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Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz celebrated at ‘I Love Lucy Live On Stage’ reception in Miami

Lucy Ricardo lookalike Jan wins top prize at a contest held Sept. 19, 2014, at the Adrienne Arsht Center celebrating the upcoming event, ‘I Love Lucy Live On Stage.’ She is flanked by judges Annie Vasquez of TheFashionPoet.com, Kalyn James from Fashion Style Miami and Gino R. Campodonico of The MANnequin Party.
Lucy Ricardo lookalike Jan wins top prize at a contest held Sept. 19, 2014, at the Adrienne Arsht Center celebrating the upcoming event, ‘I Love Lucy Live On Stage.’ She is flanked by judges Annie Vasquez of TheFashionPoet.com, Kalyn James from Fashion Style Miami and Gino R. Campodonico of The MANnequin Party. Miami Herald

Lucy lookalikes and the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus on Friday celebrated 1950s comedy icons Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, in anticipation of the arrival Sept. 30 of I Love Lucy Live On Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

While guests sipped Mojitos, chorus members dressed as Ricky Ricardo performed songs from their own repertoire along with musical numbers featured on I Love Lucy.

Lucy Ricardo lookalikes competed for prizes including I Love Lucy Live tickets and a pin-up style photo shoot by Terribly Girly Photography’s Janette Valentine. Jan, contestant No. 1, took the honors of looking most like Lucy. Judges were local fashion experts Gino R. Campodonico of The MANnequin Party, Kalyn James from Fashion Style Miami, and Annie Vasquez of TheFashionPoet.com.

The gay men’s chorus also serenaded Campodonico, who celebrated his birthday on Friday. “Oh my God,” he shouted.

The cocktail party, part of DWNTWN Art Days 2014, was hosted by 101.5 Lite FM morning personality Julie Guy and showcased a classic car from Dezer Collection Auto Museum and Event Space. Photos and footage from the current HistoryMiami exhibit, American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, also were featured.

If you go

What: ‘I Love Lucy Live On Stage’

When: Sept. 30 - Oct. 5, 2014

Where: Ziff Ballet Opera House, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami

Cost: Tickets start at $26. To purchase or for more information, www.arshtcenter.org

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