On opening night at the Segerstrom Center, we are transported to the 1950s and we find ourselves at Desilu Studios for a taping of two episodes of “I Love Lucy.” It is sweet and quaint. Life seemed so much simpler then and the ladies fashions so pretty! (I want pedal pushers to come back now!) “I Love Lucy” Live brings to life two episodes of the classic television show. Hardcore fans will recall the antics of “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.” The actors who portray the characters, especially Lucy (Sirena Irwin) and Desi (Bill Mendieta), are magnificent. I totally felt like I was watching Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz!
Before the show, my friend Beth of Paradise Perks Cafe, treated me to the “I Love Lucy” themed dinner at Leatherby’s at the ground floor of the next door Concert Hall. It was delicious – we tried each item on the the menu and enjoyed them all but the standouts for me were:
“Live on Stage” Scottish salmon on Himalayan salt “stage”
“Lucy,” which consisted of four Swedish meatballs, potato puree, lingonberry and a forest mushroom cream sauce
And of course, dessert! The “Cuban Sounds” tres leches cake
The show runs till Sunday, March 23, 2014. For more information, visit ilovelucy.com
I leave you now with the opening theme song.