Henry Miller's Theatre, (3/18/2010 - 4/04/2010)

First Preview: Feb 22, 2010
Opening Date: Mar 18, 2010
Closing Date: Apr 04, 2010
Total Previews: 27
Total Performances: 20

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director)

Produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Eagle Productions LLC, Jamie deRoy/Remmel T. Dickinson, Richard Winkler/Dan Frishwasser, Mallory Factor, Cheryl Lachowicz, Chris Yegen, Judith Resnick, Jon Bierman, Christopher Hart Productions, CTM Media Group, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Michael Filerman, Barry and Carole Kaye/Irv Welzer, Terry Allen Kramer, Terrie J. Lootens, Stein & Gunderson Productions, WenSheJack Productions and Mickey Conlon; Associate Producer: Jeremy Scott Blaustein and Rae Rothfield

Written by Christopher Durang, Michael Feinstein and Barry Humphries; Conceived by Michael Feinstein, Lizzie Spender, Terrence Flannery and Barry Humphries; Music orchestrated by John Oddo; Additional Arrangements by Glen Kelly

Directed by Casey Nicholaw; Assistant Director: Matt Williams

Scenic Design by Anna Louizos; Costume Design by Anna Louizos; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Sound Design by Peter Fitzgerald; Video Design by Chris Cronin; Associate Scenic Design: Mike Carnahan; Associate Costume Design: Heather Dunbar; Associate Lighting Design: Ryan O'Gara

General Manager: Stuart Thompson Productions; Company Manager: Cassidy J. Briggs

Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates and Neil Mazzella; Production Manager: Hudson Theatrical Associates; Production Stage Manager: James W. Gibbs; Stage Manager: Francesca Russell

Musical Supervisor: Rob Bowman; Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Conducted by Rob Bowman; Reeds: David Mann, Aaron Heick, Mark Vinci and Ronald Jannelli; Trumpets: Craig Johnson, Brian Pareschi and Kenny Rampton; Trombones: John Fedchock and Birch Johnson; Piano: Rob Bowman; Bass: David Finck; Drums: Albie Berk; Music Copying: Kaye-Houston Music

Dance Captain: Patrick Wetzel; Casting: Telsey + Company; General Press Representative: Jeffrey Richards Associates, Irene Gandy and Alana Karpoff; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Interactive Marketing: Situation Interactive; Special Media and Creative Content: Andy Drachenberg

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Opening Night Cast

Dame Edna Everage
Michael Feinstein
Gregory ButlerBruno
Jodi CapelessStage Manager
Jon-Paul MateoBenito

Understudies: Patrick Wetzel (Benito, Bruno, Stage Manager)

Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Award

 2010 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

John Oddo

Songs

music by Michael Feinstein; lyrics by Barry Humphries and Michael Feinstein
(Unless otherwise noted)


ACT 1
Niceness
(music by Nick Rowley)
I'm Forcing Myself
(music by Wayne Barker)
The Great American Songbook (Lyrics by Michael Feinstein)
The Great Australian Songbook
(lyrics by Michael Feinstein and Barry Humphries)
The Dingo Ate My Baby
Nurture a Star (Lyrics by Michael Feinstein)
The Koala Song (Lyrics by Michael Feinstein)
Medley Song (Lyrics by Michael Feinstein)
All About Me
(music by Matthew Sklar; lyrics by Chad Beguelin )
The Gladdy Song
(lyrics by Barry Humphries and Michael Feinstein)

Reviews


AP: "Feinstein and Dame Edna are B'way's new odd couple"

Not since Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison moved in together has Broadway had such an odd couple on the boards.

But there they are: Michael Feinstein, cabaret sophisticate with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Great American Songbook, and the purple-coiffed Dame Edna Everage, that audacious Australian housewife channeled by Barry Humphries, sharing the stage at the Henry Miller's Theatre.

Their hybrid entertainment is called "All About Me," and while it's not a natural fit, the two stars work hard to make the matchup work. Their 90-minute show, which opened Thursday, has the feel of a glossy Las Vegas revue, well put-together but unsurprising, especially if you have seen both performers before.

Feinstein, dressed in a spiffy tuxedo, gets to demonstrate his formidable musical-theater expertise, particularly in a lovely rendition of the classic Rodgers and Hart tune "My Romance." He caresses the lyrics, making each word count. And when the lyricist is of the caliber of Lorenz Hart, the words are straight from the heart, pure and truthful.

Other songs are given more of a hard sell, from the Burton Lane-Alan Jay Lerner "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" to the Charles Strouse-Lee Adams "A Lot of Livin' to Do." Both numbers are pumped up to maximum volume by the on-stage orchestra under the athletic direction of Rob Bowman.

The conceit for the show, which was written by Feinstein and Christopher Durang, is that each performer doesn't know the other will also be appearing. After an argument - and a solo turn by Dame Edna - they agree, under the mediation of the revue's stage manager (Jodi Capeless) to become a double act.

Dame Edna, in a splendid array of gaudy costumes by Anna Louizos, knows how to interact with an audience. It's a unique skill, and Dame Edna is a master practitioner. Deftly peppering them with questions, she can extract information from even the most recalcitrant theatergoer and then use the material to get laughs.

There are other performers, too. When both Feinstein and Edna are in the wings, Capeless delivers a gutsy rendition of "And the World Goes 'Round," the John Kander-Fred Ebb anthem closely associated with Liza Minnelli. And both stars are ably assisted by a couple of well-built chorus guys, Gregory Butler and Jon-Paul Mateo.

"All About Me" has been directed by Casey Nicholaw, one of Broadway's most savvy showmen. He's schooled in old-fashioned razzmatazz, and his knowledge of making a musical move comes in handy as the show builds during its final half-hour and celebrates the stars' more-or-less peaceful coexistence.

Here we get an idiosyncratic and often funny rendition by Dame Edna of Stephen Sondheim's "The Ladies Who Lunch," even after Edna had previously proclaimed that the show would be a "Sondheim-free zone."

And the section includes some of the show's more original material, including an outrageous little ditty (penned by Feinstein and Humphries) called "The Dingo Ate My Baby," and sung, of course, by Dame Edna.

Feinstein also has written a number celebrating Edna's signature flower, the gladiola. It wouldn't be a Dame Edna show without those posies being thrown into the audience at the finale and getting theatergoers on their feet. Talk about a ready-made standing ovation.


AP
03/18/2010

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