CURRENTLY: I am thrilled to be appearing as “Berthe” in the First National Tour of probably my favorite show on Broadway right now – PIPPIN! I will only be on this very extensive national tour through January 18, 2015. So, if you want to catch me singing and swinging from a trapeze, check the schedule on my calendar page for when and where you can do that.
This 2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical Revival is a brilliant new production directed by Diane Paulus, with some of Broadway’s best music and lyrics from the ultra prolific Stephen Schwartz, combined with Bob Fosse/Chet Walker choreography and filled with some of the most amazing acrobatic talent you will ever see. I am humbled to even share the stage with these first rate performers. Not to mention John Rubinstein – the original Pippin – playing Charles, his father, the king, in this revival. The history alone associated with his presence on stage with us is palpable.
So, friends, come find me while I am still “hangin” around! You’ll have a blast!
"I love Lucie in ‘Pippin’ revival at the Smith Center
Lucie Arnaz, the talented daughter of entertainment legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, is a revelation in the Tony Award-winning revival of the musical 'Pippin' now at the Smith Center in a limited run through Sunday.
Arnaz received extended applause after her showcase of 'No Time at All,' and it’s a shame that she doesn’t have more featured time in the musical. This cast of 'Pippin' seen opening night Tuesday is stellar.
Arnaz is absolutely breathtaking as Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe, with her comedic timing — from whom did she inherit that? — and acting chops and at age 63 defies gravity (in body and skills) singing and performing acrobatic moves on a trapeze swing above the stage." (Don Chareunsy / Las Vegas Sun)
"Pippin of today does fulfill, in myriad moments. When Lucie Arnaz takes the stage as Pippin’s grandmother Berthe, she performs what is now a famous scene as she grips a trapeze and an acrobatic partner and rises over the stage. The 63-year-old Arnaz strips to her costume, which shows off her dazzling legs (she has her mom’s gams, obviously) and eventually hangs upside-down and faces the audience.
It’s a fantastic, impressive and warm performance. Young entertainers should watch Arnaz and take note of how to achieve genuine stage presence. They should take note of 'Pippin,' too, proof that in the world of musical theater, the circus never leaves town." (John Katsilometes / Las Vegas Sun)
"Pippin also gets some sage advice from his life-affirming, death-defying grandma (the beguiling Lucie Arnaz, demonstrating ace comic timing and jaw-dropping moxie whether she’s leading an audience sing-along — or flying high on the trapeze)." (Carol Cling / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
In ‘Pippin,’ Lucie Arnaz has finally run off with the circus (John Katsilometes / Las Vegas Sun)
"As Pippin's grandmother Berthe, Lucie Arnaz nearly brings down the house..." (Lisa Kennedy / Denver Post)
Lucie Arnaz: Why Her Addition to the Pippin Cast Stands Out (Greg Archer / Huffington Post)
Another special treat, I was asked to pop in to the Broadway PIPPIN production for a month this fall. That was divine. To already know my part and just descend into this parallel universe at the beautiful Music Box theatre on 45th St.? It was autumn in New York and all my east coast friends got a chance to catch the act! How lucky can I get?
Even luckier, because while I was in New York, I got to direct the first Equity reading of HAZEL: A Musical Maid In America. Hazel is a brand new musical comedy based on the original Ted Key comic strip and the popular 60’s television show, which starred Shirley Booth. I fell in love with the score by Ron Abel and Chuck Steffan and the smart and sassy book by Lissa Levin. I was blessed with a first rate cast of 14, led by the incomparable Klea Blackhurst, that simply knocked it out of the park.
Enough interest was generated from this reading to go directly into a workshop production in the Spring and, I am very proud to say that I have been asked to reprise my role as director. As Hazel would say, “Ain’t life a doozy?”
‘Hazel,’ the ’60s sitcom about a saucy maid, now a B’way-bound musical (Michael Riedel / New York Post)
Don't forget I have two CDs available now too: JUST IN TIME (Concord Jazz 1993) and LATIN ROOTS (LML Music 2010).
I am also booking my LATIN ROOTS big band show. I hope to bring that big show into Las Vegas soon, too.
It's a story I've been longing to tell, the genesis of my love affair with music and a tribute to the man who introduced it to me.
Here's a taste:
Meantime, from my merchandise department, I am proud to announce, along with both my CDs, that all six seasons of HERE’S LUCY (the series I co-starred in with my mother, Lucille Ball, and my brother, Desi Arnaz, Jr.), are now available on DVD courtesy of MPI. (The wrap around commentaries on these are priceless.) As well as "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie", the EMMY Award winning documentary my husband and I produced and directed about my iconic parents.
In Family news:
My son, Joe Luckinbill, now has three CDs released. I know good music and I am his biggest fan. There is some excellent writing and production value on these albums. I hope you will check them out at joeluckinbill.com.
Joe just relocated to the east coast and works as an independent studio engineer, as well as using that music degree to teach multiple stringed instruments and is now organizing the opening of a new music school! So proud of his tenacity and talent. You go, Joe!!!
My beautiful and multi talented daughter, Katharine Luckinbill, enjoys her busy life as recruiter for big businesses in Seattle, WA. But, I wish she still had time to blog. She's such a wise and witty writer.
My handsome stepson, Nick Luckinbill, has his own business as a music composer / producer and event coordinator based in LA.
His brother, Ben, works out of Nyack, NY crafting cocktails, making films, and working on a graphic novel to be released in 2015!
What a fabulous bunch of talented artists. And, better than that, they are ALL great people trying to do something to enrich the happiness quotient on the planet.
Wait, there's more family. The proud dad. My ubër talented partner in crime and passion of 34 years (and the father of all these brilliant babes), Laurence Luckinbill, who is finally getting around to writing his memoirs and publishing all four of the one man theatrical plays he has written and performed for decades into one big volume with prologue explaining the genesis of each. Visit his fantastic website, www.laurenceluckinbill.com (courtesy of Ben Luckinbill) complete with hours and hours of performance videos of all of them.
Hope you enjoy perusing this site, where you can read reviews of my most current work, download bios/press photos, keep tabs on my schedule and learn more about my life and career. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please pass them along to the webangels at benluckinbill.com!
Safe and Happy Holidays Everyone!