Candace Bushnell, best-selling author, performed her one-woman show, True Tales of Sex, Success and Sex and the City, at The Green Room 42 in New York City in a sold-out performance. Bushnell dished on intimate secrets of her life and success after she arrived in New York City, flat-chested, different, and a sexual prude from a sleepy town in Connecticut. She shared life lessons she learned along the way. The entire show was comedic, and they set the stage with designer shoes from the most expensive couture brands, even shopping bags from famous NYC retail landmarks, and bottles of champagne, all true props from her life. Bushnell flitted across the stage, laughing with herself and the audience and exuding a sexiness only confidence can give while flaunting a slinky blue outfit and matching boa. In her sixties, Bushnell was hot, hot, hot. Bushnell is just an older version of her pseudonym Carrie Bradshaw. Bushnell was introspective, asking, “Why are there so many great women in New York and no men to marry?” There was a loud roar, and Bushnell pointed out this has been an ongoing problem since the seventies. So, what is the answer? I think it is complicated and worth analyzing. She admits she was a feminist from an early age, pondering an age-old question–Why do we (society) feel a woman is successful if she has kids? She proved this to be a falsehood in so many ways and dedicated her lifestyle and writing to just the opposite. LIFE LESSONS Bushnell shared a list of lessons she had learned along her journey from a starving, unknown writer to a woman known worldwide. Lesson 1. “If you won’t do it, someone else will.” That is self-explanatory, and she found out at an early age this is the situation when single and wanting sex. Lesson 2. “Men lie about everything.” That is a shocker to those of us who are romantic. Lesson 5. “When it comes to sex, there’s no free lunch.” I think I need some more in-depth research on this before I can comprehend the meaning. Lesson 7. “You can’t rely on a relationship for your happiness or a roof over your head.” Wow, I know a dozen of my friends who should have learned this long ago. And the most important lesson of all– Lesson 9, “Your girlfriends are forever.” Bushnell has reiterated this theme in every piece of writing she has produced, including essays and 10 books and counting. It is a good life lesson for all of us to cherish. See her show if you want to know all the others between Lesson 1 and 9. Who is in the Audience, and Why Are They There? I looked around the room to see who was in attendance, and the group was 90 percent women over 30. Actor Jennie Vath, stylishly dressed in fur (yes, it is acceptable), said she was there to see the great Candace Bushnell. Vath said Bushnell was a gift to New York and was there to share the evening with her good friend Anita Daswani. Daswani, an actor, model, and award-winning documentary producer, said she admired Bushnell and was looking forward to hearing her personal stories and info about her new book “So Now You’re 60.” Share a Few Secrets! Bushnell shared the secret that most of her friends were like Samantha (I need to find some new friends like her). All in attendance were given insight into the undisclosed identity of the real Mr. Big, but she did not divulge his name. Bushnell carried her affair with him as a pivotal storyline in the whole script of Sex and The City and all the subsequent series, even reliving the true-life event when her husband left her for a model. Bushnell closed with brilliant advice. “Reinvigorate yourself.” She said she enjoyed having sex like a man and said, “I don’t want to be with Mr. Big. I want to be like Mr. Big.” I praise that solid attitude. And Just Like That, the crowd agreed with Bushnell’s theories about doing everything you want to do in life. She is still flat-chested, different, but hell no, she is no prude. Candace Bushnell: True Tales of Sex, Success and Sex and the City at The Green Room 42. Press by Fortune Creative. On tour through April 2024. The Green Room 42 570 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036. Readers may also enjoy reviews of Rip Tide, Twisted, Salesman之死, Love, Sex and Real Estate, and The Life at City Center.