Charles Busch is Lucille Ball in “I Loved Lucy”

Lucille Ball and playwright Lee Tannen

Charles Busch IS Lucille Ball
in a Gala Benefit Concert Staging of
I LOVED LUCY by Lee Tannen
also starring Lee Tannen as … Himself
and featuring Tom Judson
Directed by Carl Andress

Friday March 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Performance Only

Saturday March 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm start, 7:30 pm performance
Catered Reception, Performance, Meet & Greet with Performers

Bridge Street Theatre
44 W. Bridge Street, Catskill, NY 12414

For tickets visit
or call 800-838-3006


Area audiences are in for a rare treat when theatrical legend Charles Busch and playwright/performer Lee Tannen team up for a special two-performance concert staging of Tannen’s ‘I Loved Lucy’ on Friday March 22 and Saturday March 23 as a benefit for Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre. This delightful stage adaptation of Tannen’s own 2001 memoir, directed by Carl Andress, stars the fabulous Charles Busch as Lucille Ball, Lee Tannen as Himself, and also features the multitudinous talents of actor/pianist Tom Judson.

Few people knew America’s comic sweetheart Lucille Ball the way Lee Tannen did. He first met Lucy as a child but cemented their close and enduring relationship as an adult when he acted as confidant and traveling companion to her during the last ten years of her life. “The play is drawn solely from memory,” says Tannen, “a remembrance of a time in my life spent with a remarkable woman at the end of hers. It’s a loving and candid Valentine to my very own Auntie Mame.” ‘I Loved Lucy’ is an intimate and personal portrait of Lucille Ball as you’ve never seen or known her before, one that will only add to your own love of Lucy.

“Charles Busch has been one of Bridge Street Theatre’s angels and an avid supporter from the very beginning,” says BST Artistic Director John Sowle. “Each of his previous appearances here in Catskill – ‘The Lady at the Mic’, ‘My Kinda ‘60s’, and ‘Native New Yorker’ – have been sold-out smash hits. When Lee approached us about the possibility of staging ‘I Loved Lucy’ here with Charles in the title role – well, it was a no-brainer. Let’s face it – nobody’s going to want to miss seeing Charles Busch, fully coifed and costumed, as Lucille Ball!”

This special benefit concert staging will be presented for two performances only, and tickets for both shows are already flying out the door. Admission to the Friday night performance on March 22 at 7:30pm is $50, $40 for 2019 BST Season Subscribers. Admission to the Gala Performance on Saturday March 23 at 7:30pm, which will be preceded by a catered reception at 6:00pm, is $100, $80 for 2019 BST Season Subscribers. To make reservations (a must – only a few seats still remain and there’s NO standing room in Bridge Street’s intimate 84-seat Mainstage auditorium), visit or call 800-838-3006 NOW. And to become a Subscriber to Bridge Street Theatre’s five-play 2019 Season and receive substantial discounts on many other BST events (including ‘I Loved Lucy’) plus special offers from local businesses, visit or call 800-838-3006. The theater is located at 44 West Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill, just a block west of Catskill Creek and within easy walking distance of Catskill’s historic Main Street.

Audiences can also warm up for I LOVED LUCY at a free Monday night March 18 showing of Lucy and Desi’s biggest screen hit, THE LONG, LONG TRAILER! This delightful 1954 road comedy, directed by Vincent Minnelli, stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as a newly-wed couple who purchase a brand-new travel trailer and spend a year driving across the United States. As you might expect, mayhem ensues. Doors at the theatre will open at 7:00pm, screening commences at 7:30. It’s gonna be a full week of Lucy in Catskill!

Bridge Street Theatre
44 W. Bridge Street, Catskill, NY 12414
Information: 518-943-3818 or
Ample Free Parking is usually available in the
Catskill High lot behind the Theatre

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