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  1. As should be clear from the title, this is not "I Love Lucy Live On Stage". But it is a comedy. It's all the crazy, funny behind-the-scenes stories they never properly tell in the TV movies about how the show originated, how they got CBS to accept Desi, how Lucy and Desi ended up owning the show, how Viv and Bill were cast, how they got CBS to let them do the pregnancy episodes, where the theme song came from, how they invented the rerun, and much, much more! Starring Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy) and Oscar Nuñez (The Office). Lucie Arnaz was kind enough to act as my technical advisor on the script. There will be just five performances, and you can use the code COPA for $15 off on tickets at LATW.ORG What's not to like?
  2. My "I Love Lucy" play continues, with a new rewrite, new scenes, a new title, a new song for Desi, a new baby for Lucy, and even a new invention (the rerun!)
  3. Joyce Bulifant will play Gracie, and her husband, Roger Perry (Harrigan & Son, Star Trek) will play George.
  4. On Thursday evening, March 12, at 7pm, at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, I will be directing an evening of old-time radio comedies and dramas to benefit Dezart Performs, including BURNS & ALLEN, THE SHADOW, and ABBOTT & COSTELLO, complete with live music and live sound effects. My talented cast will include such luminaries as Gavin MacLeod, Joyce Bulifant, Carole Cook, Millicent Martin, Phil Proctor, Marion Ross, to name a few. It should be a hoot, and I hope some of you can make it. Neil was there last year, so maybe he can give you an idea of what it was like. - Gregg Oppenheimer Click here for tickets and full details.
  5. Thru Wednesday, Amazon.com is offering my dad's humorous memoir, "Laughs, Luck...and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time", as a COMPLETELY FREE download! Even if you've already read the paperback, it's worth downloading the ebook edition, because (1) it has more scripts, (2) it has more archived audio, (3) it has more and better photographs, and (4) it's FREE! And while you're at Amazon.com, if you'd care to post a review, I wouldn't mind that, either! - Gregg
  6. The only version of I Love Lucy Season 1 available through Netflix is STILL the original UNRESTORED, UNCAPTIONED 9-disc version released by Paramount over ten years ago. I've called Netflix a couple of times to ask them to correct this oversight, but I'm just one person, so they've done nothing in response. Also, Netflix streaming offers NO episodes of I LOVE LUCY. So I'm asking the LucyLounge community members who are members of Netflix to please call the NetFlix customer service line and 1. Tell them that the version of the I LOVE LUCY Season 1 DVD Netflix currently offers is over 10 years old, is UNRESTORED, and is UNCAPTIONED. Tell them that I LOVE LUCY Season 1 is now available on Blu Ray in a fully-restored version, with English Subtitles for the hard of hearing, and request that Netflix start offering the Blu-Ray version instead of just the obsolete version. 2. Tell them that all 180 episodes of I Love Lucy have now been remastered in HD and request that Netflix make the series available for streaming in HD (as it has done with The Andy Griffith Show). And please post under this topic what kind of response you get when you make these requests. Thanks! - Gregg Oppenheimer
  7. As many of you know, the 4-hour audiobook I Love Lucy: The Untold Story, for sale for $14.95 on Amazon.com, Audible.com, and iTunes, includes a 45-minute full-cast production of my play, I Love Lucy: The Untold Story. While Amazon lets me set the price for ebooks (which is why Laughs, Luck...and Lucy costs just $2.99), audiobook pricing is beyond my control. I've found a workaround, however. I've just made the 45-minute radio play available as a standalone premium to anyone who makes a donation of $1.95 or more to the Motion Picture & Television Fund (formerly known as the "Motion Picture Relief Fund"). Click here to learn more. And after you follow the link, please remember to share it on Twitter and Facebook! Take care. - Gregg Oppenheimer
  8. It's a matter of legal clearances. Before I could distribute the recording of I Love Lucy: The Untold Story that's on iTunes and Amazon.com, I had to get signed permission from all the performers and from the folks who own the music. (Did you know that the I Love Lucy theme song is owned by Paul McCartney?) Because I was distributing the recording in order to raise money for charity (The Motion Picture & Television Fund) all the necessary parties ultimately gave me permission, but all the correspondence and paperwork took a lot of time and trouble, and it only covered that performance back in 2011 (in which Lucy was played by Amy Pietz, who was just wonderful, by the way).
