Charles Busch Biography
Charles Busch is an American actor, screenwriter, playwright and female impersonator. He is known for his appearances on stage in his own camp style plays and in film and television. Also, he wrote and starred in his early plays Off-off-Broadway beginning in 1978, generally in drag roles, and also acted in the works of other playwrights. He also wrote for television and began to act in films and on television in the late 1990s. His best-known play is The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife(2000), which was a success on Broadway.
Charles Busch Age
Charles Louis Busch was born in New York City, New York, U.S on August 23, 1954. He is 64 years as of 2018.
Charles Busch Family
Busch was born in New York City and grew up in Hartsdale, New York. He is the Jewish son of Gertrude and Benjamin Busch. His mother died when he was 7. His father, who wanted to be an opera singer, owned a record store. He has two older sisters: Meg Busch, who used to be a producer of promotional spots for Showtime, and Betsy Busch, a textile designer. Busch’s aunt, Lillian Blum, his mother’s oldest sister, and a former teacher, brought him to live in Manhattan after the death of his mother.
Busch attended The High School of Music and Art in Manhattan. He majored in drama at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and received his B.A. in 1976. While at the university, he had difficulty being cast in plays and began to write his own material, such as a play called Sister Act about Siamese twin showgirls, which succeeded in drawing interest on campus.
Charles Busch Wife
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Charles Busch Career
Early theatre years
Busch has generally played the main woman in drag in his plays. He has stated, “Drag is in effect increasingly, beyond what you can be. When I previously began drag I wasn’t this timid young fellow however an influential lady. It freed inside me an entire vocabulary of articulation. It was less a political proclamation than a tasteful one.” His camp style shows at the same time send up and praise exemplary film classes.
Busch has stated, be that as it may, “I don’t know what [campy] implies, yet I surmise if my plays have components of old motion pictures and antiquated plays, and I’m this greater than-life star woman, that is absolutely awkward. I think about what I defied was the thought that goofy methods something is so tasteless or terrible that it’s great, and that I simply didn’t identify with.” Busch “visited the nation in a non-drag limited show he composed called ‘Alone With a Cast of Thousands.’” from 1978-84.
By 1984, Busch’s presentation appointments became thin. He held different unspecialized temp jobs, for example, impermanent office colleague, loft cleaner, picture craftsman “at Jewish rights of passage”, telephone salesman, shop administrator, frozen yogurt server, sports handicapper and craftsmen’s model.
He imagined that maybe his last piece would be a drama placed on in the Limbo Lounge, a presentation space and exhibition in the East Village in Manhattan. The play was a hit and became Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (1984). When it was restored the following year at the Provincetown Playhouse, The New York Times described it as having “outfits flashier than pinball machines, preposterous lines, terrible jokes, vile honesty, innocuous wickedness. … the female jobs [Busch] makes are entertaining vamps, yet in addition high comic characters … the gathering of people snickers at the mainline and goes directly on chuckling at each line as far as possible”.
Busch and his teammates before long made a progression of shows, for the most part at the Limbo Lounge, such as Theodora, She-Bitch of Byzantium(1984) and Times Square Angel (1985, Provincetown Playhouse). The organization called itself “Theater in Limbo” and pulled in a dependable gay following. Other early plays include Pardon My Inquisition, or Kiss the Blood Off My Castanets (1986), wherein Busch “played both Maria Garbanza, a whore, and her carbon copy, the rich Marquesa del Drago.” and Psycho Beach Party, which kept running from July 1987 to May 1988.
“In his most recent manifestation, Mr. Busch is a pigtailed ingenue who needs to turn into a surfer in Psycho Beach Party, which opened a week ago at the Players Theater.”Other works include The Lady in Question, which kept running from July to December 1989 at the Orpheum Theater (initially delivered by the WPA Theatre), and Red Scare on Sunset, which kept running from June to September 1991 at the Lortel Theater.Charles Busch Photo
His 1990s Works
Different works of the 1990s include Swingtime Canteen, delivered at the Blue Angel, New York City, in August 1995. The New York Times commentator composed that “As the minute requests, Mr. Busch as the grande lady dresses, minces, sashays, bats eyes, hurls off the most winningly treacly of grins, and with total surrender drops names of dear, dear companions (Joan Crawford, Loretta Young, Jeanette MacDonald, Cole Porter). He has special insight with melodies like ‘You’ll Never Know’ and lines like ‘We’re in a war, women, and we must win.’ ” His one-man show, Flipping My Wig ran at the WPA Theater, New York City, beginning in December 1996.
