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Photo Flash: Charles Busch Returns to the Stage in THE CONFESSION OF LILY DARE

Check out the new photos below of Charles Busch's sold-out return to Theater for the New City in his uproarious new comedy The Confession of Lily Dare, directed by Busch's longtime collaborator Carl Andress.

This premiere showcase engagement is completely sold out, but the production has made available last-minute ticketing policies for audience members hoping to secure last minute tickets to this premiere showcase engagement.

Last minute unsold tickets reserved for the production may be made available 72 hours before each sold-out performance. Please check SmartTix.com for availability.

Anyone interested in being put on a waitlist for a sold-out performance can call the Theater for the New City box office at (212) 254-1109 and ask to be placed on the waiting list for any specific performance. Patrons may only request to be on the waiting list for one performance. A maximum of 10 people can be waitlisted for any one performance. Once the maximum is reached for that performance, no further waitlist names will be accepted for that performance.

Played against the gaudy tapestry of turn-of-the-century California's notorious Barbary Coast, The Confession of Lily Dare tells the story of one woman's tumultuous passage from convent girl to glittering cabaret chanteuse to infamous madam of a string of brothels. Behind her every move lies her greatest secret: her undying devotion to the child she was forced to abandon. The Confession of Lily Dare is the latest comic melodrama written by and starring Mr. Busch, the legendary master of theatrical parodies such as Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Die Mommie Die!, and The Divine Sister. Here, Mr. Busch and Mr. Andress celebrate the gauzy "confession film" tearjerkers of early 1930s pre-code cinema, such as The Sin of Madelon Claudet, Frisco Jenny, and Madame X.

Busch returns to Theater for the New City, where he created comedy gold with Cleopatra (2016), Judith of Bethulia (2012), and The Divine Sister (2010), which producer Daryl Rothtransferred for a record-breaking and highly acclaimed Off-Broadway run. All three productions, directed by Mr. Andress, became immediate sold-out hits for the landmark downtown theater.

Joining Charles Busch as Lily Dare is a comedic ensemble featuring longtime Busch collaborators and friends of Theater for the New City, including Nancy Anderson (Sunset Boulevard), Christopher Borg (Judith of Bethulia), Kendal Sparks (Judith of Bethulia), Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera), and, in her eighth Busch/Andress production,Jennifer Van Dyck (Cleopatra, Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister, The Third Story).

The creative team for The Confession of Lily Dare includes Greg Santos (Associate Director), Jeffry George (Production Stage Manager), Tom Judson (Original Song and Musical Arrangements), B.T. Whitehill (Scenic and Graphic Design), Rachel Townsend (Costume Design), Jessica Jahn (Costume Design for Mr. Busch), Kirk Bookman (Lighting Design), Bart Fasbender (Sound Design), and Katherine Carr (Wig Design).

The Confession of Lily Dare rehearsed at Theater for the New City prior to starting performances at the venue's Johnson Theater on Wednesday, April 4.

Photo Credit: Michael Wakefield



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