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The Confession of Lily Dare - 2018 - Off-Broadway

The strangest, most perilous adventure of all:

the journey into the depths of a woman’s soul!

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 madame 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 the legendary master of theatrical parody Charles Busch (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Die Mommie Die, The Divine Sister) and directed by his long-time colleague Carl Andress. Here they celebrate the gauzy "confession film" tearjerkers of early 1930's pre-code cinema, such as The Sin of Madelon Claudet, Frisco Jenny, and Madame X.

Witness The Confession of Lily Dare. Will you be the one to judge her?

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The Confession of Lily Dare Off-Broadway Cast



 

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by Julie Musbach - Sep 3, 2019
Theater legend Charles Busch returns to Richmond Triangle Players with his new cabaret show Native New Yorker for two performances only, on Friday and Saturday October 11 & 12, 2019, at 8 pm.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 3, 2019
PRIMARY STAGES (Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Shane D. Hudson, Executive Director; Casey Childs, Founder) is thrilled to announce that this year's Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award will be awarded to Inda Craig-Galván for her play Welcome to Matteson!.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 2, 2020
PRIMARY STAGES has announced its Fall 2020 Virtual Season. The Foundation Series will revisit the work of some of Primary Stages' family of artists, including The Tribute Artist by Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award winner Charles Busch and The Night Watcher by Obie Award winner and Tony Award nominee Charlayne Woodard.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 11, 2019
Dining with Ploetz, an evening of one-acts, opened at Theater for the New City September 6. Written by playwright and published author Richard Ploetz, the production features three dark comedies, Goldfish, Memory Like a Pale Green Clock and Bone Appetite. The critically acclaimed production runs until September 22.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 22, 2020
Charles Busch and Carl Andress are currently shooting their latest film project, The Sixth Reel, in which Busch also stars. The film co-stars Julie Halston, Tim Daly, Margaret Cho, André De Shields, Patrick Page, Doug Plaut, Richard Bekins, Heather MacRae, Dee Hoty, Cady Huffman, John Ellison Conlee, T. Oliver Reid and Ashley Austin Morris.
by Nicole Rosky - May 3, 2020
Mario Cantone will host this year's Lucille Lortel Awards, which are being presented as a virtual broadcast and benefit for The Actors Fund on Sunday, May 3, at 7pm. The online event will bring together theatre performers, industry veterans, and fans worldwide in a celebration of Off-Broadway.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 20, 2020
TheaterWorksUSA will stream a benefit reading of their musical adaptation of Bunnicula, a spine-tingling musical about a floppy-eared bunny with mysterious habits based on the book by James & Deborah Howe on Sunday May 24 at 2pm.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 19, 2020
On Tuesday, May 19, presenters Charles Bush and Julie Halston, along with OBA President Peter Breger, announced the 10th Annual Off Broadway Alliance. The Off Broadway Alliance plans on celebrating this year's winners with a reception this Fall.
by Stephi Wild - May 16, 2021
How do you spell D-A-N-C-E-R-S O-V-E-R F-O-R-T-Y? (Hint: D-A-N-C-E-R-S-O-V-E-R-4-0!) Well, if you didn't know, you're sure to find out that - and more - by the end of the all-star night of games, clips, and anecdotes that will take place as a benefit for DO40 (easy to spell!) on Monday, May 17th at 7:00 PM EDT.
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2020
Stars in The House, benefiting The Actors Fund, continued Wednesday night (8pm) with Jennifer Simard and Yeardley Smith.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 14, 2020
Charles Busch and Julie Halston will announce the winners of the 10th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards on Tuesday, May 19 at 11:30 am. The winners will be announced via streaming on Facebook and YouTube.
by Nicole Rosky - May 13, 2020
Stars in the House continues today (2pm) with Plays in the House: THE CONFESSION OF LILY DARE (Starring Nancy Anderson, Christopher Borg, Charles Busch, Howard McGillin, Kendal Sparks, Jennifer Van Dyck.  Directed by Carl Andress) and tonight (8pm) with Jennifer Simard and Yeardley Smith.
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2020
Stars in The House, benefiting The Actors Fund, continued Tuesday night (8pm) for a Caroline in the City Cast reunion with Malcolm Gets, Cathy Ladman, Tom La Grua, Andy Lauer, Eric Lutes, John Mariano, Amy Pietz and Lea Thompson.
by Nicole Rosky - May 13, 2020
Today (May 13) in live streaming: Ben Cameron counts down song about Spring, Laura Michelle Kelly sings Rodgers and Hammerstein and so much more!
by Nicole Rosky - May 12, 2020
Today (May 12) in live streaming: It's the Day of the Show Y'all with Spencer Glass, Ken Davenport chats with James Snyder and so much more!
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 11, 2021
An all-star night of games, clips, and anecdotes that will take place as a benefit for the Dancers Over 40 organization on Monday, May 17th at 7:00 PM EDT. The event is free to stream on YouTube.
by Nicole Rosky - May 11, 2020
Today (May 11) in live streaming: Join the BroadwayWorld Book club, JRB and Georgia Stitt visit Stars in the House and so much more!
by Nicole Rosky - May 11, 2020
The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), the official organization of writers on New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers and national publications, today announced its plans for honoring the 2019-2020 season of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2021
