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News Nicholaw Replaces Zaks as Director of All About Me
Tony-nominated director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw will replace Jerry Zaks as director of All About Me, the new Broadway evening of music and barbs from Michael Feinstein and Dame Edna Everage.
Casey Nicholaw
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On Dec. 29, Tony-winning director Zaks (Guys and Dolls, Lend Me a Tenor) was announced to assume creative duties of the Broadway-bound musical The Addams Family and amicably departed the Feinstein-Everage project.

Nicholaw will now helm All About Me which will play the Henry Miller's beginning Feb. 19, 2010, and officially open March 18, 2010.

Christopher Durang is penning special material for the evening that is produced by Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel.

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."

* 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, Michael 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.

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