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by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2014-15 Season continues with THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE by Charles Busch. Directed by Larry Coen, the production will run November 21 - December 20, 2014. Press opening: November 23, 3pm.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2013
Casting was recently announced for the first public reading of NOTHING BUT TRASH, a satire of 1950's teen-angst films and gay pulp fiction, produced by Theater For The New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director), written by and starring Andy Halliday(of Charles Busch's Theatre-In-Limbo), with direction by G.R. Johnson (Bounce and Thunder, Seven11.2005). The reading, which is free and open to the public, takes place today, October 28th at 7:30pm in midtown Manhattan.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2013
Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond:Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond:
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2013
Charles Busch launched his return to 54 Below last night, October 17. Among the fans at 54 Below cheering Busch on were Tony Award winner Jim Dale, and star of Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Michele Lee.
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. His most recent plays are Judith of Bethulia, produced at Theater for the New City in 2012 and The Tribute Artist, which reunited him with Julie Halston, produced by Primary Stages Theatre Company in 2014. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright and was honored with a star on the Playwrights Walk outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre. I had the chance to catch up with Mr. Busch as he was preparing fort his cabaret performances this week in San Diego and Palm Springs. Here are a few excerpts from that conversation:
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. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2013
Casting has been announced for the first public reading of NOTHING BUT TRASH, a satire of 1950's teen-angst films and gay pulp fiction, produced by Theater For The New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director), written by and starring Andy Halliday(of Charles Busch's Theatre-In-Limbo), with direction by G.R. Johnson (Bounce and Thunder, Seven11.2005). The reading, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, October 28th at 7:30pm in midtown Manhattan.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2013
Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond:
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.
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. 
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 8, 2013
The acclaimed actor/ Tony-nominated playwright and drag legend returns to 54 Below with a brand new show, chock full of outrageous personal stories, original characters and classic songs; all perfumed with his own unique form of glamour. Charles Busch continues to delight and re-define his craft as a master humorist, illusionist and camp icon. The author of dozens of hit plays (Tale of the Allergists Wife, Red Scare on Sunset, Flipping My Wig, Times Square Angel, Our Leading Lady, The Third Story, Die! Mommie! Die!, Psycho Beach Party, The Divine Sister & Vampire Lesbians of Sodom to name but a few), Busch returns to 54 Below, joined by Musical Director Tom Judson. Check out photos of Busch in action below!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2013
Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond:
by Louisa Brady - Nov 28, 2014
Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Julie & Julie: Than & Now, James Snyder: A First New York Holiday Road with Friends, Annaleigh Ashford: Lost in the Stars, 54 Below Celebrates Frank Wildhorn, and Matt Doyle & the Whiskey 5.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2013
Next Tuesday, join Varla Jean Merman for a performance by star of stage and screen, Charles Busch -- plus a very special after-party!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2014-15 Season continues with THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE by Charles Busch. Directed by Larry Coen, the production will run tonight, November 21 - December 20, 2014. Press opening: November 23, 3pm.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013
Actor's Express announces an exciting late addition to the Winter Dark Nights Series: "CHARLES BUSCH featuring Tom Judson on the Piano", for ONE NIGHT ONLY, on December 6 at 8pm. Actor, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director, drag legend. Broadway and off-Broadway star, Charles Busch will grace the stage at Actor's Express for this special engagement!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2013
Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond:
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015
Julie Halston (You Can't Take It With You) and Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!) are the recipients of the annual Richard Seff Award presented by the Actors' Equity Foundation to veteran female and male character actors for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production. 
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2013
Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. 54 Below also launched its series of late night events. Joining Tuesday nights' popular 'Backstage' with Susie Mosher is the '54 Piano Bar,' a new vocal competition - 'The Callback,' and more:
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2013
Coming up at 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. 54 Below also launched its series of late night events. Joining Tuesday nights' popular "Backstage" with Susie Mosher is the "54 Piano Bar," a new vocal competition - 'The Callback," and more, including: stage and television star Laura Benanti, High Fidelity in Concert, WGBO Jazz Series: Karrin Allyson Quartet, Tony winner Frances Ruffelle, Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band, Sondheim Unplugged and Simply Streisand.
