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Charles Busch

 
Date Of Birth:
September 23, 1954 (68)
Birth Place:
New York City, New York, USA
Bio:
Charles Busch is the 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, Queen Amarantha and Shanghai Moon. His play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom ran five years in New York and is one of the longest running plays ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: September 23, 1954 (68)

Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA

Bio:
Charles Busch is the 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, Queen Amarantha and Shanghai Moon. His play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom ran five years in New York and is one of the longest running plays ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Primary Stages Off-Broadway Production, 2020
Performer
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Theater for the New City World Premiere, 2018
Lily Dare
  [Off-Broadway]
Theatre for the New City Original Off-Broadway Production, 2016
Cleopatra
  [Off-Broadway]
Primary Stages Production, 2014
Jimmy
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2010
Mother Superior
  [Off-Broadway]
MCC Theater Production, 2009
Queenie Bartlett / Baba Yaga
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2007
Angela Arden
  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Angela Arden
  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Father [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Lady Sylvia Allington
  [Off-Broadway]
1997
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1996
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1994
Christopher
  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Solange
  [Off-Broadway]
1991
Mary Dale
  [Off-Broadway]
1991
Mary Dale
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Gertrude Garnet
  [Off-Broadway]
1988
Gertrude Garnet
  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Chicklet
  [Off-Broadway]
1985
Irish O'Flanagan
  [Off-Broadway]
1985
Fauna Alexander
  [Off-Broadway]
1985
Virgin Sacrifice/Madeleine Asarte

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2003]
Book Revisions
 
[Off-Broadway, 1997]
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[Regional (US), 1988]
Book Revisions

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Photos

Carl Andress and Charles Busch Photo

Carl Andress and Charles Busch

From: 
Date:
09/20/2022
Lynne Meadow, Charles Busch Photo

Lynne Meadow, Charles Busch

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06/15/2022
Carl Andress, Charles Busch and Howard McGillin Photo

Carl Andress, Charles Busch and Howard McGillin

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01/30/2020

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Primary Stages Off-Broadway Production, 2020
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Theater for the New City World Premiere, 2018
Lily Dare

  [Off-Broadway]
Theatre for the New City Original Off-Broadway Production, 2016
Cleopatra

  [Off-Broadway]
Primary Stages Production, 2014
Jimmy

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2010
Mother Superior

  [Off-Broadway]
MCC Theater Production, 2009
Queenie Bartlett / Baba Yaga

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2007
Angela Arden

  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Angela Arden

  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Performer [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Father [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Lady Sylvia Allington

  [Off-Broadway]
1997
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1996
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  [Off-Broadway]
1994
Christopher