He wrote Queen Amarantha, which played at the WPA Theater, beginning in October 1997; Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote that it analyzed “sexual character higher than ever of multifaceted design and sincerity.”
His play Die, Mommie, Die! was first performed in Los Angeles, opening in July 1999 at the Coast Playhouse. Robert Hofler composed inVariety reviewer composed that “Bite the dust! Mom! Die! is Charles Busch’s most interesting, most cultivated and, beyond a shadow of a doubt, raunchiest work … What’s more, that doesn’t start to do equity to his procession of wigs and siphons which, as usual, he wears with extensive effortlessness and understatement.” Michael Phillips of the Los Angeles Times called the show “a reason to see an unmatched entertainer in action”. The play was adjusted into the 2003 highlight film of a similar name.
Film and television
Busch’s early film appearances include Ms. Ellen, a fortune teller in drag in Trouble on the Corner (1997). He has twice appeared in film versions of his own plays: Die, Mommie, Die! (1999) and the comedy horror Psycho Beach Party (2000, as Capt. Monica Stark, a policewoman trying to solve the mystery). Additionally, he co-wrote, starred in and directed the film A Very Serious Person(2006), which starred Polly Bergen and received an honorable mention at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Busch had a recurring role in the HBO series Oz from 1999–2000 (the third and fourth seasons) as Nat Ginzburg. An “effeminate but makeup-free inmate on death row, certainly a departure from his usual glamour girl roles.” He wrote television sitcom pilots and movie treatments as a source of extra income while he was a cult performer. He sold three pilots to CBS that were not produced.
Stage work, the 2000s
Busch’s work debuted on Broadway in October 2000, when The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife opened, following an Off-Broadway run in February through April 2000. The play, his first in which he did not star, and the first created for a mainstream audience, was written for actress Linda Lavin, who played opposite Michele Lee and Tony Roberts. Allergist’s Wife received a 2001 nomination for Tony Award for Best Play and ran for 777 performances.
His other Broadway work was rewriting the book for Boy George’s short-lived autobiographical musical Taboo. Since 2000, he has performed an annual one-night staged reading of his 1984 Christmas play Times Square Angel. In January 2003, he headlined a revival of his 1999 play Shanghai Moon, costarring BD Wong, at the Drama Dept, Greenwich House Theatre, New York City.
He has taken the eponymous lead in three productions of Auntie Mame: a staged reading in 1998; a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in 2003; and a small-scale summer touring production in 2004.
Our Leading Lady
Our Leading Lady, Busch’s play about Laura Keene, was produced by the Manhattan Theater Club at the City Center Stage II Theatre, in 2007, and starred Kate Mulgrew. His play, The Third Story, premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in September 2008 with Mary Beth Peil as Peg and was then produced in New York by MCC Theatre at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, starring Busch and Kathleen Turner (Peg), opening in February 2009.
He wrote and starred in a play, The Divine Sister, a satirical take on Hollywood films about religion, including Doubt and the Sound of Music. It ran at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City, opening in September 2010. In 2013, Busch wrote and starred as Jimmy in the Primary Stages production of The Tribute Artist. In March 2019, Busch will star as Lucille Ball in “I Loved Lucy” by playwright Lee Tannen at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, NY.
Awards and nominations
Busch received the Charlie Local and National Comedy Award from the Association of Comedy Artists in 1985 for “special contributions to the art of comedy.”He also received the Manhattan Academy of Cabaret Award in 1985 and 1993.
He has been twice nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Actor (Shanghai Moon and Die Mommie Die) and in 2003 received a Drama Desk Career Achievement award for his work as performer and playwright.
In 2003, he won the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival for his performance in the film Die Mommie Die!. For The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Busch won the Outer Critics CircleJohn L. Gassner Playwriting Award and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
He has been honored with a star on the Playwright’s Walk of Fame outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City. And also the Legend Award by the Off-Broadway League of Theatres. He was awarded the Gingold Theatrical Group Golden Shamrock award in 2014
Charles Busch Net Worth
Charles is an American actor, screenwriter, playwright, and female impersonator. He has written and starred in numerous plays including the once he has written. As of 2019, he has an estimated net worth of $58 Million.