Primary Stages welcomes back their favorite farceur Charles Busch, the author of Primary Stages’ hits You Should Be So Lucky and Olive and the Bitter Herbs, and Broadway’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. This new comedyfeatures Mr. Busch himself as an out-of-work female impersonator who, when his elderly landlady dies in her sleep, takes on her identity in order to hang on to her valuable Greenwich Village townhouse. This “perfect” plan goes awry and leads to a wild path of twists and reversals plotted by an eccentric rogues gallery of outrageous schemers. Expect Busch’s signature blend of quick-witted banter and gender-bending hijinks in this new play written specifically for Primary Stages from the master of Off-Broadway farce.

Directed by Busch’s long-time collaborator Carl Andress (The Divine Sister, The Third Story), the cast will also feature Mary Bacon (Harrison, TX…; Giant), Cynthia Harris (Lost in Yonkers, “Mad About You”), Julie Halston (Olive and the Bitter HerbsAnything GoesKeira Keeley (Angels in AmericaThe Glass Menagerie), and Jonathan Walker (The Assembled Parties, The Divine Sister).

The Tribute Artist features a scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Gregory Gale, lighting design by Kirk Bookman, sound design by Jill BC Du Boff, original music by Lewis Flinn, and wig design by Katherine Carr.

The Tribute Artist plays a limited engagement January 21-March 16 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street).  Opening night is Sunday, February 9 at 6PM. Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. There will be a special Wednesday matinee at 2pm on Wednesday, February 19. There is no performance on March 5 and March 12. Single tickets are priced at $70 for all performances. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, online at www.primarystages.org, or in person at the 59E59 Theaters Box Office.  Group Tickets (10+) are $49 each for all performances.  Group sales are available by calling (212) 840-9705, ext. 204.  Please visit the website at www.primarystages.org, or call (212) 840-9705 for additional iinformation.


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