Jackie Mason long-awaited return to Broadway has chosen an opening date with millennial overtones: his Much Ado About Everything is scheduled to open at the John Golden Theatre Dec. 30, according to the League of American Theatres and Producers. Previews start Nov. 16 for the show, which will have lighting by Stan Crocker and a sound design by Christopher Cronin, but no set designer, according to a production spokesperson.
The Golden's current tenant, Side Man, finishes its long run Oct. 31, after 549 regular performances.
Comedian Mason has had four long-runs on Broadway: The World According to Me, Jackie Mason Brand New, Politically Incorrect and Love Thy Neighbor.
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.
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. 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.