singing or dishing about his life or celebrities he has
known, he is always, always the epitome of entertainment and
"Charles Busch has the gift of comic gab like few other
entertainers. Innately funny, endearing and acutely
The New York Times
last! Actor/playwright/novelist/film director/female
impersonator/quick sketch portrait artist/zipper factory
receptionist/ ice cream scooper and now RECORDING ARTIST!!! My
first CD has been released!
ballads, jazz tunes, lots of storytelling, Miriam Passman, well,
it's just Me, Me, Me... and my wonderful musical director, Tom
Judson, on piano and joining me on the duets. I hope you'll buy a
copy right away. I have a feeling this one is going to go platinum!
Or at least sell a dozen copies at the Leatherman on Christopher
Street or wherever fine records are sold.
The New York Times
Charles Busch on the First Time He Performed in Drag
December 20, 2016
What will people think?” That’s a
question that has luckily never concerned me. A case in point. 1976.
Northwestern University. The theater department wasn’t quite ready
for me. I was too light (euphemism for gay), too thin and just too …
New York Social Diary
liz smith: Charles Busch — Playwright, Actor, Artist ...
December 19, 2016
I MET with Charles, whom I have
admired/adored for years, at a charming (if tiny!) spot in Greenwich
Village, Tea & Sympathy...
We were supposed to be chatting about Charles’ new (his first ever!)
CD, “Charles Busch, Live at Feinstein's/54 Below — With Tom Judson
at the Piano” (Broadway Records). But really, we just dished.
The Music Men: December 2016
Charles Busch - Live at
Feinstein's/54 Below The genius of Charles Busch lies in the fact that his camp
style is simultaneously a sendup and a celebration of the great
ladies of the silver screen. As author, actor and provocateur he
began writing and producing his own shows in the mid-1980's at the
Limbo Lounge, a gallery and performance space on the lower east side
of New York City.
Broadway to Vegas December 11, 2016
The Music Goes Round and Round
Charles Busch - Live at
Feinstein's/54 Below is a romping, delightful
listen. Right from the introduction by musical director, arranger
and Busch's wingman Tom Judson, who not only can play the dickens
out of the piano, but can elegantly sing. He does so with Star by
Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, which brings on the legendary
I'm thrilled to have my first
anthology of selected scenes and monologues from my 40 years as a
playwright published by The Dramatic Publishing Company.
It was a real labor of love. I've
written a foreword and have annotated each monologue with anecdotes,
film/theatre references and the occasional finger-wag to the young
This past year Turner
Classic Movies commissioned me along with 20 other
"celebrities" to create an original piece of artwork based
on classic film to celebrate their twentieth anniversary on
the air. It really meant a lot to me to be a part of this
celebration. And I'm very proud of the pastel drawing. I
call it "The Girl With Something Special." It's inspired by
all the anonymous chorus girls in the kaleidoscopic Busby
Berkeley movies of the thirties. I'm now selling a limited
edition of twenty-five giclee prints on the wonderful
Broadway Design Exchange website. Here's the link.
I hope you'll be enticed to
bring me into your home!
chanteuse Miriam Passman is back. This time discovering something
rather disturbing about her young cleaning girl. Ashley Austin
Morris special is the guest.
click images to enlarge
photographer, David A. Lee, recently took this beautiful
photo of me backstage at a benefit I was doing in Palm
Springs. I love it!"
"The wonderful illustrator, Glen Hanson, recently did this
fantastic caricature of me. He's absolutely brilliant!"
wonderful artist named Todd Yeager recently did this drawing of me as Judith of Bethulia. I
guess it's me as Sarah Bernhardt as Judith. I love it.
A wonderful artist named John Wolfe
drew this sketch of me while I was performing the Marlene Dietrich
song "Boys in the Backroom" at a recent benefit for the Actor's
Fund. I love that John was able to capture me "doing Dietrich."
Die, Mommie, Die! and Psycho Beach
the screenplays of Charles Busch