This week on stage: Carol Burnett returns to Minnesota


Legendary comedy performer Carol Burnett is appearing at the State Theatre Friday night in Minneapolis -- and the audience can expect to be part of the show.

"Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett: A Conversation with Carol Where the Audience Asks the Questions," is an interactive show inspired by Burnett's off-the-cuff conversations that she had with studio audiences after each episode of her famed "The Carol Burnett" show.

Burnett last appeared in Minneapolis at a sold-out performance at the State Theatre in 2010.

Burnett got high marks from the Arizona Star for her Tuscon appearance in January, where she showed clips from her variety show --which ran 11 seasons and won 25 Emmy Awards -- from 1967 to 1978.

Mostly, the Star said, Burnett, 79, took questions and requests for the 90-minute show. Minnesota fans, however, should take note that requests for up-close-and-personal contact likely won't go anywhere.

"There were a couple of requests for hugs from adult fans; Burnett awkwardly declined," Star reviewer Cathalena E. Burch wrote.

She did, however, grant the request of an 8-year-old fan for a hug and pinch.

Another audience interaction event -- "Sing-a-long Sound of Music" -- is set for the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Saturday.

There will be two screenings of the Oscar-winning film, where audiences can sing-along with each and every classic tune, including "Do-Re-Mi," "My Favorite Things" and the title song.

Also Saturday, "KQRS Morning Show" personality and NBC's "Last Comic Standing" finalist Dave Mordal will do a stand-up show at the New Hope Cinema Grill's comedy room.

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