Escaping bloodshed in Cuba, a young man sets sail on a turbulent journey that leads him all the way to Hollywood and into the arms of a fiery, redheaded movie star named Lucille Ball. In The Cuban and the Redhead , Desi and Lucy put their egos and dreams of stardom on the line in a gamble to save one thing—their marriage—risking it all on an untested and floundering new medium called television. Can these two star-crossed lovers blaze a path that defies Hollywood and history to be together? The Cuban and the Redhead , with book, music and lyrics by Robert Bartley and Danny Whitman, is a brand-new original musical that follows in the footsteps of Gypsy , Jersey Boys , Dreamgirls and Funny Girl honoring famous icons.
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One sure sign of a troubled musical is the inability to recall a single tune from the twenty listed in the show's program immediately following the performance. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts through September 30th. Arnaz and Ball meet while pursuing film and music careers and, although they take plenty of time warming up to each other, the famous duo eventually shacks up and creates the now-famous sitcom I Love Lucy. Aside from the aforementioned forgettable score, which only truly allows Arnaz played by Storm Lineberger to vocally soar, challenges arise in the show for Bartley and Whitman by writing a fluid, relatable arc for Arnaz at the expense of idol Lucille Ball. Here, Ball Leslie Stevens is stubborn, cutthroat, and crass, almost completely devoid of the humor that made her the American icon she's celebrated to be. And while this characterization may or may not? The show does eventually show off the Lucy we've known and loved, but it's too little and way too late Amelia Bransky's industrial scenic scaffolding further isolates the act with a chilling, dark tone, while Bruce Coleman's costumes and Dan Schoedel's lights make their best efforts to provide some warmth.
Robert Bartley and Danny Whitman co-wrote the musical , which follows the on- and off-screen love story of the comedic duo. The musical is directed and co-choreographed by Bartley and will feature an original score reminiscent of Latin and American music of the s. Blocking belongs on the stage, not on websites. Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.
Sep 14, 0. Danny Whitman and Robert Bartley have been a couple for nearly 20 years. Five years ago, they started their greatest project together: having a child through surrogacy. It resulted in the 3-year-old son that bounces around during our interview.