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Charles Busch to Talk THE TRIBUTE ARTIST, CLEOPATRA and More at The Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Continuing its series of intimate conversations with playwrights and performers, The Drama Book Shop will welcome Tony Award nominee Charles Busch on Friday, October 14th at 5:00pm. (more...)

Charles Busch to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko with THAT GIRL/THAT BOY This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

After a sold-out engagement last September, the inimitable Charles Busch returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only with his all-new show, CHARLES BUSCH, THAT GIRL/THAT BOY. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 21, 2015
by - Oct 21, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on October 21 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Josh Rhodes-Helmed GUYS AND DOLLS to Launch 2016-17 Season at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

GUYS AND DOLLS, hailed as one of the greatest musical comedies of all time, kicks off Asolo Rep's highly anticipated 2016-17 season, the fifth and final of its celebrated American Character Project. (more...)

Author, Actor, Icon! Charles Busch Brings His One-Man Show to The COPA Palm Springs This Weekend
by David Green - Oct 16, 2015

CHARLES BUSCH, author and star of such plays as Psycho Beach Party, Times Square Angel, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, You Should Be So Lucky, Shanghai Moon and The Divine Sister brings his iconic Cabaret stylings to The COPA Palm Springs for two 'sure to be sell-out' performances, October 16 and 17 at 8:00 pm.   Born in New York City, he began his theatrical career shortly after graduating from Northwestern University in 1976.  After spending two years in Chicago working with different local theatre companies, he returned to his home town of New York City with a solo play called Hollywood Confidential, which he performed as a weekend late show at Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatrical Company's theatre at One Sheridan Square.  (more...)

Charles Busch Talks THE TRIBUTE ARTIST, CLEOPATRA and More Tonight at The Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Continuing its series of intimate conversations with playwrights and performers, The Drama Book Shop will welcome Tony Award nominee Charles Busch tonight, October 14th at 5:00pm. (more...)

Tony Nominee Charles Busch Comes to Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage This Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2015

Busch, Tony-nominee, two-time MAC Award winner, and gender illusionist brings an an all-new show to MA4 featuring an eclectic program of contemporary and classic songs. Accompanied by his dashing longtime-musical director, Tom Judson, Charles combines hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret. Diversionary Theatre and Martinis Above Fourth in Hillcrest are co-producing this event which features only two performances. Tickets for tonight and tomorrow, October 13 and 14, at 8:00 PM are available at www.ma4sd.com. (more...)

Author, Actor, Icon! Charles Busch Brings His One-Man Show to The COPA Palm Springs, 10/16-17
by David Green - Oct 12, 2015

CHARLES BUSCH, author and star of such plays as Psycho Beach Party, Times Square Angel, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, You Should Be So Lucky, Shanghai Moon and The Divine Sister brings his iconic Cabaret stylings to The COPA Palm Springs for two 'sure to be sell-out' performances, October 16 and 17 at 8:00 pm.   Born in New York City, he began his theatrical career shortly after graduating from Northwestern University in 1976.  After spending two years in Chicago working with different local theatre companies, he returned to his home town of New York City with a solo play called Hollywood Confidential, which he performed as a weekend late show at Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatrical Company's theatre at One Sheridan Square.  (more...)

Charles Busch to Perform at Pride Arts Center this January
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Pride Arts Center presents Charles Busch; That Girl, That Boy in The Broadway in the Pride Arts Center for two nights only on January 29 and 30, 2017. This is the first time this theatrical legend will play his solo show in Chicago. And this is the first of what will be quarterly Pride Arts Center Presents events featuring prominent performers from the world of theater, music, film and more in the newly opened Pride Arts Center. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Begins 12/2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Peter and the Starcatcher from December 2, 2015 - January 3, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the musical play is a wildly theatrical and innovative retelling of how a nameless orphan came to be The Boy Who Never Grew Up. Tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

Hell in a Handbag's THE DIVINE SISTER to Run 6/4-7/10 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of THE DIVINE SISTER, the hilarious comic homage to nearly every Hollywood nun film ever made, by the divine high priestess of camp Charles Busch and directed by Shade Murray. THE DIVINE SISTER will play June 4 - July 10, 2016 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (yes, an actual church!), 1650 W. Foster Ave. in Handbag's home base, Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets for THE DIVINE SISTER and Handbag 2016 Season subscriptions are currently available at www.handbagproductions.org or by calling (800) 838-3006. The press opening is Friday, June 10 at 8 pm. (more...)

Celebration Theatre's THE DIVINE SISTER Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Celebration Theatre will present the Houston premiere of Charles Busch's raucous and bitingly funny comedy, THE DIVINE SISTER. (more...)

