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In celebration of the opening of BABALU, a thrilling stage tribute to the music of Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. are set to bring swiveling hips and conga classics to Miami and beyond in celebration of the seminal role their father played in this country’s Latin music explosion. The BABALU bonanza started at Books & Books, Coral Gables, on July 3, where the Emmy Award-winning actress took the audience on a trip down memory lane, recounting treasured memories about her 40-plus years in show business, and her beloved father’s musical genius.
On July 4, Lucie kicked off the Coconut Grove fireworks celebration in grand DesiLu style, channeling her mother’s fantastic stage presence and her father’s famous panache! Miami-Dade County honored both Lucie and Desi Jr. on July 6th when County Commissioner Souto presented the talented Arnaz siblings with the Key to the County at the Adrienne Arsht Center. On July 9, Desi and Lucie plan to recreate the famous 1954 photo taken at Miami’s City Hall with then Mayor Randy Christmas. This time Mayor Regalado will join the Arnaz clan for a historic photo honoring their family’s special place in the heart of Miami. Of course, the real magic will happen on stage when Broadway star and Miami native Raúl Esparza, plus dance diva Valarie Pettiford, and Miami City Ballet principal Jeanette Delgado all join Lucie and Desi on stage with a 15-piece orchestra playing Desi’s greatest hits! BABALU runs at the Adrienne Arsht Center July 8-11, 2010.
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