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Carrot Top Under Fire in Indiana

August 21, 1998 GMT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ The music director of the Evansville Symphony Orchestra changed his tune about Carrot Top.

When the manic comedian with the wiry red hair was chosen to perform at Friday’s reopening of the newly-restored Victory Theater, Alfred Savia, the orchestra’s music director, criticized the decision and referred to Carrot Top as ``declasse.″

The 30-year-old comic, who resides in Orlando, Fla., said he was honored to have been selected to reopen the lavish, 1,950-seat theater in downtown Evansville. The 77-year-old theater has undergone a $19 million restoration.


Carrot Top explained that his stage act is nothing like the wacky, prop-driven comedy he performs on television talk shows and promised that ``I can be as classy as they want me to be.″

That pledge, plus a little national publicity, was apparently good enough for Savia, who is also the artistic director and principal conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. He said he is now thinking of going to Carrot Top’s show with some friends.

``I would’ve never thought of doing that when this first started, but now _ hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ’em,″ he said.