I feel like a lot of my gay friends—especially Michael and Greg—dig Lucille Ball. What's not to love? Beautiful, powerful, funny. But still, this is one of the first times I can recall a stage show based on Ball: Check out this review of I Loved Lucy, currently playing on the West End.
Sandra Dickinson as Ball gets this rave:
Sandra Dickinson is the neonest of lights on a dark, dank February evening. She cackles and she kvetches, she bullies and she comforts, she shouts and she whispers and, most of all, she completely convinces us that she is the most famous woman in America during the '50s and '60s. At one moment she stutters a little and I thought, Ha! It's not a perfect performance. But it we learn that it's one of Lucy's ticks —so it was a perfect performance after all! It's a masterclass and every acting student in London should see it, close up and be inspired.
Though the reviewer is skeptical of anyone under 50 (!) appreciating Ball: