Karla Burns

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Karla Burns is a native Wichitan and a Broadway star. She recently received an honorary doctorate from Wichita State University. Baritone Earnest Alexander sang with the Friends University Singing Quakers. He’s known for his annual benefit concerts in Wichita to help underprivileged children.

They both have sung all over the world and given concerts at Carnegie Hall.

Before producing their Christmas CD, A Christmas Celebration, Karla says she and Earnest had never sung together.

“But people told me, 'You need to do that,'" Karla says.

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Two Wichita State University alumni will receive awards this Sunday. Operatic mezzo-soprano and actress Karla Burns will receive an honorary doctorate, and opera star Samuel Ramey will receive the president’s award at WSU's fall commencement.

Karla Burns' numerous accomplishments range from her work on Broadway to winning an Olivier Award – the British equivalent of Broadway's Tony Award. Burns was inducted into Wichita State's Fine Arts Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Nadya Faulx

Side by Side Final Weekend 7-24 --  7-26 at the Scottish Rite

A couple of local Broadway stars are starring together  - again  - in a production by the Forum Theatre.

For Ray Wills, the latest show, officially opening Friday at the Scottish Rite Center, marks his third run in "Side By Side By Sondheim," and a reunion with Karla Burns.

The Forum Theatre

Tune in on Monday during Morning Edition for Aileen LeBlanc's full interview with the composer, writer, director and cast of A Christmas Carol, as well as some musical numbers, too.  

Karla Burns sings "Celebrate the Time" as the jolly Ghost of Christmas Present. 

Jerry Fritchman

Tony-nominated, Olivier Award-winning actress Karla Burns is starring in the title role as Dolly Levi in the Broadway classic "Hello, Dolly!" at Wichita’s Forum Theatre. Actor Huron Breaux portrays Horace Vandergelder, the object of Dolly’s affection.