Writer: Julian Barry
Director: Sir Peter Hall
Between July and October 1999 Eddie took on the role of Lenny Bruce in Julian Barry's play, Lenny, at the Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue (opening night 27th July). The production was directed by Sir Peter Hall. Described as the epitome of the Sixties, the legendary American comedian Lenny Bruce was ground-breaking, hip and constantly at odds with authority. His unique humour was subject to censorship and he faced criminal charges and eventual black-listing before his death in 1966.
Eddie was considered to be the perfect choice for the role in this story of Lenny's life, and called Lenny "the Godfather of alternative comedy".
Eddie was joined by a supporting cast of 8 including Elizabeth Berkely (Showgirls) as Lenny's wife, Honey Harlowe, and a live 4-piece jazz band for whom Oscar-nominated musician Roger Kellaway composed the original score.
Lenny premiered on Broadway in 1970 and was made into a film in 1971 directed by Bob Fosse and starring Dustin Hoffman in the title role. It was performed in London at the Criterion Theatre in 1975
“An outstanding comedian portraying an outstanding comedian” The Express