Riedel, Musto & DiLella Name Scott Mason Dame Edna Understudy for ALL ABOUT ME
Distinguished judges included: Michael Riedel of the NYPost, NY1's Frank DiLella and The Village Voice's Michael Musto. There were also special appearances by guest judges Michael Feinstein and Dame Edna's manager Barry Humphries, who was on hand to provide feedback to the contestants on behalf of his client.
The contestants were judged on their make-up, costume, accent and "Dame-like demeanor."
Speaking as Dame Edna's long-lost sister, Mason won over the judges and the audience with his own sparkling rendition of Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats."
Mason has proven to be devoted to the spirit of Dame Edna in the past. In 2008, he attended an impersonators' convention and was physically assaulted by a fellow (jealous) Dame Edna look-a-like. He has truly risked life, limb and lipstick to make sure the Dame always makes an entrance! His official website can be found at www.hirethedame.com
Mason will receive a credit in the Playbill as the official honorary understudy for Dame Edna.
ALL ABOUT ME will play Henry Miller's Theatre (124 West 43rd St.), beginning previews Monday, February 22, 2010 and opening on Thursday, March 18, 2010.
ALL ABOUT ME will play Tuesday @ 7pm, Wednesday - Saturday @ 8pm, and matinees on Wednesday & Saturday @ 2pm, Sunday at 3pm. During previews, the playing schedule will be Mon-Sat @8pm with matinees on Wed & Sat at 2pm.
Tickets are available through Telecharge.com, or 212-239-6200, and at the Box Office at a date to be announced.
Written by Christopher Durang, Barry Humphries and Michael Feinstein, ALL ABOUT ME is conceived by Feinstein and Humphries, with Lizzie Spender and Terrence Flannery.
ALL ABOUT ME will feature Scenic and Costume design by Anna Louizos, Lighting design by Howell Binkley, Sound design by Peter Fitzgerald, and Video design by Chris Cronin. Dame Edna's wardrobe will be designed by Stephen Adnitt.
Musical Supervision for ALL ABOUT ME will performed by Rob Bowman, with Orchestrations by John Oddo, Music Coordination by Michael Keller, and additional arrangements by Glen Kelly.
ALL ABOUT ME also features the acting talents of Gregory Butler, Jodi Capeless, and Jon-Paul Mateo.
ALL ABOUT ME is presented on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Eagle Productions LLC, Jamie deRoy/Remmel Dickinson, Mallory Factor, Cheryl Lachowicz, Chris Yegen/ Richard Winkler/Dan Frishwasser, Judith Resnick, Jon Bierman, CTM Media Group, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Michael Filerman, Barry & Carole Kaye/Iving Welzer, Christopher Hart Productions, Terry Allen Kramer, Terrie J. Lootens, WenSheJack Productions.