Jyll Rosenfeld, Jon Stoll, and James Scibelli produce the work set to open on Broadway March 23. As previously reported by Playbill On-Line, the show will play a pre-New York tour with stops at Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami and elsewhere.
After taking a critical hit in his first non-solo musical venture on Broadway with the short-lived Laughing Room Only, Mason notes his return to his roots. "I am excited about getting back to what I do best and what my audience likes best," stated Mason in a release for the new work. "I am writing new jokes every day and soon I’ll be telling them every night. Just me... one Jew talking and that’s it.
"Armed with all-new material developed during an unplanned but not unpleasant extended Florida vacation," reads the show's press release, Mason will present his seventh one-man comedy. In Freshly Squeezed, Mason will delve into "same sex marriages, stock market fraud, celebrities on trial, the epidemic of new diets" and, of course, "politics, politics and more politics."
Mason has previously performed on Broadway in six of his own one-man shows — The World According to Me, Brand New, Politically Incorrect, Love Thy Neighbor, Much Ado About Everything and Prune Danish. He received a special Tony Award for the first.
Freshly Squeezed played pre-Broadway dates across the country beginning in Chicago followed by appearances in Montreal, Toronto, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Los Angeles, among others. The 2004-2005 Broadway season has already seen an influx of one-person acts including the currently-running Dame Edna's Back With A Vengeance and Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays as well as previous engagements of Mario Cantone's Laugh Whore, Eve Ensler's The Good Body and Whoopi Goldberg's Whoopi.
Freshly Squeezed plays at the Helen Hayes Theatre, located at 240 West 44 Street. For more information, visit www.jackiemason.com.