Tribute to Burnett and Andrews Returns to Triad Nov. 15, 22 and 29

News   Tribute to Burnett and Andrews Returns to Triad Nov. 15, 22 and 29 Christine Toy Johnson and Ann Harada open at the Triad Theatre Nov. 15 in their comic tribute, Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, a recreation of the real-life famed concert from 1962.

Christine Toy Johnson and Ann Harada open at the Triad Theatre Nov. 15 in their comic tribute, Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, a recreation of the real-life famed concert from 1962.

In the tribute, Johnson and Harada, both Asian, appear as understudies to Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews. The two are forced to perform so that the historic Carnegie Hall show takes place at all.

Johnson and Harada's show premiered at the end of September and the response to the show was so strong it is returning to the Triad for three performances, Nov. 15, 22 and 29.

Carol Burnett got wind of the tribute when it last ran and dropped by to visit the cast during a rehearsal. Burnett offered her support and posed for photos with Johnson and Harada, the duo told Playbill On-Line.

Julie and Carol is a benefit tribute, with proceeds going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Before Julie and Carol, Johnson and Harada were seen in the Alan Muraoka-directed version of Falsettoland, which was produced last year by the National Asian American Theatre Company at the Dimson Theatre in NYC.

"We pretty much recreate their show song for song," Harada told Playbill On-Line. "We use their material, but we've dropped a few things -- like the numbers with the Ernest (Ernie) Flatt Dancers -- because we just couldn't do them." Harada said that she and Johnson have added a few things to the program, such as a bit that Carol Burnett did on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1959.

Originally broadcast by CBS, "Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall" was a real life highlight in both stars' careers.

The additional November dates (Nov. 15, 22 and 29) also feature Bruce Alan Johnson, as well as musical direction by John O'Neill. It will be performed at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street, NYC. Cover charge is $15, with a $10 food/drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 362 2590.

-- By Murdoch McBride