Tropicana Club - - Manhattan
night club in New York City where Cuban singer Ricky Ricardo (Desi
Arnaz) performed on the sitcom I LOVE LUCY/CBS/1951-57.
Havana Cuba, Ricky Ricardo immigrated to America, and sometime
before 1940 his band performed at the Copacabana. In 1940.
Ricky married a zany redhead named Lucille Esmerelda
McGillicuddy (Lucille Ball) and began to perform at the Tropicana
Club. The club featured a large orchestra that Ricky conducted,
often accompanying them with beat of his conga drums.
Some of Ricky's popular song numbers at the Tropicana were
Babalu, Cuban Pete/Sally Sweet, The Straw Hat Song, See You in
C-U-B-A, El Cumabanchero, Under the Bamboo Tree, and
The Tropicana was the backdrop for Ricky's talent-less wife and
her constant attempts at breaking into showbiz. And while Ricky
tried to keep her away from the club by keeping auditions a
secret, Lucy always found a ways to get on stage.
For example: when Lucy hears that Ricky needs a dancer for the
Parisian Apache dance number at the club on episode "The Adagio"
(#12, December 31, 1951); or when Ricky's going to stage a French
Revue at his club, and Lucy bets him $50 that she can get into the
act no matter what he does to stop her on "The French Review"
(#73, November 16, 1953).
When Lucy Ricardo became pregnant, on episode "Lucy is Enciente"
(#50, December 08, 1952) she showed up at Tropicana Club to
announce the good news while Ricky was working.
Lucy slips a note to Ricky about blessed event and at first he
thinks the message was for someone else in the audience. When
Ricky realizes that HE's the expectant father, he joyfully sings
the song "We're Having a Baby."
After working at the Tropicana for years (for an initial weekly
salary of $100), Ricky purchased a controlling interest in the
club and renamed it Club Babalu on the sixth season premier
episode "Lucy and Bob Hope" (#154, October 1, 1956). Bob Hope
performed at the grand opening.
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