l to r: Maxwell Caulfield, Kate Mulgrew,
Ann Duquesnay


The Complete Company of
Our Leading Lady


Kate Mulgrew, Ann  Duquesnay



l to r: Kristine Nielsen, Kate Mulgrew,
Ann Duquesnay


l to r: Billy Wheelan, Kate Mulgrew,
Ann Duquesnay


Kate Mulgrew as Laura Keene


photos by Joan Marcus


Our Leading Lady
by  Charles Busch

directed by Lynne Meadow

Manhattan Theatre Club
New York, NY

March - April 29, 2007

Santo Loquasto
Set Designer
Jane Greenwood
Costume Designer
Brian MacDevitt
Lighting Designer
Scott Lehrer
Sound Designer

April, 1865. Laura Keene, a famous actress/manager, is performing in Washington, DC during the week the civil war ends. Despite a madcap scramble of backstage squabbles, the ambitious Laura does everything she can to get President Lincoln to attend her closing night performance. Her great plans go awry, as Laura and her theatrical troupe collide with history.

(Available for licensing through Samuel French Ltd.)


(in alphabetical order)

Reed Birney (Gavin De Chamblay),  Barbara Byrne (Maude Bentley), Maxwell Caulfield (Harry Hawk), Ann Duquesnay (Madame Wu-Chan), J.R. Horne (Major Hopwood), Amy Rutberg (Clementine Smith), Kate Mulgrew (Laura Keene), Kristine Nielsen (Verbena De Chamblay), Billy Wheelan (W. J. Ferguson).

Review by Don Shewey


Other Plays by Charles Busch
Plays 1976 - 1982    Plays 1984 - 1989    Plays 1991 - 2007    Musicals    Solo Performances

Other Stage Appearances
Auntie Mame - 1998    Little Me    The Maids


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