NEW YORK — Theatergoers who know him only from his “Dressed to Kill” and “Glorious” comedy acts may not recognize Eddie Izzard in “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg,” his Broadway debut.
“They’re in separate bags,” Izzard said of his standup and legit gigs. “I can do the transvestitism in my act. But what roles would I get if I walked into a producer’s office dressed as a transvestite?”
At the Laura Belle party Thursday night, Izzard took time to announce that his two worlds soon will merge in a script he’s writing about a heterosexual drag queen.
His template: the Sidney Poitier classic “Lilies of the Field.”
“Just as that film isn’t really about a black man,” he explains, “this story won’t be about a transvestite, but rather a clash of cultures.”
With Izzard leading the way, straight guys who like to dress up in women’s clothes could be the next big thing in showbiz: “There are loads of them, just waiting to come out!”