Tropicana Nights: A Salute to the Music of I Love Lucy with Special Guests Lucie Arnaz & Desi Arnaz, Jr.
6:30 PM PT
6:30 pm Reception
7:30 pm Program
Sixty years ago, film and radio star Lucille Ball and Cuban-born actor and musician Desi Arnaz first stole our hearts as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in arguably the most successful television show of all time, I Love Lucy. Always a showcase for the brilliant comedic talents of its legendary cast, the series possessed equally sparkling musical moments. From the fiery excitement of “Babalu” and “El Cumbanchero,” to the touching and sentimental “We’re Having a Baby (My Baby and Me)” and Tin Pan Alley–era tunes including “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” I Love Lucy’s diverse and potent musical blend further helped to cement the series’ enduring appeal and influence.
The Paley Center is pleased to present an evening celebrating the musical legacy of I Love Lucy. For this special program we will be joined by Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz. Jr., two gifted actors and musicians who proudly carry on their family’s musical tradition, recently celebrated in the acclaimed musical revue Babalu! and in Ms. Arnaz current album release Latin Roots. They will be joined by the award-winning composer and arranger Ron Abel and others for an illuminating conversation filled with classic clips and a special musical performance.