Tour Dates Set for Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance

The tour dates for Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance have now been set, with the neon-coiffed housewife/superstar scheduled to make appearances in Toronto, Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities in the US and Canada from fall 2005 to spring 2006.

The tour will kick off at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre on October 25th; the show's run there will last through November 6th.  The rest of the tour dates and venues are as follows: Ottawa's National Arts Centre from November 8th to November 13th, Las Vegas' Luxor Theatre from December 17th through 31st, Denver's Buell Theatre from January 17th through January 29th, 2006, New Orlean's Saenger Theatre from February 1st through 5th, Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY from February 7th through 12th, the Auditorium Center in Rochester, NY from February 14th through 19th, Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre from February 21st through March 5th, Clearwater's Ruth Eckert Hall from March 8th through 12th, Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre from March 14th through 26th and L.A.'s Ahmonson Theatre from March 28th through April 9th.

Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance opened at the Music Box Theatre on November 21st, 2004 and closed on May 1st, 2005.  "Devised and written" by Barry Humphries (and with additional material by Andrew Ross), the show also featured lyrics by Humphries and Wayne Barker, as well as music by Barker.  In addition to the Dame herself, Back with a Vengeance featured Barker as the Master of the Dame's Musick, Teri Gianfelice and Michelle Pampena as the Gorgeous Ednaettes, and Randy Aaron and Gerrard Carter as the Equally Gorgeous TestEdnarones.

Dame Edna received the 2000 Special Tony Award for a Live Theatrical Event for her Broadway debut in Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, which also won a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award. Dame Edna has previously toured the U.S. with A Night With Dame Edna. Created in 1956 by Humphries as his outrageous alter ego, Dame Edna is "a national icon in her native Australia, as well as a housewife, talk show host, adviser to British royalty, widow, investigative journalist, guru and legend."  Under his own name, Humphries has appeared in such shows as Waiting for Godot and Oliver!; he received the Order of Australia in 1982 and an Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University (in Australia) in 1994.

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