Charles Busch Biography (1954-)

Born Charles Louis Busch, August 23, 1954, in New York, NY; son of Benjiman (a merchant) and Gertrude (a homemaker; maiden name, Young) Busch. Addresses: Contact: Marc Click, Glick and Weintraub, 1501 Broadway, Suite 2401, New York, NY 10036.; Agent: Jeff Melnick, Eighth Square Entertainment, 606 N.Larchmont, Suite 307, Los Angeles, CA 90004.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, playwright
Birth Details
August 23, 1954
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Esther, Sister Act, 1976
  • Title role, Myrtle Pope, the Story of a Woman Possessed, Chicago,IL, 1977
  • Kit, Old Coozies, 1977
  • Hollywood Confidential (one-man show), One Sheridan Square Theatre, New York City, 1978
  • David and Andreas, Before Our Mother's Eyes, Theatre for the New City, New York City, 1982
  • (Off-Broadway debut) Fauna Alexander, "Sleeping Beauty or Coma," Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and A Virgin Sacrifice and Madeleine Astarte, "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom," [and] Sleeping Beauty or Coma (double-bill), Theatre-in-Limbo, Limbo Lounge, New York City, 1984, then Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, 1985-90, later Coronet Theatre, Los Angeles, 1990
  • Empress Theodoram, Theodora, She-Bitch of Byzantium, Theatre-in-Limbo, Limbo Lounge, 1984
  • Irish O'Flanagan, Times Square Angel, then Theatre-in-Limbo, Provincetown Playhouse, 1985-86
  • Maria Garbanza and Marquesa del Drago, Pardon My Inquisition, or Kissthe Blood off My Castanets, Theatre-in-Limbo, Limbo Lounge, 1986
  • Gidget Goes Psychotic, Limbo Lounge, 1986
  • Chicklet, Psycho Beach Party, Theatre-in-Limbo, Players Theatre, New York City, 1987-88
  • Gertrude Garnet, The Lady in Question (two-act), Theatre-in-Limbo,WPA Theatre, New York City, 1988, then Orpheum Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Red Scare on Sunset, WPA Theatre, 1991
  • The Maids, Classic Stage Company, New York City, 1993
  • The Charles Busch Revue, Ballroom Theatre, New York City, 1993
  • Charles Busch's "Dressing Up," Town Hall, 1994
  • You Should Be So Lucky, New York City, 1994
  • Little Me, Birmingham Theatre, Birmingham, MI, 1994
  • Marian Ames, Swingtime Canteen, Blue Angel Theatre, New York City,1995
  • Angela A., Queen Amarantha, WPA Theatre, 1997
  • Flipping My Wig (one-man show), WPA Theatre, 1997
  • Mame Dennis, Auntie Mame (staged reading), American Place Theatre,New York City, 1998
  • Shanghai Moon, Theater for the New City, New York City, 1999
  • Die, Mommie, Die! Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles, 1999
  • Also appeared in the staged readings The Women, The Children's Hour, and The Miracle Worker, all Westbeth Theatre, New York City; and Hedda Gabbler and A Doll's House, both Theatre forthe New City.
  • Major Tours
  • Appeared in the one-man show Charles Busch Alone with a Cast of Thousands, which toured U.S. cities for six years.
  • Stage Associate Director
  • Ankles Aweigh (musical), Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT, 1988-89
  • Film Appearances
  • Voice of Gemmen, Light Years (animated; also known as Gandahar), Miramax, 1988
  • Cousin Aphasia, Addams Family Values, 1993
  • Timothy, It Could Happen to You, 1994
  • Ms. Ellen, Trouble on the Corner, Vision Films, 1997
  • Captain Monica Stark, Psycho Beach Party, Strand Releasing, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Nat "Natalie" Ginsburg, Oz, HBO, 1999
  • Specials
  • Dragtime, HBO, 1998
  • Episodic
  • Appeared in The Life.
  • WRITINGS
  • Plays
  • Myrtle Pope, the Story of a Woman Possessed, produced in Chicago,IL, 1977
  • Hollywood Confidential (one-man show), produced at One Sheridan Square Theatre, New York City, 1978
  • Before Our Mother's Eyes, produced at Theatre for the New City, New York City, 1982
  • Vampire Lesbians of Sodom [and] Sleeping Beauty or Coma (double-bill), produced by Theatre-in-Limbo, Limbo Lounge, New York City, 1984,then Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, 1985-90, later Coronet Theatre, Los Angeles, 1990
  • Theodora, She-Bitch of Byzantium, produced by Theatre-in-Limbo, Limbo Lounge, 1984
  • Times Square Angel, produced in 1984, then by Theatre-in-Limbo, Provincetown Playhouse, 1985-86, published by Samuel French, 1985
  • Pardon My Inquisition, or Kiss the Blood off My Castanets, produced by Theatre-in-Limbo, Limbo Lounge, 1986
  • Gidget Goes Psychotic, produced at Limbo Lounge, 1986
  • Psycho Beach Party, produced by Theatre-in-Limbo, Players Theatre,New York City, 1987-88, published by Samuel French, 1987
  • The Lady in Question (two-act), produced by Theatre-in-Limbo, WPATheatre, New York City, 1988, then Orpheum Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • (Adapter) Guy Bolton and Eddie Davis, Ankles Aweigh (musical), produced at Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT, 1988-89, published by SamuelFrench, 1989
  • Four Plays by Charles Busch (contains Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Sleeping Beauty or Coma, Psycho Beach Party, and The Lady in Question), published by Samuel French, 1989
  • Red Scare on Sunset, produced at WPA Theatre, 1991, published by Samuel French, 1991
  • (Adapter) House of Flowers, 1991
  • Three Plays by Charles Busch (contains Theodora, She-Bitch of Byzantium, Times Square Angel, and Pardon My Inquisition, or Kiss the Blood off My Castanets), published by Fireside Theatre Book Club, 1992
  • The Charles Busch Revue, produced at Ballroom Theatre, New York City, 1993
  • You Should Be So Lucky, produced in New York City, published by Samuel French, 1995
  • Swingtime Canteen, produced at Blue Angel Theatre, New York City,1995, published by Samuel French, 1998
  • Flipping My Wig (one-man show), produced at WPA Theatre, 1997
  • Queen Amarantha, produced at WPA Theatre, 1997, published by Samuel French, 1998
  • The Green Heart, produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, Variety ArtsTheatre, New York City, 1997, published by Samuel French, 1999
  • Shanghai Moon, produced at Theater for the New City, 1999, published by Samuel French, 2000
  • Die, Mommy, Die!, produced at Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles, 1999,published by Samuel French, 2000
  • The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, 2000, then Ethel Barrymore Theater, New York City, 2001, published bySamuel French, 2000
  • Also wrote Charles Busch Alone with a Cast of Thousands (one-man show), which toured U.S. cities for six years, and Sister Act. Author of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and Other Plays by Charles Busch.
  • Screenplays
  • Psycho Beach Party, Strand Releasing, 2000
  • Novels
  • Whores of Lost Atlantis, Hyperion Press, 1993
  • Other
  • Contributor to magazines, including Interview, New York Times Book Review, and Washington Post.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Encore, 1999. January-February,
    • New Criterion, April, 2000, p. 41.
    • New York Times, July 23, 1989; October 29, 2000.
    • Vogue, September, 2000.
    Electronic
    • Contemporary Authors Online, 2001. Gale,
    • The Official Website of Charles Busch, http://www.charlesbusch.com.

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