national tour cast
14-15 Tour Creative Team
Rick Sparks (Director/Co-Adaptor/Musical Staging)
Recipient of 19 Theatre awards for his work as writer, director, choreographer, producer and sound designer. His adaptation/direction of They Shoot Horses Don’t They? and Clockwork Orange were record-breaking hits. He helmed Off Broadway’s Down South, and West Coast premieres of Psycho Beach Party, Daddy, and John Patrick Shanley’s Where’s My Money? World Premieres: Divorce The Musical, Highballs Ahoy!, Dead Bride Running, Clutter, and Lily Tomlin’s Sheila Sands Live At The Roxy. Rick is currently in preparation for plays Hubcap and High, and was called one of five national stage ‘Directors You Ought To Know’ by Backstage Magazine. www.sparksmambo.com
Kim Flagg (Co-Adaptor/Producer)
Kim is currently a writer for ABC’s sitcom “Last Man Standing.” Previous TV writing credits include ABC’s “Home Improvement.” She has collaborated with Tim Allen for 18 years as his head comedy writer, has written on feature films with Disney, Universal and FOX, and has developed two sitcom pilots for Boxing Cat Entertainment. For stage, Kim co-wrote, directed and produced Life on Mars (HBO Work Space), and co-developed a stage show for Mr. Allen, currently running in Vegas.
Andy Belling (Music Director)
Andrew has played in Ricky Ricardo’s band since the original L.A. production. He’s a composer-conductor-actor-producer-director with self-congratulatory details at morbroproductions.com. Based on an original score by the famous Sherman Brothers, Andrew is the creator and director of “MerryGoRound,” a brand new Broadway-bound musical. CA143!
Wayne Moore (Musical Arrangements and Special Lyrics)
One of the top musical directors and writers in Los Angeles for the last 20 years, Wayne has specialized in new musicals including his own There’s No Place Like Hollywood, Freeway Dreams and I Know I Came In Here For Something. He is currently working on his newest musical, “Soundstage.”
Peitor Angell (Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator & Conductor of Original Music)
From the opening theme dance production number of I Love Lucy® Live, through the transition music between scenes in the entire show, Peitor Angell brings his well-honed skills perfected working for such legends as Grammy Award-winner, Thelma Houston, Charo, The Sweet Inspirations and Monte Carlo & His Orchestra. Discover more of his work at PeitorAngell.com
Aaron Henderson (Set Designer)
Aaron’s career began with the Disney Company as part of the Entertainment Art/Creative Development Division. His projects include; The Electrical Parade/Light Magic, Christmas at It’s a Small World, Disneyland Park West Coast Tour as well as Parades for The Lion King & Disney’s 40th Anniversary. Later in his career Aaron was fortunate enough to design for live entertainment acts such as; Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler & Katy Perry. His theatrical experience includes; Of Grapes and Nuts (SeaGlass Theater), Renaissance Geek (Tamarind Theatre), A Christmas Twist (Victory Theatre) & Wake (Fremont Centre Theatre).
Shon LeBlanc (Costume Designer)
Mr. LeBlanc is thrilled to return as part of the design team to a show that earned him a Broadway World Award for its original Los Angeles run. He also earned an LA Weekly Theatre Award and an Ovation award for Best Costume Design adding to his numerous awards earned by designing over 600 productions in Los Angeles.
Kelly Bailey (Associate Costume Designer)
Kelly is an award-winning costume designer and stylist based in Los Angeles. Theatrical: Pulp Shakespeare, The Tempest, The Importance of Being Earnest, Frankenstein, Pray to Ball. TV: Disney Channel, SyFy, CNN, MTV, BBC America. Film: The Extra, None of Them Will Collect My Soul, El Doctor, Shameless, Touch. Media: GQ, Entertainment Weekly, US Weekly.
David George (Lighting Designer)
See bio included with the producing team.
Cricket S. Myers (Sound Designer)
On Broadway, Cricket earned a Tony Nomination and Drama Desk Award for her design of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Regional designs: La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Berkley Rep, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, Kirk Douglas Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, and The Shrine. She’s earned 13 Ovation Nominations, and won an LADCC and Garland Award in Los Angeles. CricketSMyers.com
Judi Lewin (Additional Hair/Wig Designer))
Judi has Designed Hair/Wigs/Makeup for Theatre, Film and Television in and around the Los Angeles area for more than 20 yrs. and for other Tours including “Sisterella” European Tour and “Happy Days” National Tour. She has designed for many noted Theatre Companies including Pasadena Playhouse, The Rubicon, The Fountain Theatre and The Blank.
