Dame Edna to Have Back-Up Guys and Gals on Broadway

News   Dame Edna to Have Back-Up Guys and Gals on Broadway The first time Dame Edna Everage graced the Broadway stage — in The Royal Tour — she was joined by two actresses, Roxane Barlow and Tamlyn Brooke Shusterman, dubbed the Ednaettes.

For her upcoming Broadway engagement, Back with a Vengeance, the Dame will add two men to her roster. According to the show's spokesperson, the male co-stars are being called the TestEdnarones. As previously reported, the show will begin previews at the Music Box Theatre Nov. 5 with an official opening set for Nov. 21. 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.

For more information about the inimitable Dame, go to www.dame-edna.com. For the San Francisco run, visit www.bestofbroadway-sf.com.