Dame Edna to Hit New York with New Show in 1999-2000

News   Dame Edna to Hit New York with New Show in 1999-2000
 
Dame Edna Everage, the comic creation of Australian comedian and British sensation Barry Humphries, will bring her latest show The Royal Tour -- which opened Oct. 7 at San Francisco's Theatre on the Square -- to New York for the 1999-2000 season, most probably in the fall. Spokesman Kevin McAnarney said the show was aiming at Broadway, but much depended on the availability of an appropriate theatre.

Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage.
Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage. Photo by Photo by Pat Johnson

Dame Edna Everage, the comic creation of Australian comedian and British sensation Barry Humphries, will bring her latest show The Royal Tour -- which opened Oct. 7 at San Francisco's Theatre on the Square -- to New York for the 1999-2000 season, most probably in the fall. Spokesman Kevin McAnarney said the show was aiming at Broadway, but much depended on the availability of an appropriate theatre.

The silver-haired, bespectacled Edna is entertaining American audiences with talk of England's Royal family, baby-sitters and her pet project, the Prostate Olympics 2000. The show started previews in San Francisco Oct. 1 and has extended its run until Jan. 17, 1999.

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.

The tour is presented by Jonathan Reinis, Chase Mishkin, Steven Levy and Leonard Soloway. Theatre on the Square is located at 450 Post Street. For tickets and information, call (415) 433-9500.

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