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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?


Run Type:Limited Run
Previews: April 04, 2018
Closing:April 29, 2018

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 30, 2022
The Green Room 42 has announced its October line-up for in-person cabaret performances. October will feature new installments of Broadway Sessions, At This Performance, Villain: DeBlanks and much more.ARTZ
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 29, 2022
NYC's favorite monthly fill-in-the-blanks comedy will be back at 7pm, Tuesday, October 18, with Tony-winner Randy Graff, Marc Kudisch, Geneva Carr, and more. Villain: DeBlanks will perform at The Green Room 42 at Yotel at 7:00 PM on Monday, September 19.
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.
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 Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 16, 2022
Playwrights Horizons will present the New York premiere of Bruce Norris’s Downstate, directed by Pam MacKinnon, October 28–December 11 (opening November 15). This provocative work surrounds a registered address in downstate Illinois, where four men convicted of sex crimes share a group home, living out their days post-incarceration.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 6, 2021
The 13rd Annual Fort Lauderdale edition of OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival will close Sunday, October 24th at 6pm with a finale celebration at Sunshine Cathedral. Cocktails will be served at the Cathedral’s front terrace. 
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 Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 20, 2022
Primary Stages has announced additional performers for their 38th Anniversary Gala, honoring 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 
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 16, 2022
Check out photos from the red carpet at the Primary Stages 38th anniversary gala! The gala honored long-time collaborators Charles Busch and Carl Andress (The Confession of Lily Dare; The Tribute Artist) with the 2022 Einhorn Mentorship Award.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022
The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s 12th annual Broadway Belts for PFF! raised a record $475,000 in a new hybrid format on April 29. The sold-out gala at New York City’s Edison Ballroom, live streamed for the first time, is the single largest fundraiser in the Foundation’s history.
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 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 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 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 A.A. Cristi - 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
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 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 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 A.A. Cristi - Mar 23, 2022
Tony Award-winning actress and comedienne Julie Halston (Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, Tootsie) will emcee the 12th annual Broadway Belts for PFF!, an unforgettable evening of entertainment featuring some of Broadway's hottest stars. This year's hybrid event will take place live at New York City's Edison Ballroom and virtually on Friday evening, April 29, 2022. The event is the single largest fundraiser for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF).
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 A.A. Cristi - Jun 9, 2022
​​​​​​Berkshire Theatre Group has announced casting for shows in BTG’s Late Summer 2022 Season. The full season will feature B.R.O.K.E.N code B.I.R.D switching, a world premiere play and an award recipient of the GRANTS FOR ARTS PROJECTS from the National Endowment for the Arts; Once, a Tony Award-winning musical; Songs For a New World, the first musical by a Tony Award winner; Dracula, a classic gothic tale of horrors; and Edward Albee's Seascape, a Pulitzer Prize-winning 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 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 - 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
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 Stephi Wild - Aug 5, 2022
While preparing to bring another year of transformative Queer stories to San Francisco, New Conservatory Theatre Center has announced the official line-up of talented directors for the 22-23 Season.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 26, 2022
After more than two years, NYC's favorite fill-in-the-blanks comedy is back! The star-studded shenanigans begin at 7pm, Monday, September 19, and the cast includes the always-hilarious Josh Lamon (The Prom, Groundhog Day), charmingly disarming Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music, Once Upon a Mattress), and more.
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 Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022
New Conservatory Theatre Center is has announced the line-up for NCTC’s daring 2022-23 Season, with two world premieres, three West Coast premieres, an inspiring musical, and a holiday extravaganza from The Kinsey Sicks.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 19, 2022
Arielle Jacobs and Telly Leung have been added to the lineup for the 12th annual Broadway Belts for PFF!, an unforgettable evening of entertainment featuring some of Broadway's hottest stars.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 19, 2022
Derrick Davis (The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Carousel, Film's A Christmas Story, Can a Song Save Your Life), Arielle Jacobs (Aladdin, Wicked, Between the Lines, and In the Heights) and Telly Leung (Aladdin, Rent, TV's Glee, and Allegiance) will join the star-studded cast featuring previously announced performers.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 15, 2022
Transport Group has announced that it will host a talkback series following upcoming performances of its acclaimed production of The Patsy. Guests include playwrights Tony Kushner and Charles Busch and creator of “Be Kind Rewind” Isabel Custodio. 
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
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 - - 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 The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League and the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation. Additional support is provided by TDF.

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