Dame Edna Everage, the creation of writer-actor Barry Humphries, plans to launch another tour, which may end up on The Great White Way. The New York Post reports that Humphries, who received a Special Event Tony Award in 2000 for Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, is at work on a new show, which he will produce himself. Producers for the Dame's Broadway debut at the "intimate" Booth Theatre included Leonard Soloway, Chase Mishkin, Steven M. Levy and Jonathan Reinis. That Broadway stint, the Post states, made a profit of $1.6 million, $950,000 of which went to the producers and $650,000 to Humphries.
Dubbed Australia's First Lady, Dame Edna is the creation 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.
—By Andrew Gans