According to broadwayacrossamerica.com, Barry Humphries' one-Edna show has already booked stops in New Orleans and Canada. The production, which ran for 180 performances on Broadway, will play Ottawa's National Arts Centre's Opera Stage (Nov. 8-13, 2005) and the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans (Feb. 7-12, 2006). Additional venues are expected. Devised and written by Barry Humphries with additional material by Andrew Ross, Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance featured Wayne Barker as the Master of the Dame's Musick; the Gorgeous Ednaettes, Teri DiGianfelice and Michelle Pampena; and the Equally Gorgeous TestEdnarones, Randy Aaron and Gerrard Carter.
Dubbed Australia's First Lady, Dame Edna is the invention of Barry Humphries, a successful character actor in Europe and Australia as well as an esteemed landscape painter. Some of Humphries' theatrical credits include roles in Waiting for Godot, Oliver! and Maggie May, but his most successful outings have been as Dame Edna, a character he created in 1956. Humphries was given the Order of Australia in 1982 and was endowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University in Australia in 1994. The Dame found success on Broadway during the 2000 season with her Tony Award-winning show, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.