Trouble at the Tropicabana

  • Written By: Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose
  • Directed By: Debbi Friend
  • Auditions: February 3 & 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Show: April 9 – 26
  • Summary: Trouble at the Tropicabana is a delightfully Comedic Musical Murder Mystery featuring all your favorite characters from I Love Lucy TV Show! This show follows Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, & Fred as they check out Ricky’s new club, the Tropicabana. You’ll hear Ricky sing some Latin favorites, see the Cabana girls dance, join in a conga line, and take mambo lessons. Besides Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel, you’ll meet movie mogul heiress Celia B. DeMilo; Mr. Big, a notorious gangster; and Ricky’s cousin Rosita, an illegal alien. Will Ricky sign a movie contract? Is Celia who she claims to be? Will Lucy and Ethel ruin Ricky’s big chance with another harebrained scheme to get into show business? What’s the escaped convict Mr. Big doing at Ricky’s club? How do the Cabana girls keep those fruit baskets on their heads? And who committed the murder? The murder? That’s right—the murder! Someone will be ruthlessly murdered at the end of the show, and it’s up to you to solve the crime!

**We’re looking for Actors, Singers, Dancers, and Performers of any type to be performances for Ricky’s Club. Magicians, Comedians, Musicians, or anyone with a prepared routine is welcome to come and show us their stuff!**

Cast of Characters:

LUCY – The Iconic “I Love Lucy” character, must sing & dance, doesn’t even have to be on key or coordinated.

RICKY – Lucy’s Husband and owner of the Tropicabana. This role has been Pre-Cast as Tony Saavedra.

ETHEL – Lucy’s wingman, must be willing to sing & dance doesn’t have to be on key or coordinated

FRED – Ethel’s Husband, Ricky’s best bud

CELIA/COOKIE – Gum chewing gangster dame posing as movie mogul heiress, must be willing to sing, doesn’t have to be on ke

MR. BIG– Notorious gangster, must be willing to sing but doesn’t have to be good

ROSITA – Ricky’s cousin, Cabana Girl & illegal alien, must dance, doesn’t have to be coordinated

WAITRESS/WAITER – no speaking lines, all physical comedy.

DANCERS – Cabana Girls need 2 or more, planning big dance number

NIGHTCLUB ACTS – dance acts, singers, jazz trios, comedians, etc.

2020 Auditions

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Auditions: March 9 & 10

Show: May 14 – May 31

Cast: 6 (2M, 4F)


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Directed by: Norma Bean

Auditions: June 1 & 2

Show: August 13 – 30

Cast: 7 (3M, 4F)


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Auditions: July 13 & 14

Show: Sept. 17 – Oct. 4

Cast: 7 (4M, 3F)


The Musical

Directed by: Lee Dittman

Auditions: August 3 & 4

Show: Nov. 19 – Dec. 13

Cast: 11 + Ensemble