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"Die Mommie Die!" designers win Outstanding Costume Design Award!

On May 5th, The League of Off-Broadway Theaters and Producers presented Ronald Case, Michael Bottari, and Jessica Jahn with the 2007-8 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Costume Design for last fall's production of Die Mommie Die! Congratulations Michael, Ron, and Jessica!

The three have been nominated for two other Outstanding Costume Design awards for their Die Mommie Die! creations: the Outer Critics Circle award and The Drama Desk award. Winners of the 2007-2008 Outer Critics Circle Awards will be announced on May 12. The 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards ceremony will take place on May 18.

For more on the costumes of Die Mommie Die!, see the Sept. 2007 post "The Clothes (and Wigs) Make the Woman."

Michael Bottari & Ronald Case are longtime Busch collaborators.



Bottari and Case with the Broadway Bear likeness of Die Mommie Die's Angela Arden, which raised $1400 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Charles brings "Shanghai Moon" to Sag Harbor this June

Following up last summer's successful run of "The Lady In Question" at Bay Street Theatre, Charles will return this year with a revival of another of his hit plays.

Shanghai Moon
follows the American-born wife of an aged British diplomat who travels to Shanghai with her husband. She begins a fatal love affair with the mysterious General Gong Fei. It's based on such movie and stage melodramas as "The Bitter Tea of General Yen," "The Letter," The Green Hat, "The Cheat" and "Shanghai Express." It premiered Off-Broadway in 1999 at Theater for the New City. A 2003 production featured actor B.D. Wong.

Charles star as Lady Sylvia Allington. He will be joined onstage by friend and longtime collaborator, actress/comedienne Julie Halston. Carl Andress, who directed the 1999 and 2003 productions, and most recently, the Off-Broadway production of Die Mommie Die! will direct this production as well.

The revival will be presented at Bay Street Theatre from Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - Sunday, June 29, 2008.

See "The Lady in Question" wins raves for a glimpse at last year's production, including photos and a list of celebrities who came to see it.

Kathleen Turner talks about "The Third Story" and Charles Busch on The Today Show

"The Third Story" with Kathleen Turner at the Lucille Lortel Theater

Die, Mommie, Die! - Live! Off-Broadway, 2007

A Very Serious Person - Trailer

Die Mommie Die! trailer

Psycho Beach Party trailer

The Tale of the Allergist's Wife


Linda Lavin, Tony Roberts, and Michele Lee perform a scene from Charles' hilarious Broadway hit at the 2001 Tony Awards.


A Few Career Highlights

Portraits of the Artist as a Man