Charles Busch returns to Theater for the New City April 4 in a showcase engagement of his new comedy The Confession of Lily Dare.
Directed by longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Tribute Artist, Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister), the production runs through April 29 at Theater for the New City’s Johnson Theater.
Joining Busch as Lily Dare are Nancy Anderson (Sunset Boulevard), Christopher Borg (Judith of Bethulia), Kendal Sparks (Judith of Bethulia), Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera), and, in her eighth Busch/Andress production, Jennifer Van Dyck (Cleopatra, Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister, The Third Story).
The Confession of Lily Dare—which celebrates the “confession film” tearjerkers of early 1930s pre-code cinema, such as The Sin of Madelon Claudet, Frisco Jenny, and Madame X—tells the story of one woman’s passage from convent girl to glittering cabaret chanteuse to infamous madam of a string of brothels.
Busch returns to Theater for the New City, where he created Cleopatra (2016), Judith of Bethulia (2012), and The Divine Sister (2010), which producer Daryl Roth transferred Off-Broadway.
In an earlier statement Busch said, “For almost four decades Theater for the New City has been my artistic home. It's the place where I began my career on the Lower East Side and each time I return I once more rediscover the sheer joy of creating theatre.”
The production also features scenic and graphic design by B.T. Whitehill, costume design by Rachel Townsend (with costumes for Busch by Jessica Jahn), lighting design by Kirk Bookman, sound design by Bart Fasbender, and wig design by Katherine Carr.
Tickets, priced $25, are on sale via SmartTix.com.
McGillin has been a special guest performer on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway on the High Seas 10: Odyssey Through the Greek Isles cruise June 24–July 1, 2019, with a lineup of top Broadway stars to be announced. Call Judy Perl Worldwide for tickets at (844) 561-3625. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.
(Updated April 4, 2018)