Nothing Like a Dame
Throngs of possums celebrate Mason’s big win.
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When Scott F. Mason first saw Dame Edna Everage in the mid-1980s, he was struck by the purple-haired, snarky Aussie, brainchild of actor Barry Humphries. The Tony Award-winning Humphries, now in his 70s, continues to win raves around the world for his alter ego. Mason wins raves for his Dame, too, even on Broadway.
In February, surrounded by hundreds of bespectacled Dame wannabes, scads of reporters and Humphries himself, Mason was crowned the Dame’s honorary understudy for the show “All About Me,” which was playing at Broadway’s Henry Miller’s Theatre. The show closed after a three-week run, but Mason’s name appeared in the Playbill—a distinction that many Broadway actors wait years to achieve.
Mason, of Newark, first channeled the Dame for a Halloween party in 2003. Ever since, his Dame has been booked for local nonprofit, theater and corporate events. A National Dramatists Guild member who has written 25 plays, Mason is no amateur.
But “this gig was unbelievable,” he says. “For Humphries to say, ‘You’re so good at doing me,’ well, there is no higher honor.”
The accolade could add more sequins to Mason’s dazzling career. In March he rocked a party with Joan Rivers on Fifth Avenue, then co-hosted The Reel Awards in Vegas, which recognize outstanding impersonators.
Mason’s fans include Michael Musto, theater critic for the Village Voice and a contest judge. “Scott had a special spark,” says Musto. “He seemed to truly understand Edna’s subversive wit, which is playfully mocking but never mean. He had quick, funny answers to Humphries’ questions, and anyone who does an impression of Edna doing a Carrie Underwood song is an instant winner to me.”
Humphries, sans frock and fright wig, praised Mason. “I chose her. I thought she was great,” he said on a Broadway.TV segment. “There was something a little more good-natured about her than Edna herself. I hesitate to say it.” —Maria Hess
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