Lily Tomlin heads up Mardi Gras Festival 2011

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Award-winning and openly lesbian screen icon Lily Tomlin is coming to Sydney to be a part of the Mardi Gras Festival 2011. Tomlin will perform at the Enmore Theatre on Friday 4th March and will no doubt be sticking around for parade and party celebrations thereafter. The actress, whose film career spans five decades, has starred in ‘Nine To Five’, ‘Nashville’, ‘Short Cuts’ and ‘I Heart Huckabees’, to name a few of her big screen successes. Tomlin broke gender cross-dressing stereotypes in the 1970s when she appeared on both stage and screen as characters who wore suits and often sported facial hair. Indeed, you could say she was one of the first real drag kings.

“Lily Tomlin is one of the world’s finest actresses and talented comediennes,” said Michael Rolik, CEO of New Mardi Gras. “Her charm, humour and open sexuality make her the perfect addition to our upcoming season.”

New Mardi Gras also announced this week that author Armistead Maupin of ‘Tales Of The City’ fame will be heading down under to be part of the 2011 Festival. Maupin will discuss his work in talks at The Studio at Sydney Opera House.

This year’s Mardi Gras Parade promises to raise the bar in a big way with Ignatius Jones joining the team as Consulting Artistic Director. Jones has helped put on major events in the past including the Sydney and Vancouver Olympic Opening Ceremonies and the Shanghai World Expo 2010, so guests can expect bigger and better changes to the Mardi Gras look and feel this year.

For tickets to Lily Tomlin’s Enmore performance and other New Mardi Gras event information, visit www.mardigras.org.au