Edna adds producers, potential scribe to show's roster
Dame Edna and Michael Feinstein continue to engage in a public spat that many legiters have begun to suspect is a stunt, with Edna announcing the names of two producers and the potential addition of scribe Christopher Durang to her show’s creative team.Dame Edna (the alter ego of comedian Barry Humphries) and crooner Feinstein have shows skedded to open on Broadway within a week of each other in March, each at a Shubert theater that has not yet been confirmed. The two topliners have been squabbling over the similar titles of their productions, with Feinstein naming his offering “All About Me” and Dame Edna calling hers “It’s All About Me.” A rep for the Edna show announced Robert G. Bartner (“The Seagull,” “Boeing-Boeing”) and Ambassador Theater Group (“Guys and Dolls”) have joined the previously mysterious producing team of “It’s All About Me,” adding later that Durang (“The Marriage of Bette and Boo”) is in talks to pen the Edna show. The releases look like an attempt to quell speculation that producer (and veteran press agent) Jeffrey Richards, the backer of the Feinstein outing, is also behind the Edna production — and that the two are in fact the same show, now seemingly penned by Durang and helmed by Jerry Zaks, the previously announced director of Edna’s show. Reps for Feinstein’s show “All About Me,” however, are keeping a straight face, sending out a statement from the musician directed at Dame Edna: “Titles are not copyrightable. I wish Ms. Edna well. I’ve heard of her.” Dame Edna responded, “Someone purchased a CD of Mr. Feinstein’s at a flea market in Australia and re-gifted it to me recently. I’m impressed at how often he sings on key.” Dame Edna’s “It’s All About Me” is currently skedded to open March 23, while Feinstein’s “All About Me” opens March 30.