Carol Burnett and Marilyn Horne Coach Performers for Music Academy of the West CABARET Gala Tonight
Carol Burnett, America's beloved comedienne, is teaming up with legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West this month for coaching sessions with the young vocalists who will headline this year's Cabaret gala on August 8, which benefits the Music Academy's full-scholarship program. Ms. Burnett, as the Academy's Cabaret Creative Contributor, and Ms. Horne, Voice Program Director, will instruct Music Academy Voice Fellows in the art of musical comedy, both in private classes and individually. The renowned Summer School and Festival, now in its 66th season, runs through August 10 in scenic Santa Barbara.
Ms. Burnett, a resident of nearby Montecito, joined Cabaret's artistic team for the first time last summer, which also marked the American icon's first foray into the classroom. "Working with the Academy's exceptionally talented Fellows last year was a wonderful experience," she stated. "I am very pleased to be contributing to this uniquely entertaining event once again." Ms. Horne concurred, "Cabaret will be better than ever!"
At the August 8 gala fundraiser, the Academy's gifted Voice Fellows will perform classical, Broadway, and pop favorites while patrons enjoy cocktails and fine dining under the stars. The director, Gerald Sternbach, will once again oversee the musical-revue-style production, which will take place at the DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara. Mr. Sternbach's extensive performance credits include serving as an award-winning music director as well as an accompanist for the likes of Ms. Burnett, Julie Andrews, and Kelsey Grammar. All proceeds from Cabaret directly benefit the Academy's full-scholarship training program and help to provide transformative educational experiences for the next generation of great classical musicians.
Ms. Burnett, who was recently announced as the 2013 awardee of the Kennedy Center's prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, will provide the Voice Fellows, along with Marilyn Horne and the Academy's voice faculty, with creative insights as they prepare for the show. "I'm thrilled to be part of this event, as I've also attended it in past years and have always come away impressed," continued Ms. Burnett. "I have long cherished musical comedy and am pleased to have the opportunity to share what I know about this true American art form with Music Academy Fellows."
Carol Burnett's unique comedic gifts have endeared her to legions of fans the world over, and her eponymous TV variety show has been hailed as a broadcasting landmark. Her numerous honors include 12 People's Choice Awards - more than any other actress - eight Golden Globes, six Emmy Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Ms. Burnett has penned New York Times bestsellers, This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection, her autobiography, One More Time, as well as a new memoir, Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story, which was released this past spring. Hollywood Arms, the play based on her autobiography that she co-wrote with her late daughter, Carrie Hamilton, premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in April 2002. Ms. Burnett received her first Grammy nomination in 2010 for the audiobook version of This Time Together.Born in San Antonio, Ms. Burnett attended UCLA before relocating to New York City, where she ultimately caught the attention of talent bookers from both The Jack Paar Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. She went on to become a permanent cast member on The Garry MooreShow from 1959 to 1962, garnering her first Emmy Award. After appearing with Julie Andrews in the Emmy-winning special Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, CBS signed her to a 10-year contract. The Carol Burnett Show premiered on that network in September 1967 and ran for 11 years. Ms. Horne twice appeared on the program, the two stars having met in the early 1970s through actor and singer Jim Nabors. Ms. Burnett will receive her Mark Twain Prize at a Kennedy Center ceremony on October 20 that will be taped for a PBS-TV broadcast on October 30. As reported by the New York Times, Ms. Burnett stated, "I can't believe I'm getting a humor prize from the Kennedy Center. It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington."