Written by Christopher Durang, Michael Feinstein and Barry Humphries, the musical revue and comedy mash-up “All About Me” opened March 18 at Henry Miller’s Theatre.
Directed by Casey Nicholaw, the production stars acclaimed standards singer-pianist Feinstein alongside Humphries, who appears as his famed character, the brash Aussie comedienne Dame Edna Everage. Both initially appear under the premise that each believed he or she was the featured performer of the evening. The result is an evening of dueling performances and one-ups, with support from Jodi Capeless and on-stage chorus boys Gregory Butler and Jon-Paul Mateo.
Before its Thursday night opening, the musical comedy ran through a total of 23 previews that began February 22. Capacity in the 1,000-seat theater averaged about 50- to 65 percent through previews, and regular ticket prices for the production range from $49.50 to $126.50, with premium seats ranging from $126.50 to $251.50.
Remaining performances this week are booked for Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Beginning Tuesday, March 23, performances will run Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The only exception to this schedule falls on Sunday, April 11, when the performance will take place at 2 p.m.
“All About Me” runs through July 18, and the performance is one hour and 30 minutes with no intermission. Henry Miller’s Theater is located at 124 West 43rd Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue. Scheduling and ticketing details are available on the production’s official Web site.
Opening Night: “All About Me”
|Variety||Marilyn Stasio||“…Christopher Durang and his multiple co-scribes have to answer for the lame idea of teaming up La Belle Dame Sans Merci with the cafe singer and musical jack-of-all-trades, Michael Feinstein.”|
|The New York Times||Ben Brantley||“Seen side by side, in a production that brings to mind a desperately assembled television variety show from the 1970s, these two headliners clash like polka dots paired with plaid.”|
|USA Today||Elysa Gardner||“…’All About Me’ isn’t really a fair fight. Still, it’s a good excuse to see a couple of consummate entertainers match wits.”|
|Hollywood Reporter||Frank Scheck||“…ill-conceived hybrid of music and humor…”|
|TheatreMania||David Finkle||“…mildly diverting…”|
|New York Daily News||Joe Dziemianowicz||“The production is unlikely to win either of them new fans, and die-hard devotees are apt to leave the Henry Miller’s Theatre frustrated that they didn’t get more of each.”|