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Torch Song, starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl, will transfer to Broadway
Second Stage Theater's acclaimed revival of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song officially opens at Broadway's Hayes Theater on November 1, 2018.
Fresh from its sold-out, off-Broadway run at the Tony Kiser Theater, Second Stage Theater's acclaimed revival of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song will transfer to Broadway this fall and grace the Broadway stage where it originally ran from June 1982 through to May 1985. The limited Broadway engagement of Torch Song is set to officially open at the Hayes Theater on November 1, 2018.
Once again directed by Tony Award nominee Moisés Kaufman, the Broadway transfer will see Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie and Tony & Academy Award winner Merecedes Ruehl reprising their roles of Arnold Beckdoff and Ma, Arnold's mother, respectively. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Harvey Fierstein released the following statement: “Seeing this new production of Torch Song was thrilling. The audiences’ laughter seemed heartier, their tears more profound, and I could not have been happier. Now comes the news that we’re moving home to the Hayes Theater this fall and all I can say is, dreams do come true!”
Synopsis: Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song follows Arnold Beckoff’s odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child, and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect. Join Arnold on this all too human journey about the families we’re born into, the families we choose, and the battles to bring them all home.
Torch Song Trilogy originally opened on Broadway at the Little Theatre (now the Hayes Theater) on June 10, 1982, where it ran for 1,222 performances until May 19, 1985. The original production starred Mr. Fierstein in the lead role, who went on to win the Tony Award for "Best Play" and "Best Actor in a Play." A film adaptation followed in 1988 in which Mr. Fierstein reprised his role.
Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song is produced on Broadway by Richie Jackson.
Michael Urie made his Broadway debut as Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 2012. He has garnered great acclaim for his appearances off-Broadway, picking up Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards for his performance as Alex More in solo show Buyer & Cellar, as well as Lucille Lortel and Theatre World Awards for his portrayal of Rudi Gernreich in The Temperamentals. Other off-Broadway credits include Angels in America, The Government Inspector, Shows for Days, and The Cherry Orchard. To TV audiences, he is perhaps best know for his long-running role as Marc St. James on "Ugly Betty".
Mercedes Ruehl won a Tony Award in 1991 for Lost in Yonkers and earned Tony nominations in 1995 for The Shadow Box and in 2002 for The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? She was last seen on the Great White Way in The American Plan in 2009 and her other Broadway credits include The Rose Tattoo in 1995 and her Broadway debut in the 1985 production of I'm Not Rappaport. On screen, she won an Oscar and Golden Globe for her performance in "The Fisher King" in 1992. Other notable screen credits include "Gia," "Frasier," "Last Action Hero," "Married to the Mob," and "Big".
(Photo by Joan Marcus)