As long speculated, Charles Busch's comedy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, will transfer to Broadway in the fall. The New York Times reported that the Off-Broadway Manhattan Theatre Club hit would open in early November. Linda Lavin will repeat her performance as an intellectually frustrated Manhattan matron. Michele Lee and Tony Roberts are also expected to return. No theatre or specific dates have been named.
Manhattan Theatre Club artistic director Lynne Meadow helmed the world premiere of Busch's New Yorky play, which opened Feb. 29 at MTC's Stage II.
As the official description reads, it's a play in which "mid-life malaise becomes a good excuse for sexual and psychological liberation instigated by a strangely familiar visitor."
Anil Kumar and Shirl Bernheim were also featured. Previews began Feb. 8. Busch is the popular drag performer and playwright whose work includes Psycho Beach Party, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Green Heart and Die! Mommy! Die!
Lee was the strong-willed Karen on TV's "Knots Landing," appeared in the film, "How to Succeed Without Really Trying," and sang the songs of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields in Broadway's Seesaw (earning a Tony Award nomination).
Lavin starred in TV's "Alice," but is also remembered for Broadway's Broadway Bound (she won the Best Actress Tony Award for it) and the most recent revival of Gypsy. She is slated to repeat her Broadway Bound role of Kate Jerome, and play the same character in Brighton Beach Memoirs, when the works are revived for Broadway in 2001. (It is unclear as to whether she will now meet this obligation.)
Roberts appeared in Play It Again Sam, Sugar and Victor/Victoria on Broadway, and Woody Allen's film, "Annie Hall."
Bernheim appeared in the world premiere of Old Lady's Guide to Survival at The Humana Festival of New American Plays (and later Off-Broadway), and as Miss Lynch in Grease on Broadway and on tour. She is veteran of many American regional theatres.
Kumar made his Broadway debut in The Public Theater's Macbeth and was Dilip in the American premiere of Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink.