp-tongued, gravely voiced lady with no illusions about her status — she's the polar opposite of Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard."

These two apparent opposites truly attract, building a relationship off their need for one another — he's a fervent fan; she needs companionship since Morton usually is off playing golf. Never mind that he lives in New York with a partner and she's based in Los Angeles.

Denman has the lion's share of the load in this captivating exercise, both enthusiastically playing Tannen and keeping the audience updated on Lucy's progress and various mood swings as he revels in her orbit. A novice at backgammon, Lucy's favorite pastime, he virtually wills himself to become her equal until she's finally into him for several hundred dollars.

Findlay brings the swagger of a star to the early scenes, but settles into a comfortable mood of companionship and barbed exchanges. Don't look for any Lucyesque laughs here — she reserved those for the camera — but Findlay vibrantly brings out the legend's wounded ego over the failure of such later projects as the movie "Mame" and the TV series "Life with Lucy."

The pair act out those later years against an immaculate backdrop representing Lucy's home and various other venues in her life. It's designed by Bruce Goodrich, who also created the impressive costumes. Paulie Jenkins' lighting effects and Corinne Carrillo's sound design complete the illustrious picture.

"I Loved Lucy" brings TV's queen of comedy back to life in an affectionate portrait from a devoted fan and friend. This show gets the Laguna Playhouse's 91st season started off with a bang.


WHAT: "I Loved Lucy"

WHERE: Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California

WHEN: Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8, Sundays at 2 p.m. until Oct. 31

COST: $35 to $65

CALL: (494) 497-2787