While it lasted only 6 seasons on CBS (followed by 13 one hour specials), I Love Lucy has gathered quite a few followers, as well as the recognition of the movie industry. Thus, the show had 21 awards and nominations under its belt while it was aired, while also being voted as the best TV comedy of all time on two occasions.
I am not even mentioning the fact that it was the first sitcom to be inducted in the Television Hall of Fame, in 1990.
So it isn’t a surprise that now, starting from the 30th of September until the 5th of October this year, I Love Lucy will see a live adaptation on stage, in Miami. But, at the same time, it is a surprise for all the fans, especially those living in the area.
It is, after all, a chance of seeing some of the episodes in live color.
As writers Kim Flagg and Rick Sparks say, only two of the episodes will be brought to the stage, these being The Benefit (aired on the 7th of January, 1952) and Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined (aired on the 14th of December, 1953). However, these two live-shows will follow exactly the scripts of the original episodes, with minor twitches here and there.
The episodes were carefully selected, as Kim Flagg says. She wanted to present all the 4 major characters evenly, in familiar sets: Ricardo’s apartment and the Tropicana club.
Her idea isn’t just to re-create the show on stage, but to also present a time when television was at its beginning. In her own words, it will be as if the audience entered a time machine and was transported back in 1952.
The show hasn’t been tested on Broadway before, and Kim Flagg and Rick Sparks aren’t too keen to give it a try. This decision doesn’t come from the fear that it will under-perform. As the writers say, Broadway is where you make an opening, hoping that this will lead to a national tour.
But since I Love Lucy is so popular, they believe that a tour has all the chances of happening without a New York Broadway run.
So, in the end, it all depends on the fans whether it will work or not. I believe it will.