Feinstein and Everage's All About Me Closes on Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
All About Me, the short-lived Broadway production pairing entertainers Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) and Michael Feinstein, closes April 4 at the Henry Miller's Theatre.
All About Me opened at the Henry Miller's Theatre March 18 after previews that began March 2. The production played 27 previews and 20 regular performances.
Critical reception to All About Me, which had the duo taking turns center stage, was mixed, but the two stars faired well. Audiences entering the Henry Miller's Theatre were presented with one of two separate Playbills, one for Everage, or one for Feinstein.
Rob Bowman led an on-stage band for the revue-styled production that featured Feinstein crooning such gems as "My Funny Valentine" and "Strike Up the Band"; and Everage doling out advice to audience members, in addition to her own renditions of Stephen Sondheim's "The Ladies Who Lunch" and the Beyoncé hip-hop song "Single Ladies."
The production also featured back-up dancers Gregory Butler (Chicago) and Jon-Paul Mateo (The Wedding Singer), as well as Jodi Capeless in her Broadway debut as the weary stage manager who must mitigate the egos of Everage and Feinstein.
Three-time Tony-nominated director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) staged the 90-minute, intermissionless production. Jerry Zaks had been originally announced to direct, but departed to work on the Broadway musical The Addams Family.
Feinstein and Humphries co-wrote All About Me with playwright Christopher Durang and also conceived the evening with Lizzie Spender and Terrence Flannery.
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.
The Henry Miller's Theatre is located at 124 West 43rd Street.
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