Diane Martinous (Original Hair/Wig Designer)
Diane’s Motto: It’s always about the hair!” She designs and consults for theatre, film, and a private clientele. Her designs have earned a Maddy Award, LA Drama Critic Nomination, Local Hero Award. Theatre favorites: Amadeus (Hollywood Bowl), Happy Days (Garry Marshall), Passions (soap opera, 2009 Emmy Nomination) and General Hospital/Nightshift.
Karina Branson (Makeup Designer/Manager/Assistant to Wig & Wardrobe)
Karina is delighted to join the company of I Love Lucy® Live as the Makeup Designer/Manager. A Baylor Theatre graduate, Karina now lives in New York City as a makeup Artist, Scenic Painter and Actress. She just recently worked at The Savannah Summer Theatre Institute as the Makeup Designer/Resident Assistant. She previously painted the off Broadway show The Murder Ballad, the Music Hall of Williamsburg, performed in a staged reading of The Goddess, acted as Makeup Designer for The Magic Pot, and worked at Williamstown Theatre Festival. She would love to thank God, her family and friends and everyone who has supported her!
Michael Weiss (Tour Manager)
Michael has managed numerous productions in his entertainment career that include such storied artists as Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, RUSH, Yanni, Peter Gabriel, Placido Domingo, and R.E.M. in addition to productions for the USO, Live Aid, the Olympics, John Cleese and even once building a temporary bridge to the Taj Mahal.
Zachary Krohn (Company Manager)
Zach has stage managed and company managed across the country. Theatres include Williamstown Theater Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare & Company, Maine State Music Theatre, Dallas Shakespeare Festival, Northern Stage, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, American Actors Company, and WaterTower Theatre.
Allen McMullen (Production Stage Manager)
Allen has Stage Managed the National Tours of Americas Got Talent Live, Xanadu, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind, All Shook Up, A Bronx Tale, Some Like It Hot with Tony Curtis, Guys and Dolls, Fame, Buddy, Anything Goes with Mitzi Gaynor, Camelot with Richard Harris, On Your Toes, Beehive, Jeeves Takes Charge, One Mo’ Time, the Australian tour of James Joyce’s Women and the historic first Soviet/USA co-production of Sophisticated Ladies. In Las Vegas he did Peepshow, Hairspray, Forever Plaid, and We Will Rock You.
Benjamin Kern (Assistant Stage Manager)
Benjamin Kern is thrilled to be joining the I Love Lucy Family! Regional: Damn Yankees: Red Sox Version (Ogunquit Playhouse,) Oklahoma (Quisisana Resort.) Off Broadway: Secrets of the Trade, The Morini Strad, ESPA: Detention Series, Fresh Ink: Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group (Primary Stages.) Additional Favorite Credits: I Love You, You’re Perfect…, Lunch Hour, A Shot in the Dark, How to Eat like a Child (Attic Theater Inc.) Thank you to mom, dad, and Nick for your continued support. Proud member Actor’s Equity Association.
Kurt Schneider (Head Carpenter)
Justin Shaw (Head Electrician)
David Cepeda (Head Audio)
Greg “Chico” Lopez (Original Head Audio)
As a veteran in the music industry, Chico has toured with many great artists including Gloria Estefan, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond and Josh Groban. He has also worked on the Olympics, the Presidential Inauguration and NBC Sports. Upon joining the I Love Lucy® Live on Stage national tour, Chico exclaimed, “This is the best job I have ever had!”
Blake Danford (Wardrobe Assistant)
Blythe Tierney Dever (Makeup Manager)
Michael Cassara, CSA (NY Casting)
has cast over 400 theatre and film projects including Forbidden Broadway (most recent two off-Broadway editions/cast recordings), Fat Camp (off-Broadway and upcoming Broadway production), and frequent projects for dozens of the nation’s leading regional theatres. Resident Casting Director for NYMF (since 2007) and NAMT (since 2013). Native Clevelander. Member, Casting Society of America. MichaelCassara.net / @michaelcassara
Michael Donovan, CSA (LA Casting)
Michael is the recipient of six Artios awards, given by the CSA for Outstanding Achievement in Casting. Michael’s theatre credits include shows produced at the Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, and more. Michael has cast numerous independent films, over 1,200 commercials, and his TV credits include the new series “Blood Relatives”.
AWA Partners (Exclusive Tour Direction)
AWA Partners represents the joint forces of AWA Touring Services, Off Broadway Booking/OBB and AVID Touring Group. The new roster includes, A Christmas Story—the Musical, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!—the Musical, Mandy Patinkin in Concert, An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Celebrity Autobiography, among many others. Past projects include Green Day’s American Idiot, The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, DreamWorks’ Madagascar Live and Monty Python’s Spamalot. www.AWA-Partners.com
Type A Marketing (Marketing and Press)
Type A Marketing is an independent, full-service marketing company specializing in Broadway and national tours. Current/upcoming roster: Broadway: Gigi, Les Misérables, Kinky Boots, The Phantom of the Opera, and Side Show. Tours: Anything Goes, Dirty Dancing, Flashdance the Musical, I Love Lucy: Live on Stage, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Million Dollar Quartet. www.typeamktg.com
Stephen Kahn (Executive Producer) is the principal of S.Kahn Presents, Inc.
