Charles Busch is Lucille Ball in “I Loved Lucy” @ Bridge Street Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Lucille Ball and playwright Lee Tannen

Greater Nippertown audiences are in for a rare treat when theatrical legend Charles Busch and playwright/performer Lee Tannen team up for a special two-performance concert staging of Tannen’s I Loved Lucy on Friday & Saturday, March 22 & 23 as a benefit for Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre. This delightful stage adaptation of Tannen’s own 2001 memoir, directed by Carl Andress, stars the fabulous Charles Busch as Lucille Ball, Lee Tannen as himself, and also features the multitudinous talents of actor/pianist Tom Judson.

Few people knew America’s comic sweetheart Lucille Ball the way Lee Tannen did. He first met Lucy as a child but cemented their close and enduring relationship as an adult when he acted as confidant and traveling companion to her during the last ten years of her life. “The play is drawn solely from memory,” says Tannen, “a remembrance of a time in my life spent with a remarkable woman at the end of hers. It’s a loving and candid valentine to my very own Auntie Mame.” I Loved Lucy is an intimate and personal portrait of Lucille Ball as you’ve never seen or known her before, one that will only add to your own love of Lucy.

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