There is a battle of sorts on Broadway because two shows scheduled to begin a week apart this season have virtually the same names:
” All About Me”, a concert with pianist and singer Michael Feinstein interpreting Broadway standards and other melodies, will arrive on Broadway March 13, 2010.
“It’s All About Me,” a comic romp with Dame Edna â€” an over-the-top Australian dame played by Barry Humphries â€” will arrive on Broadway a week earlier, on March 6, 2010.
This has caused friction…and dueling press releases.
The latest volley:
“A STATEMENT FROM MICHAEL FEINSTEIN
Regarding the recent statements surrounding the announcement of Michael Feinstein’s new Broadway entertainment All About Me, Mr. Feinstein wished to share the following concerning Dame Edna’s announced production of It’s All About Me:
â€œTitles are not copyrightable. I wish Ms. Edna well. I’ve heard of her.â€ -Michael Feinstein”
” DAME EDNA
in negotiations with acclaimed playwright
shares her thoughts on a certain cabaret performer;
DAME EDNA EVERAGE is proud to announce that she is in negotiations with Obie Award winning playwright CHRISTOPHER DURANG to help write her upcoming Broadway extravaganza IT’S ALL ABOUT ME.
And, on a note of a different color, she wishes to respond to Michael Feinstein’s comment to the press from earlier today:
â€œSomeone 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.â€”
Update: The feud has been resolved. The two performers are combining talents and appearing on the stage together in one show, to be called “All About Me”