  9. Sorry, but no, there aren't any plans to record the event.
  10. I'll be directing another staged reading of my original short play, I Love Lucy: The Untold Story, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, from 3pm to 4pm at University Synagogue in Brentwood (11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049) Based on my dad's memoir, this humorous look behind the scenes at the creation of TV's most beloved sitcom has had successful productions on both coasts, as well as a nationwide broadcast on SiriusXM™ Radio. This performance will have new scenes, including the story of how Vivian Vance became "Ethel Mertz." (Some of you may have seen the "Vivian Vance" scenes presented separately in Jamestown in 2012, but I've now integrated them into the play.) Read a rave review of our most recent performance The show is performed in the style of old-time radio, with the actors and singers standing at microphones, scripts in hand, plus sound effects and recorded music. My phenomenal cast includes such talented performers as Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing) as Lucille Ball, Dick Van Patten (Eight Is Enough) as CBS head William S. Paley, Tony Dow (Leave It to Beaver) as I Love Lucy director Marc Daniels, Phil Proctor (founder of the legendary Firesign Theater comedy group) as Desi Arnaz, William Schallert (The Patty Duke Show, Get Smart) as CBS Programming chief Hubbell Robinson, Second City alum Lance Kinsey ("Lt. Proctor" in the Police Academy films) as I Love Lucy Pilot director Ralph Levy, Alan Oppenheimer (The Six Million Dollar Man, Murphy Brown) as Jess Oppenheimer, and musical guest Dora Pearson (former lead female vocalist for Sha Na Na). Read more about our star-studded cast! After the show, refreshments will be served, and you'll have the opportunity to mingle with members of the cast. Proceeds benefit University Synagogue. Tickets are $18 in advance or $25 at the door. Free parking is available. (Cast lineup is subject to change.) Order your tickets now online We're going to have a lot of fun on October 6th, and I really hope to see you there. - Gregg Oppenheimer P.S. If you can't make the October 6th performance, be sure to check out the full-cast recording of I Love Lucy: The Untold Story now available at iTunes, at Amazon.com, at Audible.com, and at Audiobooks.com. All royalties from sales of the recording benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
  11. Alan Oppenheimer isn't a relative, but I've followed his career since I was a kid, partly because his name was Oppenheimer and because he bears a slight resemblance to my dad (who he portrays in my play - both on March 3rd and in the audio version). I met him a few years ago at Norman Corwin's 100th birthday party at the Writers Guild. If you get the audio version, please be sure to post a review!
  12. In case anyone's interested, I've donated an original page from my Dad's original working copy of "Lucy Is Enceinte" to the L.A. Theatre Works Online Auction. (Don't worry, I didn't ruin the script by cannibalizing it. For some reason my dad's script had two copies of page 24 in it). The winning bidder will also receive the 8x10 photo corresponding to the dialogue on the script page, as shown below. For some reason L.A. Theatre Works decided to post a different photo with the description of the item. Don't worry, the winning bidder gets both photos. Bidding on this item closes at 3:33pm EST on Thursday, February 14.