Charles Busch Returning to Feinsteins/54 Below in June
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The inimitable Charles Busch, two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and drag legend, returns to Feinstein's/54 Below on Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11, at 7pm with an anniversary celebration of both his four year collaboration with his dashing musical director, Tom Judson, and their Feinstein's/54 Below debut. (more...)

Charles Busch and Penny Fuller Lend Their Voices For the Upcoming Musical DIVA: LIVE FROM HELL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Charles Busch and Penny Fuller, who appeared together as bosom buddies Mame and Vera in Auntie Mame at the Bay Street Theatre, will lend their voices to Monahan & Oyen's DIVA: Live From Hell. Busch (The Divine Sister, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife) will voice the manager of the dingy cabaret venue in Hell, where Desmond Channing (played by Monahan) is doomed to perform his torturous act for eternity. Fuller (Sunday in the Park with George, The Elephant Man), who was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Eve Harrington in the musical Applause, will voice the grandmother of Desmond Channing (loosely inspired by the character of Eve Harrington's nemesis, Margo Channing). (more...)

Casting Announced for Hell in a Handbag's THE DIVINE SISTER
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce casting for its Chicago premiere of THE DIVINE SISTER, the hilarious comic homage to nearly every Hollywood nun film ever made, by the divine high priestess of camp Charles Busch and directed by Shade Murray. (more...)

VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM Set for Rock 'N Roll Gay Bar This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM, a play by Charles Busch, will be directed by Ernie Gonzalez Jr. at Rock 'N Roll Gay Bar this spring. (more...)

BWW Interview: OC's Segerstrom Center Welcomes Charles Busch in THE LADY AT THE MIC
by Michael L. Quintos - Mar 6, 2017

Making his Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut, Tony Award® nominee Charles Busch is bringing his unique and critically-acclaimed talents to the Samueli Theater March 9-11, 2017 as part of Segerstrom Center's Cabaret Series. Entitled THE LADY AT THE MIC, Busch will enchant audiences in this intimate evening of songs and stories which he originally created for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. Busch will be accompanied by longtime musical director Tom Judson where the artists will be paying tribute to extraordinary and much-missed women. Before Busch sashays into Costa Mesa, he agreed to answer a few questions from BroadwayWorld's Michael L. Quintos about the upcoming OC cabaret concert. (more...)

Vince Kracht to Star in THE NANCE at Pride Films & Plays; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

Casting has been announced for Pride Films and Plays' Chicago Premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's Tony Award-nominated play The Nance. (more...)

Charles Busch's CLEOPATRA Begins Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

The new comedy Charles Busch's CLEOPATRA, directed by Busch's longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Tribute Artist, Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister), begins performances tonight, March 25, 2016 at Theater for the New City. (more...)

DIE, MOMMIE, DIE!, Starring Drew Droege, Extends at Celebration Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Celebration Theatre and John Michael Beck are dying to tell you that their smash-hit, Ovation!-recommended, critically-acclaimed second show in its 2016-2017 season, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, Drew Droege starring in DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! by Charles Busch and directed by Ryan Bergmann is extending through Sunday, April 9 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

Charles Busch's CLEOPATRA Sets New Ticket Policies for Sold-Out Off-Broadway Run
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

All available tickets to Charles Busch's return to Theater for the New City in his new comedy Charles Busch's CLEOPATRA, directed by Busch's longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Tribute Artist, Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister) are sold out prior to the show's first performance on Friday, March 25. (more...)

Sold Out Crowds Cheer for Charles Busch in THAT GIRL/THAT BOY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Just as death knells and obituaries are beginning to appear in the press for cabaret in Los Angeles (usually by inexperienced journalists in their 20s who seem to think that entertainment is restricted to their computers, IPads and IPhones), proof to the contrary arrives in the form of one Charles Busch in "THAT GIRL/ THAT BOY" at Rockwell stage and table on March 13th and 14th . With sold out and standing room only crowds, not to mention multiple standing ovations, clearly cabaret's heart was beating strong and proud. (more...)

BWW Review: THAT GIRL/THAT BOY - That Amazing Charles Busch!
by Gil Kaan - Mar 14, 2017

The award-winning playwright/drag legend/cabaret artiste Charles Busch displayed the reasons why he's such a creative force to be reckoned with as he had the Rockwell audience easily eating out of his outstretched hands in his THAT GIRL/THAT BOY cabaret show. Busch and his adoring fans most deservingly experienced a two-way love affair with each witty bon mot or sobering lyric Busch casually or dramatically tossed. (more...)

Photo Flash: Hell in a Handbag Stages Chicago Premiere of THE DIVINE SISTER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents the Chicago premiere of THE DIVINE SISTER, the hilarious comic homage to nearly every Hollywood nun film ever made, by the divine high priestess of camp Charles Busch and directed by Shade Murray. THE DIVINE SISTER will play through July 10, 2016 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (yes, an actual church!), 1650 W. Foster Ave. in Handbag's home base, Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets for THE DIVINE SISTER and Handbag 2016 Season subscriptions are currently available at www.handbagproductions.org or by calling (800) 838-3006. The press opening is Friday, June 10 at 8 pm. (more...)