The drag legend CHARLES BUSCH sits down for a one-hour, unscripted conversation on the weekly livestream series BETWEEN TWO PALMS at THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST on Wednesday, May 12th from 6-7PM EST.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 5, 2020
The 10th Annual BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! honoring 12-time Tony Award-Winning Broadway producer Daryl Roth and hosted by Broadway's Julie Halston (Tootsie, You Can't Take it With You, Sex and the City) took place at the Edison Ballroom, with over 300 guests in attendance.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 24, 2020
New Conservatory Theatre Center has announced the line-up for NCTC's 2020-21 subscription season, looking beyond the current closure of local theatres and forward to a healthy future after the COVID-19 crisis.
by Ben Rimalower - Mar 23, 2020
In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to Tony-nominated director and actor Charles Busch about the soundtrack to the 1983 film 'Yentl.' They also discuss Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Linda Lavin, Julie Halston, Patrick Dennis, 'Mame,' Michael Tanner, Tom Judson, Dick Gallagher, Lucie Arnaz, Lorna Luft, Michael Vollbracht, 'The Women,' Carl Andress, Lynne Meadow, Tony Roberts, Paul Newman, Sasha Velour, Bianca Del Rio, Stephen Sondheim, and Michele Lee. Charles talks about his career in and out of drag, as well as the difference between downtown and mainstream theater. Charles is the author of a number of fabulous plays, many of which he starred in, including 'Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,' 'Psycho Beach Party,' and his most recent, 'The Confession of Lily Dare.' His 2000 hit play, 'The Tale of the Allergist's Wife,' ran on Broadway and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 8, 2020
A STAR IS BORED, an IGTV podcast, will release a series called THE PRIDE PODCASTS for the month of June. New episodes come out twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays at Noon.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 15, 2020
A STAR IS BORED will be hosting a virtual benefit reading of CUPID'S CORNER, a new play by Parade Stone and directed by Raz Golden.
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 13, 2020
Tune in right here at 7:30pm to watch The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards and check back for a full list of winners, updating live!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jul 25, 2019
Dining with Ploetz, an evening of one-acts, will play at Theater for the New City September 5 - 22. Opening night is slated for Friday, September 6 at 8:00 pm. Written by playwright and published author Richard Ploetz, the production features three dark comedies, Goldfish, Memory Like a Pale Green Clock and Bone Appetite.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 14, 2020
Theater for the New City will present a live reading of 'Visitors in the Dark' by Charles Busch (The Confession Of Lily Dare, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Die Mommie Die!) on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 7PM. This is part of the weekly series of Live readings on Theater for the New City's website and Facebook page.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 10, 2020
Welcome to Cabaret Corner, a series devoted to having meaningful conversations with leaders in the Cabaret and Broadway communities. This episode welcomes the incomparable Charles Busch to The Corner as this week's guest.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 9, 2020
Hosted by the actress/comedienne Julie Halston, BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! will hold its special tenth-anniversary fundraiser, featuring an evening of the hottest music and comedy in town to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). This year's event will honor 10-time Tony-Award Winning Producer Daryl Roth with the Ralph Howard Legacy Award and will take place on Monday, February 24, at 5:30 pm at the Edison Ballroom (240 W, 47th St.) in New York City.
by Michael Dale - Jan 30, 2020
Nowadays there appears to be an increasing awareness in the theatre about presenting women characters through the aesthetic of male playwrights and directors, much of it involving the movie term 'male gaze' which was coined by Laura Mulvey in the 70s to describe the disproportionately sexualized manner in which women were presented in film.  From that context, it's possible to conclude that this is what playwright/actor Charles Busch has been commenting on all along.
by Linda Lenzi - Jan 30, 2020
Primary Stages presents The Confession of Lily Dare, written by and starring Charles Busch (The Tribute Artist, You Should Be So Lucky) and directed by Carl Andress (The Divine Sister, The Tribute Artist). The cast also includes: Nancy Anderson (Sunset Boulevard), Christopher Borg (Judith of Bethulia), Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera), Kendal Sparks (Judith of Bethulia) and Jennifer Van Dyck (Judith of Bethulia).
by Stephi Wild - Jan 29, 2020
Today's top stories: Next to Normal begins performances at the Kennedy Center, and more!
by Review Roundups - Jan 29, 2020
PRIMARY STAGES presents The Confession of Lily Dare, written by and starring Charles Busch (The Tribute Artist, You Should Be So Lucky) and directed by Carl Andress (The Divine Sister, The Tribute Artist). 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 27, 2020
NYC & Company, New York City's official destination marketing organization, in partnership with Mastercard, today announced that NYC Off-Broadway Week 2-for-1 tickets are on sale to the public at nycgo.com/off-broadway-week.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 23, 2020
PRIMARY STAGES presents The Confession of Lily Dare, written by and starring Charles Busch (The Tribute Artist, You Should Be So Lucky) and directed by Carl Andress (The Divine Sister, The Tribute Artist). Performances began at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) on January 11, 2020, with opening night set for January 29, for a limited run through March 5, 2020.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 10, 2020
