Happy ‘Karla Burns Week’

burns0523_br4It’s a rarity for Wichita to deem individuals worthy of a week or even a day of their own. But the honor fit perfectly when Mayor Carl Brewer proclaimed Dec. 17-24 as “Karla Burns Week” to salute “this treasure of Wichita.” The native Wichitan and Wichita State University graduate has shared her big voice and talent with Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera and the world over the years, winning Britain’s Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award nomination for her Queenie in “Show Boat.” But she remains a proud and grateful Wichitan. “There’s no place like home,” Burns said, before offering a stirring mini-concert at the City Council meeting. And there’s no performer or Wichitan quite like Burns.