A tribute to Lucy breaks the mould

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

COM­ING to Proser­pine this week is a show that cel­e­brates the life and work of screen leg­end Lu­cille Ball.

The Every­body Loves Lucy show gives a fas­ci­nat­ing be­hind-thescenes in­sight into the tele­vi­sion icon’s world.

Brim­ming with Lu­cille Ball’s ir­re­press­ible spirit, ac­claimed Aus­tralian mu­si­cal the­atre star Elise McCann (Mamma Mia, South Pa­cific and Miss Honey in Matilda The Mu­si­cal) stars in this hi­lar­i­ous cabaret tribute to a true trail-blazer.

Elise is also one of the co-writ­ers of the piece.

The pro­duc­tion has gained in­ter­na­tional trac­tion af­ter Cate Blanchett was an­nounced as the lead role of Lu­cille Ball in a Hol­ly­wood pro­duced film on the iconic star’s life.

“Helmed with a pitch-perfect per­for­mance by (Elise) McCann, and sub­tle di­rec­tion from He­len Dal­limore, Every­body Loves Lucy is equal parts amus­ing and bit­ter-sweet. A fit­ting tribute to the para­dox that was Lu­cille Ball,” Daily Tele­graph crit­ics re­ported.

Af­ter years pay­ing her dues in B-movies, Lu­cille Ball won the pub­lic’s hearts and reigned supreme as tele­vi­sion’s big­gest star in I Love Lucy, one of the most pop­u­lar sit­coms in tele­vi­sion his­tory.

Wacky, fear­less, and to­tally en­dear­ing, I Love Lucy broke the mould for the way women were al­lowed to be­have on screen.

But be­neath the seem­ingly ditzy ve­neer of a 1950s house­wife was an am­bi­tious and savvy busi­ness­woman whose suc­cess owed lit­tle to luck.

As the pro­ducer of I Love Lucy once said, “Lu­cille Ball is about as dif­fer­ent from Lucy Ri­cardo as any­one could pos­si­bly be”.

SHOW TIME

Every­body Loves

Lucy

■ 8pm, July 14

■ Proser­pine RSL

■ Adults $30, Con­ces­sion/stu­dent $28, Child U15 $18

■ 4945 2312

PHOTO: KURT SNEDDON

TV ICON: Elise McCann stars as Lu­cille Ball in Every­body Loves Lucy.

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