Second Stage Theatre has announced that it will present the 35th Anniversary Production of Harvey Fierstein’s modern classic, TORCH SONG, directed by Moisés Kaufman, this fall at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd street).
TORCH SONG will begin previews September 26, 2017 and will officially open in late October.
Michael Urie, winner of the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and LA Critics Award for his performance in Buyer & Cellar, will star as Arnold Beckoff, the role created by and originally played by Mr. Fierstein.
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 as a doting husband and a Jewish mother.
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.
Commenting on the production, playwright Harvey Fierstein said:
“Thirty-five years?’ I thought, ‘It’s time!’ I’m thrilled that Second Stage Theatre will be reviving Torch Song Trilogy next season. In conversation, I’ve been encouraging director Moisés Kaufman to look at the play with fresh eyes. I would never think of rewriting the plays but have given him a newly edited text that reconceives the way I want the story told. Theater is a living breathing entity and so are audiences. Even the most faithful stage recreations are tinted by the moment in which they are experienced. I’ve asked Carole Rothman to call the evening simply, TORCH SONG, and let’s see what truths we can preserve, what histories we can rediscover and what futures we can forge together. Living theater has always been my life’s goal.”
Torch Song Trilogy opened on Broadway at the Little Theatre (now the Helen Hayes Theatre) on June 10, 1982, where it enjoyed a groundbreaking run, earning Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play (Mr. Fierstein) and running for 1,222 performances, closing on May 19, 1985.
The play has been produced extensively across the country and around the world, including productions in London’s West End and Menier Chocolate Factory. It was also turned into a 1988 film, starring Mr. Fierstein, Matthew Broderick, and Anne Bancroft, directed by Paul Bogart.
Prior to its move to Broadway, Torch Song Trilogy ran off-Broadway at the Richard Allen Center, produced by The Glines, and also at La Mama and The Actor’s Playhouse.
Artistic Director Carole Rothman said:
“On a winter night in 1982 a friend brought me to see a play at the Actor’s Playhouse that turned out to be one of the most human, hilarious, and heartbreaking nights I’d spent in the theatre. The play was Torch Song Trilogy. And while I knew I was watching something extremely special, I had no idea how groundbreaking this play would become for generations of theatregoers and, ultimately, for Broadway. It is a significant honor to bring this landmark play back to New York City and I thank Harvey for entrusting it to Second Stage.”
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