Beginning in Vancouver Aug. 29 after a stint in Australia, the new show will play venues in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, Boston, Washington D.C. and Toronto before finishing up in Philadelphia. "We're planning on a southern swing in January, but that's not definite yet," said WestBeth Entertainment president Arnold Engelman, adding Sexie "will play mostly larger venues — 1500-seat venues — so that everybody can get to see him. In almost every city, there will be two performances and most of the major markets will probably have four or five or six performances."
When asked about the unique spelling of the show's title, Engelman laughingly replied "That you have to ask him, he makes up his own titles." Engleman witnessed Izzard rise to international fame with the double Emmy Award-winning show Dress to Kill from its humble beginnings at the now-defunct Westbeth Theatre Center on 151 Bank Street in New York City. WestBeth subsequently produced his Circle tour and will present his Sexie at NYC's City Center.
Izzard's past solo shows have included Live at the Ambassadors, Unrepeatable, Definite Article and Glorious. The Yemen-born Brit, however, is also a viable actor boasting many London stagings to his credits — among them the title role in the once-Broadway-bound Lenny Bruce bio of Lenny and the world premiere of David Mamet's The Cryptogram. His film turns include "Velvet Goldmine," "Shadow of the Vampire" and portraying Charlie Chaplin in "The Cat's Meow."
For details on the upcoming Sexie tour and more information on Eddie Izzard, visit his website at www.eddieizzard.com.