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Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song to End Broadway Run

The production stars Michael Urie, Mercedes Ruehl, and more.

Michael Urie and Jack DiFalco in a scene from Torch Song.
(© Matthew Murphy)

Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song will end its run on January 6, 2019, at the Hayes Theater prior to embarking on a national tour launching fall 2019 with Los Angeles's Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre. The national tour will star Michael Urie, reprising his lauded Broadway performance as Arnold Beckoff. As of January 6, Harvey Feirstein's Torch Song will have played 26 preview performances and 77 regular performances.

Directed by Moisés Kaufman, the production stars Urie, Mercedes Ruehl, Ward Horton, Roxanna Hope Radja, Michael Hsu Rosen, and Jack DiFalco, all of whom appeared in the revival's 2017 off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theater. The creative team includes David Zinn (scenic design), Clint Ramos (costume design), David Lander (lighting design), and John Gromada (sound design).

A collection of three plays, the work, originally titled Torch Song Trilogy, opened on Broadway at the Little Theatre (now the 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. Torch Song, in the words of a press release, "follows Arnold Beckoff's odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child, and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect."


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