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    Last night, I Love Lucy premiered with great fanfare at the Kentucky Center as a part of Broadway Across America. Like a time machine, this production transports you to Hollywood in the 1950s. You’re a member of the live studio audience in the taping of two iconic episodes of I Love Lucy, “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.” Maury Jasper, played by Mark Christopher Tracy, serves as the host for the night. He introduces the different acts of the show as well as the Crystaltone singers, who present authentic ads and jingles from the time period while the sets are being changed.

    Fred and Ethel, played by Kevin Remington and Lori Hammel, were picture-perfect in their roles. I could tell Hammel had studied Ethel’s mannerisms and vocal inflection, and Remington exhibited Fred’s lovable goofiness with ease. Euriamis Losada, by far my favorite actor of the night, portrayed Ricky Ricardo flawlessly. His singing voice was enchanting, and he spoke exactly like Desi Arnaz right down to his most famous line “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!” Last but certainly not least, Thea Brooks played the coveted role of Lucille Ball/Lucy Ricardo. Brooks is an incredible actress, but Lucy is a hard role that requires animation and a bit of overacting. There were many times Brooks shined as Lucy, such as her dance numbers and the infamous “wahhh,” but sometimes it seemed like she was uncomfortable in the role. I noticed this most in her voice. At times, her voice really sounded like Lucy’s, but other times she sounded very professional, like a musical theater actress usually sounds.

    The set looked exactly like the television show set, and definitely makes the audience feel like they’re at a real taping of the I Love Lucy television show. Audience involvement was encouraged; there was even a trivia portion of the show where one lucky audience member is chosen to compete for a marvelous prize. The musicians were amazing. The theme song sounded great as well as the rest of the songs, especially the Cuban numbers played in Ricky Ricardo’s club.

    I highly recommend this family-friendly production for any fan of I Love Lucy or anyone who simply wants to recall a beautiful era that passed too quickly. Tickets start at just $28 with performances now through October 12th. Click here for more information, and don’t miss this opportunity!

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    Hi! My name is Jenna. I am a music teacher at a primary school. I love teaching because you get to feel like a rockstar without all the fuss of being famous. My hobbies include cosplay, reading, music, traveling, and collecting vintage clothes and records.

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