We Love Charles a Busch-el and a Peck

The Tribute Artist, Charles Busch’s newest comedy, closed this past weekend. The piece was commissioned by Primary Stages and after a season of development, it played 69 performances and closed to standing ovations.

The Tribute Artist cast

Top Row, L to R: Keira Keeley, Jonathan Walker. Bottom Row: Mary Bacon, Julie Halston, Charles Busch, Cynthia Harris. Photo by James Leynse.


The Tribute Artist was one of Ben Brantley’s New York Times Critic’s Picks and also received wonderful reviews from everyone from The Huffington Post to Broadway World. It has been a joy to work with this company on such a hilarious and heartwarming show.

Julie Halston and Charles Busch

Julie Halston and Charles Busch in THE TRIBUTE ARTIST at Primary Stages. Photo by James Leynse.

Not only does The Tribute Artist mark the final show of Primary Stages 2013/14 season, it marks the end of our time at 59E59 Theaters, where we have been the resident theater company for 10 years. The Primary Stages 30th Anniversary 2014/15 Season, which includes new plays by Theresa Rebeck, Billy Porter and David Ives, will take place at our new Times Square location, The Duke on 42nd Street!

Excitingly, The Tribute Artist also marks the launch of 30 Years of Charles Buscha collaboration between Busch’s longtime supporter, Daryl Roth, and Samuel French, Inc., which has been publishing his plays for the past 30 years. Samuel French licenses 20 of Busch’s plays, each of which will be produced regionally, to share the work of this delightful and influential playwright.

We will miss the wacky and fabulous world of The Tribute Artist, but we can’t wait for our next collaboration with the great Charles Busch. To the next 30 years!

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