CELEBRITY IMPERSONATOR MICHAEL WALTERS AS DAME EDNA in “SOMETHING LIKE A DAME”
Wednesday, August 24 & Thursday, August 25, 2016 8pm
Renowned vocalist and actor Michael L. Walters returns to Martinis Above Fourth after two previous sell-out engagements with his unique, loving, and critically acclaimed parody of Dame Edna’s fabulous Broadway shows! This fun-filled evening of glamour, music, and side-splitting laughter features incredible glittering gowns, outrageous comedy, show-stopping musical numbers, and, of course, a floral finale with Edna’s signature gladioli!
The show has been hailed as a “theatrical tour-de-force” so get your tickets today!
GET TO KNOW THE ARTIST
When Michael Walters first donned the “wisteria” coif and rhinestone glasses in early 1999, he never dreamed he would still be performing the Character today- not to mention gaining the blessing of Dame Edna’s original creator, Barry Humphries, or having the honor of appearing at a special event on Humphries’ Birthday in 2010. Walters says he was equally surprised when he discovered that producers all over the world would be eager to present his impeccable impersonation.
“My ‘life as Edna’ started in Orlando, Florida of all places. I’ve been a stage actor and singer all my life and at this time I was paying the bills performing at a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. The cast all performed multiple roles – sort of in rotation. There was this new character based on the archetype of a psychotic cooking show host, and no one seemed to strike the right tone to pull it off. They asked me to do it, and for some reason I thought ‘DAME EDNA!’ Of course I was already a fan of the delightfully nutty and slyly egotistical elderly character played by Australian comedian Barry Humphries. I wouldn’t call Edna psychotic like this character was, but there was something about the character’s lines that seemed to fit. They got me a purple wig and a pair of rhinestone glasses – and off I went! I’ll admit my early attempts at the voice and mannerisms left a lot to be desired in terms of a real impersonation, but somehow or another it was a hit! I was having a blast and getting good laughs. Then strangely enough, audience members would approach me after the show and ask if they could have the character appear at their party or charity event. Always the starving artist, I leapt at the chance!
The character has really evolved and become a part of me. It’s always a wild ride and I’m so grateful to Barry (Humphries) for his genius.”