  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Solange

  [Off-Broadway]
1991
Mary Dale

  [Off-Broadway]
1991
Mary Dale

  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Gertrude Garnet

  [Off-Broadway]
1988
Gertrude Garnet

  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Chicklet

  [Off-Broadway]
1985
Irish O'Flanagan

  [Off-Broadway]
1985
Fauna Alexander

  [Off-Broadway]
1985
Virgin Sacrifice/Madeleine Asarte

Productions

[Broadway, 2003]
Book Revisions

[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Director

[Regional (US), 1988]
Book Revisions

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Charles Busch Biography

Charles Busch is the 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, Queen Amarantha and Shanghai Moon. His play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom ran five years in New York and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. In 1988, he wrote a new libretto for the 1955 musical "Ankles Aweigh" for Goodspeed Opera and has also adapted the book of the Truman Capote/Harold Arlen musical "House of Flowers" for a tour with Patti Labelle. On film, he's appeared in "Addams Family Values", "It Could Happen To You" and "Trouble on The Corner." He wrote the screenplay and starred in the film version of his play "Psycho Beach Party", which is available on video and DVD. In June of 1994, Mr. Busch starred in "Charles Busch's `Dressing Up', a one night sold out extravaganza at Town Hall featuring guest stars Milton Berle, Beatrice Arthur and the late Charles Pierce. In 1995, he co-authored and appeared in a critically acclaimed run in the Off-Broadway musical "Swingtime Canteen." 1997 saw him performing his one man show "Flipping My Wig" at the WPA Theatre and writing the book for the musical "The Green Heart" which was produced by Manhattan Theatre Club at the Variety Arts Theatre. During this time, Mr. Busch starred as the fabulous Mame Dennis in a memorable staged reading of "Auntie Mame" at the American Place Theatre along with Marcia Lewis, Kelly Bishop, Maxwell Caulfield, Juliet Mills, Barbara Feldon, John Davidson and the late Peggy Cass recreating her original role of Agnes Gooch. In the summer of 2004 he once again played Mame in a full production at Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse and at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York. In 2000, Manhattan Theatre Club produced his play "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" starring Linda Lavin, Tony Roberts and Michele Lee. It was nominated for a Drama Desk for best play and won Mr. Busch the Outer Critic's Circle John Gassner Award for Playwriting. It reopened on Broadway in November, 2001, was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Play and ran 777 performances. He starred in the film version of his play "Die Mommie Die" for which he won a 2003 Sundance Film Festival award for best performance. In the winter of 2003, Charles starred in a new production of his play "Shanghai Moon" for which he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel award and a Drama League Award. He was also given a special award for career achievement at the 2003 Drama Desk Awards. For two seasons he appeared as Nat Ginzburg in the HBO series "Oz". In 2004, Charles wrote the book to the Broadway musical Taboo. His first novel "Whores of Lost Atlantis" was published in hardcover by Hyperion Press and released as a Penguin paperback and republished in May 2005 by Caroll & Graf. In April, 2005 Charles reunited with his long-time stage partner, Julie Halston, for a Gala Benefit for the Actor's Fund of America at Broadway's Music Box theatre, entitled Charles Busch and Julie Halston, Together on Broadway. The evening featured the 20th Anniversary performance of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Mr. Busch made his directorial debut with the film A Very Serious Person, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won an honorable mention. He directed L.A. Theaterworks' radio production of The Tale of the Allergists' Wife starring JoBeth Williams, Richard Kind and Amy Aquino. He appeared as a guest artist in the off-Broadway play Spalding Gray Stories Left to Tell. His play Our Leading Lady was presented by Manhattan Theatre Club in 2007 and starred Kate Mulgrew as the 19th century actress Laura Keene. He performed in a revival of his 1989 play The Lady in Question with Julie Halston at The Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor New York in August 2007. The New York stage premiere of Die Mommie Die opened at The New World Stages for a limited engagement in 2007-2008 with Charles reprising his role of Angela Arden. His latest play The Third Story will have its premiere at the LaJolla Playhouse during its 2008-2009 season. He is also the subject of the documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch. Mr. Busch graduated from Northwestern University and is a member of the Dramatist's Guild.

Charles Busch Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Charles Busch, The Confession of Lily Dare
 
- 2011 - Legend of Off Broadway Award Gold Star
Charles Busch
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Charles Busch, The Divine Sister
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Special Awards Gold Star
Charles Busch
 
The Lortels - 2003 - Outstanding Lead Actor
Charles Busch, Shanghai Moon
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Play
Charles Busch, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding New Play Gold Star
Charles Busch, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2000 - John Gassner Playwriting Award Gold Star
Charles Busch, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

Charles Busch News

TFANA Extends REMEMBER THIS: THE LESSON OF JAN KARSKI Starring David Strathairn Photo TFANA Extends REMEMBER THIS: THE LESSON OF JAN KARSKI Starring David Strathairn
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 27, 2022

Theatre for a New Audience has announced the one-week extension of Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, by Clark Young and Derek Goldman, directed by Goldman, and starring David Strathairn (Nightmare Alley; Nomadland; Good Night, and Good Luck).

Carl Andress and Charles Busch to be Honored at Primary Stages 38th Anniversary Gala Photo Carl Andress and Charles Busch to be Honored at Primary Stages 38th Anniversary Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2022

PRIMARY STAGES' 38th Anniversary Gala will honor long-time collaborators Charles Busch and Carl Andress (The Confession of Lily Dare; The Tribute Artist) with the 2022 Einhorn Mentorship Award. The event will take place on Tuesday November 15, 2022, at 6pm at Sony Hall.

Birdland Theater to Present Stacy Sullivan & Todd Murray in I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU Cel Photo Birdland Theater to Present Stacy Sullivan & Todd Murray in I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU Celebrating Frank Sinatra & Peggy Lee
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2022

BIRDLAND THEATER¬†will present singers¬†Stacy Sullivan¬†and¬†Todd Murray¬†in the new show¬†‚ÄúI‚Äôm Glad There Is You ‚Äď The Musical Romance of Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee‚Ä̬†on¬†Monday, October 31¬†at¬†8:30 PM.

Photos: Go Inside IN THE WORKS~IN THE WOODS at Forestburgh Playhouse Photo Photos: Go Inside IN THE WORKS~IN THE WOODS at Forestburgh Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 20, 2022

Franklin Trapp, Producing Artistic Director for the Forestburgh Playhouse and Broadway veteran Matt Lenz, Festival Artistic Director and Director of Creative Development are thrilled over the reception of this year’s In The Works~In The Woods Festival which took place September 8 through 11. See photos here!

