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My View: I Loved – I Loved Lucy

My View: I Loved – I Loved Lucy

The Lucille Lortel Theatre’s packed audience seemed to be saying ” We Loved Lucy and we love Lee Tannen as they gave Sandra Dickinson & Stefan Menaul a standing ovation during the curtain calls of I Loved Lucy.
Direct from two sold out critically acclaimed  London productions  I Loved Lucy gave a one night only benefit performance for Abingdon Theatre Company at The Lucille Lortel Theatre on July 21st. Directed by Anthony Biggs, artistic director of London’s prestigious Jermyn Street Theatre and starring Sandra Dickinson as Lucy and Sterfan Menaul as Lee, I Loved Lucy tells the funny, touching and bittersweet story of Lee Tannen’s relationship with the iconic Lucille Ball in the last decade of her life. It’s a personal close-up look at the private side of arguably the most famous comic of the 20th century and how she chose to live her life out of the spotlight. And what is was like for Lee Tannen who remained one of her closest friends…to the end.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of I Loved Lucy go to Broadwayworld.com)

Sandra Dickenson & Stefan Menaul

Sandra Dickenson & Stefan Menaul

Sandra Dickinson, (Lucy) & Stefan Menaul, (Lee Tannen)

Sandra Dickinson, (Lucy) & Stefan Menaul, (Lee Tannen)

Tony Speciale, artistic director Abingdon Theatre Co. & David Zippel

Tony Speciale, artistic director Abingdon Theatre Co. & David Zippel

Richard Maltby, Jr., Eda Sorokoff, Lee Tannen

Richard Maltby, Jr., Eda Sorokoff, Lee Tannen

Jamie deRoy, Tom Wells, Eda Sorokoff

Jamie deRoy, Tom Wells, Eda Sorokoff

Wand Clark, Lucy secretary & Sandra Dickenson

Wand Clark, Lucy secretary & Sandra Dickenson

Stefan Menaul & Sandra Dickenson

Stefan Menaul & Sandra Dickenson

Anthony Biggs, director, Sandra Dickinson, Gary DiMaura, producer, Therese Steiner, producer, Lee Tannen, Stefan Menaul, Gregor Donnelly, designer sets/costumes, Ryan Kastler, set construction

Anthony Biggs, director, Sandra Dickinson, Gary DiMauro, producer, Therese Steiner, producer, Lee Tannen, Stefan Menaul, Gregor Donnelly, designer sets/costumes, Ryan Kastner, set construction

We Love Lucy!

We Love Lucy!

Lucille Lortel Theatre

Lucille Lortel Theatre

I Loved Lucy

I Loved Lucy

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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