David George (Executive Producer / Lighting Designer) and Hyra (Goldberg) George (Producer / General Manager) David and his wife, Hyra created George & Goldberg Design Associates in 1988, a scenic design, engineering and fabrication firm for the entertainment industry specializing in music tours, industrial displays and special events. In 2007, they “exited stage left” to pursue theatrical design and producing opportunities via their production company, Millrock. David continues his long-standing relationship with Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond as their tour Production Designer.
Allan Williams (Executive Producer) Allan Williams of Foresight Theatrical who have provided General Management services to a number of Broadway shows including The Phantom of the Opera, Kinky Boots, Million Dollar Quartet, On The Town, Disgraced and the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, King Kong, Gigi and Tuck Everlasting. Allan has also been the Executive Producer for the 2011 revival of Follies.
Jeff Davis (Executive Producer) Broadway: Exec-Producer Motel Rasdell (MITF) ProducerEmpire The Musical,, Producer Me The Mob and The Music (Tommy James and The Shondells-Broadway) (Future), Producer/Partner Rock of Ages Broadway/Vegas/US Tour/Worldwide, Producer TOMMY the 15th Anniversary Producer Being Audrey-NYC, Producer A Catered Affair, Co-Producer Next Fall (Off-Broadway), Associate Producer Drowsy Chaperone-London, Associate Produce Drowsy Chaperone-US Travel Show,Marguerite-London, 13 The Musical-NY, Legally Blonde-NY, Legally Blonde-US Travel Show, Is He Dead, Chita Rivera, A Dancers Life.
Dede Harris (Producer) Dede has Produced over 35 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End shows (winning 6 Tony Awards®) including Hands on a Hardbody, Clybourne Park, One Man Two Guvnors, War Horse, Jerusalem, The Norman Conquests, You’re Welcome America, Speed-the-Plow, The Seagull, Lieutenant of Inishmore, History Boys,Hairspray, Elaine Stritch at Liberty. Currently developing musicals based on the music of Diane Warren and the book The Wrecking Crew. DedeHarrisProductions.com
Sharon Karmazin (Producer) President, Good Karma Productions. Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas; Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award, Drama Desk); Hands on a Hardbody; Clybourne Park (Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize); One Man, Two Guvnors; Ragtime (Tony nomination); Superior Donuts; The Seagull; You’re Welcome America with Will Ferrell (Tony nomination); “13”; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination); Steel Magnolias; Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination); Golda’s Balcony. Off-Broadway: My Name is Asher Lev, Altar Boyz and others; Board member: George Street Playhouse.
Kim Flagg (Producer/Co-Adaptor) See bio included with Production Team.
Barbara and Ray Alpert (Producer) The Alperts, long time pillars of the Long Beach, CA community, are proud to be producers of this entertaining show. Barbara’s closest brush with theater fame was decades ago, dancing the can-can at the Jewish Community Center. Now she does “sing-a-longs” at home. The whole Alpert family wishes Ray, a lover of jokes and comedies, was still around to enjoy the show.
Sophie and Alan Alpert (Producers) Sophie and Alan have real jobs, and a love of theatre… especially loving “Lucy”. They are most well known for producing their incredible children: Linda (and Sean) Foley, Michelle (and Scott) Kelrick, Karin (and Hart) Alpert soon to be Cole, and David Alpert.
Neil Hoffman (Producer) Neil hopes that as his first foray into theatrical production unfolds he is both able to give laughter to others and to receive a bit for himself.
Nancy Alpert (Producer) feels that every day is a day of theatre with her teen-age daughter, Josiane, singing non-stop in the house. She would like to honor her late father, Raymond Alpert, who was “almost as funny as Lucy.”
Teri Alpert, Phil Waldman, Grand and Shelby Alpert-Waldman (Producer) The Alpert-Waldman Family is no stranger to supporting theater– they paid for many pizzas while their daughter won awards for stage-managing her school performances! The family treasures their involvement with “Lucy Live.”
David Carpenter (Associate Producer) David is the associate producer for Dede Harris Productions overseeing creative development and day-to-day operations. Other producing credits Hands on a Hardbody (Broadway), But I’m A Cheerleader, Have A Nice Life(NYMF). Previously he was the head of sales for DreamWorks Theatricals overseeing single and group ticket sales for Shrek the Musical.
national tour cast