Chicago CastCreativesOriginal Cast

the creatives

Rick Sparks (Director/Co-Adaptor/Musical Staging) Rick Sparks is the recipient of 18 Los Angeles theatre awards for his work as writer, director, choreographer, producer and sound designer.  His adaptation and direction of They Shoot Horses Don't They? was the galloping commercial and critical hit of its season.  Sparks' other direction credits includes A Clockwork Orange (2nd Drama Critic's Circle Award), Psycho Beach Party (L.A. premier), Down South (NY and LA productions), Divorce The Musical, Schoolhouse Rock Live Too, Clutter by Mark Saltzman, the west coast premier of John Patrick Shanley's Where's My Money?, Highballs Ahoy!, Dead Bride Running, A Charlie Brown Commercial Christmas, Daddy, Trio, The Nothing Boys, Don't Talk to the Actors, There's No Place Like Hollywood, Tallulah, and Inconceivable.  Rick choreographed Sheila Sands Live At The Roxy produced by Lilly Tomlin, and has been listed as one of five stage 'Directors You Ought To Know' in the country, by the industry magazine Backstage. Kim Flagg (Co-Adaptor/Producer) Kim has been writing for the past two years on ABC's comedy hit "Last Man Standing" and was a writer and story editor for the Tim Allen series "Home Improvement." She has collaborated with Allen for seventeen years as his ghostwriter, head comedy writer, speechwriter and creative design director, developing and writing a wide array of material for his stand-up comedy, award show appearances, comedy concerts, public engagements, hosting events, and talk show appearances including "The Tonight Show", "Letterman", "Regis",  "Rosie", "Oprah", and The Montreal Comedy Festival. She collaborated with Allen on his books, "Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man" and "I'm Not Really Here," and developed two sitcom pilots while heading up television development for Boxing Cat Productions.  Kim has done punch-up writing for numerous comedians and several feature films. She co-wrote, directed and produced Life on Mars, a one-man musical comedy that was performed at the HBO Work Space in Los Angeles, and most recently co-developed a one-man show for Mr. Allen, currently running at The Venetian in Vegas.  Kim has been a core member of the 'I Love Lucy' team since 2001, and as video editor for the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Experience U.S. tour, she is thrilled to help bring this beloved show to the stage. Wayne Moore (Musical Supervision and Arrangements) Musical  Direction credits include:  Merry-Go-Round - the new Sherman Bros. musical (The Colony Theater), 24 Hours: A Rock Musical (Stella Adler Theatre), Dvorak In America (Whitefire Theater,) Madly In Love (Odyssey Theater), 3 Broads 3 (The Orpheum Theater), Good Morning, Hollywood (Taper, Too), and Dorian (Harmon Ave. Theater).  He has played and co- written the cabaret acts of Liz Torres, Debbie Reynolds, Michael Greer, Deborah Tranelli, 4 Friends, and his own cabaret act with Brenda Silas Moore called Wayne & Brenda. He was featured as an actor in the original musicals Too Old For The Chorus (Celebration  Theater), Bark (Celebration Theater), Freeway Dreams (The Gardenia) and as George Cukor in Something's Got To Give (West Coast Ensemble).  Wayne's produced original musicals includeFreeway Dreams (The Gardenia), There's No Place Like Hollywood (Stella Adler Theate) and I Know I Came In Here For Something (Taconic Theater, New York).  There are five CDs of his original songs available from Ducy Lee Recordings at Alan Bukowiecki (Music Director/"Wilbur Hatch") National Tour: Hair (Associate Conductor). Off-Broadway: Dr. Sex (Conductor). Chicago (selected): Music Director of Altar Boyz (Drury Lane Water Tower), Floyd Collins (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble), Route 66 (Paramount Theatre). Associate MD of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Drury Lane Oakbrook), "L.M." in Pump Boys and Dinettes (Drury Lane Oakbrook). United Kingdom: Sunday in the Park with George (Music Director). Television: "Children in Need", "Christmas Celebration" (BBC Scotland). Alan holds an M.A. from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is a two time Jeff Citation recipient for Outstanding Music Direction, and has performed over 1,000 shows as a singing rock-n-roll dueling pianist at Chicago's Howl at the Moon. Peitor Angell (Original Music Composer) Hit songwriter, record producer, film scorer, arranger and conductor, Peitor Angell brings to I Love Lucy Live on Stage! it's Opening Theme as well as all of the transition music.  