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Author: Gregg Oppenheimer Narrator: Sarah Drew, Nick Toren, Seamus Dever, Rob Nagle, Matthew Floyd Miller, Abigail Marks, Oscar Nuñez, Ron Bottitta, a full cast Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9781682660751
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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.

Directed by Michael Hackett.

Includes an interview with playwright Gregg Oppenheimer.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production, starring, in alphabetical order:

Ron Bottitta as William S. Paley, William Frawley, and others;
Seamus Dever as Jess Oppenheimer;
Sarah Drew as Lucille Ball;
Abigail Marks as Vivian Vance, Betty Garrett, and others;
Matthew Floyd Miller as Don Sharpe, Bob LeMond and others;
Rob Nagle as Hubbell Robinson and others;
Oscar Nunez as Desi Arnaz;
And Nick Toren as Harry Ackerman

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 before an audience at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s the sounds that bring the memories flooding back. The ubiquitous Latin rhythms of the I Love Lucy theme song. The staccato dialogue and fine sound design that mimic the feel of the early 1950s. And, especially, the marvelous performances of Oscar Nunez and Sarah Drew, who capture every nuance of Ricky and Lucy’s voices. It’s late 1949, and radio and film star Lucille Ball is looking for the right show with which to break into the newfangled world of television with her real-life husband, successful bandleader Desi Arnaz. There are some bumps in the road, but the pair end up creating a template for practically every television situation comedy to come. Written by the son of the show’s creator, this play is full of bright nostalgia and insider insights.”


  • “Sarah Drew is Lucille Ball and Oscar Nuñez takes on the role of Desi Arnaz in this recording of a live stage production of the behind-the-scenes battles to get the classic sitcom on the air.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Best Audiobooks of Fall

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About the Narrators

Sarah Drew is an American actress who has appeared on a number of television shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Everwood, Castle, Supernatural, Mad Men, Law & Order: SVU, and Glee. She also works as a voice actor.

Seamus Dever is an award-winning actor and star of ABC’s Castle as Homicide Detective Kevin Ryan. His other television roles include Army Wives, General Hospital, and Mad Men, and his film credits include Hollywoodland. He is well known to theater audiences for his acclaimed role of Alex in A Clockwork Orange. He is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and the Moscow Art Theatre. He and his wife Juliana reside in Los Angeles with their two rescue dogs and are proud vegetarians active in animal rights and environmental causes.

Devon Sorvari is an Earphones Award–winning and Audie Award–nominated narrator. She graduated from NYU’s Circle in the Square program and The Classical Studio. She has nationwide theater credits ranging from Shakespeare to musicals.

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