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Torch Song

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A revival of Harvey Fierstein's classic play about a gay drag performer and his relationships with his bisexual, closeted lover, adopted son, and disapproving mother.

From the producers: It’s 1979 in New York City and Arnold Beckoff is on a quest for love, purpose and family. He’s fierce in drag and fearless in crisis, and he won’t stop until he achieves the life he desires. Now, Arnold is back...and he’s here to sing you a torch song. The Tony Award-winning play that forever changed the trajectory of Broadway returns for a new generation.

After an acclaimed Off-Broadway debut, "Torch Song Trilogy" opened on Broadway in June 1982 and played an award-winning three-year engagement at the Little Theatre (now the Helen Hayes Theatre). Author Harvey Fierstein played the lead role of Arnold Beckoff, a gay drag performer in a tempestuous relationship with his bisexual, closeted lover. The play won Fierstein two Tony awards - both as playwright (for Best Play) and for Best Actor. It was produced throughout the country and also turned into a film in 1988 starring Fierstein, Matthew Broderick, and Anne Bancroft.



Michael Urie ("Buyer and Cellar") stars as Arnold opposite Oscar and Tony winner Mercedes Ruehl ("Lost in Yonkers," "The Fisher King") as his mother, in a cast that also features Jack Difalco, Ward Horton, Roxanna Hope Radja and Michael Rosen. Moisés Kaufman ("I Am My Own Wife," "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo") directs.

What's Second Stage? Second Stage is a long-running producing organization with a recently redesigned Off-Broadway theater in the heart of the midtown theater district, and a smaller space (the company's original home) on the Upper West Side. Established as a 'Second Stage' for shows that didn't find an audience the first time around, the company now combines revivals with new work, and several of its shows have recently made the jump to larger houses across the street. The fare is sometimes a bit racy, but often very approachable...call it quirkiness with an edge. More here.

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