The Durham Performing Arts Center will present a SOLD-OUT performance of Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett, a conversation with legendary 77-year-old entertainer in which the audience asks the questions, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2nd, in its brand-new, 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art theater, in the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, NC.
According to the Durham Performing Arts Center:
“‘DPAC looks forward to this special event with comedian/actress Carol Burnett,’ said Rachel Gragg, assistant director of marketing and PR at DPAC. ‘We know our patrons will enjoy a hilarious evening of interaction with Carol,’
“If there is one thing this renowned entertainer can do better than anyone else, it is talk at length, impromptu, before a live audience. Laughter and Reflection, Burnett’s off-the-cuff banter with the audience, is a format that grew out of the question-and-answer sessions she shared with her studio audience on each episode of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ [1967-78 on CBS]. As a weekly visitor in America’s living rooms, Burnett always opened her show with a few minutes of hilarious banter with the audience. This is a rare opportunity to talk to Ms. Burnett in the same enjoyable and intimate audience-interactive format.
“‘I love the spontaneity of these evenings,’ Carol told us. ‘I never know what anybody is going to say or do or ask, so it keeps me on my toes.’
“Come with your questions and share in the fun with one of the country’s most loved and respected performers.
“Six-time Emmy Award® winner Carol Burnett has demonstrated such versatility since ending the 11-year run of the ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ that she is now as widely recognized for her dramatic abilities as she is for her comedic and musical talents. Americans fondly consider Carol Burnett a true living legend in entertainment, having bestowed more People’s Choice Awards upon her than any other woman in the award show’s history.
“In 2003, she was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and in 2005 received The Presidential Medal of Freedom. Some of her other notable awards include five Golden Globes, the Peabody Award for Friendly Fire [1979 TV movie], and the Ace Award for Between Friends  with Elizabeth Taylor. She has enjoyed the kind of career that most performers are only able to dream of, moving seamlessly from the stage to television, from feature films to films for television, and from variety specials to music and comedy specials.
“Carol Burnett’s latest best-selling book, This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection , reached #2 on The New York Times best-seller list and #1 on the Barnes & Noble list and is currently in its 12th printing.
“‘Carol was a huge star on television,’ says Billy Crystal, ‘because she was funny, daring, and always genuine. We loved Carol because we felt we knew her. With this book, we do. She trusts us with her personal anecdotes: happy, sad, hilarious, and poignant. Thank you, Carol.’
“Raised by her grandmother, first in her birthplace of San Antonio, then Hollywood, Ms. Burnett attended UCLA. Soon after, she started her career in New York, where she caught fire doing hilarious sketches on ‘The Garry Moore Show.’ At night, she dashed to the theatre where she starred in the riotous fairy tale Once Upon a Mattress. She moved back to Los Angeles and began ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ which ran on CBS from 1967 to 1978 for 276 episodes, including 2,520 sketches and musical numbers. Her show is generally regarded as the last successful major network variety show and continues to have success on DVD.
“Since then, Carol Burnett has guest-starred on smash hit television shows such as ‘Mad About You,’ ‘Desperate Housewives,’ and ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ for which she was nominated for an Emmy.”
SECOND OPINION: April 1st Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by David Menconi: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/04/01/1093197/just-ask-carol.html.
TICKETS: This show is SOLD OUT.
INFORMATION: 919/680-ARTS (2787).
“The Carol Burnett Show”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Carol_Burnett_Show (Wikipedia) and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061240/ (Internet Movie Database).
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