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Lucie Arnaz chosen for cast of national tour of Pippin

Lucie Arnaz chosen for national tour of PIPPIN
Lucie Arnaz chosen for national tour of PIPPINPhoto by Kris Connor/Getty Images

Lucie Arnaz, the spirited daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, has joined the cast of the national tour of Pippin, the producers announced today.

The musical revival will play The Buell Theatre in Denver September 6 through the 20th.

Arnaz is an accomplished actress, singer and dancer who has enjoyed a busy career in TV, stage and film after making her first TV appearances as a child in her mother’s show “The Lucy Show” that followed the wildly successful hit show “I Love Lucy.” She briefly had a television series of her own - “The Lucie Arnaz Show” in 1985. Arnaz has received numerous recognitions for her work. For her 1979 Broadway debut in They’re Playing Our Song, she won “Best Actress in a Musical” award from Theatre World and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. For the movie The Jazz Singer, she was nominated for a Golden Globe “Best Supporting Actress.” And as a producer, she won an Emmy in 1993 for her documentary Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie.

In Pippin, Arnaz, 63, will play Berthe, the trapeze-flying grandmother in this all-new production directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. Other cast members are Sasha Allen (a finalist on NBC's "The Voice") as Leading Player, Kyle Selig (The Book of Mormon on tour) as Pippin, Tony Award winner John Rubinstein (he created the role of “Pippin” in the 1972 original Broadway production) as Charles, Sabrina Harper (Pippin, original Broadway Revival cast) as Fastrada and Kristine Reese (Wicked on tour) as Catherine.

Pippin is a high-octane spectacle of circus acts set against a story of a young prince yearning for passion and adventure.

The original production premiered on Broadway in 1972. It ran for nearly 2000 shows and garnered five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards before closing in 1977.

The Denver performance dates are September 6-20, Tuesday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. (no matinees September 6 and 7). For tickets, call 303-893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.