Alone Again: Jackie Mason Heads for Broadway with New Solo, Freshly Squeezed

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After taking a critical tough hit in his first non-solo venture on Broadway with the short-lived Laughing Room Only, Jackie Mason goes back to basics with his upcoming new Broadway-bound show Freshly Squeezed.
Jackie Mason Freshly Squeezed promotional art.
Jackie Mason Freshly Squeezed promotional art.

"I am excited about getting back to what I do best and what my audience likes best," stated Mason in a release for the new work. "I am writing new jokes every day and soon I’ll be telling them every night. Just me... one Jew talking and that’s it."

The new solo, slated for a March 2005 Broadway berth, will play a pre-New York tour with stops at Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami and elsewhere.

"Armed with all-new material developed during an unplanned but not unpleasant extended Florida vacation," reads the show's press release, Mason will present his seventh one-man comedy. In Freshly Squeezed, Mason will delve into "same-sex marriages, stock market fraud, celebrities on trial, the epidemic of new diets" and, of course, "politics, politics and more politics."

Mason has previously performed on Broadway in six of his own one-man shows — The World According to Me, Brand New, Politically Incorrect, Love Thy Neighbor, Much Ado About Everything and Prune Danish. He received a special Tony Award for the first.

Following 31 previews and 14 performances, Mason's first foray into Broadway ensemble work Laughing Room Only closed Nov. 30, 2004. The show which paired the usually solo comic with supporting cast in song and dance, opened Nov. 19, 2004 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre to a barrage of critical pans. The 2004-2005 season is teeming with one-person acts including Mario Cantone's Laugh Whore, Eve Ensler's The Good Body, Whoopi Goldberg's Whoopi, Dame Edna's Back With A Vengeance and Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays. The spring will likely bring another with Sarah Jones' bridge & tunnel.

Tickets are on sale through various venues in each city. For more information, visit www.jackiemason.com.

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