Steve Ross to Present AUTUMN SERENADES at Birdland in October Photo Steve Ross to Present AUTUMN SERENADES at Birdland in October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 16, 2022

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB¬†will present vocalist and pianist¬†Steve Ross in a special new show¬†‚ÄúAutumn Serenades‚Ä̬†on¬†Monday, October 24¬†at¬†7:00 PM. Ross will sing a few mellow seasonal ballads, including ‚ÄúSeptember in the Rain,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúAutumn Leaves,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúSeptember Song,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúWhen October Goes.‚ÄĚ

Victoria Shaw, Jim Brickman & Peter Cincotti to Present THREE FRIENDS, ONE PIANO at B Photo Victoria Shaw, Jim Brickman & Peter Cincotti to Present THREE FRIENDS, ONE PIANO at Birdland in October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 8, 2022

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present a special musical evening with three great musical talents Victoria Shaw, Jim Brickman, and Peter Cincotti, in ‚ÄúThree Friends, One Piano‚ÄĚ on Monday, October 10 at 7:00 PM.

Review: BACKSTAGE BABBLE Brings Bounty Of Broadway to 54 Below Photo Review: BACKSTAGE BABBLE Brings Bounty Of Broadway to 54 Below
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 7, 2022

Charles Kirsch's Backstage Babble Live! was the best party in New York City last night.

Cast Announced for PEERLESS, Beginning Performances at 59E59 Theaters This Month Photo Cast Announced for PEERLESS, Beginning Performances at 59E59 Theaters This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 7, 2022

PRIMARY STAGES and 59E59 Theaters, in association with Jamie deRoy, has announced casting for peerless, by 2019/20 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jiehae Park (Hannah and the Dread Gazebo) and directed by Margot Bordelon (... what the end will be). 

Jason Robert Brown, Patti Murin, and More to Play 54 BELOW Next Week Photo Jason Robert Brown, Patti Murin, and More to Play 54 BELOW Next Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 3, 2022

Next week,¬†54 Below will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.¬†A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards¬ģ¬†Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work.

Tony Winner Julie Halston to Present New Show DECLASSIFIED! at Birdland in October Photo Tony Winner Julie Halston to Present New Show DECLASSIFIED! at Birdland in October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 31, 2022

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB¬†will present¬†Julie Halston¬†‚Äď the brilliant Tony Award-winning comedic actress¬†‚Äston¬†Monday, October 17¬†at¬†7:00 PM. Ms. Halston returns to the Birdland stage ‚Äď live and in person ‚Äď after two-and-a-half years of global pandemic Zoom meetings and green screens.

Charles Busch Videos

VIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita, Brad Oscar, Patti LuPone & More in THE MUSICAL OF MUSI VideoVIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita, Brad Oscar, Patti LuPone & More in THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)...and More!
by Stage Tube - Apr 19, 2021

Just last night, The York Theatre Company presented an All-Singing, All-Talking, All-Virtual special benefit presentation of the Off-Broadway hit THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)...and More!, available to view on demand through April 21, 2021.

VIDEO: See André De Shields in the Promo for Upcoming NEW AMSTERDAM Episode VideoVIDEO: See André De Shields in the Promo for Upcoming NEW AMSTERDAM Episode
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 13, 2021

Tony winner André De Shields guest stars in the latest New Amsterdam episode, premiering April 13 at 10pm ET on NBC.

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Charles Busch, Linda Lavin & More in TALE OF THE ALLERGIS VideoBWW TV: Watch Highlights of Charles Busch, Linda Lavin & More in TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE Benefit reading
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 19, 2019

Just last month, The Actors Fund presented the critically acclaimed, Tony Award¬ģ-nominated play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife by Charles Busch, for a one-night only benefit reading. The evening¬†starred Busch in the title role, originally played by Linda Lavin, and assembled¬†the entire original all-star Broadway cast including Linda Lavin, Michele Lee, Tony Roberts and Anil Kumar as well as original director Lynne Meadow. All proceeds¬†benefit The Actors Fund.

BWW TV: Charles Busch Gets Ready to Return to THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE VideoBWW TV: Charles Busch Gets Ready to Return to THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 10, 2019

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the Actors Fund will bring back the critically acclaimed, Tony Award-nominated play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife by Charles Busch, for a one-night only benefit reading on Monday, November 18, 2019, at 7:30 pm at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th St.). The evening will star Charles Busch in the title role, originally played by Linda Lavin, and assembles the entire original all-star Broadway cast including Linda Lavin, Michele Lee, Tony Roberts and Anil Kumar as well as original director Lynne Meadow. All proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund.

