Beginning Oct. 16 Dame lovers everywhere will be able to purchase tickets to her new show by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance begins previews Nov. 5 at the Music Box Theatre with an official opening scheduled for Nov. 21. A pre-Broadway run at San Francisco's Curran Theatre is set for Aug. 31-Oct. 10.
The Dame's newest offering will boast an "all-new theatrical infrastructure." According to production designer Brian Thomson, "Edna will glow from the stage in a series of never-before-seen gowns. She will sing, dance, give psychic readings to astonished audience members, offer marriage counseling and perhaps even heal."
As for her own thoughts, the much beloved Dame puts things this way: "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.'" The Dame will be joined onstage by The Gorgeous Ednaettes, The Equally Gorgeous TestEdnarones and Master of the Dame's Musick, Wayne Barker.
Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance will play Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesday-Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
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.