Lucie Arnaz returns to her former home state for a show at the Kate
Lucie Arnaz’s star power is legendary, not just because she is an accomplished singer, dancer, producer and Golden Globe-nominated actress, but because of her lineage as the daughter of legendary icons Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Lucie Arnaz is premiering her newest show at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook on July 14. A former Weston resident, Arnaz is well known for her Broadway role in “They’re Playing Our Song,” her television and stage work, as well as shows honoring her famous parents. As the prepares to travel from her home in Palm Springs, Calif., to her former home state, Arnaz, with her signature sass and comedic timing, shared some insight into her personal life, her famous parents and her own personal and professional success.
I think everybody can sing. I learned that from David Friedman. Everyone can sing! When I was little, I used to lip synch to show tunes. My girlfriends and I used to put on shows on a stage in my parents’ backyard in Beverly Hills. I think I am in the business because of one of those friends, Suzie Meyer, who told me to go to Immaculate Heart High School because of its great drama department. And because of my mother, who was so supportive and always encouraged our passions. I don’t know if my talent is natural, but singing was a love of mine since before I could remember. And when I got to Immaculate Heart, that is when I got to open my mouth for real.
My dad suggested it probably 40 years ago. He suggested that since I had been in so many plays, that I should put together a show of the music I had performed. I dismissed the idea. But recently I thought, holy cow, I really racked up some stories and some great songs during my career. Why not do that show? So the evening is a nice combination of good music and some great, and some not so great stories, about my career and the people I have performed with along the way.
I think the first time you get the part in high school. You audition and then you wait and you go to see the posting on the bulletin board, that’s pretty exciting. As an adult, I think when I got the part of Gittel Mosca in the national tour of “Seesaw” was one of those moments. My agent called me after the audition and said “Do you have a trunk?” And I asked “What are you talking about?” And he said, “Do you have a trunk, a big travel trunk? You got the part!” I will never forget that feeling.
Aaron Sorkin is writing it now and next week we have our first head-to-head on how we are going to get it all together. I have a couple of people in mind to play my dad but am not talking about it yet.
I am looking forward to it and especially coming back to The Kate. My daughter was named after Katharine Hepburn, so it’s special.
We will be celebrating our 38th anniversary later this month. I think with parenting or marriage or being a wife, you bring a little bit of what you saw when you take on the role. And some of it is good and some of it no so good. My father gave me a bit of advice when I got married the first time. He whispered in my ear “just be careful of the words.” I knew what he meant. Mean words can’t be taken back. I have to tell you my successful marriage is because of Larry. Larry is the kind that will come back into the room after an argument and say, “I’m sorry, let’s fix this.” I’m the kind that would slam doors and pack up the car and leave.
I love chocolate and nuts but they don’t like me. And I really don’t eat a lot of sweets. When my brother and I were little, my Grandma DeDe, my mother’s mother, would preach to us that sugar was a killer. Once I lost a baby tooth and instead of putting it under my pillow for the tooth fairy, my grandma put it in Coca-Cola and for a week we watched my tooth disintegrate. It left an impression on us. I have never had a cavity and neither has my brother. So instead of cake with candles, just bring the candles.
I’m terrible at math. So terrible that in order to get into Immaculate Heart I had to take a summer course in math and pass it. The school has a lot of celebrities who graduated from there. Mary Tyler Moore went there and so did Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle.
“I Got The Job! Songs From My Musical Past” is 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St, Old Saybrook. Tickets $58-$65. Call 860-510-0453 or visit katharinehepburntheater.org.