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La Jolla Playhouse presents The Lady at the Mic, Written and Performed by Charles Busch, Accompanied by Tom Judson

The Lady at the Mic

March 24, 2017

7:00 – Pre-show reception
8:00 – Concert performance

Written and Performed by Charles Busch
Accompanied by Tom Judson

The inimitable Charles Busch, two-time MAC Award winner, Tony Award nominee, and drag legend, brings to La Jolla Playhouse an eclectic program of songs both contemporary and from the past. New York Times critic Stephen Holden wrote, “He has the gift of comic gab like few other entertainers. Innately funny, endearing and acutely intelligent, he also has claws. For an audience, the possibility of being scratched, although remote, lends his humor a bracing edge.” Accompanied by his dashing longtime musical director Tom Judson, Charles Busch combines hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret.

The Lady at the Mic is a fundraising event supporting La Jolla Playhouse’s New Play Development program.

This event takes place at The Abbey, 2825 Fifth Avenue, San Diego

$100 – Includes a pre-show cocktail reception with one (1) complimentary drink and a general admission ticket to the performance.

$150 – All listed above, plus access to the post-show VIP Meet-and-Greet. Plus, enjoy assigned, preferred seating for the performance!

Patron Services will be happy to answer any questions you have at (858) 550-1010.

Thank you to our Event Partners:
RAGE Magazine, Martinis Above Fourth, Babycakes and Westgate Hotel

Credits for The Lady at the Mic

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Press and Reviews for The Lady at the Mic

“Charles Busch, the playwright and sometime drag performer, has the gift of comic gab like few other entertainers. Innately funny, endearing and acutely intelligent…”

“After keeping the crowd laughing for well on twenty minutes, he suddenly announces he'll sing a song by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen. Launching into "I Wonder What Became of Me," he chills the room in a blink, wringing wrenching poignancy where there once were bawdy stories.”

The Abbey

2825 Fifth Avenue, San Diego

In 1910, master architect Norman Foote Marsh unveiled the Park Place Methodist Episcopal Church, an acclaimed structure that would eventually become "The Abbey." This striking embodiment of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an enormous honor reserved for only a limited amount of places throughout the nation. Today, The Abbey on Fifth is a private special event facility managed by Hornblower Cruises & Events, two-time recipients of the prestigious "Finest Service Award."

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Meet the Creative Team

CHARLES BUSCH (Writer and Performer) is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Tribute Artist and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which ran for nearly two years on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. He is also the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch. He is a two-time MAC award winner and has performed his cabaret act in many cities including San Francisco, Provincetown, Palm Springs, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia, London, Paris and in New York at 54 Below. In winter of 2016, his show The Lady at the Mic premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. More at

TOM JUDSON (Accompanist) has appeared on Broadway in the Roundabout Theater production of Cabaret at Studio 54. He toured the country in that show and in 42nd Street. He composed the score to Whit Stillman’s indie film classic Metropolitan and has written songs for Sesame Street, Ann Magnuson, Lisa Kron and many others. Tom is also an author (Laid Bare), magazine columnist and Huffington Post contributor.