The Arsht Center Presents Legendary Comic Star LILY TOMLIN

February 8
10:39 AM 2012

The Arsht Center Presents Legendary Comic Star LILY TOMLIN


The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County


Legendary Comedic Star

Lily Tomlin

The Arsht Center Presents Legendary Comic Star LILY TOMLIN

"Lily Tomlin just may be the eighth wonder of the world!" - USA Today

"[Tomlin has] made the one-person show the daring, irreverent art form it is today." - Newsweek

April 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $30 to $80

John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

Tony, Emmy and Grammy award-winning actress and comedienne Lily Tomlin will perform at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on April 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. As an exciting new addition to the Center's 2011-2012 Comedy Planet Series, Lily Tomlin's performance is poised to be an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter.

Tickets range from $30 to $80, and go on sale to Arsht Center members January 23, 2012 and to the general public January 30, 2012. Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at

"The Arsht Center is thrilled to showcase and welcome back one of America's foremost comediennes, Lily Tomlin, in the Knight Concert Hall," said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. "Tomlin's distinctive humor and beloved repertoire of timeless characters speak to audiences of all ages, and makes the perfect addition to our 2011-2012 Comedy Planet Series."

In a one-woman-show, Lily Tomlin takes her audience on what the Washington Post describes as a "wise and howlingly funny" trip with more than a dozen of her celebrated characters, from Ernestine and Trudy to Mrs. Beasley and Edith Ann. "Using a fantastic range of voices, gestures and movements, she conjures up the cast of characters with all the apparent ease of a magician pulling a whole menagerie of animals from a single hat," raves the New York Daily News.

Lily Tomlin brings multi-media to her performance, with a variety of video clips specially compiled to satirize her celebrityhood and to showcase her classic characters in their renowned roles. Three or four of her iconic monologues will appear in this performance because of their timelessness and popularity – but her classic characters also appear in new roles – Edith Ann has moved into social media and uploads her mother's iPod and now has to endure life with her 13-year-old sister, Irene. Since the divestiture of AT&T, Ernestine has been working for an insurance conglomerate denying healthcare to everyone. These new roles are enhanced by video versions with whom TOMLIN interacts on stage. Lily Tomlin also introduces videos of other characters not seen in years as well as videos/photos of her childhood. While anyone who has seen her show in the past will remember some of the venerated monologues, Lily has now incorporated new material and new special effects in her performance.

Spanning 40 years, Lily Tomlin's body of work has won her several Tony Awards and Emmy Awards, as well as a Grammy Award. She is best known for her larger-than-life and still-believable Laugh-In TV characters – Ernestine, the snappy telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six-year-old. Additional highlights of TOMLIN's career include her long-running Broadway show and film The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written and directed by her partner in showbiz and life, Jane Wagner. Lily Tomlin has also captured the hearts and imaginations of millions in box-office hits such as Nashville (her Oscar-nominated film debut), 9 to 5 with Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda, All of Me with Steve Martin, Big Business with Bette Midler, I Heart Huckabees with Dustin Hoffman and A Prairie Home Companion, in which she and Meryl Streep appear as a sister singing act.






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Beau Higgins Currently spending his time between New York and Florida, Beau was born to a theatrical family in Brooklyn. He studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and at HB Studios. He studied theater singing with Julia Sperratore and Helen Gallagher. Beau later taught drama at the Lincoln Center Square for the Arts. It was at this time Beau began working with the Theater Development Fund and helped found New York's famed HALF PRICE TICKET BOOTH. Early in his career, Beau was screen tested and contracted for Warner Brothers. He co-hosted, an early cable variety series on Manhattan's Teleprompter channel. At this time he directed the Johnny Specca musical, SEX IS..? at the Lincoln Center Library Theater. Beau has performed Off-Broadway in FAT FELL DOWN, The Comic Strip Theater's LITTLE LULU AND THE INVISIBLE INK and WILL THE REAL ZOOPERMAN PLEASE STAND UP. Around the country he has delighted audiences with his performances in ANYTHING GOES, THE APPLE TREE, GUYS & DOLLS, and HELLZAPOPPIN! He sang for New York audiences at such cabarets as The Duplex and Upstairs at the Downstairs. He has had numerous television appearances but is most proud to have been a winning contestant on the game shows JACKPOT and THE $20,000 PYRAMID.


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