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Show Palace kicks off one-night stands

The Show Palace kicks off a season of One-Night Specials with an overload of panache and a lot of laughs as a Dame Edna act takes the stage Saturday night, donning her trademark rhinestone cat-eye glasses, glittery gowns and swirly, lilac-colored bouffant.

"A Royal Audience With Michael L. Walters as Dame Edna" pays tribute to the Tony Award-winning Broadway production "Dame Edna: The Royal Tour." That production featured the original Dame Edna Everage, a fictional outlandish Melbourne housewife, investigative reporter and talk show host, created and portrayed by Australian comedian Barry Humphries. Before his retirement in 2012, Humphries performed before the royal family, on the London stage and on the book and talk-show circuits.

Walters, a singer, actor and celebrity impersonator based out of Fort Lauderdale, performs regularly in night clubs and cabaret shows — sometimes as the Dame and at other times as the booming voice of the late Jackie Gleason. Locally he has earned critical acclaim for his performances as the conniving Max Bialystock in the Show Palace's productions of The Producers and La Cage Aux Folles, as the transvestite Albin.

His turn as Dame Edna at Show Palace is the answer to patrons who had been asking for a little more variety from the theater's typical fare.

As with the Dame, there's a variety of tributes on the upcoming schedule — think Beatles, Elton John, Neil Diamond along with a nod to the late Johnny Cash coming later this month.

Shows are on Friday or Saturday night, and most cost $25, plus tax and tip, with a cash bar and a light menu available at additional cost. Doors open 90 minutes before the show.

. If you go

One-Night Specials

Upcoming at the Show Palace:

1 and 8 p.m. Saturday: Dame Edna impersonator Michael L. Walters; $25.

8 p.m. June 28: A tribute to the late Johnny Cash by Keith Coleman, $25.

8 p.m. Aug 10: The Evolution of Drag, $25

8 p.m. Sept. 27: Rocket Man, a tribute to Elton John, $25.

8 p.m. Oct. 5: BeatleManiacs, a Beatles tribute, $25

8 p.m. Nov. 23: Doo Wop with a Twist, $25.

The theater is located at 16128 U.S. Highway 19 in Hudson, (727) 863-7949

Show Palace kicks off one-night stands 06/18/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:06pm]
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