Torch Song, With Michael Urie, Opens Off-Broadway

Off-Broadway News   Torch Song, With Michael Urie, Opens Off-Broadway
 
Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning play returns to the New York stage after 35 years.
Torch_Song_Second_Stage_Production_Photo_2017_0155r_Michael Urie in TORCH SONG, Photo by Joan Marcus, 2017_HR.jpg
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Second Stage Theatre’s 35th anniversary production of Torch Song Trilogy—now simply named Torch Song—celebrates its Off-Broadway opening October 19. Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-winning play returns to the New York stage with a newly edited script and all-new direction by Moisés Kaufman.

Michael Urie stars as Arnold Beckoff (the role playwright Fierstein originated) opposite Mercedes Ruehl as his mother. The cast also features Jack Difalco (Marvin’s Room) as David, Ward Horton (Pure Genius) as Ed, Roxanna Hope Radja (Frost/Nixon) as Laurel, and Michael Rosen (On The Town) as Alan.

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Performances of Torch Song began September 26 for a run that has been extended through December 3.

After an acclaimed Off-Broadway debut, Torch Song Trilogy opened on Broadway in June 1982 and played an award-winning three-year engagement at the Little Theatre (now the Helen Hayes Theatre). Fierstein played the lead role of Arnold Beckoff, a gay drag performer in a tempestuous relationship with his bisexual, closeted lover. The play won Fierstein two Tony Awards—both as playwright (for Best Play) and for Best Actor. It was produced throughout the country and also turned into a film in 1988 starring Fierstein, Matthew Broderick, and Anne Bancroft.

The Second Stage revival features scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by David Lander, and sound design by Fitz Patton. Casting is by Telsey + Co. Tickets to Torch Song are on sale at 2ST.com.


(Updated October 19, 2017)

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