Ed Asner

Actor Ed Asner, left, and the character he voiced in the film, Carl Fredricksen, attend the premiere of the Pixar animated hit "Up" in 2009.


BLOOMINGTON — Two new shows, including a one-man performance by legendary TV actor Ed Asner, have been added to the current season of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

The other addition is an indie music double-header featuring folk-Celtic group Carbon Leaf and alt-rock band Sister Hazel.

The solo Asner show, titled "A Man and His Prostate," will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, with tickets priced at $25 and $35.

The Carbon Leaf/Sister Hazel concert takes place the night before, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, with tickets priced from $30 to $40.

Both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via the BCPA box office.

Asner — a TV series legend through his role as gruff-but-lovable newsman Lou Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its later dramatic spin-off, "Lou Grant" — has been acting on stage, screen and TV for nearly 60 years.

The current one-man show is a comedic reading based on the true-life experience of its author, Ed Weinberger, a writer on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" who took a trip to Italy with his wife, and was diagnosed there with prostate cancer.

Carbon Leaf, the Virginia quartet with 16 albums over a 24-year career, is famed for its embodiment of the indie music spirit, while Sister Hazel has been named "one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the Last 15 Years" by Performing Songwriter Magazine.


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