Jackie Mason will no longer be serving Prune Danish at Broadway's Longacre Theatre this fall. The funnyman's sixth solo show will instead inhabit the similarly sized Royale Theatre. Previews begin Oct. 8.
A spokesman said the switch was made after The Elephant Man vacated the Royale in early June. The Broadway opening is Oct. 22.
The Helen Hayes Theatre Center in Nyack, NY, will host a pre-Broadway tryout Sept. 9-14 and then Sept. 24-29. The show promises to feature Mason's usual mix of social observations, humorous philosophizing and Borscht Belt wit, touching on current events.
Mason's last Broadway solo, Much Ado About Everything, ended its successful run July 30, 2000, after 36 previews and 183 regular performances.
The comedy, delivered in a cantorial style that runs from bemusement to mock anger, generally dealt with such subjects as politicians, urban annoyances, and differences between Jews and gentiles. The comedian has had four other long-runs on Broadway: The World According to Me, Jackie Mason Brand New, Politically Incorrect and Love Thy Neighbor. The first revived the comic's career and won him a special Tony Award.