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.
by Walter McBride - Mar 7, 2013
Whether he's playing a Westchester housewife who's preparing her cabaret tribute to Edith Piaf, Cinderella's much maligned stepmother in the style of Mildred Pierce, or the tough but warm-hearted owner of a speakeasy, performance legend Charles Busch continues to delight and redefine his craft as a master humorist, illusionist, and camp icon. The author of dozens of hit plays (Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Red Scare on Sunset, Flipping My Wig, Times Square Angel, Our Leading Lady, The Third Story, Die! Mommie! Die!, Psycho Beach Party, The Divine Sister, and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom to name but a few), Busch makes his 54 Below debut for two very special year end performances, joined by Musical Director Tom Judson. Expect laughter, music, tears, and sequins. But no boas. Busch will play 54 below March 7-14. Check out photos of Busch in rehearsal below!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2013
Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. 54 Below also launches its new series of late night events this March. Joining Tuesday nights' popular "Backstage" with Susie Mosher will be the "54 Piano Bar," a new vocal competition - 'The Callback," and more, including Telly Award winner Jamie DeRoy & Friends, Broadway star Chester Gregory, singing sensation Marilyn Maye, Late Night at 54 Below, Tony nominee Adam Pascale, actor/screenwriter/playwright Charles Busch, Broadway's Caissie Levy, Walking the Line - Music of Johnny Cash.
by Michael Dale - Mar 26, 2016
The great playwright and drag artist recalls his early days at Alphabet City's Limbo Lounge.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2013
Julie Halston has a lot of friends. She is certainly adored by some super-talented show biz glitterati, like Carl Andress, Mary Testa, Julia Murney, Max von Essen, Ms. Halston, Justin Squigs Robertson, David Garrison and Dan Butler, who attended 'Classical Julie' at Birdland this Monday, March 18. Scroll down for photos from the concert!
by Walter McBride - Mar 17, 2013
Comic actress Julie Halston takes to the stage in her inimitable fashion with the new evening, CLASSICAL JULIE, which will continue on March 18 and 25 at 7 p.m. at Birdland (315 West 44th Street in Manhattan) as part of The Broadway at Birdland concert series. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the concert below!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2013
Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. 54 Below also launches its new series of late night events this March. Joining Tuesday nights' popular "Backstage" with Susie Mosher will be the "54 Piano Bar," a new vocal competition - 'The Callback," singing sensation Marilyn Maye, performance legend Charles Busch, cabaret's own Ricky Ritzel, performance artist James Jackson, Jr. and more!
by Jeffrey Walker - Jun 3, 2013
A wealth of talent has come together to produce The Guardsman at the Kennedy Center. It is a handsome production, worthy of any stage in the nation. Playwright and translator Richard Nelson has created a multi-layered dramatic comedy based closely on Ferenc Molnar's original 1910 play. With direction by Gregory Mosher, The Guardsman stars Finn Wittrock and Sarah Wayne Callies as married actors.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014
Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein will welcome acclaimed actor, Tony-nominated playwright and drag legend, Charles Busch, to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only - Thursday, September 25 (8 p.m.) and Friday, September 26 (8 p.m.). Chock full of outrageous personal stories, original characters, and classic songs - all perfumed with his own unique form of glamour - Busch will make his Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with a brand-new cabaret act. Joined by his longtime musical director Tom Judson, audiences can expect laughter, music, tears and sequins! Tickets for Charles Busch range in price from $35 - $50 and are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2013
Prolific actor, playwright and screenwriter Charles Busch is set to star in The Peccadillo Theater Company's upcoming staged reading of Sidney Howard's 1926 play THE SILVER CORD Monday, January 14 at 7 PM at Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46 Street (between Ninth & Tenth Ave.) Under the direction of OBIE Award winner Dan Wackerman, the cast will also feature Jessie Austrian (Cymbeline), Molly Camp (The Heiress), Robert Eli (Saturn Returns), and Wesley Taylor ('Smash,' Rock of Ages).
