“DAME EDNA’S GLORIOUS GOODBYE – THE FAREWELL TOUR”
AT THE CTG / AHMANSON THEATRE JANUARY 24 – MARCH 15, 2015
“The most purely enjoyable night of the year,”
The New York Times
“The house roars…I salute her,”
The New Yorker
“Razor sharp brilliance,”
Tickets go on sale this Sunday, November 2, 2014, for “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour,” which begins previews at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre on January 24, opens January 28 and continues through March 15, 2015.
In a side-splitting, historic finale, Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) is capping a spectacular career spanning 50 years of bravura showmanship in this farewell celebratory show. “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” will give audiences the chance to bid farewell to the incomparable Dame Edna, arguably Australia’s greatest entertainment export.
Surrounded by spectacular sets and gorgeous, talented dancers, Dame Edna keeps her audience enthralled and “in stitches” with her sparkling wit, mischievous wisdom and razor-sharp banter. With her take-no-prisoners comedy and hijinks, Dame Edna is not going out with a whimper: No one is safe from the Dame’s wicked tongue.
This brand new show is directed by award-winning Simon Phillips, who directed the original “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and is currently directing “First Wives Club,” with design by Tony Award-winning Brian Thomson, who designed the original Australian and London productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “The Rocky Horror Show,” as well as the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games.
“Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” opened to rave reviews in Australia and moved to adoring crowds in London and throughout the UK, where Neil Norman of the Daily Express said, “I almost asphyxiated myself with laughter,” and Mark Shenton of the Sunday Express said Dame Edna is “a comic, cosmic wonder.” John Lahr of The New Yorker paid tribute, “Dame Edna may leave the stage, but she will never leave my heart. I love her. I honor her. I cherish the high times she has made for me and millions of others.”
Dame Edna is one of the greatest stars of the last 50 years, winning a Tony Award for her Broadway show, “The Royal Tour.” The “housewife superstar” has played the West End and Broadway on numerous occasions, performing to packed theatres including the Royal Albert Hall at the “Last Night of the Poms,” and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane as well as countless performances for the Royal Family. Television credits include the now legendary UK special, “A Night on Mt. Edna” and two series of her own innovative chat show, “The Dame Edna Experience,” with special guests Cher, Roseanne Barr, Sean Connery, Mel Gibson and the late Robin Williams.
Her books include “Dame Edna’s Coffee Table Book,” “Dame Edna’s Bedside Companion” and her seminal autobiography, “My Gorgeous Life,” which is currently being adapted for the stage and screen. Possibly Jewish, Dame Edna is a widow, with three grown children. She spends her time visiting world leaders and jet-setting between her homes in Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Switzerland and Martha’s Vineyard. She is the Founder and Governor of Friends of the Prostate and the creator of The World Prostate Olympics.
Educated at the University of Melbourne, where he studied law, philosophy and fine arts, Barry Humphries performed regularly in university revues before joining the newly formed Melbourne Theatre Company.
In 1955, he created the remarkable Mrs. Edna Everage, a purple-rinsed Melbourne housewife now known around the world as the gigastar Dame Edna. Dame Edna has since appeared on stage during theatrical tours of Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. Humphries won a special Tony Award for his 2000 Broadway offering “Dame Edna, The Royal Tour” and a Tony nomination in 2004 for “Back with a Vengeance.”
Dame Edna has also appeared regularly on television in Australia, the UK, Europe and the U.S., winning Humphries the Golden Rose of Montreux in 1991.
Her creator has also won numerous honors for his contribution to cultural life, including an Order of Australia in 1982, an Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University (Australia) in 1994, a Doctorate of Law from Melbourne University in 2003 and a CBE for his contribution to the arts in 2007. He was recently presented with the Australian of the Year in the United Kingdom Award at Australia House in London.