The montage features Arnaz’s children, theatre veteran Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr., as well as Tony nominees Raul Esparza (a Miami native) and Valerie Pettiford. Highlights include Esparza’s passionate rendition of the Arnaz classic “Babalu,” Desi, Jr. playing percussion on the “I Love Lucy” theme music, and Esparza breaking out the bongo drums for an exciting number with Desi, Jr. and the band.
Lucie Arnaz directed and hosts the evening, performing “Cuban Pete” with Esparza, “Old Devil Moon” with Pettiford, and several of her father’s greatest hits.
“Babalu!” runs through July 11 at the Arsht Center.
— Thomas Peter