Hosted by the actress/comedienne Julie Halston, BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! will hold its special tenth-anniversary fundraiser, featuring an evening of the hottest music and comedy in town to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). This year's event will honor 10-time Tony-Award Winning Producer Daryl Roth with the Ralph Howard Legacy Award and will take place on Monday, February 24, at 5:30 pm at the Edison Ballroom (240 W, 47th St.) in New York City.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 5, 2020
Bernadette Peters (Hello Dolly, Follies, A Little Night Music), J. Harrison Ghee (Kinky Boots, upcoming Mrs. Doubtfire), Jason Gotay (Evita, upcoming Between the Lines), and Sierra Boggess (School of Rock, It Shoulda Been You), will join previously announced performers including New York Yankees legend and Latin Grammy-nominee, Bernie Williams, whose father passed away from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 26, 2020
An annual sold-out event that is an exclusive New York musical theater experience, BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! featured Broadway stars performing some of their favorite songs and original pieces to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). The benefit began as a tribute to Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press theater critic, who died suddenly of pulmonary fibrosis in 2010. Julie Halston, a founding partner of the event, is one of the PFF's leading advocates nationwide and shined as the evening's host (Her Broadway credits include Tootsie, Hairspray, Gypsy, and You Can't Take It With You).
by Stephi Wild - Feb 24, 2020
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Bernadette Peters, Sierra Boggess, Orfeh, and more will perform at Broadway Belts for PFF! tonight, and more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 20, 2020
The 10th Annual BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! will take place on Monday, February 24 at the Edison Ballroom. Hosted by Broadway's Julie Halston (Tootsie, You Can't Take it With You, Sex and the City) and directed by Carl Andress (The Confession of Lily Dare), this year's gala event will honor multi-award winning Broadway producer Daryl Roth. Tickets can be purchased at BroadwayBeltsforPFF.org
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 11, 2020
deRoy brings her MAC Award-winning variety show, deRoy & friends to The Green Room 42! Benefiting Off-Broadway stalwart Primary Stages new play development programs
by Alexa Criscitiello - Dec 5, 2019
PRIMARY STAGES has announced casting for The Confession of Lily Dare, written by and starring Charles Busch (The Tribute Artist, You Should Be So Lucky) and directed by Carl Andress (The Divine Sister, The Tribute Artist). Performances begin at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) on January 11, 2020, with opening night set for January 29, for a limited run through March 5, 2020.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 24, 2019
Dining with Ploetz, an evening of one-acts, will play at Theater for the New City September 5 – 22. Opening night is slated for Friday, September 6 at 8:00 pm. Written by playwright and published author Richard Ploetz, the production features three dark comedies, Goldfish, Memory Like a Pale Green Clock and Bone Appetite.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 19, 2019
PRIMARY STAGES is proud to announce that tickets are now on sale for the first two productions of its 35th Anniversary season. The season will kick off in the fall with the world premiere of On That Day in Amsterdam, written by Clarence Coo (Beautiful Province (Belle Province)-a?'Yale Drama Prize) and directed by Kareem Fahmy (3/Fifths). Performances begin at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) on October 29, 2019, with opening night set for November 19, for a run through December 18, 2019.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 30, 2020
Today we're checking in with Primary Stages, to find out how the health crisis is affecting them, how you can help, and more.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 29, 2020
Today we're checking in with Theater For the New City. We chatted with TNC Co-founder and Artistic Director Crystal Field.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 28, 2020
Michael Musto, joined the Off Broadway Alliance's Nominating Committee this morning and announced this season's Off Broadway Alliance Award nominees.
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 21, 2020
The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards has partnered with 'Stars in the House' to live stream this year's Nominations. Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the hosts of the virtual daily series benefiting the Actors Fund, will announce the nominees.
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 14, 2020
Nominations for the 35th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were announced today by theatre veterans Jeremy Jordan and Ashley Spencer. The Awards will be presented during a special online event on Sunday, May 3, broadcast on the official website - www.LortelAwards.org - beginning at 7:00pm ET. A virtual 'host' and presenters will be announced at a later date. As always, the Lortel Awards will be a benefit for The Actors Fund and fans are encouraged to make donations at actorsfund.org/Lortel. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League and the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation. Additional support is provided by TDF.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2020
PRIMARY STAGES announced today additional programming for Primary Plus, a series of online programs aimed at helping artists connect with Primary Stages and with each other. For additional details about each program and the most up-to-date information please visit primarystages.org/explore/primary-plus.