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Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show at NPAC April 3 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 1:12 PM

Emmy Award- winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. She, along with her endearing character, Thelma Harper, better known as “Mama” come to Van Wert’s Niswonger Performing Art Center of Northwest Ohio on April 3 for one show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale at noon on Thursday at the NPAC box office and online at www.napcvw.org or Facebook.

Plucked out of total obscurity as a high school senior, Vicki Lawrence 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,” Lawrence said of her Carol Burnett Show training.

In the seventh season and hundreds of hilarious sketches later, at the ripe old age of 24, Vicki created her most endearing character to date, Thelma Harper, or “Mama” as she is better known to her fans. After the Burnett Show, Vicki went on to star in “Mama’s Family,” which consistently topped the ratings for its entire six-year run of original shows.

For several years now, “Carol Burnett Show” alumni, Harvey Korman and Tim Conway have been touring as a comedy act in casinos and performing arts centers and doing skits from the Burnett show to tremendous response. The unprecedented ratings for the “Carol Burnett Showstopper Special,” which recently 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. “We are designing a show that 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.”

“Mama” makes an appearance during the second half. “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 the April 3 show are available at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center box office during normal business hours of noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office is located  in  the  NPAC  at 10700 State Route 118 S, Van Wert; by phone at 419-238-6722 (NPAC); or online at www.npacvw.org or the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of NW Ohio Facebook page.

 

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