Possums and Pianos: All About Me, with Everage and Feinstein, Opens March 18

By Adam Hetrick
March 18, 2010

All About Me, the new Broadway outing that corrals the talents of Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) and Michael Feinstein onto one megawatt bill, officially opens March 18 at the Henry Miller's Theatre.

Three-time Tony-nominated director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) stages the 90-minute, intermissionless production that began previews March 2. Feinstein and Humphries, who co-wrote the piece with acclaimed playwright Christopher Durang, conceived the evening with Lizzie Spender and Terrence Flannery.

In addition to comedienne Everage and musician Feinstein, All About Me features Gregory Butler (Chicago), Jodi Capeless (Broadway debut) and Jon-Paul Mateo (The Wedding Singer).

Audiences can expect to hear classic Feinstein tunes and signature audience zingers from the Australian Dame. Feinstein also promised that "we will not only be singing together, but we have been working very, very hard choreographically to create a couple of memorable dance numbers that I think will be remembered on the Great White Way for many years to come."

All About Me features scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Peter Fitzgerald and video design by Chris Cronin. Stephen Adnitt designed Dame Edna's wardrobe. Rob Bowman serves as musical supervisor with orchestrations by John Oddo, music coordination by Michael Keller and additional arrangements by Glen Kelly.

The Broadway production is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Eagle Productions LLC, Jamie deRoy/Remmel Dickinson, Mallory Factor, Ted & Cheryl Lachowicz, Chris Yegen, Richard Winkler, Judith Resnick, Jon Bierman, CTM Media Group, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Michael Filerman, Barry & Carole Kaye/Marc Frankel/Ronald Frankel, Jon B. Platt and Christopher Hart Productions.

For tickets phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Henry Miller's Theatre is located at 124 West 43rd Street.

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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.

Feinstein last appeared on Broadway in Michael Feinstein in Concert: Piano and Voice at the Lyceum Theatre in 1990. His prior Broadway solo evenings include Michael Feinstein in Concert: Isn't It Romantic at the Booth in 1988, and Michael Feinstein in Concert, also at the Lyceum in 1988.

A five-time Grammy nominee, Feinstein is often credited with reinvigorating interest in the American popular song. The crooner has performed in concert halls around the world and on Broadway and now co-owns his own nightclub, Feinstein's at Loews Regency. His numerous solo recordings include "The Sinatra Project," "Michael and George: Feinstein Sings Gershwin," "Big City Rhythms" "Romance On Film, Romance On Broadway," "Michael Feinstein with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra," "Only One Life: The Songs of Jimmy Webb" and "Hopeless Romantics." Feinstein most recently released a duets album with Broadway's Cheyenne Jackson, entitled "The Power of Two," based on their sold-out show at Feinstein's at the Regency last earlier this year.

Durang's works for the stage include Why Torture Is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, Adrift in Macao, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, A History of the American Film (Tony nomination), The Actor’s Nightmare, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Obie Award), Beyond Therapy, Baby with the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Laughing Wild, Durang/Durang, Sex and Longing and Betty's Summer Vacation.

Nicholaw earned Tony nominations for his work on The Drowsy Chaperone and Best Choreography for Spamalot. He also directed and choreographed the Encores! production of Follies and choreographed the Encores! production of Bye Bye Birdie and the New York Philharmonic staging of Candide as well as the Carnegie Hall presentation of South Pacific. Nicholaw recently staged the industry readings of the new musical adaptation of the holiday film "Elf."