NBC celebrated Carol Burnett’s 90th birthday with Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love, which premiered April 26 with a rebroadcast scheduled for April 30 at 7 PM ET.
The two-hour special, filmed at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, featured musical performances from Tony winners Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Sutton Foster, and Kristin Chenoweth plus Jane Lynch, Darren Criss, and Katy Perry. The musical tributes included “Old Friends,” dedicated to Burnett's 60-year friendship with Julie Andrews; “Only an Octave Apart,” which Burnett sang alongside the late Beverly Sills in the 1976 TV special Sills and Burnett at the Met; Burnett's songs from the film version of Annie; and a tribute to her classic theme song, “I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together” from The Carol Burnett Show.
Special guests included Aileen Quinn, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Bob Mackie, Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Andrews, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Lily Tomlin, Marisa Tomei, Sofia Vergara, Steve Carell, Susan Lucci, Vicki Lawrence, and more. John McDaniel was the musical director.
Watch highlights from the celebration below.
Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters Are "Only an Octave Apart":
Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters Celebrate "Old Friends":
Sutton Foster and Darren Criss Remember Carol Burnett's Duets:
Marisa Tomei Talks Costumes With Designer Bob Mackie:
Jimmy Fallon and Black Thought Pay Tribute to Burnett With a Rap:
Burnett, who was awarded a Special Tony Award in 1969, was nominated for Tonys for her performances in Once Upon a Mattress and Moon Over Buffalo. She has also been seen on Broadway in Fade Out-Fade In, the Stephen Sondheim revue Putting It Together, Hollywood Arms, and Love Letters. Burnett is also a 22-time Emmy Award winner.
Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love was executive produced by Burnett, Brian Miller, Steve Sauer, Paul Miller and Baz Halpin, and Mark Bracco & Linda Gierahn of Silent House Productions. The program is now available for streaming on Peacock.