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Second Stage's Revival of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song to Transfer to Broadway

Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl will reprise their roles in director Moisés Kaufman's production.

Michael Urie, right, with Michael Rosen, in the off-Broadway run of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song. Urie will return for the upcoming limited Broadway engagement.
(© Joan Marcus)

After its sold-out off-Broadway run last year, Second Stage Theater's revival of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song will transfer to Broadway this fall, with opening night set for Thursday, November 1. It will play at the newly reopened Hayes Theater, where Fierstein's play first premiered on Broadway on June 10, 1982.

Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl will reprise their roles as Arnold Beckoff and his mother, respectively. Moisés Kaufman will once again direct. Further casting and creatives will be announced later.

A collection of three plays, Torch Song Trilogy opened on Broadway at the Little Theatre (now the Helen Hayes), where it enjoyed a groundbreaking run, earning Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play (Fierstein) and running for 1,222 performances. In the work, "it's 1979 in New York City and Arnold Beckoff is on a quest for love, purpose and family. He's fierce in drag and fearless in crisis, and he won't stop until he achieves the life he desires."

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