NEW PHILADELPHIA — Emmy winner Vicki Lawrence brings her show, Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show, to the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University - Tuscarawas on Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Plucked out of total obscurity as a high school senior, Vicki went on to become part of the now-legendary cast of the "Carol Burnett Show."
"I went to the Harvard School of Comedy in front of America," said Lawrence of her Burnett Show training.
The unprecedented ratings for the "Carol Burnett Showstopper Special," which delighted more than 50 million viewers, convinced Lawrence that the time is right to take Mama out of the closet, dust off her sensible shoes and hit the road with her new touring production, Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show.
Lawrence will take the stage first.
"My new show will not be a retrospective," she explains. "The show is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life."
The multi-talented entertainer is mostly known for her acting and comedic talents, but she also earned a gold record for the 1973 hit, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia."
"I think people will get a kick out of the things Mama has an opinion about. We’re creating new material with a more modern and cutting edge. Where Mama is concerned, expect the unexpected. There’s really nothing she can’t do," she said. "I hope people will be pleasantly surprised by a side of Vicki they may never have seen...I know they will be looking forward to Mama, and for her part, that crazy old gal will be up to the challenge."
Tickets for Vicki Lawrence are limited to only single seats and start at $43 and are on sale now at the Performing Arts Center box office, 330-308-6400 or online at www.kent.edu/?tusc/?pac. The box office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Performing Arts Center’s 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Michael Taylor Insurance and Financial Incorporated, an Allstate Agency.
Free parking is available for all shows. Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. N.E. in New Philadelphia.