  13. I'M EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE that I'll be directing a live, full-cast performance of my original play, I Love Lucy: The Untold Story, Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 4pm, at Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation, 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. It's a humorous look behind the scenes at the creation of TV's most beloved sitcom, based on my dad's memoir, Laughs, Luck…and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular of Sitcom of All Time. Since its New York premiere in 2011, the play has had successful productions on both coasts, as well as a nationwide broadcast on SiriusXM™ Radio. Our phenomenal cast features such talented performers as Charlene Tilton (Dallas's "Lucy Ewing"), Dick Van Patten (star of Eight Is Enough), Phil Proctor (founder of the legendary Firesign Theater comedy troupe), William Schallert ("Dad" on The Patty Duke Show), Second City alum Lance Kinsey ("Lt. Proctor" in all the Police Academy films), Stuffy Singer (The Jack Benny Program), Alan Oppenheimer (The Lucy Show, The Six Million Dollar Man) and musical guest Dora Pearson (lead female vocalist for Sha Na Na). The show, which runs about 45 minutes, will be performed in the style of old-time radio, with the actors and singers standing at microphones, scripts in hand, plus sound effects and recorded music. After the show, refreshments will be served, and you'll have the opportunity to mingle with members of the cast. Proceeds benefit Kehillat Israel's "Sages" seniors program. There is no charge for admission, but donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted. (Suggested donation is $18.) Free parking will be available. Reserve your tickets now at www.ourKI.org. Cast lineup subject to change. For further information, please contact Kehillat Israel's Director of Programs & Marketing, Matt Davidson, at 424.214.7454 or mdavidson@ourKI.org We're going to have a lot of fun on March 3rd, and I really hope to see all you LucyLoungers there. Take care. - Gregg Oppenheimer P.S. If you can't make the March 3rd performance, be sure to check out the full-cast recording of I Love Lucy: The Untold Story now available at iTunes, at Amazon.com, at Audible.com, and at Audiobooks.com. All royalties from sales of the recording benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
  14. Just released (for audio download): Your exclusive backstage pass to the creation of I Love Lucy: I Love Lucy: Behind the Scenes, by Jess Oppenheimer with Gregg Oppenheimer, narrated by Larry Dobkin - Winner, Listen Up Awards Best Pop Culture Audiobook of the Year (based on Oppenheimer's memoir, "Laughs, Luck...and Lucy." Full-cast performance of Gregg Oppenheimer's play I Love Lucy: The Untold Story 15-minute Bonus Track: never-before-released 1961 interview with Jess Oppenheimer about the creation of I Love Lucy All royalties from this edition benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund - caring for those in the entertainment community who are in need. "A true genius. I owe so much to his creativity and friendship." —Lucille Ball Jess Oppenheimer, "the brains" behind I Love Lucy, gives us an insider's view of this groundbreaking show, generously interspersed with recordings of classic Lucy radio and TV comedy performances - including her famous "Vitameatavegamin" routine. Oppenheimer weaves a wonderfully entertaining tale of the creation of this landmark series and its evolution from Lucy's hit radio sitcom, My Favorite Husband. Lucy aficionados will delight in his personal accounts of stars like Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, Vivian Vance, and of course, Lucille Ball. Narrated by three-time I Love Lucy veteran Larry Dobkin (pictured above with Lucy in "Paris at Last!"), and featuring comedy performances by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, Vivian Vance, Gale Gordon, Bea Benaderet (My Favorite Husband, I Love Lucy, Petticoat Junction, The Flintstones), Frank Nelson (I Love Lucy, The Jack Benny Program), and many more! Plus a never-before-released sound snippet from Lucy's performance at the farewell party she threw for Jess Oppenheimer at her home in Beverly Hills in 1956. Oppenheimer's reminiscences come to life in his son Gregg's new radio play, I Love Lucy: The Untold Story. Recorded on I Love Lucy's 60th anniversary (10/15/11), starring such talents as Dick Van Patten (Eight Is Enough), Phil Proctor (Firesign Theatre), Amy Pietz (Caroline in the City), Richard Herd (Seinfeld), and I Love Lucy veterans Janet Waldo ("Peggy Dawson", the bobby-soxer with a crush on Ricky Ricardo) and Shirley Mitchell (Lucy Ricardo's girlfriend "Marion Strong"), and I Love Lucy film editor Dann Cahn in a cameo as I Love Lucy pilot director Ralph Levy). Click here to hear Dann's cameo, in a scene which takes place in Studio A of CBS Columbia Square in Hollywood on March 2, 1951. Also appearing in the scene are Phil Proctor as both Walter Winchell and Desi Arnaz, and Tom Hatten as CBS exec Hal Hudson. ©2012 Gregg Oppenheimer (P)2012 Gregg Oppenheimer What the Critics Say A charming and interesting memoir of the creation of the famous I Love Lucy TV show…. Oppenheimer, the program's creator and producer, uses a number of radio and TV sound bites to supplement his story. Dobkin naturally and effortlessly reads this story of how Oppenheimer began writing for Lucy while she was still performing on radio and then switched to the new medium of television. His voice is always clear, never hurried, and quite pleasing. (Audiofile) Fans of “I Love Lucy” will enjoy this fascinating look at the making of the series by its producer and head writer…. Plenty of amusing anecdotes about the actors and their antics at work. What is most impressive about this audio is Larry Dobkin’s narration. Listening to his gruff but affectionate tone, chuckling reminiscently at certain memories, one would never know it wasn’t Oppenheimer himself. (Billboard) Now available for download on iTunes, at Amazon.com, and at Audible.com. Click here to hear a sample.
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