Thursday, March 17, 2016

America's First Lady of Laughs, Carol Burnett Comes to Strathmore, April 15-16

Comedy icon Carol Burnett visits Strathmore, April 15-16

From our friends at Strathmore...

Strathmore Presents Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett, a Conversation Where the Audience Asks the Questions

Iconic American comedian known for legendary hit TV show "The Carol Burnett Show" welcomes open dialogue, shares behind-the-scenes stories and insights

Comedic legend, best-selling author, and world-renowned actress Carol Burnett takes over the Music Center at Strathmore on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, 2016 at 8 PM. The comedic pioneer rose to stardom in 1959 from her starring role in the classic comedy musical Once Upon a Mattress. Later in her career, Burnett captivated audiences with groundbreaking variety-sketch TV show The Carol Burnett Show, which won 25 Emmys. Burnett’s performance will reveal her wit, wisdom, and comedic genius as she gives audience members the opportunity to ask candid questions. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit

As a highly acclaimed actress, Burnett has been honored with Emmys, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards, the Horatio Alger Award, an Ace Award, and the Peabody. She has been the recipient of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Burnett’s rise to stardom began humbly enough when she started staging a musical revue in New York, featuring her out-of-work roommates from The Rehearsal Club, a theatrical boarding house, performing material by unemployed writers and composers. Gigs on The Jack Paar Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show followed, leading Burnett to a permanent role on The Garry Moore Show, where she remained a regular for four years.

The career-defining Carol Burnett Show premiered in 1967. The hit show featured many of the greatest performers from music, stage, and screen in guest appearances, including Lucille Ball, Rita Hayworth, Jimmy Stewart, Ronald Reagan, Betty White, Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Liza Minnelli, Rock Hudson, Dick Van Dyke, Alan Alda, and many more. The show ran for 11 years.

After the show concluded, Burnett immersed herself in numerous projects. She wrote three New York Times bestsellers: Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story, This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection, and her autobiography, One More Time. She added playwright to her credits when she and daughter Carrie Hamilton wrote Hollywood Arms, which premiered on Broadway in 2002.

Burnett’s film credits include playing Miss Hannigan in the film version of the musical Annie, directed by John Huston; Noises Off, directed by Peter Bogdanovich; and Four Seasons, directed by Alan Alda. On Broadway she recently starred in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters (2014), opposite Brian Dennehy; Fade Out, Fade In, with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Jule Styne; Stephen Sondheim’s musical revue Putting It Together; and Ken Ludwig’s farce Moon Over Buffalo, starring with Philip Bosco.

She has produced and starred in numerous television specials and guest starred on several television series, including Glee, Hot in Cleveland, Hawaii 5-0, and Law and Order: SVU.

In 2005, she returned to her Once Upon a Mattress roots, appearing in a television special, this time playing the evil Queen Aggravain.

Strathmore Presents 
Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett,
a Conversation Where the Audience Asks the Questions
Friday & Saturday, April 15-16, 2016
8 PM

Tickets $65-$175

Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (301) 581-5100.

About Strathmore:
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The organization’s hallmark is the Music Center at Strathmore, with a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. Its core campus also includes the historic Mansion at Strathmore, which features an intimate Music Room and art galleries. Most recently, Strathmore opened AMP, a 250-seat cabaret-style venue located just up Rockville Pike from the core campus in the burgeoning Pike District of Montgomery County. Strathmore’s signature education, mission-driven programs include the Strathmore Student Concerts, the Artist in Residence and Fine Artist in Residence programs, and its Spring Break @ Strathmore camp.