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Eddie Izzard is, I think, a certified genius… a crazy loon… and quite a sexy guy too. I mean there are not many transvestites who can sell out three nights at the Paramount and then recite the history of the world in such a hilariously clever way that not a sinlge person dared get up from their seat before the two hour show was done.
After the show, on the first night, he met his fans in the alley for a Q&A session. The heat was too much for the Londoner so on nights two and three the Q&A took place in the lobby.
I found it interesting that his show each night was the same but different. I can only assume that he has a general idea of what he wants to talk about, but it comes out a little differently each time he takes the stage. Different order… different emphasis… all funny stuff. I hope he comes back soon.
Part comedian, part stage actor, part screen actor…part transvestite…but not really.
Emmy award winning…even got a 2007 Teen Choice Award nomination…
It really is difficult to pigeon-hole Eddie Izzard into any “type” of entertainer. And it’s really no easier to compare him to any other entertainer. The closest I can come to doing that is Lily Tomlin meets George Carlin meets Whoopi Goldberg meets Sandra Bernhardt meets Winston Churchill…
It’s just crazy how smart AND funny this guy is. The best I can tell you is that his show at the Paramount in June is a MUST SEE.
Ballet Austin moved in this week so there is not much reason for me to be backstage. With that in mind I thought I would share what I do when I don’t have to be at the theatre every night…
My good friend Laura at American Airlines introduced me to my new good friend Eryn at Longhorn Sports Network and, much to my surprise, I was invited to sit in a suite at the Frank Erwin Center to watch a UT Women’s Baketball Game with the legendary and always charming Jody Conradt. I am such a fan of women’s college basketball so this was a treat beyond belief for me.
This week everyone was asked to wear pink to the game for Breast Cancer Awareness. That’s a picture of me, Eryn and my marketing director, Stacey. Stacey has floor seats which leave me jealous each game… until now.
So that is what I do when I am not at the theatre… speaking of the theatre, we just booked English Superstar, Eddie Izzard. He will be here later this year. I am too excited.
Congratulations to Christine Ebersole for winning the Tony for her role in Grey Gardens. I had the opportunity to see that show last November with an ATA Board Member, Janet McQuaid, when we went to New York for a conference. It’s a fantastic show and I highly recommend you see it if you get to New York. So why will it most likely NOT play the Paramount? Unless a Broadway Musical is especially designed for a small theatre, it will most likely not fit the Paramount. The sets for Grey Gardens are lavish, gorgeous and, unfortunately, large. Built as a vaudeville house in 1915 the Paramount was not designed for the large musical productions that have become the norm on Broadway.
Sidebar – I also got to see Christine Ebersole perform her cabaret act in New York in January – what a voice. That performance, however, came after a bizarre cabaret performance from Patrick Cassidy. Patrick spent much of his time on stage that day letting the audience know that he isn’t gay…Hey Patrick – no one cares. Anyway, Mr. Cassidy will be playing the Paramount on June 22 in a TexARTS presentation of Carousel. You can also see his mother, Shirley Jones, at the TexARTS event on September 21 at the Riverbend Centre.
We are thrilled to have Broadway musicals that have been produced especially for our intimate stage as part of the coming 07/08 Season including The Mikado and Damn Yankees. And while not a musical, the new play from our friends in Tuna, Texas is the highlight of the season [Tuna Does Vegas]starring Tony nominated actor Joe Sears.
Several Tony winning performers from tonight’s awards show have graced the Paramount stage including Tommy Tune, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Phylicia Rashad, and Marvin Hamlisch. (By the way, if you were at Marvin’s Paramount show – that kid he pulled up on stage wasn’t staged!) And if you watched Eddie Izzard’s hilarious Tony presentation for the Best Special Theatrical Event be sure to see Dame Edna at the Paramount in January – winner of this award in 2000 and then nominated again in 2005. Oh and our Programming Director, Lietza Brass, has been desperately trying to get Eddie Izzard to the Paramount – stay tuned!
Tagged Bernadette Peters, Broadway, Christine Ebersole, Dame Edna, Eddie Izzard, Joe Sears, Mavin Hamlisch, Patrick Cassidy, Patti LuPone, Phylicia Rashad, Shirley Jones, Tommy Tune