September 13, 2011


I really enjoyed this show during it's first run. You may recall her fun role in TransAmerica. Here's the info:


Spend the evening in New York’s infamous Tombs with downtown legend Bianca Leigh

Sept. 26 - Oct. 10 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

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"Leigh has a story to tell that is significant and relevant... out-and-out bracing fun" - Martin Denton,

"Excellent... (Leigh is) an ingratiating personality armed with killer timing." - David Barbour, Lighting and Sound America

"Leigh is beguiling...clearly honest and consistently engaging... a joy to behold." - Erik Haagensen, Backstage

"Richly complex." - Dan Bacalzo, Theatremania

Theatre Askew will present the World Premiere of BUSTED: The Musical, written and performed by Bianca Leigh. Directed by Theatre Askew artistic director Tim Cusack, it features original songs by Tony-winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), Obie-winners Taylor Mac (The Lily’s Revenge) and Ellen Maddow (The Talking Band), Jeff Domoto (Cornbury: The Queen’s Governor), Super Buddha (Debbie Harry, Scissor Sisters), Matty Pritchard and Isam Rum (The Din), and William TN Hall. The production, which was workshopped last year under the title A Night at the Tombs, features musical direction by William TN Hall and costuming by Arthur Oliver. Performances begin September 26 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.

Chicago meets TransAmerica in BUSTED: The Musical, actress Bianca Leigh’s recounting of the events surrounding her arrest for alleged solicitation against the backdrop of the "Black Monday" stock market crash of 1987. While cooling her 6-inch heels in the clink awaiting arraignment, Bianca looks back at her past and tries to make sense of how a skinny Jersey boy with dreams of becoming a great Shakespearean actress ended up as a high-priced dominatrix. In a tour-de-force performance both hilarious and moving, Bianca revisits her past as a young transwoman in early transition and brings to vivid life more than a dozen characters -- from her disappointed mother to the sadistic corrections officer who enacts the ultimate humiliation.

Bianca Leigh is one of downtown theatre’s leading lights, "an expert actress and exquisite personality" ( Her New York stage roles include Time in Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, and Margareta in William M. Hoffman’s Cornbury: The Queen’s Governor and Livia in Theatre Askew’s I, Claudius, Live (the latter two directed by Tim Cusack). Bianca most recently played Virginia in Talking Band’s New Islands Archipelago; Frannie Halcyon in the workshop production of the new musical Tales of the City at ACT in San Francisco; and co-narrated Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Multimedia Technology Show at The New Museum. Movie roles include Mary Ellen in the groundbreaking film TransAmerica. Miss Leigh has also worked extensively in nightclubs and cabarets such as Bar d’ O, Arci’s Place, and Don’t Tell Mama.

BUSTED: The Musical runs September 26 - October 10, Mondays at 7:00 PM. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located at 407 W. 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues -- accessible from the A, C, E trains to Port Authority. Tickets are $18 and available at 212-352-3101 or