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BBB Fall Preview: The Divine Sister

Following a sold-out developmental run last spring, Charles Busch’s new comedy, THE DIVINE SISTER, directed by Carl Andress, will transfer to the SoHo Playhouse this fall.

THE DIVINE SISTER is Charles Busch’s outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns: The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary’s, The Singing Nun and Agnes of God. THE DIVINE SISTER tells the story of St. Veronica’s indomitable Mother Superior (played by the legendary Charles Busch). Come join this madcap trip through Tinseltown religiosity from the creator of Die Mommie Die, Psycho Beach Party and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

The cast also features: Alison Fraser, Amy Rutberg, Jennifer Van Dyck, Jonathan Walker, and Julie Halston.

Previews begin September 12, 2010 / Opens September 22, 2010

SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street)


Short Takes with THE DIVINE SISTER’s Alison Fraser

We spent some time with Alison Fraser, staring in the Off-Broadway comedy, THE DIVINE SISTER, by Charles Busch starting performances this Saturday, February 6 at  Theater For The New City’s Cino Theater. Alison really opened up and here is what she had to say with some of our own additives, of course!








1) What Broadway or Off-Broadway show, book and movie are you recommending to friends these days?



because A) they bring drinks to your seat  




B) It reminded me of my big-haired early days in NYC 


 and C) James Carpinello looks mighty fine in that red zebra skin muscle shirt. 



 Oh, and D) Because there’s no part for me in it so it doesn’t make me jealous.



And the book?  “House of Wits”, the story of Henry, William, and Alice James.  Let’s talk dysfunctional family…












[Click on the book to visit Amazon.com]


2) What country (other than the US) would you most like to visit?










3) What musical theatre character would you most like to be stranded with on a desert island? Why? 

Luther Billis from “SOUTH PACIFIC.”  He knows the terrain, he’s strong and could protect me from headhunters, he could do laundry, he could entertain me dressed in coconut shells, and who knows? On a moonlit night with a balmy breeze, that tattoo might start looking really good…



4) What’s your favorite NYC “hotspot”? (restaurant, bar, museum, neighborhood) 

I love The West Bank Cafe on West 42nd Street.  It’s my home away from home. 









[Click on the picture to visit the restaurant’s website]


5) What’s the last song you downloaded to your iPod?

“Looking For Paradise” by Alicia Keys and Alejandro Sanz.  Luther and I shall listen to it together on our desert island (as long as the battery lasts).


Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director) is pleased to announce that Charles Busch’s new comedy THE DIVINE SISTER will play a limited premiere showcase engagement at Theater for the New City’s Cino Theater (155 First Avenue). The developmental production, directed by Busch’s longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Third Story; Die, Mommie, Die!) will play a limited engagement of 24 performances from Saturday, February 6 through Sunday, March 7. 

THE DIVINE SISTER is an outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns. Evoking such films as The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary’s, The Singing Nun and Agnes of God, THE DIVINE SISTER tells the story of St. Veronica’s indomitable Mother Superior (author Charles Busch) who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. Along the way, she has to deal with a young postulant who is experiencing “visions,” sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin, and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows. 

For more information on THE DIVINE SISTER, to get exclusive offers, and to follow the cast and creative team as they prepare to bring the show to Theater for the New City, join the Facebook fan group: THE DIVINE SISTER Onstage

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