Friday, February 6, 2015

What's Coming to the Wharton?

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There are lots of great shows coming to the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing, MI. Two of them are mentioned below, but be sure to check out their website as well, to see what other great entertainment is on its way!


Showing February 13-15, 2015

The Wharton Center is a wonderful venue for live entertainment. We recently attended a show there, and the layout, set-up, acoustics, spacious seats and parking...not to mention the fantastic line-up of shows that are coming, will definitely keep us going back for more. Check out the website to learn more, and I am happy to tell you about two of the shows right now. :)

The first one I'm excited about is, "I Love Lucy!" Did you grow up watching Lucy? We surely did, and so many years later, I still think those shows are still hilarious. How fun would it be to see the show live?! This one is coming right around Valentine's Day too...so if you're looking for a unique gift for that day, this could definitely be it!

Euriamis Losada (Ricky Ricardo) and the company of the national tour of I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE
(Photo by Hyra George)

EAST LANSING, Mich. ― The 2014-2015 national tour of I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, the hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history, is coming to Wharton Center on February 13-15, 2015. The production, which began with extended sit-down productions in Los Angeles and Chicago, quickly became an audience favorite and hit the road. Tickets to see of I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series, are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online, whartoncenter.com, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

Thea Brooks and Euriamis Losada lead the company as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, with Kevin Remington and Lori Hammel playing Fred and Ethel Mertz, the Ricardo’s loveable landlords and sidekicks. The cast also includes Sara Jayne Blackmore, Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Gregory Franklin, Jody Madaras, Carlos Martin, Denise Moses, Cindy Sciacca, Kami Seymour, Richard Strimer and Mark Christopher Tracy.

An “out-of-body experience for ‘Lucy’ fans” according to Showbiz Chicago, I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE takes audiences back to 1952 as members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience where they await the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes, “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.” A charming host entertains and enlightens the crowd to the behind-the-scenes filming process of a brand new thing called “television,” the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50s style harmony and the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time! It’s a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience TV Guide’s William Keck calls “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years – including Broadway!” 


February 11-12, 2015!
This is an interesting concept for a show!

The second show to put on your radar if you're in the neighborhood is Walnut Street Theatre: A Life in the Theatre. This show is new to me, but I watched the trailer and I like the concept. It's an interesting way to offer a behind-the scenes look at theatre. 

EAST LANSING, Mich. ― To become as time-honored and established as WALNUT STREET THEATRE is no easy feat. The theatre, which boasts over 200 years of operation as the oldest theatre in America, has seen its fair share of history through the bright lights that shine down on their world-renowned stage. WALNUT STREET THEATRE will continue their historic legacy when they appear as part of the Theatre Series at Wharton Center. Tickets to see WALNUT STREET THEATRE are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online, whartoncenter.com, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

WALNUT STREET THEATRE will pump new life into David Mamet’s hit show, A Life in the Theatre, when they grace the Wharton Center stage this February. The play, which chronicles the struggle of an older, veteran actor and a newcomer on the scene, mirrors the same pulsing rhythm and quick dialogue of Mamet’s other hits, Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. From rehearsals to reprisals, from ego trips to acting tips, this comedic performance will speak volumes on the themes of generational differences and the nasty draw of the spotlight. Though the language may not be suitable for children under 15, the portrayals by the two actors will resonate through the bright comedy and quick-witted writing that has become a staple of Mamet’s professional repertoire.

The history surrounding WALNUT STREET THEATRE has definitely been legendary. From trial runs of a Streetcar Named Desire with Marlon Brando, to molding future stars like Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Lauren Bacall, and Robert Redford, WALNUT STREET THEATRE has kept the flames of theatre burning for almost 200 years. This profound theatrical history will continue when A Life in the Theatre takes the stage in East Lansing, creating a one-of-a-kind, can’t-be-missed experience.

You can learn more about Wharton Center by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook, TwitterYouTube, and/or Pinterest.

89 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

I loved I Love Lucy! I still watch it sometimes when it comes on. Great lineup!

Sandee said...

Yes, I grew up watching I Love Lucy. I've seen every episode and some more than once. Loved all the characters. I'd go see this.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Ourfamilyworld said...

I would love to go one day. What a great venue and show

Lesley said...

I really loved this show growing up. I have a lot of her memorabilia. Not sure how I would feel about seeing this though, I don't really enjoy performances.

SensiblySara said...

Oh my!! That would be SO much fun!!

Everything Mom and Baby said...

I love Lucille Ball! Sounds like a great production.

Ben Butler said...

I don't normally like stage shows or plays, but I'd totally go to this. I Love Lucy was AWESOME!

