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I Love Lucy: a funny thing happened on the way to the sitcom

Writers Guild Theater
135 South Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills, CA

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $40.
VIP Reception tickets will not be available at the door.

The hilarious true story behind America's most beloved TV comedy

Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy) and Oscar Nuñez (The Office) will portray Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in a special one-night-only live radio theater performance I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom by Gregg Oppenheimer, with proceeds benefitting The Actors Fund.

I Love Lucy, with its onscreen pairing of Ball and Arnaz, remains one of the most popular TV shows in history. Who would have thought that to get on the air, they had to battle both a network and a sponsor who thought the show couldn’t possibly succeed?

Oppenheimer, son of I Love Lucy creator/producer and head writer Jess Oppenheimer, is one of the world’s foremost experts on the show.

“This is a comedy about the comedy business,” he says. “It’s a true story, but sometimes it almost feels like an episode of I Love Lucy itself.”

Also in the cast are Seamus Dever (Castle), Abigail Marks as Vivian Vance, Matthew Floyd Miller as Lucy and Desi's agent Don Sharpe, Philip Proctor as CBS programming chief Hubbell Robinson, Tony Award-winner John Rubinstein as William Frawley and CBS Chairman William S. Paley and Nick Toren as CBS executive Harry Ackerman.

All proceeds from this one-night-only live radio theater performance will benefit The Actors Fund’s programs and services. 

Ticket prices

Premium Orchestra (includes premium reserved seating and post-show “Desi Arnaz Birthday Celebration” reception with the Lucy cast. Limited number of tickets available):  $65.00
Orchestra: $35.00
** $15 post-show “Desi Arnaz Birthday Celebration” reception with the Lucy cast add-on (may only be purchased in conjunction with a $35 ticket - limited number of tickets available).

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