With 7 billboard top 20 charting records to his career to date as well as countless songs and music featured in films, television and theatre there is little time for him to reflect on anything but what's right in front of him and what's next.  Writing and producing extensively for legendary recording artists such as Grammy Award Winner, Thelma Houston, Charo and The Sweet Inspirations while being just as comfortable composing and arranging for the 60's Pacific Coast Jazz sound of Monte Carlo & His Orchestra illustrates the versatility of his craft. Aaron Henderson (Set Designer) Aaron is a full service creative director /production designer who has collaborated with a variety of entertainment professionals to create spectacular events and innovative experiences. After a decade with The Walt Disney Company as part of the Creative Development Team, Aaron became the Lead Designer for George & Goldberg Design Associates. He has enjoyed working on numerous parades & themed attractions for Disneyland Park, as well as production design for Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Katy Perry, & Bette Midler. Aaron now works as a full time freelance designer. Noah Mitz (Lighting Designer) Noah is excited to be joining the I Love Lucy Live on Stage team.  He has been lighting theatre, television, and live events for the last twelve years and enjoys the unique challenges that each production brings.  Internationally he has lit productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.  Currently his work can be seen nightly on the Conan show on TBS.  Noah is a graduate of the BFA program at Carnegie Mellon University and as a native of Milwaukee he is thrilled to be back in the Midwest. Shon LeBlanc (Costume Designer) Shon was featured in Spotlight Magazine as one of the people "Making Theater happen in LA", Mr. LeBlanc has designed over 600 productions in Los Angeles alone.  He has been recognized for his work with 9 Drama-Logue awards, 6 Garland awards, 3 Drama Critics Circle Awards, an LA Weekly Award, the Ovation, for Theatre Neos' The Women, an NAACP nomination for The Bluebonnet Court, and the LAVC and Garland award for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir at NOHO Arts. Mr. LeBlanc also has recently finished designing No God, No Master a feature film starring David Strathairn about the bombing of Wall Street in 1920. Mr. LeBlanc is the owner of Valentino's  Costumes Inc., which has just entered a partnership with The Wardrobe Wing and Costume Couture to form "The Costume House", an all-purpose and much larger  costume rental facility in North Hollywood. Mr. LeBlanc divides time between L.A. and San Francisco, where he teaches Costume Design at the Academy of Art University. Cricket S. Myers (Sound Designer) On Broadway, Cricket earned a Tony Nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her design of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Her designs Off Broadway include the 16 month run of The Marvelous Wonderettes (Westside Arts). She has also designed regionally at La Jolla Playhouse, The Mark Taper Forum, Berkley Rep, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, The Kirk Douglas Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, and the Geffen Theater. Other selected L.A. designs include The Colony Theatre, The Celebration Theater, Ford Amphitheater and Circle X Theater. Ms. Myers has earned 13 Ovation Nominations, as well as winning an LADCC and a Garland Award in Los Angeles. Diane Martinous (Hair/Wig Designer) Anyone who works with Diane knows her motto: "It's always about the hair!" She enjoys designing and consulting for theatre, film and her private clientele. Her designs have earned recognition throughout LA including a Maddy Award, LA Drama Critic nomination, and the first hairstylist