LUCY LOVES DESI:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom

By: Gregg Oppenheimer

Starring: Ellis Greer as Lucille Ball

TOURING JANUARY 14, 2023 - MARCH 10, 2023

The hilarious true story behind America's most beloved comedy. Playwright Gregg Oppenheimer – son of I Love Lucy creator Jess Oppenheimer – spins this witty, fast-paced tale of Lucy and Desi's battles with CBS with as much heart and humor as an episode of I Love Lucy itself.



Performances



La Mirada, CA

La Mirada Theatre
for the Performing Arts

January 14, 2023


Palm Springs, CA

McCallum Theatre
for the Performing Arts

January 17, 2023


Albuquerque, NM

University of New Mexico,
Popejoy Auditorium

January 20, 2023


Modesto, CA

Gallo Center for the Performing Arts,
Mary Stuart Rogers Theater

January 22, 2023


Livermore, CA

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center,
Bankhead Theater

January 23, 2023


College Station, TX

Texas A&M University,
Rudder Theatre Complex

January 25, 2023


Wickenburg, AZ

Del E. Webb Center
for the Performing Arts

January 27, 2023


Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale Center
for the Arts

January 28, 2023


Butte, MT

Mother Lode Theatre

January 31, 2023


Moses Lake, WA

Columbia Basin Allied Arts,
Wallenstien Theater,
Big Bend Community College

February 2, 2023


Park City, UT

Park City Institute,
Eccles Center for Performing Arts

February 4, 2023


Fairfield, IA

Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts,
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center

February 7, 2023


Council Bluffs, IA

Iowa Western Community College,
The Arts Center

February 9, 2023


Overland Park, KS

Johnson County Community College,
Polsky Theatre, Midwest Trust Center

February 11 - 12, 2023


Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University,
McCain Performance Series, McCain Auditorium

February 13, 2023


Conway, AR

University of Central Arkansas,
Reynolds Performance Hall

February 16, 2023


Branchburg, NJ

Raritan Valley Community College,
Edward Nash Theatre

February 19, 2023


Eau Claire, WI

Pablo Center
at the Confluence

February 24, 2023


Manassas, VA

George Mason University,
Hylton Performing Arts Center

February 26, 2023


Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

February 28, 2023


Gettysburg, PA

Majestic Theater,
Gettysburg College

March 3, 2023


Boone, NC

Appalachian State University

March 8, 2023


The Villages, FL

The Sharon L. Morse
Performing Arts Center

March 10, 2023




Get the Book That Inspired the Play
Download Jess Oppenheimer's humorous memoir, Laughs, Luck...and Lucy, co-authored by Gregg Oppenheimer. Behind-the-scenes stories and photos, rare Lucille Ball audio, and the only I Love Lucy script that Lucy and Desi ever refused to perform! The Kindle e-book edition is only $2.99, with all royalties going to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Prefer the paperback edition? Get it from Amazon, or order your own personalized autographed copy directly from Gregg Oppenheimer (with all proceeds donated to charity).

"A must-have for true Lucy lovers." - TV Guide Online


Hear the World Premiere Production
Download the entire 2018 world premiere performance of
LUCY LOVES DESI: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom for only $4.95. Released as "I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom," starring Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy) as Lucille Ball, Oscar Nunez (The Office) as Desi Arnaz, and Seamus Dever (Castle) as Jess Oppenheimer.

"Marvelous performances. Oscar Nunez and Sarah Drew capture every nuance." - AudioFile Magazine