Dame Edna Everage, the glittering gigastar who is currently back on Broadway, will join "Theater Talk" co-hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins for this Friday's broadcast. The Dame will discuss her return to Broadway in Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance at the Music Box Theatre. Devised and written by Barry Humphries with additional material by Andrew Ross and Robert Horn, Dame Edna also features Wayne Barker as the Master of the Dame's Musick; the Gorgeous Ednaettes, Teri DiGianfelice and Michelle Pampena; and the Equally Gorgeous TestEdnarones, Randy Aaron and Gerrard Carter. About her new production, the Dame has said, "I don't do shows, I make history. In a spooky way, I am theatre in the making. My shows are not shows at all, they are 'events.'"
Dubbed Australia's First Lady, Dame Edna is the invention of Barry Humphries, a successful character actor in Europe and Australia as well as an esteemed landscape painter. Some of Humphries' theatrical credits include roles in Waiting for Godot, Oliver! and Maggie May, but his most successful outings have been as Dame Edna, a character he created in 1956. Humphries was given the Order of Australia in 1982 and was endowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University in Australia in 1994. The Dame found success on Broadway during the 2000 season with her Tony Award-winning show, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.
Hosted by Riedel and Haskins, "Theater Talk" airs on WNET/Thirteen at midnight. Visit www.theatertalk.org for more information.