Showbiz Nation LIVE! Interview with I LOVE LUCY, LIVE ON STAGE’S Thea Brooks and Euriamis Losada
THEA BROOKS (Lucy Ricardo) is a proud Carnegie Mellon grad and member of the now famous off-shoot NYC company Exit Pursued By A Bear. Lucy Live is her 2nd National tour and her first starring role. Thea was happy to rehearse Lucy on the west coast, where she has performed in Jewtopia (Greenway Court), Lion in Winter (SB Ensemble Theatre), For The Record:Coen Bro’s, and worked on TV in “True Blood.” In 2013, Thea released her debut album, “Numb.” www.theabrooks.com.
EURIAMIS LOSADA (Ricky Ricardo) is thrilled and honored to portray this iconic character he grew up admiring. A Cuban native, his family came to the US when he was six years old. Theatre: La Cage Aux Folles, I Love You Because, Jekyll & Hyde (Carbonell Award),Beguiled, Bat Boy (Carbonell Award), Romeo & Juliet (Miami New Times Best Actor of 2003), Long Day’s Journey into Night (Curtain Up Nom.). TV: Cold Case, Trophy Wife. E.L. wishes to dedicate this show to his parents for always supporting and encouraging him.
Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce individual tickets for the Chicago return of I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, the hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history, will go on sale to the public Friday, Oct. 10 at 10:00 a.m. I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE will play the Bank of America Theatre (18 W Monroe) for a limited one-week engagement December 9-14, 2014.
Thea Brooks and Euriamis Losada lead the company as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, with Kevin Remington and Lori Hammel playing Fred and Ethel Mertz, the Ricardo’s loveable landlords and sidekicks. The cast also includes Sara Jayne Blackmore, Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Gregory Franklin, Jody Madaras, Carlos Martin, Denise Moses, Cindy Sciacca, Kami Seymour, Richard Strimer and Mark Christopher Tracy.
An “out-of-body experience for ‘Lucy’ fans” according to Showbiz Chicago. I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE takes audience members back to 1952 as members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience where they await the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes, “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.” A charming host entertains and enlightens the crowd to the behind-the-scenes filming process of a brand new thing called “television,” the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50s style harmony and the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel. It’s a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience TV Guide’s William Keck calls “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years – including Broadway!”
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is staged and directed by Rick Sparks and adapted for the stage with new material by Kim Flagg and Rick Sparks. The creative team also includes Wayne Moore (music arrangements and special lyrics), Andy Belling (music direction), Peitor Angell (original music), Aaron Henderson (scenic design), Shon LeBlanc & Kelly Bailey (costume design), David George (lighting design), Cricket S. Myers (sound design), Diane Martinous (original hair/wig design), Judi Lewin (hair/wig design), Karina Branson (make-up design) and Allen McMullen (production stage management).
The I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE on-stage band comprises Andy Belling (musical director, conductor and first keyboard), Bryan Miller (assistant conductor and second keyboard), Ron Barrows (trumpet), Dave Lotfi (drums/conga), David Olivas (saxophone/flute) and Nicholas Stankus (bass/banjo).
The iconic hit sitcom I LOVE LUCY® originally aired on CBS from 1951 – 1957 for a total of six seasons and 179 episodes and is widely considered to be one of the most popular programs in the history of television. Due in no small part to its relatable characters, sharp comedic writing and Lucille Ball’s signature zany charm, the show continues to endear new audiences with every passing generation. The program was a technical trailblazer, pioneering the multi-camera shooting technique (still employed by the majority of traditional sitcoms to this day) and the use of 35mm film for the capture of a weekly, 30-minute scripted television program (which made possible the re-airing of episodes at a later date, what we now know as “reruns”). In September 2012, I LOVE LUCY® was named the “Best TV Show Of All Time” and the “Greatest TV Comedy” by People Magazine and ABC’s “20/20” special “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time.”
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE had its world premiere in Los Angeles at the Greenway Court Theatre from October 2011 – February 2012. A subsequent Chicago production was launched that played two engagements at the Broadway Playhouse, September 2012 – March 2013. The 2013-2014 national tour visited cities including Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Nashville and Costa Mesa.
The show is produced by Stephen Kahn (executive producer), David George (executive producer), Allan Williams (executive producer), Jeff Davis (executive producer), Dede Harris, Sharon Karmizan, Hyra George, Kim Flagg, Barbara Alpert, Sophie and Alan Alpert, Neil Hoffman, Nancy Alpert, Teri Alpert and David Carpenter (associate producer), under license from CBS Consumer Products.
Tuesday at 7:30 PM
Wednesday at 2 PM and 7:30 PM
Thursday at 7:30 PM
Friday at 7:30 PM
Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM
Sunday at 2 PM
Individual tickets for I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE at the Bank of America Theatre range from $25-$85. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.