“Looking Back- Vicki Lawrence, a Two Woman Show” by Sandy Zimmerman-ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR


I was invited to see the delightful Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show’ at The Orleans Showroom. Lawrence changes so quickly you wonder what happened to the other woman!

Multi-talented Vicki Lawrence has been known for her character “Mama” since Carol Burnett added her to “The Carol Burnett Show” to play the role of her sister on her television series, “The Carol Burnett Show.” Lawrence starred on Burnett’s show for 11 years and won an Emmy Award. After the show ended, Lawrence appeared on various productions, including “Carousel,” “Send Me No Flowers” and “Nunsense 3: The Jamboree.” From 1983 to 1990, Lawrence starred on her own television series “Mama’s Family.” Aside from her acting career, Lawrence also hosted her own daytime talk show “Vicki!” and released her Gold record hit “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” in  (1973)



Audiences enjoyed an outstanding performance by Lawrence as she brought a mix of stand-up comedy, music and observations about life to the stage. For the second part of the show, Lawrence brings out her most endearing character to date, Thelma Harper, or “Mama” as she is better known to her fans.

About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located just minutes from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a Boyd Gaming casino resort featuring more than 1,800 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, a diverse selection of remarkable dining experiences, and chart-topping entertainers performing weekly.

With more than $30 million in renovations and enhancements now underway, The Orleans offers a rich resort experience with exceptional dining experiences, like Alder & Birch Cocktails and Dining, Ondori Asian Kitchen and Bailiwick. The casino floor features all the hottest new slot machines and 60 table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and more. Additional amenities include a 70-lane bowling alley, an 18-screen movie theater, a spa, a poker room, a keno lounge, and a race and sports book. 

More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at http://www.orleanscasino.com, on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/orleanscasino), and Twitter (@orleanscasino). The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 24 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at http://www.boydgaming.com. Boyd Gaming and Orleans press releases are available at boydgaming.mediaroom.com.

SANDY ZIMMERMAN’S LAS VEGAS TV: For 25 years, Sandy Zimmerman appeared on television, along with interviewing celebrities on the Academy Awards and other red carpets, at show openings, as well as producing travel specials around the world and documentaries for Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion Canyon, Grand Canyon North Rim, and a real Cattle Drive similar to the early westerns in Reno, Nevada.

Sandy was Director of Public Relations/ Director of Promotions/ and Director of Marketing for Las Vegas shows-“Flashdance Fever” (Marina Hotel), “Cotton Club on Parade” (Aladdin Hotel, now Planet Hollywood Hotel), Sherman Hemsley- star of the “Jeffersons”, Gallagher-comedian (Dunes Hotel), “Men of Paradise” (Vegas World Hotel, now The Strat), Rita Rudner- “Women of Comedy”, and many other Las Vegas shows.

For Information, Questions, Submissions, Requests Contact:  sandyzimm2003@yahoo.com







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