to receive a Local Hero Award honoring her body of work for LA theatre. Projects include Amadeus at the Hollywood Bowl, the musical stage version of Happy Days directed by Garry Marshall, and Pest Control at NoHo Arts Theatre. She has also enjoyed the soap world and has been part of the hair team on Passions (which earned her a 2009 Emmy nomination) and General Hospital/Night Shift. Stacey Miller (Make Up Designer) Growing up in Hawaii with a passion for art, a fascination with film and a love of all things colorful, Stacey focused her education on a fine arts degree with a particular interest in color theory. The lure of Hollywood and its tragic beauty brought her to California, deciding to follow her childhood dream of working as a makeup artist and hoping to play a part in the collaboration of creating iconic images like the ones that had inspired her. To accomplish this goal she received her license in Cosmetology and continued her education learning advanced cutting techniques from Toni & Guy and completing courses at the Makeup Designory in Burbank. She has now been a Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist for more than 10 years, primarily working within the television, film and theatrical field. Her work can be seen in feature films, music videos, the SciFi Network, Fox, CMT, and web-series crossover sensation Goodnight Burbank now on HDnet. Kelly Bailey (Assistant Costume Designer) Kelly is an award-winning Costume Designer and Wardrobe Stylist based in Los Angeles.  Her work can be seen on stage, in print, in music videos, on network television and in feature films. Her design career began while still in high school as an Intern with The Dallas Theatre Center, and Shakespeare Dallas.  She received her High Honors degree from Trinity College, Dublin, and her MST from Magdalen College, Oxford. Credits include:  Pulp Shakespeare: Los Angeles & New York. The Importance of Being Earnest: Gate Theatre, Dublin.Frankenstein: The Pocket Theatre. The Walt Disney Company, SyFy Network, CNN, G4, MTV, BBC America, The Extra, Little CEO, None of Them, Entertainment Weekly, US Weekly, The Dallas Observer and The LA Weekly. Justine Baldwin (Production Stage Manager) While stage managing and teaching in Los Angeles, Justine also co-produced the Ovation nominated Chicago The Musical at the Hudson Backstage Theatre and the critically acclaimed LA premiere of The Life with Jaxx Theatricals, Inc. She is the co-founder and Producing Director for Jaxx Theatricals, Inc. and Jaxx Educational Theatre School (JETS).  Justine holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree from UCLA. She has an LA Weekly Theater Award nomination and, while with the premiere of I Love Lucy® Live on Stage, garnered a Broadway World Award for Best Musical of the year.  Justine is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Jennifer R. Graves (Company Manager) Jennifer is happy to be at home in Chicago and have the opportunity to be a member of I Love Lucy Live on Stage team.  Chicago credits include Immediate Family, Wicked and A Christmas Story the Musical.  Broadway: Riverdance, Tours: A Christmas Story the Musical, Hair, August Osage County with Estelle Parsons, Big River (Deaf West), Arturo Brachetti, Riverdance, Dreamgirls, West Side Story (USA, Canada, Japan), Fiddler on the Roof with Theodore Bikel, Camelot with Robert Goulet.  Thanks to my mother Ruth and Lola. Richard Lundy (Assistant Stage Manager) Richard is from Lockport, NY (The Taylor Theater), cut his teeth at The Cleveland Playhouse in the mid-1980's and is very, very happy to be an Assistant for the second time since joining Actors' Equity 26 years ago. Also: Miss Saigon (First National Company), Remains Theatre (including Speed The Plow), Wisdom Bridge, Organic Theatre, 5 proud years with Next Theatre (World Premiere of The Adding Machine: A Chamber Musical), 2 seasons with Writers' Theatre (including Oh, Coward!), Porchlight Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Famous Door Theatre. Also Shakespeare & Co in Lenox, Mass. Studied at Kent State University and just celebrated his 20th Wedding anniversary with Carmel Carroll, late of Co. Mayo, Ireland.