Catherine Sargent said...

This sounds like a great show and venue. I remember watching reruns when I was a kid.

Angie K said...

I love 'i love lucy'! thanks for this now i know what to look into when i come to area! :)

Aimee Fauci said...

I love entertainment like this but never or rarely ever get to see it. How fun does this first performance look.

Michele D said...

Loved this show growing up. This live show looks like a whole lot of fun. I hope they come in my area too!

Echo A said...

Oh my goodness! How fun is this?! I love Lucy! I really, really do! I used to stay up late and sneak out to watch Nick at Nite, lol.

Jessica said...

I don't remember watching I Love Lucy, but this show is such an icon I'm pretty familiar with it! I bet it's a great show to see live!

Karen Dawkins said...

Oh my goodness! I love I Love Lucy! So exciting I wonder if it's headed to Raleigh, too? :)

mystickitchen said...

Sounds like a fun show- thanks for sharing!

Pat Hatt said...

I've seen a few repeats as a kid, but that was my extent with Lucy

Jay CraftySpices said...

Sounds like an incredible theater, with a very unique history. I love Lucy by itself is a classical for many of us, I am sure it will be an awesome live show.

Brian Miller said...

ha. i bet Lucy would be great...we used to watch that show
in the afternoons...

Joyce Lansky said...

Looks like a fun show.

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Michael D'Agostino said...

I've never seen I Love Lucy, but I fully intend to. From what I've heard of Lucille Ball, she was a comic genius.

Sharon Ruggieri said...

Well. I'm no where near Michigan, but I was sooooo in love with Ricky as a kid. I watched I love Lucy all the time! I love that this is a show!

debdenny said...

Oh this sounds like fun. Love all the neat shows there.

April Grant said...

I used to LOVE watching I Love Lucy! I didn't know there was a stage production of it!

Autumn Blues Reviews said...

I would love to go see this some day. My hubby said the same thing. He grew up watching that show. Thank you for sharing.

MELISASource said...

Oh wow I would really love to see this! I love 'I Love Lucy!'

Celebrity VIP Lounge said...

I love that show. What a classic. Lucille was a hoot. Amber N

Newlywed Survival said...

I would love to see the I Love Lucy live onstage. That program always cracked me up on days gone from school!

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

I remember how much I use to love watching I love Lucy! What a classic. It would be great seeing it live

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

Me an my husband would love to go see this someday.

Christy Garrett said...

I loved this show growing up and that is so cool that it's to the theater.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Ooh! I want to see Lucy! I need to start badgering Jason to take me. We haven't been to a good live show in ages!

Erinn Sluka said...

Lucy and Ricky? That would be a blast!! How fun

Manzanita said...

Oh that would be so much fun. Lucky you to live close to great live intertainment.

Lauren Richardson said...

I love going to see plays, and I would love going to see I Love Lucy! What a fun idea for a date night or a family day out!

Bismah Abdelgawad said...

Looks like a nice show to see with lots of fun! Thank you for sharing!

Maria said...

I would love seeing this in my area. Is this a local performance or are they a traveling company? I'll have to check their tour dates and see if they are coming to my area.

Mama to 5 said...

Love I Love Lucy! This definitely looks like a show I would love!

Donna L. Ward said...

My husband still watches the re-runs on occasion - he said he loved the re-runs when he was little - I'll have to tell him about this - great post!! Thank you

Sippy Cup Mom said...

Oh, some really good shoes! I bet I Love Lucy will be great!

Jeanine said...

Oh how awesome! I loved watching old I love Lucy reruns when I was younger! How cool I bet it would be so awesome!

kat b said...

I would love to go see I Love Lucy! I bet that would be a really great show!

Donna L. Ward said...

Since I made it is 2x - I'll just have to share!! YAY

Heather @ Girl Gone Mom said...

Wow what a show! I would love to have a date night there.

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

Sounds fun! My grandparents were huge fans of the show. :)

Patricia Figurski said...

I love Lucy is best! I wonder if they will be coming to Philly,,,

Ann B said...

I would love to go and see the I Love Lucy live show. I love going to the theater.

Esther said...

I saw a lot of that show because my mom used to watch the reruns a lot when I was young. Such a great show!! This would be so fun to see.

Brandy Tanner said...

OH wow, what an experience. I love shows like this and would love to go see something like this. I Love Lucy is not something I ever actually watched, but I am sure many have and that would make this a very popular hit show!

Artist, Sonya M. Jones said...

Sounds like it's going to be a great show! I still watch I love Lucy on TV Land. Classics never die! :)

Melanie Burbage said...

I lI loved this show ! I would love to see it on stage, looks like a load of fun

Colette S said...

