Production sources report that Dame Edna: The Royal Tour continues to break house records at the Booth Theatre. With a single day ticket take of $90, 654 last week, Dame Edna broke the previous records for the Booth. This week, on a rainy Election Day, the show shattered its own record with a box take of $92,741.
Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, features the comic creation of Australian comedian and British sensation Barry Humphries. The show began previews Sept. 14 for a run that, like so much else about Edna, is wide open.
The show is presented 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).
Accompanied now and then by on-stage pianist Andrew Ross and two leggy "Edanettes" (Roxane Barlow and Tamlyn Brooke Shusterman), the silver haired, bespectacled Edna entertains American audiences with talk of England's Royal family, baby-sitters, the lifestyle choices of her children (ushering in the song, "I Never Thought I'd Meet So Many Friends of Kenny...") and her late husband's prostate difficulties. She also tends to remark on audience members' clothing choices and home decorating skills, but only "in the most loving way." Former Monty Python extra Ian Davidson contributes additional material to the evening, subtitled "The Show That Listens."
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. For tickets and information on Dame Edna call (212) 239-6200.