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March 7, 2012

LUCIE ARNAZ - SINGS DESI ARNAZ - GREAT!




LUCIE ARNAZ TAKES US ON A HOLIDAY

Lucie Arnaz - Courtesy Photo: Arnaz

The Lights dim and Lucie Arnaz looks stunning in a red short, off-one shoulder - layered roman-esque frock. And that’s just the beginning of fun, nostalgia and wonderful arrangements that are wrapped around outstanding renditions of classic tunes in this delightful show. This time, with a Latin beat. Cha, Cha, Cha!

The evening of Latin infused beats convey a happy feeling.  All the arrangements are strong, and Lucie Arnaz handles them like she is like a one-person band.

“Babalu”, one of Desi Arnaz’s signature pieces brings back memories, a lot of memories as Lucie Arnaz (his Daughter) really flushes out the excitement of the music with amazing back-up players. Some of the songs that Arnaz sings are part Latin and part English. Yes, she sure is a talented artist, who has been on the stage in musicals, Plays and of course Cabaret Clubs.

Everyone loved Desi (of I love Lucy Fame) who was married to the famed Lucille Ball. The whole Arnaz house was never happier, than when he was playing his signature song BaBaLu. And Lucie Arnaz is just like her Dad. She is so charming, gracious and talented, that you want to follow her into any Congo line that comes along.

The Rrazz Room show, starring Lucie Arnaz is so energetic and happy that it never grows old. To the contrary – Arnaz has brought the soul of the music to life again.

Here’s some of my faves: “I Love to Dance” and “Lost in his Arms.” With a Braziian beat was “Johnny Angel” – a fantastic rendition. She had lots of fun with “Blame it on the Bossa Nova”. There are so many memories in this music that you won't forget ever. Then there is the magnificent tear jerking dedication to her Dad with the song - “Leader of the Band”. And that’s what he was – a leader.

AT THE RRAZZ ROOM AT HOTEL NIKKO


RATING: Four Glass of Champagne!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and he also produced and hosted a long running Arts Segment of PBS KQED))) 

SCROLL DOWN TO READ THE REVIEW OF "MAURICE" AT THE NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE. YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS HIT PLAY. 












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