The one-night-only event will be directed by Carl Andress, a long-time Busch collaborator, and will feature a cast headed by Andy Halliday and Theresa Aceves. The 8 PM reading will also include the talents of Andress, David Staller, Flotilla DeBarge, A. J. Vincent, Marcy McGuigan, Jackie Sanders, Peter Borzotta, Sidney Myer, Larry Bullock and Sean Monahan. First performed in 1984, Times Square Angel pays homage to such films as "It's a Wonderful Life," "The Bishop's Wife" and "The Big Street." Set in 1940's New York, Busch stars as nightclub chanteuse Irish O'Flanagan, who, according to production notes, "learns a doozy of a lesson during one jam-packed Christmas Eve." Michael Bottari and Ronald Case have designed the costumes for the latest staging of the Busch play.
Charles Busch is both a celebrated playwright and performer. His play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, which began life at the Manhattan Theatre Club, later transferred to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. He also wrote the book for the Broadway mounting of Taboo. Busch also penned the screenplays for and starred in the films "Die, Mommie, Die" and "Psycho Beach Party."
Theatre for the New City is located in Manhattan at 155 First Avenue. Tickets, priced at $25, are available by calling (212) 254-1109.