One woman portraying 18 characters through song, dance, comedy and audience improv
Online PR News – 04-April-2013 – Frisco, Texas – FRISCO, TEXAS (April 1, 2012)…Frisco Arts will be hosting the Frisco premiere of the internationally acclaimed, award-winning one-woman musical comedy Burnt at the Steak, created and performed by New York City artist, Carolann Valentino. All performances will take place at the Frisco Discovery Art Center April 6 at 8 PM and on April 7 at 3 PM.
“Burnt,” a top musical comedy with a message, is based on a true story about a young aspiring female artist of Italian descent who leaves Texas for New York City to pursue a theatrical career. Soon after arriving inthe “Big Apple” she lands a “rare” day job managing a multi million-dollar steakhouse in the heart of Manhattan. Herexperiences in this male-dominated industry teach hervaluable lessons that help transform her life.
As the stress of trying to balance a performing arts career with a day job takes its toll emotionally and physically, shefinds herself faced with having to make a choice between following her dreams and holding on to the security of a six figure salary with all the perks. Will she play it safe or take a leap of faith?
Restaurant staff members and the A-list clientele provide the basis for entertainment that “sizzles.” Carolann has theaudience howling with laughter as she brilliantly morphs into 18 hilarious characters. Through song, dance, and audienceinteraction, each show becomes a unique and spontaneous experience.
The emotional honesty of Carolann’s performance is a key factor in making this show such a critically acclaimed success. She is willing to open up and share her inner most feelings. The audience leaves the theater feeling happy, deeply inspired and “hungry” for more.
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors, $15 for 6 or more and $15 for students. Advance purchase is recommended at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/350954. This show is mature audiences only. Frisco Discovery Center is located at 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy Frisco, TX 75034.
Media Contact: Carolann Valentino
"Burnt is an example of how great a solo show can truly be!"
“Hugely entertaining...Burnt at the Steak blazes with almost diabolical energy from start to finish...18 clearly drawn characters.. Valentino moves seamlessly between them”
-- The Herald/ Bob Clark
Carolann Valentino is a gifted actor, comic, singer, dancer, producer and writer currently working out of New York City. For the past two years, Carolannhas been on international tour, performing her critically acclaimed, one-woman musical comedy Burnt at the Steak to packed houses throughout Canada and the United States. The show was chosen “Top Pick” at the California Rogue and Boulder International Fringe Festivals and Fringe Festivals throughout Canada. Each night she played to sold-out houses. In 2013 the show is set to play in Orlando, Hollywood and Las Vegas.
As a solo comic, Carolann can be seen throughout NYC top comedy clubs including: Caroline's, Gotham, and the legendary Feinstein's at the Regency. She has opened for greats such as BilBellamy and appeared on the dais for the Sopranos celebrity roast. Carolann previously touredinternationally with the all-star female hit comedy show, "The Italian Chicks.”
She is currently the host of a new TV show "A Slice of the City," intended for the Food Networkand set to air later this year. TV credits include: As the World Turns (recurring role), Hell'sKitchen, The Tyra Banks Show, Comedy Comcast, ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning Texas, NBC KSEE-TV and VH-1.
Theater/Film credits include: THE LAIR (award winning Indie film), CASSANOVA WAS A WOMAN (HOLA award winning play), ARRIVEDERCI EL BARRIO (VinneyVella), I AM WRITING A MUSICAL (Daniel Weiss and Jamie Summers), PRINCE CHARMING PRESENTED (Duncan Pflaster). WEST SIDE STORY (Maria), GREASE (Rizzo), andA CHORUS LINE (Morales).
Carolann received her BFA in Theater from the College of Santa Fe.
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CRITICS HAVE TO SAY………….
“Best of Fest” “Best of Fest” “Best of Fest” “Pick of Fringe” “Sold-Out”Calgary Fringe Boulder Fringe Vancouver Fringe Victoria Fringe Off-Broadway2012 2011 2012 2012 2012
"Burnt at the Steak is a complete and well-rounded piece... . Her raucous, raunchy show had the audience howling with laughter. Valentino's jokes are sharp and well delivered….an example of how good a one-person show can be! “
-- Denver Post
“Carolann Valentino is a star in the making....Valentino is someone to watch for! A terrific show. “
-Nanette Soucy/ Charlebois Post
“Carolann Valentino’s hilarious memoir wowed audiences and critics alike for its novelty,energy and uproarious storytelling.... “FIVE STARS”
-- Louis Hobson/ Calgary Sun
“Burnt at the Steak blazes with almost diabolical energy from start to finish.. 18 clearly drawn characters as Valentino moves seamlessly between them.... you do come away with a feeling of emotional reward.... “FIVE STARS”
-- Bob Clark/ The Herald
“I cannot say enough good things about Carolann Valentino’s one-woman comedy, Burnt at the Steak. Valentino has a powerful stage presence and a powerhouse voice. She thoroughlycommits to the 18 different characters.”
-- Kathleen Renne/ FFWD Weekly
“It's an awfully fun ride.. Valentino, a sharp actor.....you'll certainly leave this one feeling good..... a high-energy crowd pleaser.
-Joff Schmidt/ CBC
“Tour-de-force”..a triple-threat ...she sings – and boy, can she sing – she acts, she dances... Burnt at the Steak hits all the high notes....Valentino is definitely a force to be reckoned with!
-- Lynn Calder/ Calgary Musicals
Carolann Valentino proves she is truly a fierce "Italian Rose of Texas."…..Valentino morphs into an unbelievable sampling of memorable characters....This production was heartwarming and thoroughly entertaining. Valentino is magnetic, radiant, relatable, and
-- Boulder Fringe Reviews.com
“A must see show!”
-- NBC/ KSEETV
"I was BLOWN AWAY by the comedic style and acting ability of Carolann Valentino!
She is fresh, bold and hilariously funny...Would see her on stage anytime, and it would be even better seeing her on film!”
-- Nicole Barrett/ Talk Show Host KLIF
“Valentino proves to be a gifted singer, comedian and actress... Her charisma and her talents are definitely the draw.”
- FRESNO BEE NEWS- California Review
BURNT AT THE STEAK, the heart of which is showing us the life of a restaurant manager and all the people in her life…..She’s a very beautiful, remarkably energetic singer/dancer comedian with super jokes and amazing clear.... She spins, she shimmies, she's charismatic, she’s amazing-- she’s a star!
- Lively-Arts Theatre- NYC review
“Carolann Valentino danced her way on stage to the tune of ‘Cotton Eyed Joe” the way only an “ Italian Rose of Texas” could. Blazing onto the stage like a cowgirl – bringing her impressions to life in the passionate style of Carol Burnett....”
- Hudson Reporter
“I’ve yet to see a talent like Ms.Valentino– a master of comedic acting and stand – up comedy!”
-Richmond Shepard/ Richmond Shepard Theatre (Off-Broadway)