Several veterans of the original "I Love Lucy" sitcom will participate in a July staged version of two episodes from the 1948-51 Lucille Ball radio program, "My Favorite Husband." The benefit performance will take place on July 12 at the third annual Loving Lucy convention at the Burbank Airport Hilton. Several surviving supporting players of "I Love Lucy" will be taking roles in the production, including Doris Singleton (who portrayed Carolyn Appleby) and Shirley Mitchell (Marion Strong), Roz and Marilyn Borden (Teensy & Weensy), Larry Dobkin, Elliott Reid, Janet Waldo, Sandra Gould, Peggy Rea, Tyler McVey and even original "Lucy" announcer Bob LeMond. Lucy herself will be portrayed by Ball impersonator Suzanne LaRushch. Bruce Davison will play the husband.
Producing and directing is Gregg Oppenheimer, whose father, Jess, was head writer and producer of both "My Favorite Husband" and "I Love Lucy." To complete the connection to the past, the event is being presented by Jell-O, original sponsor of the "My Favorite Husband" series. Proceeds will go to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
-- By Robert Simonson