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Play, Movie, Play: about "Die, Mommie, Die!"

Charles originally wrote Die, Mommie, Die! as a play.
Die, Mommy, Die!”, as it was then spelled, was produced in July, 1999 at the Coast Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Charles later adapted it for the big screen, and Die, Mommie, Die! became his most beloved and critically acclaimed film to date. The film was nominated for six awards and won four, including the Sundance Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance (Charles Busch).

Produced in 2003, the film is set in 1967, with flashbacks to the 1950's. Worth watching for the wardrobe alone (40 costumes designed by long-time Busch collaborators Michael Bottari and Ron Case), the film stars Busch as Angela Arden, a famous former songbird with a closet full of secrets. Jason Priestley is delightfully smarmy as her young lover, Tony Parker, an unemployed actor as well-known for possessing a certain physical attribute that's in high demand as for his willingness to share it. Philip Baker Hall commands as Angela's authoritative husband, film producer Sol Sussman. Natasha Lyonne plays manipulative daddy's girl and mother-loathing Edith with equal parts evil and vulnerability, and Stark Sands is extremely endearing as the emotionally disturbed gay son, Lance. The chameleon-like Frances Conroy submerges herself into the role of the strangely mysterious, bible-quoting housekeeper, and Nora Dunn is perfectly hilarious in a brief turn as a conniving columnist.

Charles is at his best, flawlessly reincarnating the performances of dozens of Old Hollywood Actresses - yes, with a capital "A" - and weaving them seamlessly into his own, with his trademark style, skill, and accurate intuitiveness. His performance is veracious and perfectly toned.

A hilarious comedy noir (or noir comedy), genuflecting to the glamour of 1960s Hollywood, with a plot that is equal parts Greek tragedy and Hollywood kitsch, you're sure to love Die, Mommie Die - the play.

1 comment:

Michael Bottari and Ron Case said...

We are thrilled to be designing Charles' costumes once again for the off broadway version of "Die Mommie Die" on stage, in N.Y.C. where it belongs! Charles has been a loyal and loving collaborator to us for over 13 years, starting with him playing Belle Poitrine in the "Little Me" in Birmingham all the way to the Hollywood film.
We have some new costumes planned for Charles, so his fans will get a few surprises, but most are from the film which we keep in a special wing of our warehouse!
Hope to see you all there.

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