Full Off-Broadway Company to Join Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl in Broadway’s Torch Song

Broadway News   Full Off-Broadway Company to Join Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl in Broadway’s Torch Song
The Second Stage revival, which premiered Off-Broadway last year, begins October 9 at the Hayes Theater.
Ward Horton, Roxanna Hope Radja, Jack DiFalco, Michael Urie, Mercedes Ruehl, and Michael Rosen Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Four performers who appeared in Second Stage Theater’s Off-Broadway revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song will reprise their performances in this fall’s Broadway transfer, reuniting with the previously announced Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl.

Torch_Song_Second_Stage_Production_Photo_2017_0222r_Michael Rosen, Michael Urie in TORCH SONG, Photo by Joan Marcus, 2017_HR.jpg
Michael Rosen and Michael Urie Joan Marcus

Officially added to the Broadway company are Ward Horton as Ed, Roxanna Hope Radja as Laurel, Michael Hsu Rosen as Alan, and Jack DiFalco as David.

Performances will begin October 9 at the Hayes Theater (currently home to Second Stage’s Lobby Hero), where it will officially open November 1.

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 a back-and-forth plea for respect from his overbearing mother (Ruehl).

Moisés Kaufman's staging, which condenses Fierstein's original Torch Song Trilogy into two acts, played the Tony Kiser Theater 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 current Lobby Hero and upcoming Straight White Men.

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