Showbiz Memoir I Loved Lucy, Starring Jeffry Denman and Diane J. Findlay, Premieres in CA

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Laguna Playhouse's world premiere of I Loved Lucy, the stage version of Lee Tannen's book about his friendship with aging actress Lucille Ball, starring Diane J. Findlay as Ball and Jeffry Denman as Lee, opens Oct. 9.

Diane Findlay and Jeffry Denman
Diane Findlay and Jeffry Denman Photo by Ed Krieger

Performances under the direction of Todd Weeks play to Oct. 31 in Laguna Beach, CA. Previews began Oct. 5.

According to Laguna notes, "Comedienne Lucille Ball left an indelible imprint on fans throughout the world, but most saw only the public persona. Now, go behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the personal side of Lucy. Few people knew America's comic sweetheart the way Lee Tannen did. Though distantly related by marriage and 40 years apart in age, Lucy and Lee became the nearest and dearest of friends during the last decade of Lucy's life. It was a time Lucy spent out of the spotlight and around a backgammon table, and Lee was lucky enough to be sitting across from her for much of that time."

"Lee Tannen has a unique insider's knowledge of Lucille Ball," Laguna Playhouse artistic director Andrew Barnicle said in a statement. "He spent years as her friend and confidant, and he saw her through many of the ups and downs in the last decade of her life. Yes, she was a comic powerhouse. She was also stubborn, philosophical, affectionate, mercurial, vulnerable, and very human."

Denman appeared in Off-Broadway's Yank! (for which he was a 2010 Drama Desk nominee) and Broadway's White Christmas, The Producers, Cats, Dream and 1995's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Findlay appeared in Off-Broadway's Flamingo Court, Paper Mill Playhouse's Funny Girl and Goodspeed Musicals' Dear World and They All Laughed.

For more information, call (949) 497-2787, or visit LagunaPlayhouse.com.

Jeffry Denman and Diane Findlay
Jeffry Denman and Diane Findlay Photo by Ed Krieger
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