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Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy is returning to the stage.
Second Stage Theatre has announced that a revival of the Tony-winning work will star Michael Urie and bow in the fall. Moises Kaufman will helm the 35th-anniversary staging, which features a newly edited text from Fierstein and renamed as Torch Song. It begins previews at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre on Sept. 26 and officially opens in late October.
Torch Song Trilogy — originally a four-hour show of three plays — centers on Arnold Beckoff, a Jewish homosexual, drag queen and torch singer in 1979 in New York City. It first bowed on Broadway in 1982 and ran for 1,222 performances, and won the Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play (Fierstein). It was also adapted into a 1988 film, starring Fierstein, Matthew Broderick and Anne Bancroft.
“’Thirty-five years?’ I thought, ‘It’s time!’ I’m thrilled that Second Stage Theatre will be reviving Torch Song Trilogy next season,” said Fierstein in a statement. “In conversation, I’ve been encouraging director Moises Kaufman to look at the play with fresh eyes. I would never think of rewriting the plays but have given him a newly edited text that reconceives the way I want the story told. Theater is a living, breathing entity, and so are audiences. Even the most faithful stage recreations are tinted by the moment in which they are experienced. I’ve asked Carole Rothman to call the evening simply, Torch Song, and let’s see what truths we can preserve, what histories we can rediscover and what futures we can forge together. Living theater has always been my life’s goal.”
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