Whodunnit Lucy

Lucy, Ricky, Deeva and Ethel (Fred wasn't around when I took the picture. That is NOT a clue!)

Lucy, Ricky, Deeva Gabor and Ethel (Fred wasn’t around when I took the picture. That is NOT a clue!)

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a huge I Love Lucy fan. So are my mother and daughter. I didn’t expect that to come up during our Christmas trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, but it did. The characters of I Love Lucy were on stage at the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show, and someone was going to get murdered!

Lucy, you got some ‘splaining to do!

Here’s the premise:

Everyone’s favorite redhead is up to her old tricks and involving the whole gang and a few new characters! Welcome to Club Tropicana where Ricky Bacardi is getting ready to debut his  brand new show! Ricky has enlisted the help of his friends and neighbors, Fred and Ethel Hertz, and famous Vaudeville singers, The Gabor Sisters, to star in his new show…  “Babaloo Broadway”!  But, of course Lucy wants to be in the show as well.  Adding to the excitement of the night, a TV crew will be taping the show.  Bullets and laughter fly through the air in this side-splitting comedy!

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Truthfully, what we liked best about the show were all the little catchphrases that we associate with Ricky, Lucy, Ethel and Fred. The actor who played Ricky had his laugh down pat. We all smiled when we heard it. But not as much as when he started to sing Ricky Ricardo’s “Cuban Pete (Chick-Chicky-Boom).” Remember that Spanish gem?

The spin on Lucy’s Vitameatavegamin commercial was cute. If you know all the lines, you can recite it in your head as the actress playing Lucy did her twist on that classic. (Of course we know all the lines. Don’t you?)

I won’t give away who was murdered or whodunnit. In fact, I took a solemn oath not to at the end of the night. Besides, you wouldn’t want me to ruin the surprise. Turnabout is fair play, so if you go and see Frankly, Scarlett, You’re Dead, don’t tell me who the murderer is in that one.

Have you been to any good mystery dinner theaters?

28 responses to “Whodunnit Lucy

  1. A catch-phrase at our house is “Lucy, I’m home.” And Vita-mita Vegemins was priceless and one of my favorites. Another favorite was Lucy’s mirror routine with Harpo Marx. She was a great comedienne! AaAAnothe

    • The Harpo Marx is my daughter’s favorite episode. That, and the one where they head out in the car to California. My favorite is the Brown Derby episode. But Vitameatavegamin is second.

  2. Forgive the stuttering- there was an issue with the comment program. I was going to say another favorite was Gracie Allen. The words, “Say goodnight, Gracie,” are heard around here a lot.

  3. Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her would be a good title for this show if Ricky was the murder and if the tv show hadn’t already used the title. I love the show as well. One of my favorites, along with The Walking Dead, Spongebob Squarepants, and Paranormal Witness…I know…odd lineup there

  4. Dude, I am so jealous…I’m a diehard Lucy fan! That sounds like a hoot. I went to a disco themed mystery dinner theater one time in Fort Worth. I was a late teen at the time and wanted to hate on it, but I was captivated. And bonus…disco dancing at the end!

    • That sounds like so much fun! And as a Lucy fan, you can imagine how easily we picked up on all the little nuances. I wondered whether people who aren’t so familiar with Lucy had any idea of the little innuendos — like Ricky’s laugh.

  5. I always loved watching Lucy, but never went overboard as a fan. I can see why people do though. I’ve done dinner theater many times, but never Mystery dinner theater.

    • My 12-year-old daughter is a diehard fan, too. I’ll bet she’s the only one in her class who even knows who Lucy is. We’ve been watching it since she was little and then she bought me the first 4 seasons on DVD and she sits and watches them. I used to watch reruns with my mother in the morning while we drank coffee. There’s just something so comforting about those old shows.

  6. I love Lucy, isn’t that the old 60’s comedy show on TV? Well before my time but I have seen numerous repeats.

  7. We were huge fans when the show aired here a couple of decades ago! Don’t remember much of it except how much fun it was 🙂 Should try and lay my hands on some DVD’s.

  8. As a child of the fifties, I can tell you that I Love Lucy was a reward for good behavior and cleaning your plate at dinner. On Monday night I never balked at my mother’s often disgusting dinner choices, nor did I sass anyone! I’m 67 and I still love Lucy!

  9. I am looking at visiting this theater this summer and was wondering if it is age appropriate for a 10 year old and 13 year old. Their website says their shows are rated PG-13. I saw that your daughter was 12. Just curious about another mom’s opinion. Thanks!

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