Hell in a Handbag's 2016 Season Beginning Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2016

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce its 2016 Season, and this year no holy cow is too sacred. (more...)

Hell in a Handbag's THE DIVINE SISTER Begins Performances Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2016

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce casting for its Chicago premiere of THE DIVINE SISTER, the hilarious comic homage to nearly every Hollywood nun film ever made, by the divine high priestess of camp Charles Busch and directed by Shade Murray. (more...)

Photo Flash: Charles Busch & Company Back in the Habit for THE DIVINE SISTER at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Charles Busch and members of the original cast of his hit play, THE DIVINE SISTER will go back in the habit at Bucks County Playhouse for a limited run of the play July 22 through August 13. The official opening night is July 23. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the stars in character below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Charles Busch & Company Back in the Habit for THE DIVINE SISTER at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Charles Busch and members of the original cast of his hit play, THE DIVINE SISTER will go back in the habit at Bucks County Playhouse for a limited run of the play July 22 through August 13. The official opening night is July 23. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the stars in character below! (more...)

Drag Legend Charles Busch Brings Eclectic Cabaret Show THAT GIRL/THAT BOY to LA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2017

The inimitable Charles Busch, two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and drag legend, brings to 'That Girl/That Boy' an eclectic program of songs both contemporary and from the past, with 'Cabaret,' presented by Monica Horan Rosenthal and Scott H. Mauro. Accompanied by his dashing longtime musical director, Tom Judson, Charles combines hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret. (more...)

Pride Films & Plays to Present 'JUDY GARLAND AND LIZA MINNELLI'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

Pride Films and Plays will enliven the New Year by bringing back two leading actresses from its recent acclaimed production of the musical The Boy From Oz in a new show entitled Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli - Once in a Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert - a Tribute, featuring Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli), with music direction and orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (co-producer).  This loving musical tribute recalls the historic concert by these two famous performers at the London Palladium, just as Liza's singing career was beginning to take off. The Boy from Oz veterans Cameron Turner (choreography) and John Nasca (costume design) will round out the creative team for this dynamic new show. (more...)

Complete Casting Announced for Broadway's WAR PAINT!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Producers David Stone and Marc Platt today announced complete casting for the upcoming Broadway musical, WAR PAINT. (more...)

Celebration Theatre and JohnMichael Beck Present DIE, MOMMY, DIE!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Celebration Theatre and JohnMichael Beck present the second show in its 2016-2017 season, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, Drew Droege starring in DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! by Charles Busch and directed by Ryan Bergmann.  DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! will begin previews on Friday, February 10 at 8pm; will open on Friday, February 17 at 8pm and perform throughSunday, March 26 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

BWW Review: Short North Stage's DIE, MOMMIE DIE! is a Must See
by Paul Batterson - Feb 6, 2016

Actor Doug Joseph has gone from playing Cecil B. DeMille in the Short North Stage's production of SUNSET BOULEVARD to playing the very Norma Desmond-esque Angela Arden in the theatre's production of DIE, MOMMIE DIE! (more...)

CHARLES BUSCH'S CLEOPATRA Will Play Theater for the New City This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Charles Busch will return to Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director) this spring with his new comedy Charles Busch's CLEOPATRA for a limited premiere showcase engagement at Theater for the New City'sCommunity Theater (155 First Avenue). The premiere production, directed by Busch's longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Tribute Artist, Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister) will play a limited engagement of 22 performances fromFriday, March 25 through April 17, 2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Charles Busch Talks THAT GIRL/THAT BOY in His LA Cabaret Debut at Rockwell Table and Stage
by Don Grigware - Feb 27, 2017

Actor, singer, playwright and film historian Charles Busch is a multi-talented artist who has won many awards over the course of  his varied career. Remembered for his plays Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party and Die! Mommie Die!, the latter two having been translated to film, Busch never ceases to amaze with his unique style of creativity. On March 13 and 14 he is bringing his act That Girl/That Boy to Rockwell Table and Stage. In our chat, he talks about this cabaret evening along with delightful observations of the theatre and movie world. In a nutshell, tell our readers about what you are doing in That Girl/That Boy at Rockwell on March 13/14. How is the show unlike any show you have ever done? (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Presents Benefit Performance of Charles Busch's THE LADY AT THE MIC
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

La Jolla Playhouse announces a special benefit engagement of The Lady at the Mic, written by and starring Charles Busch(Playhouse's The Third Story, Broadway's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife), accompanied by Tom Judson, to be performed atThe Abbey at 2825 Fifth Avenue on Friday, March 24 at 8:00pm. (more...)

