A View from the Cliff
Queens loves Lucie

Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of entertainment legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, graced the main stage on Saturday at QTIP (Queens Theatre in the Park.) The packed house enjoyed a combination of mellow jazz, upbeat Broadway melodies and nostalgic tributes.
“An Evening with Lucie Arnaz” opened with a film that featured over a dozen intros by TV super hosts dating back to the 1970s. In addition to her television credits, Ms. Arnaz has won acclaim on the big screen, on Broadway and onstage across the United States and Europe.
Arnaz often framed her songs with interesting anecdotes. She frequently praised the many talented musicians she has known. Arnaz introduced her current band – Brian Nalepka on bass, Steve Singer on drums, and the renowned Billy Stritch, musical director and pianist. Stritch is well known on the national jazz and cabaret circuit.
Arnaz introduced her celebrity husband, Laurence Luckinbill, who was seated in the audience. She shared her greatest successes – three children and a thirty-year marriage.
Arnaz was at her best when calling upon her Cuban heritage, performing a tribute to Desi Arnaz in both English and Spanish. Lucille Ball was honored with the showstopper from Ball’s Broadway vehicle “Wildcat,” the rousing “Hey, Look Me Over.” Arnaz recalled her own starring turn on Broadway as well, singing the title song from “They’re Playing Our Song.” By night’s end there were three encores and as many standing ovations.
There are still several concerts and special events on QTP’s calendar. Check with the box office at 718-760-0064. As always, save me a seat on the aisle.

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