Dame Edna Everage's It's All About Me Sets Broadway Dates

By Andrew Gans
09 Nov 2009

Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
Photo by Greg Gorman

As previously announced, international gigastar Dame Edna aka Barry Humphries will return to Broadway later this season in It's All About Me, which is billed as "a glorious celebration of everything Edna."

Performances will begin March 6, 2010, at a Shubert theatre to be announced with an official opening scheduled for March 23, 2010. Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks will direct.

The similarly titled All About Me, the new show from award-winning pianist and singer Michael Feinstein, will arrive on Broadway March 13, 2010.

In a statement Everage said, "It's All About Me is my title. While I was saddened to hear that Mr. Feinstein did not heed my sage advice to change the title of his show, I'm overjoyed to hear that he at least took my suggestion to open his show after mine. I'm sure Mrs. Feinstein is very proud of her son."

Dubbed Australia's First Lady, Dame Edna is the invention of Barry Humphries, a successful character actor in Europe and Australia; he's also 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. In 2004-05, her Back With a Vengeance played Broadway and earned a Tony nomination for Special Theatrical Event.



Zaks earned Tonys for directing The House of Blue Leaves, Lend Me a Tenor, Six Degrees of Separation and Guys and Dolls. He also staged the current tour The 101 Dalmatians Musical.