Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl Will Star in Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song on Broadway

Broadway News   Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl Will Star in Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song on Broadway
The two will reprise their performances when the Second Stage Theater production transfers this fall.
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Mercedes Ruehl and Michael Urie Joan Marcus

The Second Stage Theater production of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song will play Broadway’s Hayes Theater this fall. Set to reprise their performances from the Off-Broadway run are Michael Urie and Tony and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl. The Moisés Kaufman-helmed production will open officially November 1.

The staging, which condenses Fierstein's original Torch Song Trilogy into two acts, played Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theater Off-Broadway last fall. The limited engagement will play the Hayes (where the play first premiered on Broadway in 1982, then the Little Theatre) as the third production under Second Stage's ownership of the venue, following the upcoming Lobby Hero and Straight White Men.

"Seeing this new production of Torch Song was thrilling," Fierstein, who also originated the central role of Arnold, said in a statement. "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...and all I can say is, dreams do come true!"

Urie stars as Arnold Beckoff, a drag performer who navigates both the liberation and assimilation of gay men in 1980s New York, as well as the familiar back-and-forth plea for respect from his overbearing mother (Ruehl).


An initial start date and complete casting will be announced at a later date.

Joining as commercial producers for the Broadway run are Richie Jackson, Stephanie P. McClelland, David Mirvish, Judith Ann Abrams/Gutterman and Priest, Burnt Umber Productions/True Love Productions, Lassen Radford/Karmen Boyz Productions, Perniciaro & Emanuel, and Jujamcyn Theaters.

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