Harvey Fierstein’s seminal play Torch Song Trilogy, newly streamlined and renamed Torch Song, is once again brightening Broadway.
Last year’s acclaimed 35th anniversary off-Broadway revival, helmed by Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project), transfers to the Hayes Theater (formerly the Little Theatre), the same theater where the groundbreaking work made its Broadway premiere in 1982 and ran for three years. Torch Song Trilogy won Tonys for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play for Fierstein.
“Forty years after writing Torch Song, it still speaks to audiences making them laugh and weep and happy,” says Fierstein in a statement. “Unbelievable. And to now return to the theater where it played all those years ago… Beyond wishes… Beyond dreams.. Beyond the most outrageous fantasy.”
Filling the iconic role Fierstein originated, Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie reprises his performance as Arnold Beckoff, a Jewish drag performer in New York City with a complicated love life, and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl returns as Arnold’s disapproving mother.
The other cast members from Second Stage’s off-Broadway production—Ward Horton, Jack DiFalco, Roxanna Hope Radja, and Michael Hsu Rosen—have also made the move to Broadway.
“A great play makes you think, and what’s going on in the White House is always in the back of our minds,” Urie told NewNowNext about the timeliness of the revival. “We’re all confused, terrified, and clinging to each other, so Arnold, the ultimate caretaker, is the kind of friend we need right now. Yes, he’s flawed, but he has so much heart and compassion.”
Producers have recently recreated the show’s 1984 post-Tonys TV commercial with the new cast and Fierstein back at the forefront.
Compare the new Torch Song commercial to the original promo below.
Torch Song begins October 9 and opens November 1 at the Hayes Theatre in New York.