Originally announced for the Broadhurst Theatre, where the Dame had planned to put "the broad back in the Broadhurst," that theatre will now house Billy Crystal's solo show 700 Sundays. According to the Dame's spokesperson, Edna will reside at the Music Box: previews begin Nov. 5 prior to an official opening 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.