Plenty of people still love Lucy. The stage musical "I Love Lucy Live on Stage," based on the iconic, long-running television sitcom of the 1950s, has had a long run itself here in Chicago. The show, directed by Rick Sparks, opened in Sept. 2012 and is currently playing an extension through March 3. The premise is simple enough: In your seat at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, you're in the studio audience at the Desilu Playhouse soundstage in 1952, watching the filming of two "I Love Lucy" episodes. The actress Sirena Irwin plays Lucy, or rather, as the Tribune's Chris Jones said in his review, "she's really playing Lucille Ball playing Lucy." Musical numbers are provided by a live band accompanying Bill Mendieta's youthful Ricky Ricardo. Why go: You always loved Lucy and are nostalgic for another look. Reconsider: You're not into nostalgia. Through March 3 at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St.; $35-$85; 800-775-2000, ticketmaster.com or broadwayinchicago.com (save $20 on weekday tickets with the coupon code ¿WINTER¿ through Jan. 16).
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