Ventriloquist and ‘America’s Got Talent’ winner Darci Lynne, her diva bunny Petunia, coming to Playhouse Square

Look out, Jeff Dunham. You have some competition.

And she would appear to have a long career ahead of her.

In 2017, Darci Lynne, now 13, won the 12th season of “America’s Got Talent,” an NBC talent show, with her blend of comedy and musical ventriloquism. This clip from the show, in which she sings — er, I mean, her “divaesque” bunny friend Petunia sings — is pretty wild.

(Her website boasts she has accounted for more than 21 million views for “America’s Got Talent” on YouTube, by the way.)

Now, Darci is on the road, showing off her talents to America in person. On April 7, she and her “friends” are bringing their family-friendly show to Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre in Cleveland.

“The stage is now a platform where Darci can open up and display her incredible talents for the world to see,” a news release from her camp states. “Her polished, impeccable skill as a ventriloquist at such a young age is jaw-dropping and sure to inspire the next generation to keep the craft alive, but when she sings, her voice leaves her audiences breathless.”

Opening for Darci will be family band Pelican 212, which consists of brothers and sisters who honed their skills playing on the sidewalks of Nashville, New Orleans and Pensacola, Florida. Look out for 12-year-old identical twins Max and Kolbe, who play the trumpet, as well as Angelle, Marie, Giovanni, Mollie and their oldest sister, Katie, who, according to the release, taught many of her siblings how to play their instruments. Like Darci, Pelican 212 has been seen on “America’s Got Talent.”

Tickets for the show start at $29.75. Get them and more information here.


Mark Meszoros wouldn’t be able to throw his voice if his life depended on it. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Photo credit: Jerry Hymer Photography

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