Torch Song – Opens November 1st
A drag performer navigates both the liberation and assimilation of gay men in 1980s New York, as well as a back-and-forth plea for respect from his overbearing mother in a revival of Harvey Fierstein‘s powerful play.
Torch Song was previously known as Torch Song Trilogy, a collection of three plays by Harvey Fierstein rendered in three acts: International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First! The play first opened at the uptown Richard Allen Center in 1981. The following year it transferred to the Actors’ Playhouse in Greenwich Village, where it ran for 117 performances, starring author Fierstein. The first Broadway production opened in 1982 at the Little Theatre, where it ran for 1,222 performances. The play won Fierstein two Tony Awards, for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play, two Drama Desk Awards, and the Theatre World Award.
The current production is a transfer of Second Stage Theater’s Off-Broadway revival in 2017, which condensed Fierstein’s original trilogy into two acts. The cast reprise their roles from that production, including Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar, TV’s Ugly Betty), Tony and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl (Lost in Yonkers, The Fisher King), Ward Horton, Roxanna Hope Radja, Michael Hsu Rosen and Jack DiFalco. Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman (I Am My Own Wife) directs.