Friday, June 13, 2008

Reel Thoughts: The Lady from Shanghai

Neil Cohen concludes his whirlwind visit to New York with a trip out to the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor to take in a performance of the latest from a true gay icon:

Much like the fabulous production of The Lady in Question Bay Street produced last summer, Shanghai Moon promises to be a unique chance to see the sublime Charles Busch and Julie Halston in one of Busch’s best shows. Not only is it beautiful out on the tip of Long Island, but Busch’s take on a 30's melodrama, all about a fallen lady who comes under the spell of the mysterious Orient, is hilarious yet faithful to its cinematic sources. Shanghai Moon also features one of my favorite urban legends come to life about the dangers of ordering food for your dog in a Chinese restaurant.

You’ll have to hurry to catch this summer’s show (now playing through June 29), as Busch will be coming out west to star at the La Jolla Playhouse in the world premiere of his new show, The Third Story, in September.

For more pre-Tony fun, be sure to check out's two-part look at just how the show is put together, plus the two-part finale of the Cubby Bernstein YouTube saga, with special guest stars Patti LuPone and Cynthia Nixon.

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