Charles Busch Is Auntie Mame at Nov. 24 All-Star Benefit Reading

News   Charles Busch Is Auntie Mame at Nov. 24 All-Star Benefit Reading
Charles Busch, the playwright and performer who wrote the book for the new Broadway musical Taboo, will star in a benefit staged reading of Auntie Mame.
Charles Busch
Charles Busch Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Busch, who can also be seen in the new award-winning film "Die, Mommie Die!" will star in the title role of the Jerome Lawrence/Robert E. Lee play, which is based on the novel by Patrick Dennis. The novel and the play were also the basis for the famed Jerry Herman musical Mame. Taboo producer Rosie O'Donnell will make a special guest appearance in the Nov. 24 evening, which will feature the talents of Olympia Dukakis, Swoosie Kurtz, Robert Sean Leonard, John McDaniel, Marian Seldes, Douglas Sills, B.D. Wong and Louis Zorich. T. J. Larke will play Young Patrick. This marks the second time Busch has played the free-spirited Auntie Mame to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. A Sept. 1998 reading featured Peggy Cass, Maxwell Caulfield, John Davidson, Harvey Evans, Marilyn Farina, Barbara Feldon, Marcia Lewis and Juliet Mills.

Richard Sabellico will direct the upcoming reading, which will benefit BC/EFA, the nation's leading industry based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant making organization. The costumes will be coordinated by Busch's longtime collaborators, Michael Bottari and Ronald Case.

Auntie Mame played the Broadhurst Theatre Oct. 1956-Jun. 1958. Directed by Morton Da Costa, the original Broadway cast included Rosalind Russell as Auntie Mame, Peggy Cass as Agnes Gooch and Jan Handzlik as the young Patrick Dennis.

Auntie Mame will be held at 7 PM at the John Jay College Theatre, located in Manhattan at 899 Tenth Avenue. Tickets range in price from $40 to 500 and are available by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268. Visit for more information.

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