Is there a person in New York who isn't suffering the flu? Sure seems like everyone has the bug, though hearty actors tend to take a "show must go on" attitude. That's a bit difficult with a one-man show, however; so Jackie Mason, whose latest solo, Much Ado About Everything, began previews at the John Golden Theatre Nov. 16, is resting up his cold and cough for a couple of days.
Performances for Much Ado were canceled Dec. 8 and 9, with Mason publicist Larry Weinberg hoping the comedian would be back onstage Friday. That won't happen, but Mason is a definite for Saturday night, Dec. 11. The stand-up comedy solo officially opens Dec. 30.
Mason's comedy, delivered in a borscht-belt cantorial style that runs from bemusement to mock anger, generally deals with such subjects as politicians, urban annoyances, and differences between Jews and gentiles. A spokesperson promised "all-new" material will fill Much Ado.
The comedian has had four long-runs on Broadway: The World According to Me, Jackie Mason Brand New, Politically Incorrect and Love Thy Neighbor. The show new will have lighting by Stan Crocker and a sound design by Christopher Cronin, but no set designer, according to a production spokesperson.
As a warm-up, Mason brought his stand-up comedy to Westbury Music Fair, Sept. 29, giving him a chance to hone his new material before a New York audience. His show has also been touring such venues as the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center in Nyack, NY, and the Laff Stop in Houston, TX.
For tickets and information on Much Ado About Everything call (212) 239-6200. Tickets are also on sale at the John Golden Theater box office, 252 West 45th Street.