The Confession of Lily Dare

The Confession of Lily Dare

Primary Stages continues its 35th Anniversary season with The Confession of Lily Dare, written by and starring Charles Busch and directed by Carl Andress.

Charles Busch collaborated with Primary Stages on previous productions of The Tribute Artist, Olive and the Bitter Herbs, and You Should Be So Lucky.

(Photos by Carol Rosegg)

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Running time: 
2hrs (including 1 intermission)
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About The Confession of Lily Dare:

The Confession of Lily Dare tells the story of one woman’s tumultuous passage from convent girl to glittering cabaret chanteuse to infamous madam of a string of brothels—all while hiding her undying devotion to the child she was forced to abandon. This comic melodrama celebrates the gauzy “confession film” tearjerkers of early 1930s pre-code cinema, such as The Sin of Madelon ClaudetFrisco Jenny, and Madame X.

Charles Busch
Primary Stages in association with Jamie deRoy
Carl Andress
Kirk Bookman
Bart Fasbender
B.T. Whitehill
Rachel Townsend and Jessica Jahn
Cast list:
Charles Busch (as Lily Dare), Nancy Anderson (as Emmy Lou), Christopher Borg (as Louis, The Baron, Dr. Carlton, Maestro Guardi, Priest), Howard McGillin (as Blackie Lambert), Kendal Sparks (as Mickey), and Jennifer Van Dyck (as Aunt Rosalie, The Baroness, Mrs. Carlton, Louise)
Other info:
Original Song & Arrangements by Tom Judson and Wig Design by Katherine Carr
The Confession of Lily Dare Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
January 11, 2020
Opening date: 
January 29, 2020
March 5, 2020

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Cherry Lane Theatre

38 Commerce Street (off 7th Avenue), New York, NY 10014
Nearest subway station:
Christopher Street Station

Our The Confession of Lily Dare Review

The quality that makes Charles Busch a must-see performer is his sense of compassion. Over a diverse, 40-year career, his most important work has always involved putting on a dress and a fancy wig to create what has become a classy menagerie of doomed heroines. While his campy works are dotted with moments of raunch and outright silliness, Busch’s obvious affection and respect for the women he... Read more