I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom

Education Level
Higher Education

The onscreen pairing of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz is at the heart of 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? Playwright Gregg Oppenheimer – son of I Love Lucy’s creator Jess Oppenheimer – spins the hilarious true story behind America’s beloved TV comedy.

Includes an interview with playwright Gregg Oppenheimer.

Music performed by Doug Walter. The "I Love Lucy" theme song used with permission of MPL Music Publishing and Songwriters Guild of America. Original music by Doug Walter.

Sound Effects Artist, Aaron Lyons. Production Manager, Rick V. Moreno. Script Supervisor, Nikki Hyde. Senior Radio Producer, Ronn Lipkin. Associate Artistic Director, Anna Lyse Erikson. Editor, Mitchell Lindskoog. Recording Engineer, Sound Designer, and Mixer, Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.

Recorded live in performance at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater in July 2018.

L.A. Theatre Works toured this play nationally in 2023 as Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom.

Directed by Michael Hackett
Ron Bottitta as William S. Paley, William Frawley, Parker McComas and others
Seamus Dever as Jess Oppenheimer
Sarah Drew as Lucille Ball
Abigail Marks as Vivian Vance, Betty Garrett
Matthew Floyd Miller as Don Sharpe, Bob LeMond, Richard Denning, and others
Rob Nagle as Hubbell Robinson
Oscar Nuñez as Desi Arnaz
Nick Toren as Harry Ackerman
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