Burnt at the Steak, a solo performance piece with 18 characters, 13 scenes, 10 songs, 3 dance breaks, 2 costume changes and a pair of provolone balls, created and performed by Carolann Valentino.
“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 in the “Big Apple” she lands a “rare” day job managing an infamous multi million-dollar steakhouse in the heart of Manhattan. Her experiences in this male-dominated industry teach her valuable 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, she finds 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 as suggested by her psychic mother?”
Restaurant staff members and the A-list clientele provide the basis for entertainment that “sizzles.” “Carolann has the audience howling with laughter as she brilliantly morphs into 18 hilarious characters.” Through song, dance, comedy and audience interaction, 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 great success. She is willing to open up and share her inner most feelings. Audience members walk away feeling happy, deeply inspired and “hungry” for more.
Carolann Valentino is a one man band. She is an actress, stand up comic, singer, dancer, improvisor, producer and writer currently working out of New York City. For the past two years, Carolann’s one-woman musical comedy “Burnt at the Steak” received rave reviews in California, Florida, Texas, Colorado and internationally throughout Canada. The show was chosen “Best of Festival” across the fringe circuit tour. Each night she played to sold-out houses.
As a solo comic, Carolann can be seen throughout NYC top comedy clubs including: Caroline’s, Gotham, Stand Up NY and the legendary Feinstein’s at the Regency. She has opened for greats such as Bill Bellamy and appeared on the dais for the Sopranos celebrity roast. Carolann previously toured internationally with the all-star female hit comedy show, "The Italian Chicks” endorsed by Danny Aiello.
She is currently the host of a new TV show (pilot) “A Slice of the City,” intended for the Food Network and set to air later this year. TV credits include: As the World Turns (recurring role), Hell’s Kitchen, The Tyra Banks Show, Comedy Comcast, ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning Texas, NBCKSEE-TV and VH-1.
Theater/Film credits include: The Lair (award winning Indie film – co-star), Cassanova Was a Woman (HOLA award winning play), Arrivederci El Barrio (Vinney Vella), I am Writing a Musical (Daniel Weiss and Jamie Summers), Prince Charming Presented (Duncan Pflaster). West Side Story (Maria), Grease (Rizzo), and A Chorus Line (Morales).
Carolann received her BFA in Theater from the College of Santa Fe.