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Comedian Ballinger brings Miranda Sings to CCRI in free performance

Miranda Sings, an Internet character created in 2008 by American comedian, actress and singer Colleen Ballinger, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus in Warwick.

Ballinger displays videos of the comically talentless, egotistical and quirky character on her YouTube channel under the username mirandasings08. On these videos, the character sings badly and rants about her critics, the “haters.” She also discusses a topic, often one suggested by a viewer, or gives a tutorial of the day. Miranda’s YouTube channel has received more than 40 million views.

Ballinger, in character as Miranda Sings, has performed cabaret acts since April 2009 at sold-out cabaret spaces and theatres in Atlanta, New York, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and Dublin, and cities in Australia, Canada and elsewhere. BroadwayWorld.

com called her “the hottest, freshest and oddest breakout star in the musical theatre/cabaret scene.”

Her performances include Miranda’s signature off-key singing of show tunes and pop music hits, and they often incorporate giving a “voice lesson” to, and singing a duet with, Broadway or local celebrities and reading hate mail directed to the character.

The Charles Sullivan Fund for the Arts and Humanities and the CCRI Players are bringing Ballinger to Rhode Island for this performance, which will be held in the newly renovated Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus, 400 East Ave., Warwick. Admission to the concert is free, thanks to the generosity of the Sullivan Fund. Dr. Audrey Kaiser of the CCRI music faculty will accompany Ballinger.

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