The creation of writer-actor Barry Humphries, Dame Edna Everage returns to the stage with the new show following her recent tour, A Night with Dame Edna. Variety reports that the San Francisco engagement at the Curran will begin its six-week run Aug. 31, with the Broadway engagement commencing Nov. 5 prior to an official opening Nov. 21.
San Francisco "is where it all started for me Possums," stated Dame Edna in show materials. "This is where America first fell in love with me. And the love affair goes on; deeper and stronger!"
"I don't do shows, I make history. In a spooky way I am theatre in the making. My shows are not shows at all, they are Events which you can proudly tell your grandchildren you witnessed. You can even bring your grandchildren, within reason, for mine is a family show, a new, cutting-edge, in-your-face family extravaganza. I'll always be there for you possums, be there for me."
Dubbed Australia's First Lady, Dame Edna is the invention of 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 "possibly Jewish Dame Edna is a widow, with three grown children," according to press materials, and found success on Broadway during the 2000 season with her Tony Award-winning show, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.
For more information about the inimitable Dame, go to www.dame-edna.com. For the San Francisco run, visit www.bestofbroadway-sf.com.