Stephen Kahn (Executive Producer) is the principal of S.Kahn Presents, Inc. David George (Executive Producer) and Hyra George (Producer) David and his wife, Hyra (Goldberg) George, originally from New York, created George & Goldberg Design Associates in 1988 providing design, engineering and production support for music tours, themed, corporate, special events and specialty installations. Samplings of the company's 20 years:  Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, The Who, Meatloaf, Yanni, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tim McGraw, Ricky Martin, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Disney, Honda, Acura, Lexus, Mercedes, Infinity, Forever Living Products, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NATO, NGIA, Olympic Ceremonies, The Super Bowl half-time shows for U2 and Rolling Stones, Mattel, The Getty Center, Sonicare and Microsoft. In 2007 they "exited stage left" to pursue design and producing opportunities with their production company Millrock, starting off with Paul Stroili's Straight Up With A Twist which ran for 5 months Off Broadway, and John Cleese's US Tours.  David continues as Neil Diamond's Production Designer with his current US tour, and is the Set Designer for Barbra Streisand's upcoming 2012 tour. We hope you enjoy this production as much as we have enjoyed the process of bringing it to you! Allan Williams (Executive Producer) is partner in AWA Management which has provided General Management services to a number of Broadway shows including Spiderman – Turn off the Dark, The Phantom of the Opera, Million Dollar Quartet, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe, the upcoming Scandalous, Kinky Boots, Hands on a Hardbody and Tuck Everlasting, as well as other live entertainments such as The Tony Awards, Walking with Dinosaurs, Dora the Explorer and Madagascar.  In addition to I Love Lucy Live on Stage, Allan has acted as the Executive Producer for last season's Broadway revival of Follies.  Allan has a Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Management from the University of Michigan and lives in New York City with his wife Beth Williams. Dede Harris (Producer) Broadway: Hands on a Hardbody (Opening Spring 2013), Clybourne Park Winner 2012 Tony Award for Best Play,One Man Two Guvnors, War Horse Winner 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, Jerusalem, Elling, 9 to 5 the Musical, The Norman ConquestsWinner 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush, Speed-the-Plow, The Seagull, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The History Boys Winner 2007 Tony Award for Best Play, The Pillowman, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Raisin in the Sun,  Golda's Balcony,  Hairspray Winner 2003 Tony Award for Best Musical; The Crucible, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Elaine Stritch at Liberty Winner 2002 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event, Noises Off, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Winner 2001 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, The Music Man and Swing! Off-Broadway: Dog Sees God, The Exonerated, Shockheaded Peter,Mnemonic,  tick, tick…Boom!, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. London: All About My Mother, Dealer's Choice, On An Average Day,Boston Marriage and RSC's A Servant of Two Masters. Sharon Karmazin (Producer) has been producing musicals and plays on and off Broadway for over ten years. This year she won the Tony for Best Play with Clybourne Park. Upcoming in 2013 is a new musical, Hands on a Hardbody. Other Broadway shows includeMetamorphoses, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (starring John Lithgow),  Superior Donuts, You're Welcome America (starring Will Ferrell), 13, revivals of Steel Magnolias, Ragtime and The Seagull (starring Kristin Scott Thomas) and most recently One Man, Two Guvnors. Off-Broadway she also produced Anne Meara's Down the Garden Paths, starring Eli Wallach and Ann Jackson. Sharon is president of Good Karma Production, LLC and is a member of the Board of the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ. Kim Flagg (Producer/Co-Adaptor) See bio included with Production Team. David Carpenter (Associate Producer) has been with Dede Harris Productions since 2010. Previously he was the Head of Sales at DreamWorks Theatricals, overseeing single and group ticket sales for Shrek The Musical.  David has served as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Group Sales Box Office and the Manager of Ticket Center Operations for The Broadway League. While at the League, he produced two musicals for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Have A Nice Life by Conor Mitchell, winner of 6 NYMF Awards, and the world premiere of But I'm A Cheerleader: The Musical, which sold out its entire run and won the 2005 NYMF Audience Award. Before joining the League he was the Sales and Marketing Associate for Dodger Touring, Ltd. working on the national tours of 42nd Street, Urinetown, Blast! and Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby.

original cast 2011-2012 l.a.

Sirena Irwin
as 'Lucy'
Bill Mendieta
as 'Ricky'
Bill Chott
as 'Fred'
Lisa Joffery
as 'Ethel'
Tom Christensen
Steven Connor
Gregory Franklin
Kerri-Anne Lavin
Ed Martin
Denise Moses
Cindy Sciacca
Gina Torrecilla
Amy Tolsky
Mark Tracy