I haven't seen many episodes of I love Lucy, but then again, I didn't grow up here.

This looks like it will be an entertaining show!

daniele holmberg said...

I love going to the theater! I LOVE Lucy looks like it will be an awesome show!😀

LifeAsAConvert said...

Looks like fun. I grew up watching I Love Lucy. Everybody in my house loved watching it.

Amanda said...

We went to go see this when it was in Indianapolis. I loved it! :)

Melissa Vera said...

This looks like an awesome show. I just wish I lived closer to so I can see it.

Mary O'Malley said...

What a great lineup. I bet that the I Love Lucy production would be neat to see.

Carly said...

Sounds like a really fun show!

Kristen Campbell said...

Oh my goodness, I had no idea there was a LIVE I Love Lucy show! How neat!

Aimee Smith said...

I absolutely love seeing live stage shows. They are so much better than movies! How fun does that I Love Lucy Show look!

Trisha Grimes said...

This was one of my favorite shows as a kid and I'm sure this is going to be a wonderful stage performance! I'd actually would love to see this!

Kendra from Headband for Today said...

I think I'd like to see this show. I love Lucy too. I haven't seen it in such a long time. What network is airing it now?

ANNIE M said...

This makes me miss watching I Love Lucy. I always begged my parents to stay up to watch it :)

Jillian Fisher said...

I want to go so bad!!! I hope that I get the chance soon!

Michelle Martinka said...

What a great lineup! I love "I Love Lucy"!

Chrystal Mahan said...

I would love to go see "I Love Lucy" live onstage. So awesome. It was one of my favorite shows growing up. I would watch the reruns on Nick at Night and during the day when I was home from school for the summer.

Chrystal Mahan said...

Me, too! She was great entertainment.

Chrystal Mahan said...

That is really cool that you have some I Love Lucy memorabilia. I adore Lucille Ball. She's one amazing lady. I always worry about stage productions as well , but I have yet to be disappointed.

Tamika Mapp said...

I can't wait to visit MI. This looks like a great place to watch great plays. Thanks for giving me a place to visit this year. It's not that long to drive, so it should be an adventure.

Jen Temcio said...

Ha! This looks SO FUN! I was raised watching I Love Lucy. This would be so awesome to see. I am driving distance from MI too!

Amy @ Marvelous Mommy said...

I grew up watching I Love Lucy. I love Lucille Ball!

Ann B said...

If I lived in Lansing, I would go to this show! It looks like it is fantastic!

Tracy Iglesias said...

I have never visited MI but if I get out there while this show is still running I will have to check it out!

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

Jinxy and Me said...

I would love to see this! I checked to see if it was coming to our area and unfortunately, it's not. It should come to Minneapolis!!

Holly Ord said...

I Love Lucy would be such a fun show to see! I grew up watching the television show reruns and I still watch them in the middle of the night when I can't sleep now. Seeing it live on stage would be such a treat.

Christie C said...

I haven't seen a live show in awhile. I definitely want to see I Love Lucy!

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Lucy was born and raised not far from me. If this comes near me... I am going to go see it.

Eliz Frank said...

What a wonderful walk down memory lane. The show is going to be so much fun and I bet humorous too. Enjoy it! :-)

Lynndee said...

I've heard anout "I Love Lucy" but never seen an episode. I think I wasn't born yet when it was shown? :)

Katarina Kovcin said...

This looks like so much fun! If it was in my city I would definitely go and visit! I love this kind of festivities!

Kiwi said...

Ba BaLOO!!! I love LUCY like seriously and there is a stageplay on it!! I would seriously love to see this thnks for sharing!

~ Noelle said...

We have a local theater here, I wonder what they have going on...
I loved I LOVE LUCY --- I watched it with my Nana growing up

Gabriel Bregg said...

I've a couple of friends that are near Lansing and they speak really highly of Wharton. It's a couple of hours south of us, but we hope to start checking out things down there now that the boys are a couple of years old and can appreciate things a bit more.

Cynthia Wright said...

Looks fun! I used to love this event.

Paula Schuck said...

These shows look like so much fun! I would definitely love to do see I Love Lucy! I was a big fan of the original show.

MikiHope said...

Oh how I wish I lived near there--I am still a big fan of I Love Lucy and when I can find them I watch the re runs. That is classic and will never go out of style!!

Housewife Eclectic said...

Oh my gosh! That I love Lucy show sounds like so much fun!

Liz Mays said...

I'd have to get season's tickets! They have an impressive line-up of really fun shows.

Caitlin Fore said...

What a fun show!

kristi dominguez said...

Looks like SO MUCH FUN!