BY ABRAHAM GALVAN
MIAMI HERALD WRITER
Calling all Vitameatavegamin girls. And boys.
I Love Lucy Live On Stage is soon coming to town and to celebrate the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will host a free community cocktail party 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Featured events at the party: performances by Miami Gay Men’s Chorus (each member dressed as Desi Arnaz’s TV alter ego, Ricky Ricardo) and a Lucille Ball/Lucy Ricardo lookalike contest – open to all genders.
“I encourage men to enter the contest also,” said Morgan Stockmayer, promotions manager for the Arsht Center. “I am actually looking forward to seeing them.”
Male or female, the contest winner will receive a package including I Love Lucy Live tickets and a pin-up style photo shoot by Terribly Girly Photography’s Janette Valentine. Judges are local fashion experts Gino R. Campodonico of The MANnequin Party, Kalyn James from Fashion Style Miami, and Annie Vasquez of TheFashionPoet.com.
Miami Gay Men’s Chorus will perform two 20-minute sets of their own repertoire, along with musical numbers featured on I Love Lucy, which ran on CBS from 1951 to 1957.
The gay men’s chorus opens and closes the reception. “We do a set really early in the happy hour and then in about an hour or so come back and do another set,” artistic director Anthony Cabrera said.
For the past three months, the chorus has been preparing at its regular rehearsal location, All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Miami Beach.
“We try to perform to the highest caliber because when we go out to perform we give it our all,” chorus member Brandon Stephenson said.
The cocktail party, part of DWNTWN Art Days 2014, will be hosted by 101.5 Lite FM morning personality Julie Guy and showcase classic cars from Dezer Collection Auto Museum and Event Space. Photos and footage from the current HistoryMiami exhibit, American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, will also be featured.
The signature cocktail of the night will $5 Mojitos, along with other “Tropicana nightclub” drinks.
I Love Lucy Live On Stage runs Sept. 30-Oct. 5 at the Arsht Center, where Miami audience members can imagine themselves as a 1952 I Love Lucy studio audience watching Ball, Arnaz, William Frawley and Vivian Vance perform as Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel.
IF YOU GO
▪ What: ‘I Love Lucy Live On Stage’ Cocktail Hour
▪ When: Friday, Sept. 19
▪ Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
▪ Cost: Free admission; $5 mojitos and other drinks.