America’s beloved ‘I LOVE LUCY’ comes to life and color on Wharton’s stage

Story by Sarah Spohn

“You’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do!” Chances are you know the line. It’s from the most beloved program in television history, CBS’s iconic hit sitcom I LOVE LUCY.

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Thea Brooks as Lucy and Euriamis Losada as Ricky in I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE (Photo by Ed Krieger)

The infamous sitcom aired on black and white televisions from 1951 to 1957, and is now being brought to life and color for stages all across the country. I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE is coming to the Wharton Center in East Lansing, MI this Valentine’s Day weekend.

From Friday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, Feb. 15, audiences will enjoy the laugh-out-loud comedy of America’s favorite foursome: Lucy, Ricky, Ethel and Fred. The show takes audiences back to 1952 as the Desilu Playhouse films two well-loved LUCY episodes, “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.”

Learn the behind-the-scenes filming process of television from an entertaining host, sing along to advertising jingles with the Crystaltone Singers, and witness the beloved black and white, live and in front of your own eyes, in color!

I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE is directed by Rick Sparks and adapted for the stage with new material by Kim Flagg and Rick Sparks. Thea Brooks and Euriamis Losada playLucy and Ricky Ricardo, with Kevin Remington and Lori Hammel as Fred and Ethel Mertz.

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Kevin Remington (Fred), Lori Hammel (Ethel), Thea Brooks (Lucy) and Euriamis Losada (Ricky) in I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE (Photo by Ed Krieger)

What better way to spend this Valentine’s Day weekend than with a little love? I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE that is!

For tickets and more information, visit www.whartoncenter.com or call 517-432-2000. Tickets start at $35 and there is a discounted $25 student ticket.

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