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014
Theater For The New City has announced the complete cast for the upcoming world premiere of Andy Halliday's NOTHING BUT TRASH, a satire of 1950's teen-angst films and gay pulp fiction. G.R. Johnson (Bounce and Thunder, Seven11.2005) will direct.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2013
Prolific actor, playwright and screenwriter Charles Busch is set to star in The Peccadillo Theater Company's upcoming staged reading of Sidney Howard's 1926 play THE SILVER CORD Monday, January 14 at 7 PM at Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46 Street (between Ninth & Tenth Ave.) under the direction of OBIE Award winner Dan Wackerman. The entire cast will be announced early next week.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2013
The Pulitzer Prize and OBIE Award-winning Theatre for the New City (TNC) will hold its 10th Annual LOVE ‘N' COURAGE benefit gala on Monday, February 25, 2013 at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South in Manhattan), this year honoring award-winning actor and playwright Charles Busch, it has been announced by Crystal Field, co-founder and artistic director of Theater for the New City. The LOVE ‘N' COURAGE celebration will begin with cocktails at 6:30pm, with dinner following at 7:00pm, and performances at 8:00pm. Proceeds benefit the Emerging Playwrights' Program at Theater for the New City, located at 155 First Avenue in the East Village, where it remains one of the few remaining outposts for experimental and political theater in 21st century New York.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015
Artistic director Charles Busch -- in his Lyrics & Lyricists debut -- serves up a cavalcade of stories and songs about the legendary women of Hollywood's movie musical Golden Age in 'Here's to the Girls!' on February 7, 8 and 9, 2015 at 92Y.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016
Kevin Chamberlin, and Brad Oscar will be joining host Julie Halston on their night off from DISASTER! and SOMETHING ROTTEN! when Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents COMEDY TONIGHT: BROADWAY'S FUNNIEST CLOWNS!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2015
Artistic director Charles Busch -- in his Lyrics & Lyricists debut -- serves up a cavalcade of stories and songs about the legendary women of Hollywood's movie musical Golden Age in 'Here's to the Girls!' this weekend, February 7, 8 and 9, 2015 at 92Y.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2013
Comic actress Julie Halston will take to the stage in her inimitable fashion with the new evening, CLASSICAL JULIE on Mondays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 7 p.m. at Birdland (315 West 44th Street in Manhattan) as part of The Broadway at Birdland concert series.
by Walter McBride - Feb 26, 2013
The Pulitzer Prize and OBIE Award-winning Theatre for the New City (TNC) held its 10th Annual LOVE 'N' COURAGE benefit gala last night, February 25, 2013 at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South in Manhattan), this year honoring award-winning actor and playwright Charles Busch. Hosts for LOVE 'N' COURAGE were composer and singer Phoebe Legere and playwright/filmmaker Matt Morillo ('Maid of Honor'). The performers at this year's show included Mr. Busch, The Love Show, dancer/choreographer Kitty Lunn and Infinity Dance, juggler supreme John Grimaldi, Carol Freeman, Luba Mason, KT Sullivan, Tammy Grimes, Drew Pulver, Mark Marcante and Crystal Field. BroadwayWorld was there for the celebration and you can check out full photo coverage below!
by Louisa Brady - Feb 14, 2016
Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: The Nutty Professor Reunion Concert; Comedy Tonight: Broadway's Funniest Clowns; 54 Sings ABBA; Claybourne Elder at 54 Below; Hold On The Musical in Concert.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2013
Bucks County Playhouse has announced that Charles Busch's Tony Nominated play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, directed by four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines will be the final production of the 2013 Summer season. Performances run from Thursday, August 15th through Sunday, September 1st at the Bucks County Playhouse (70 South Main Street in New Hope, PA). The cast will be announced shortly.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016
Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. Scroll down for details! 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2013
Actor's Express announces an exciting late addition to the Winter Dark Nights Series: "CHARLES BUSCH featuring Tom Judson on the Piano", for ONE NIGHT ONLY, on December 6 at 8pm. Actor, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director, drag legend. Broadway and off-Broadway star, Charles Busch will grace the stage at Actor's Express for this special engagement!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2013
Tonight, join Varla Jean Merman for a performance by star of stage and screen, Charles Busch -- plus a very special after-party!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2013
On the heels of its successful first season in 2012/13, the Broadway @ NOCCA concert series has already updated the lineup for its second season. Five of New York theater's leading ladies (one of whom is famously a man in disguise) will perform in New Orleans in 2013/14 as the popular series leaps again to NOCCA's Lupin Hall from its original summer home at The Art House in Provincetown, MA. The series is hosted again by Sirius/XM radio star Seth Rudetsky at piano. The 2013 - 2014 Broadway @ NOCCA Season is made possible by the generous support of The New Orleans Hotel Collection and Gambit.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 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 October 13 and 14 at 8:00 PM are available at www.ma4sd.com
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014
New Conservatory Theatre Center welcomes back the Hollywood glamour and camp hilarity of Charles Busch with the Bay Area Premiere of Die! Mommie, Die!.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015
The RRazz Room at The Prince is an intimate venue programmed by the entrepreneurs who created the infamous and iconic RRazz Room in San Francisco. The RRazz Room brand has become synonymous with quality entertainment presented at its purest and most intimate form. The unique space allows patrons to experience all their favorite entertainers up close and personal. The RRazz Room venues (also located in Coral Springs, FL, South Miami-Dade, FL, and New Hope, PA) present performances by local and national artists from a wide variety of musical and theatrical genres including Broadway, pop, opera, gospel, drag, comedy, rhythm & blues, and jazz. The RRazz Room at the Prince is located within the historic Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 (near the corner of Broad and Chestnut Streets on the Avenue of the Arts).
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.