Lily Tomlin, one of America’s leading comediennes, and Diana Krall, one of the nation’s top jazz singers, have been added to the spring schedule of the Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, Northridge.
“We’ve been scouring the rolls of performing artists to enhance our season with the finest marquee entertainers available,” said Steve Thachuk, acting executive director of the Valley Performing Arts Center. “The addition of Lily Tomlin and Diana Krall has accomplished that goal.”
Critics have raved about Lily Tomlin’s warm and uniquely affecting performances for nearly half a century. USA Today wrote, “Lily Tomlin just may be the eighth wonder of the world.” The New York Times said, “Tomlin is amazing,” and The New Yorker said Tomlin is “always a revelation.”
Tomlin will take her VPAC audiences on what the Washington Post called a “wise and howlingly funny trip” with more than a dozen of her timeless characters, from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann.
Tomlin’s multifaceted career includes television, theater, film, animation and video. She has received six Emmys, two Tonys, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics’ Circle Award, a Cable Ace Award, a Grammy and two Peabodys. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Diana Krall will perform selections from her just-released new album, “Glad Rag Doll,” at her VPAC debut. The new release is an exploration of new sounds, new instruments and new musicians. Its music is filled with mischief, humor and a sense of tenderness and intimacy. While a departure from much of her pervious work, the new album has been called a natural progression for Krall. She called the album “a song and dance record.”
A member of America’s jazz elite, Krall’s career began in 1995 with the release of her first album, “Stepping Out.” Since then, she has given concerts around the world, recorded the title song for the Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando movie, “The Score,” and has performed with Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello and Ray Charles, among others. A native of Canada, Krall was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2000, and she is on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
To purchase tickets, call (818) 677-3000, visit VPAC’s Ticket Office or visit the center’s website at www.valleyperformingartscenter.org.