Sirena Irwin as Lucy Ricardo and Bill Mendieta as Ricky Ricardo in the national tour of I Love Lucy Live on Stage.

Arts This Week: Happy For The Holidays

December 5, 2013

These live performances are sure to bring some laughter and light to your holiday season.

I Love Lucy Live On Stage, presented by Broadway in Boston, runs through December 22nd at the Colonial Theatre.

It’s 1952 and you are a member of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I Love Lucy episodes. A charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process of this brand new thing called “television,” the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50s style harmony and you see up-close the antics of America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel

A Little Princess is presented by the Fiddlehead Theatre Company, and plays at the Strand Theatre through December 8th.

This heartwarming story is based on the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Sara Crewe, her father The Captain, his right-hand man Pasko, Sara’s African nanny Aljana, and a multicultural cast of characters are on an uplifting magical, musical adventure set in Victorian London. Young Sara Crewe must face trouble head-on when she is sent to a boarding school after her father disappears on a mission to Africa. Only her powers of imagination can win over the other students and can save her from the ire of Miss Minchin, the dour headmistress.

A Boston Pops Christmas: Live From Symphony Hall is a new CD in stores now; the Holiday Pops season begins tonight and runs through December 24th.

The Boston Pops will release its first live holiday CD, A Boston Pops Christmas - Live From Symphony Hall, under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart, with the acclaimed Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and vocalist Melinda Doolittle, an American Idol finalist. The new album was recorded at concerts during the 2011 and 2012 Holiday Pops seasons in Boston's Symphony Hall, widely considered one of the top concert halls in the world. It is the orchestra’s first seasonal recording since the release of Sleigh Ride in 2004.

» See an interview about the album with Keith Lockhart.

Camelot runs through December 22nd at New Repertory Theatre.

This 4-time Tony Award-winning musical of chivalry and medieval finery weaves a tumultuous love triangle between King Arthur, his wife-to-be Guinevere, and Lancelot. Coinciding with the 50-year anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, this sprawling production is made more interesting by the recent memories and conversation about that other Camelot, with similar idealistic yearnings of a young king trying to create a better and new order.

» See a preview of Camelot on Greater Boston.

Open Studio returns to broadcast on December 20th. » Watch past episodes online.

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