PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Charles Busch

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Charles Busch
Charles Busch — co-star and author of Off-Broadway's The Third Story — fills out's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Charles Busch
Charles Busch

Full given name: Charles Louis Busch
Hometown: New York City
Zodiac sign: The cusp of Leo and Virgo
Audition song: When I was 11, I auditioned for the title role in Oliver! in a community theatre production. I slayed 'em with "I'm the Greatest Star" but somehow lost the role. I've been bitter ever since.
Special skills: Pastel portrait artist
First Broadway show ever saw: Vivien Leigh in Tovarich
Current show you have been recommending to friends: I'm still carrying the torch for Grey Gardens.
Favorite show tune: "Soliloquy" from Carousel
Most played song on your iPod: I don't have an iPod yet. Should I get one?
One CD you couldn't live without: Judy at Carnegie Hall
Last book you read: "Mrs. Lincoln" by Catherine Clinton
Must-see TV show: "Survivor"
Last good movie you saw: "Wendy and Lucy"
Favorite board game: Rummikub
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Julie Halston
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Dancing with the Stars"
First stage kiss: Never had a full stage kiss, but my first movie kiss was with Jason Priestley. Not bad.
Favorite post-show meal: A dozen raw clams.
How you got your Equity card: Doing my first one man show in Chicago in 1978.
Worst onstage mishap: My waist length wig got accidentally pulled off in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. I tried to fix it, got it on backwards and looked like Cousin It.
Worst costume ever: Nude. Also my favorite.
Favorite cereal: Quaker Instant Oat Meal, Maple and Brown Sugar
Who would play you in the movie? Susan Hayward
Worst job you ever had: Receptionist in a zipper factory
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: Playing a death row inmate on "Oz"
Leading lady/man role you've been dying to play The title role in The Dresser
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