Video: Charles Busch And Julie Halston Chat On THEATER: ALL THE MOVING PARTS VideoVideo: Charles Busch And Julie Halston Chat On THEATER: ALL THE MOVING PARTS
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 24, 2019

WriterActor Charles Busch and his muse, Actor Julie Halston are guests on June's episode of THEATER: All the Moving Parts, on the television station of the City University of New York (CUNY TV). The show is now streaming at: tv.cuny.edushowtheaterallthemovingpartsPR2008111

BWW TV: Charles Busch Connects to His New York Roots in His Latest Show at Feinstein' VideoBWW TV: Charles Busch Connects to His New York Roots in His Latest Show at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Eugene Ebner - Feb 5, 2019

Tony nominee and MAC Award winner Charles Busch, one of the leading playwrights and entertainers of our time, has created an exciting night of songs and stories in celebration of his early years as an artist in New York City called NATIVE NEW YORKER. We sat down with Busch for a fun and sparkly chat on the Feinstein's/54 Below stage.

BWW TV: Charles Busch Gets Ready to Ring in the New Year at Feinstein's/54 Below! VideoBWW TV: Charles Busch Gets Ready to Ring in the New Year at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 16, 2018

Ring in the new year with the legendary Charles Busch. Actor/playwright/award-winning cabaret artist, Charles Busch (Die Mommie Die, Psycho Beach Party, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife), returns to Feinstein's/54 Below on December 31 for his third delightful New Year's Eve show with his dashing longtime musical director Tom Judson and special guests Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Andrea Burns (On Your Feet!, In the Heights), Peter Flynn (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Beauty and the Beast), and Ashley Austin Morris ("Murphy Brown," "The Good Wife"). Join them for a warm, outrageous, fun-filled early evening of music and storytelling.

VIDEO: Broadway and West End Star Tony Sheldon Talks PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT on VideoVIDEO: Broadway and West End Star Tony Sheldon Talks PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT on Sunday Night With Bill Crews
by Stage Tube - Jun 17, 2018

Broadway and West End stars Tony Sheldon is currently starring in Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Australia. The actor stopped by to chat with Rev. Bill Crews for his radio show Sunday Night with Bill Crews. Sheldon talked about the show, its significance, and his own career thus far.

VIDEO: Meet Cindy! Lesli Margherita Debuts Her WHO'S HOLIDAY Character in New Promo VideoVIDEO: Meet Cindy! Lesli Margherita Debuts Her WHO'S HOLIDAY Character in New Promo
by Stage Tube - Nov 24, 2017

Olivier Award-winner Lesli Margherita will play 'Cindy Lou Who' in the World Premiere of Matthew Lombardo's Christmas comedy in couplets, WHO'S HOLIDAY! to be directed by Carl Andress. Lesli debuted her new character in a Thanksgiving promo for the show yesterday! Meet Cindy below!

VIDEO: Annie Golden & More in Highlights from BARING IT ALL WITH CALL ME ADAM VideoVIDEO: Annie Golden & More in Highlights from BARING IT ALL WITH CALL ME ADAM
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

Helping Adam launch the show were Orange is the New Black's Annie Golden ('Norma Romano') and Lin Tucci ('Anita DeMarco'), plus Broadway's Lauren Elder (revivals of Hair & Side Show), and award-winning composer/lyricist Bobby Cronin (forthcoming Mary & Max). Check out highlights from the first episode below!


Charles Busch Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Charles Busch written?
Charles Busch has written 24 shows including Sleeping Beauty or Coma (Playwright), Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (Playwright), Times Square Angel (Playwright), Psycho Beach Party (Playwright), The Lady in Question (Playwright), Red Scare on Sunset (Playwright), You Should Be So Lucky (Playwright), Swingtime Canteen (Bookwriter), Flipping My Wig (Playwright), The Green Heart (Bookwriter), Queen Amarantha (Playwright), The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (Playwright), The Tale Of The Allergist's Wife (Playwright), Taboo (Bookwriter), Shanghai Moon (Playwright), Our Leading Lady (Playwright), Die Mommie Die! (Playwright), Die Mommie Die! (Playwright), The Third Story (Playwright), The Divine Sister (Playwright), Olive and the Bitter Herbs (Playwright), Bunnicula (Bookwriter), The Tribute Artist (Playwright), The Confession of Lily Dare (Playwright).

What awards has Charles Busch been nominated for?
Outstanding Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Confession of Lily Dare , Legend of Off Broadway Award () , Outstanding Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Divine Sister , Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards) , Outstanding Lead Actor (The Lortels) for Shanghai Moon , Best Play (Tony Awards) for The Tale of the Allergist's Wife Outstanding New Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and John Gassner Playwriting Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Tale of the Allergist's Wife .

What awards has Charles Busch won?
Legend of Off Broadway Award (), Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards) Outstanding New Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Tale of the Allergist's Wifeand John Gassner Playwriting Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Tale of the Allergist's Wife .