By Larry Murray
Following in the footsteps of Sarah Bernhardt, Tallulah Bankhead, Claudette Colbert, Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Busch will soon give the world his own original, outrageous and majestic take on the fabled Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. History will never be the same. In his newest show, directed by longtime collaborator Carl Andress, the performer will take to the stage at the Theater for a New City in NYC with his unique interpretation of the fabled Egyptian queen in “Charles Busch’s Cleopatra,” running from March 25-April 17.
Prior to that, the tireless Busch will return to Greater Nippertown for performances at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill at 6pm on Saturday (February 20) and at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 7pm on Sunday (February 21). For this visit, Busch will present a special sneak preview of another new show, The Lady at the Mic, which will have its official world premiere in late February as part of the acclaimed Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series. In this show, Busch – a two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee and recipient of a Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement Award – pays tribute in song and word to four cabaret legends (Julie Wilson, Mary Cleere Haran, Elaine Stritch and Polly Bergen) plus Joan Rivers, all of whom were close friends. For this special event Busch will be backed by a trio of musicians led by long-time musical director Tom Judson.