Night & Day — Richard Lundy has come back home and he’s brought Lucy Ricardo with him.
An 1979 Lockport High School grad, Lundy is assistant stage manager for “I Love Lucy Live on Stage” a comedic musical that transports audiences to a filming of two episodes of the TV show that starred Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.
After spending an assorted 30 some years behind the scenes of a multitude of productions, Lundy says that the Lucy show is the most fun he’s had working. “It is a much fun as I’ve had back stage doing a show,” he said. “It’s a fun show and the cast is great. There’s no prima donas. Everyone is fun and silly and enjoying themselves backstage.”
Lundy especially appreciate’s the show’s star, Sirena Irwin, was particularly engaging to her colleagues, as a particularly good cheerleader back stager. “She kind of knows she’s the backbone and wants everybody to feel good about the work they’re doing,” he explained. She’s very much one of the sillier people backstage and it’s great fun.”
The show, described as an “out-of-body experience for ‘Lucy’ fans” according to Showbiz Chicago, will be the first professional production that Lundy’s family has seen of his work. And that despite the fact that the only way people notice stage management is when something goes wrong.
He got started in theater in Lockport, taking backstage roles while his brother David was getting acting experience on stage at places including the Kenan Center Theater. David is now a Buffalo actor, but Richard studied theater at Kent State and landed in Chicago where he pursued his back-stage career. A third brother, Dan, is in restaurant management in Buffalo, and the Lundy’s parents, Larry and Jackie still live in Lockport and the family plans to attend the show during it’s month-long engagement, he said.