Tony Sheldon to Join Charles Busch in Off-Broadway's Cleopatra

News   Tony Sheldon to Join Charles Busch in Off-Broadway's Cleopatra
Full casting has been announced for Charles Busch's Cleopatra, the drag legend's newest comedy at Theater for the New City. Tony nominee Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will play both Julius Caesar and Caesar’s wife Calpurnia, and Joe Zaso ("The Wolf of Wall Street") will play Marc Antony.

Tony Sheldon
Tony Sheldon

In his newest show, directed by longtime collaborator Carl Andress, the performer will take to the stage with his own bawdy interpretation of the Egyptian queen. It is billed as "original, outrageous and majestic"; performances will run March 22-April 17.

Joining Busch as the title character will also be frequent collaborators: Lawrence Bullock as Apollodorus, Jennifer Cody as Iras, Andy Halliday as The Soothsayer, Ashley Austin Morris as Charmion and Jennifer Van Dyck as both Octavian and his twin sister, Octavia.

Busch returns to Theater for the New City following the 2010 premiere of The Divine Sister, which later received an acclaimed Off-Broadway run, and 2012’s Judith of Bethulia. Both productions, directed by Andress, played sold-out engagements. Busch is the writer of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which was nominated for three Tony Awards and ran on Broadway for nearly two years.

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The creative team for Charles Busch’s Cleopatra includes scenic and graphic design by B.T. Whitehill, costume design by Jessica Jahn, lighting design by Zach Blane, sound design by Bart Fasbender and wig design by Katherine Carr.

Tickets, priced $25, can be purchased online at or by calling (212) 868-4444. Theater for the New City’s Community Theater is located at 155 First Ave., Manhattan.

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