PHOTO CALL: Primary Stages' The Tribute Artist, With Charles Busch and Julie Halston, Meets The Press

By Joseph Marzullo
08 Jan 2014

The cast and creative team of Playwright-actor Charles Busch's The Tribute Artist, which will premiere Off-Broadway at Primary Stages later this month, met the press on Jan. 7.

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Julie Halston and Charles Busch
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Carl Andress (The Divine Sister, Die Mommie Die!, The Third Story) will stage the production that runs Jan. 21-March 16 at 59E59 Theaters. It officially opens Feb. 9.

Busch and longtime stage collaborator Julie Halston (The Divine Sister, Anything Goes) will co-star in the comedy, which will also feature Mary Bacon (Giant), Cynthia Harris (Lost in Yonkers, "Mad About You"), Keira Keeley (Angels in America, The Glass Menagerie) and Jonathan Walker (The Assembled Parties, The Divine Sister).

According to Primary Stages, "This new comedy features Mr. Busch himself as an out-of-work female impersonator who, when his elderly landlady dies in her sleep, takes on her identity in order to hang on to her valuable Greenwich Village townhouse. This 'perfect' plan goes awry and leads to a wild path of twists and reversals plotted by an eccentric rogues gallery of outrageous schemers. Expect Busch's signature blend of quick-witted banter and gender-bending hijinks in this new play."

The Tribute Artist will have scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Gregory Gale, lighting design by Kirk Bookman, sound design by Jill BC Du Boff, original music by Lewis Flinn and wig design by Katherine Carr.

In 2011 Primary Stages presented the premiere of Busch's Olive and the Bitter Herbs. The company also produced his 1994 comedy You Should Be So Lucky.