Interviews and Articles 



Julie Andrews Interviews Charles, 2004

In 1995, Charles Busch interviewed Julie Andrews for a feature in the New York Times.  It was a week prior to the Broadway opening of VICTOR/VICTORIA, in which Julie played a-man-playing-a-woman-playing-a-man, and Charles was playing the mistress of ceremonies in his musical revue SWINGTIME CANTEEN at The Blue Angel.  The two shared their thoughts about "drag and other subjects" between performances.  Now, for Bay Street, they continue the conversation.

Julie:  Right. Let's start with the obvious.  What originally drew you to this play and the role of Mame Dennis?...

The Dramatist, January/February, 2001

Charles Busch is author and star of Psycho Beach Party, Times Square Angel, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, You Should Be So Lucky, Queen Amarantha, Shanghai Moon, Flipping My Wig, and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran Off-Broadway for five years.  He wrote books for The Green Heart (at Manhattan Theatre Club), Ankles Aweigh (at Goodspeed Opera), and House of Flowers (on tour with Patti LaBelle).  He has appeared in the films Addams Family Values, It Could Happen to You, Trouble on the Corner, and Psycho Beach Party, which he adapted fro the screen from his play.  This fall, he returned to a recurring role in HBO’s Oz and made his Broadway debut with the transfer of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.  The following is the second part of a transcript of the Dramatists Build seminar “Tales of a Successful Comedic Dramatist” held in June....

New York Times, Arts & Leisure, October, 2000

For Charles Busch, it was the shock of a lifetime.  In 1984, he and some friends put on a campy show to entertain themselves for a weekend at a nightclub on Avenue C in the East Village.  With Mr. Busch doing a star turn in drag, “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” won a cult following, moved to the Provincetown Playhouse and ran for five years.

Now this 44-year-old playwright and performer has attained an even higher level of visibility in the theater....CLICK HERE TO READ MORE >>

Vogue Magazine, September 2000

The writer Paul Rudnick said it best: “One does not become a Charles Busch fan, one is enslaved.”

Since the mid-eighties, Busch has held sole possession of the title of the New York theater world’s best-kept secret.  As the creator, star, and high-camp diva at the spiritual center of the legendary Off-Broadway classic Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and a host of other blissfully deranged, movie-inspired epics including Theodora, She-Bitch of Byzantium; Red Scare on Sunset; and Die! Mommy! Die!, he has reigned as the flamboyant object of adoration of a die-hard cult that makes up in passion and intensity for what it lacks in size.  To be sure, a drag Queen.....CLICK HERE TO READ MORE >>

Encore Magazine, The Off-Broadway Theater Magazine, January, 1999

When Charles Busch take the stage of Theater for the New City this month in his new comedy, Shanghai Moon, the actor/writer/drag artist extraordinaire will be returning to his first – and true – love, spoofs of Hollywood movies.  But although Busch will be in familiar territory as Lady Sylvia Allington, the glamorous (and somewhat depraved) wife of a British diplomat who becomes the sex slave of a Chinese war load, Shanghai Moon is still a departure from such previous, cinema-inspired romps as Red Scare on Sunset and Psycho Beach Party.  “It’s a very passionate, very lurid story,” he says.  “And I have my first murder trial, with a big dramatic scene on the witness stand!”.....CLICK HERE TO READ MORE >>

Broadway by Enid Nemy, New York Times, Friday June 15, 1986

When Charles Busch got the idea of getting together with friends and putting on a little show for their own amusement, and when the little show quickly attracted a cult following and was ready to move to Off Broadway, Mr. Busch knew that he had to come up with a “pow” name that would sell tickets.  He came up with what might be ultimate pow – “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” – which did the trick (it will celebrate its first anniversary Thursday) but still jolts a lot of theatergoers.....CLICK HERE TO READ MORE >>