Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, the latest show of Dame Edna Everage, comic creation of Australian comedian and British sensation Barry Humphries, will be enthroned at the Booth Theater, Sept. 15, 1999, making it one of the first shows of the 1999-00 Broadway season. Oct. 17 will mark the official coronation -- er, opening.
Tickets went on sale by phone back on June 27 (Telecharge, (212) 239 6200), but the theatre's box office, located at 222 West 45th Street, opens Monday Aug. 23, with seats ranging from $35-$45 (previews) and $45-$60. The tour is presented by Jonathan Reinis, Chase Mishkin, Steven Levy and Leonard Soloway.
The show recently had a run -- Oct. 1, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999 -- at San Francisco's Theater on the Square, leading to speculation of a Broadway engagement if a theater proved available. Via Dolorosa, the current Booth tenant, is in a limited run through June 13. Dame Edna's run, like so many other things about her, will be open.
Accompanied now and then by an on-stage pianist, the silver-haired, bespectacled Edna will entertain American audiences with talk of England's Royal family, baby-sitters and her pet project, the Prostate Olympics 2000. As the show's press release (courtesy of production spokesperson Kevin McAnarney) puts it: "Blessed at birth with natural wisteria hair, Dame Edna is a housewife, megastar, social anthropologist, investigative journalist, chanteuse, swami, adviser to British royalty, grief counselor, spin doctor, children's book illustrator and icon."
The Royal Tour will be produced on Broadway by Leonard Soloway, Chase Mishkin, Steven M. Levy and Jonathan Reinis. Designing the show are Kenneth Foy (set), Stephen Adnitt (costumes), Jason Kantrowitz (lighting) and Peter Fitzgerald (sound). Humphries created Edna -- described as a "Melbourne housewife-chanteuse swami-monstre sacre" -- in 1956. The character first made a splash in Britain with the 1969 show Just a Show. Subsequent London ventures have included A Night with Dame Edna, Back with a Vengeance and 1996's Look at Me When I'm Talking to You.