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Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 pm
The Green Room 42

Charles Busch will be among the performers celebrating Lina Koutrakos who is the 2024 recipient of the third annual Darrell Henline Award, presented by the American Songbook Association and Cabaret Scenes Magazine.

For more information & tickets: thegreenroom42/


Join Charles in picturesque Assisi, Italy

I've been asked to conduct a two week writer's workshop in Assisi, Italy this summer.

I've chosen to teach a course in comic playwriting, with an emphasis on performing your own work.  

There aren't that many of us actor/playwrights around and I thought that was an area where I might provide some help and insight.

For additional information and to apply, visit:

A Memoir of a Most Unusual Boy
By Charles Busch

Fascinating, elegant, frank and unputdownable. I devoured this book with a glee that could only be surpassed by watching Charles Busch perform live!

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A poignant, deliciously anecdotal account of a talented artist’s Oz-like journey in the worlds of Off-Broadway, Broadway, and Hollywood. 

The Tony Award-nominated writer of Tales of the Allergist’s Wife and the long-running hit Off-Broadway play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and a Sundance Festival award winner, Charles Busch has created a unique place in the entertainment world as a playwright, LGBT icon, drag actor, director, and cabaret performer, with his extraordinary gift for both connecting with and channeling the leading ladies of show business... Read More

I’ll read, watch, listen to anything Charles does. Drag and Hollywood royalty combined in one Grand Dame. Leading Lady, indeed.

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Reviews, Articles and Interviews

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Confessions of a Drag Legend: Charles Busch’s Memoir Is Here, Darling

“Leading Lady,” a mosaic of reminiscence and self-analysis, explores the ascent of a man who’s really good at playing women.

 By Ben Brantley

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VERDICT   This joyful, upbeat, and witty memoir will likely capture the hearts of theater and movie buffs.   Read Review

Reviewed by Kevin Howell, Jul 01, 2023

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Charles Busch Takes a Selfie

By Matthew Hays


LEGENDARY DRAG PERFORMER and playwright Charles Busch lets it all hang out in his candid new memoir…. Read More


Chicago's Bi-weekly LGBTQ+ Publication


A most unusual leading lady: An interview with Charles Busch
By Gregg Shapiro...
Read Interview

This film has signed an interim agreement with SAG-AFTRA. 

We are grateful to our union for understanding this process. We continue to support WGA AND SAG-AFTRA and continue to walk the lines in the hope of a FAIR AGREEMENT.

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The Sixth Reel

A new film by Charles Busch and Carl Andress

It premiered at Outfest in LA on August 19, 2021 and received the 2021 Outfest Grand Jury Award for U.S. Narrative Feature Special Mention for Ensemble Performance

The Sixth Reel  is available to stream on

AppleTV and Amazon Prime

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So thrilled to announce the distribution of "The Sixth Reel" and the restoration of "Die Mommie Die."

Wolfe Releasing Acquires Rights to Charles Busch & Carl Andress' Outfest Pic "The Sixth Reel", Cult Comedy "Die, Mommie.....Read article

Charles Busch wears many hats (and wigs). He’s a playwright, actor, director, novelist, drag legend, and cabaret entertainer, and for 26 years he’s turned this West Village apartment into a home absolutely dripping with drama, details, and delightful decor elements. watch video

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On March 9th, Charles was awarded the

2020 Bistro Award for Creative Artistry in cabaret

This past season Charles's play The Confession of Lily Dare was nominated for Best Play by the Off-Broadway Alliance.  He was also nominated for Outstanding Actor in a play by the Drama Desk Awards and Best Lead Actor in a play by the Lucille Lortel Awards.


In the past few months, Charles has appeared in live virtual streamed performances for Seth Rudestsky and James Wesley's Plays in the House in readings of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, The Divine Sister, Die Mommie Die and The Confession of Lily Dare.

For Theater the New City, he appeared in a live streamed reading of his play Visitors in the Dark and as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest for LA's Scripts Gone Wild.

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Charles Busch, The New York Times

The New York Times

Charles Busch’s New Phase Isn’t Drag. It’s Green Paisley

By Elysa Gardner

"Perched on a stool on the stage of Feinstein’s/54 Below, Charles Busch eased into the first bars of Diana Ross’s torchy 1973 hit “Touch Me in the Morning,” his voice soft and husky, his delivery relaxed but rueful.... "   Read More

Whether singing or dishing about his life or celebrities he has known, he is always, always the epitome of entertainment and class.

Cabaret Scenes

Charles Busch has the gift of comic gab like few other entertainers.  Innately funny, endearing and acutely intelligent.

The New York Times

On July 28, 2018 Charles received the Flora Roberts Award from the Dramatist's Guild at their annual gala.

The award is designed to recognize artists--primarily playwrights--not only for the excellence of their body of work, but also for a demonstrated dedication to a career in the theater--to a life lived in the theater. Past recipients include Adrienne Kennedy, Michael Weller, Philip Kan Gotanda, Craig Lucas, Charles Fuller, and Dael Orlandersmith. 

At long last!

Actor/playwright/novelist/film director/female impersonator/quick sketch portrait artist/zipper factory receptionist/ice cream scooper and now RECORDING ARTIST!!!  My first CD has been released!

"I sing ballads, jazz tunes, lots of storytelling, Miriam Passman, all that and my wonderful musical director Tom Judson, on piano and joining me on the duets."

Available on Amazon and iTunes

"One of my favorite songs on the CD is The Rainbow Connection. Here I am singing this lovely song at Richard Skipper's variety show at the Triad Theatre."

Turner Classic Movies commissioned me along with 20 other celebrities to create an original piece of artwork based on classic film to celebrate their twentieth anniversary on the air. It really meant a lot to me to be a part of this celebration. And I'm very proud of the pastel drawing. I call it "The Girl With Something Special." It's inspired by all the anonymous chorus girls in the kaleidoscopic Busby Berkeley movies of the thirties. I'm now selling a limited edition of twenty-five giclee prints on the wonderful Broadway Design Exchange website. Here's the link.

The Girl Wih Something Special by Charles Busch
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