BWW Preview: MURDER SHE WRITES at The Kings Arms
by Craig Hepworth - Feb 19, 2016

Vertigo Theatre Productions are back with a crazy new comedy (more...)

Tony Sheldon, Jennifer Cody & More Will Join Charles Busch in CLEOPATRA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

Complete casting is announced for Charles Busch's return to Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director) in his new comedy Charles Busch's CLEOPATRA, directed by Busch's longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Tribute Artist, Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister). (more...)

Photo Coverage: First look at Short North Stage's DIE, MOMMIE, DIE
by Jerri Shafer - Feb 19, 2016

Drag artist Charles Busch's outrageously funny melodrama about an aging Hollywood star and her twisted family relationships will bring howls of laughter to the dead of winter. This off-Broadway hit by the author of Psycho Beach Party, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and last year's smash hit The Divine Sister stars Doug Joseph as the irresistibly evil has-been heroine Angela. Cast also includes the struggling director Sol Sussman (Ralph E. Scott), his daughter (Erin Mellon), her brither Lance (Johnny Robison), former actor/country club tennis pro/humidor repairman/gigolo Tony Parker (Nick Lingofski), and keeping the house in order is Bootsie Carp (Josie Merkle) (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Drew Droege and More in DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! at Celebration Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Celebration Theatre and JohnMichael Beck present the second show in its 2016-2017 season, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, Drew Droege starring in DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! by Charles Busch and directed by Ryan Bergmann. DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! opens tonight, February 17, at 8pm and performs through Sunday, March 26 at Celebration Theatre at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

THE DIVINE SISTER and More Slated for Hell in a Handbag's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce its 2016 Season, and this year no holy cow is too sacred. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 2/12; NCT's GREASE, HAIRSPRAY in Sacramento, StudentsLive in China and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 12, 2016

What happened all around our Broadway World this week?  We're featuring the best stories in Raleigh, Sacramento, China, and more. Check out our top 10 list, which includes NCT's GREASE, HAIRSPRAY in Sacramento, and STUPID F***ING BIRD in Albuquerque, just to name a few. (more...)

NCTC to Stage Hit Comedy BUYER & CELLAR, Starring J. Conrad Frank
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

This spring, the hilarious Off-Broadway hit, Buyer and Cellar by Jonathan Tolins comes to NCTC, starring acclaimed performer and frequent NCTC collaborator, J. Conrad Frank, most recently at NCTC with his acclaimed performance in Charles Busch's Die Mommie Die!. Rebecca Longworth directs. In this uproarious comedy, an unemployed actor is thrust into a close relationship with Barbra Streisand when he is hired to watch over a mall of shoppes she has built in a cellar on her Malibu compound. Soon it begins to take a toll on his patience, his love life, and his view of people (who need people). As Entertainment Weekly declares, 'This show will go down like 'butta'!' (more...)

Photo Flash: Spend the Holidays in Neverland! First Look at PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Orlando Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents PETER AND THE STARCATCHER now through January 3, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the musical play is a wildly theatrical and innovative retelling of how a nameless orphan came to be The Boy Who Never Grew Up. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Peter and the Starcatcher from tonight, December 2, 2015 - January 3, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. (more...)

Charles Busch to Return to Provincetown Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Producer Rick Murray's Crown & Anchor Broadway Series continues its 2016 season at the Paramount Cabaret with legendary performer Charles Busch returning to Provincetown for one performance only, Monday, September 5 at 8:30 p.m. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First look at Short North Stage's PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
by Jerri Shafer - Aug 20, 2016

The hilarity returns! If you missed it on the Garden Stage in the chill of January 2015, escape the heat of August with this over-the-top comedy by Charles Busch (Die, Mommie, Die and The Divine Sister). An outrageous parody of the campy beach party movies of the 1960s, this revival of the Immersive Theater production reunites the original cast, include Doug Joseph and Nick Hardin. A BENEFIT FOR SHORT NORTH STAGE. (more...)

Photo Flash: Charles Busch's Sold-Out 'CLEOPATRA' Arrives in Style Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The new comedy Charles Busch's CLEOPATRA, directed by Busch's longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Tribute Artist, Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister), is currently playing Theater for the New City, which marks the third consecutive sold-out run for Busch at Theater for the New City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the production! (more...)

Celebration Theatre to Stage THE DIVINE SISTER This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Celebration Theatre will present the Houston premiere of Charles Busch's raucous and bitingly funny comedy, THE DIVINE SISTER. (more...)

VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM Set for Rock 'N Roll Gay Bar This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2016

VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM, a play by Charles Busch, will be directed by Ernie Gonzalez Jr. at Rock 'N Roll Gay Bar this spring. (more...)

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