Meloni and Maynard to Join Busch for Die! Mommie! Die! Benefit

News   Meloni and Maynard to Join Busch for Die! Mommie! Die! Benefit
 
"Law & Order" star Christopher Meloni and Altar Boyz' Tyler Maynard will join actor-playwright Charles Busch for a benefit performance of Die! Mommie! Die! June 19 at 7:30 PM at the Hudson Theatre.

As previously announced, Busch will star in his parody of "big-screen soaps," which was first presented in Los Angeles. Busch also starred in the film version of Die! Mommie! Die!, which was presented at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Carl Andress, who appeared in the Los Angeles production of the show, will direct the forthcoming benefit, which will utilize many of Michael Bottari and Ronald Case's costume designs from the film.

Busch plays reclusive singing star Angela Arden who, according to press notes for the film version, "is not only haunted by a secret, she's treated like dirt by her louse of a husband, her snoopy maid, and her petulant daughter. Only her mentally defective son and a well-endowed gigolo treat her with love and affection."

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 wrote the book for the Broadway mounting of Taboo, and he also penned the screenplays for and starred in the films "Die, Mommie, Die" and "Psycho Beach Party." Busch's Vampire Lesbians of Sodom was also presented at the Music Box Theatre as a benefit for The Actors' Fund of America.

Christopher Meloni's many screen credits include "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Oz," "That Brief Moment," "Runaway Bride," "Carlo's Wake," "Shift," "The Souler Opposite," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "Leaving L.A.," "Bound," "Twelve Monkeys" and "Golden Gate."

Tyler Maynard garnered Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his work as Mark in the original cast of Altar Boyz. A veteran of Mamma Mia! and The Miracle Brothers, Maynard can also be heard on the Altar Boyz cast album. The Actors' Fund of America, a nonprofit organization founded in 1882, provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Its headquarters and The Aurora Residence are located in New York City, and its nursing home and assisted living care facility are in Englewood, New Jersey.

Tickets, priced $75-$500, are available by calling (212) 221-7300, ext. 133 or by visiting www.actorsfund.org.

The Hudson Theatre is located in Manhattan at 145 West 44th Street.

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