Torch Song

"Say it out loud and proud: Michael Urie is a great actor. The latest proof is Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Torch Song.’" - The Washington Post





at the Tony Kiser Theater: 305 West 43rd Street

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. Now, Arnold is back…and he’s here to sing you a torch song. The Tony Award®-winning play that forever changed the trajectory of Broadway returns for a new generation.

TORCH SONG has a running time of 2 hours and 35 minutes including intermission. 


HARVEY FIERSTEIN (Playwright) won two Tony Awards for Torch Song Trilogy (Best Play, Best Actor). He has also written the Tony-winning hit Kinky Boots (now playing on four continents), as well as La Cage aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Newsies (Tony nominated), Casa Valentina (Tony nominated), A Catered Affair (12 Drama Desk nominations), Safe Sex (Ace Award), Legs Diamond, Spookhouse, Flatbush Tosca, Common Ground and more. He recently wrote teleplays for NBC’s live TV broadcasts of Hairspray and The Wiz and the upcoming Bye Bye Birdie. He also revised the book for Funny Girl, which ran to critical acclaim in London. His political editorials have been published in the New York Times, TV Guide and the Huffington Post, and broadcast on PBS’s "In the Life." His children’s book, The Sissy Duckling (Humanitas Award), is now in its fifth printing. As an actor, Mr. Fierstein is known worldwide for his performances in films including "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Independence Day" and "Bullets Over Broadway," on stage in Hairspray (Tony Award), Fiddler on the RoofLa Cage aux Folles, and on TV shows such as "Smash," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Good Wife," "Cheers" (Emmy nomination), "The Simpsons," "Family Guy," and "Nurse Jackie."

MOISÉS KAUFMAN (Director) was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in September.  He is also a Tony and Emmy-nominated director and playwright. Broadway credits include The Heiress with Jessica Chastain; 33 Variations (which he also wrote) with Jane Fonda (5 Tony nominations); Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; and the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife.  His plays, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project, are among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the film adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO, which received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is currently directing and writing a new Broadway-bound adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen with Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill. He is the artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Playwrighting Fellow.


JACK DIFALCO (David) Theatre: Marvin’s Room (Roundabout Theatre Company), Yen (Manhattan Class Co.), Mercury Fur (The New Group), Lord of The Flies (Denver Center), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Proscenium Theatre). Film: One Percent More Humid (Tribeca Film Festival 2017), Bully, I Can, I Will, I Did (Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017), Rocket Man, Naranja, The Hard Sell, Aoife O’Donovan’s Music Video Beekeeper. Television: The OA, Blue Bloods. Training: SUNY Purchase Workshop 2013, Yorktown Stage Company, Trinity Players.

WARD HORTON (Ed) is best known for playing Dr. Scott Strauss in the CBS drama, “Pure Genius,” was the male lead in the horror film Annabelle, which grossed over $245 million worldwide, and is a spin-off of the horror hit The Conjuring. On the big screen, Horton’s additional film credits include Midnighters (which recently premiered at the LA Film Festival in August 2017), Bakery in Brooklyn, Alto, Marcy, The Wolf of Wall Street, I Hate Valentine’s Day, Veronica Decided to Die, The Might Macs, We Fight to be Free, Falling for Grace, The Good Shepherd, Christmas Wish List, Four Eyed Monsters, Nail Polish, Dress Rehearsal, and Loverboy. On the small screen, Ward has appeared in the following television shows: “Royal Pains,” “One Life to Live,” “White Collar,” “Body of Proof,” “CSI: Miami,” “Law & Order,” “Mercy”, “Fringe”, “Gossip Girl,” “Day Break,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Hope & Faith,” “All My Children,” and “Guiding Light.” Horton has also been involved in the theater, appearing in productions such as Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Crucible, You Can’t Take It With You, In Masks Outrageous and Austere, The Autobiography of God, Bash: Latter-Day Plays, Equus, and Lost In Yonkers.

ROXANNA HOPE RADJA (Laurel) Broadway: Frost/Nixon, After the Fall, The Women, Boeing Boeing (u/s,) and others. Off Broadway: Ruins of Civilization (Manhattan Theatre Club), Ode To Joy, Horsedreams (Rattlestick Theater), Mahida's Extra Key To Heaven (Epic Theater Co.), Princess Turandot (Blue Light Theater Co.), 1001, Arabian Night. Regional: Hedda Gabler (Hartford Stage); Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Pericles (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); Tartuffe, Indian Ink, Hecuba (American Conservatory Theater); Williamstown Theater Festival; Huntington Theater; Westport Country Playhouse; Colorado Shakespeare Festival and others. Film/TV: Puncture, “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Unforgettable,” “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order: SVU”, “Law and Order,” ”Law and Order: CI”, “All My Children” and others. MFA, The American Conservatory Theater.

MICHAEL ROSEN (Alan) was last seen on stage in Colman Domingo's Dot at the Vineyard Theatre directed by Susan Stroman and has appeared on Broadway in On the Town and as Chino in West Side Story. His other theater credits include Vito in Do I Hear a Waltz? directed by Evan Cabnet at City Center Encores!, Somewhere starring opposite Tony Award Winner Priscilla Lopez at Hartford Stage for which he received a nomination for Best Actor at the 2014 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, and Nikolai and the Others directed by David Cromer at Lincoln Center Theater. His on screen credits include Jimmy in Looking: The Movie on HBO, Dating My Mother, “Sinatra: Voice for a Century – Live from Lincoln Center” on PBS, “Taxi Brooklyn” on NBC, and The Empty Building. He was selected for the 2016 ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase in New York City.

MERCEDES RUEHL (Ma) is an award-winning stage, film and television actress. She won an Academy® Award and a Golden Globe®, as well as a Chicago Film Critics® Award and Los Angeles Film Critics® Award for her role as Anne Napolitano in Terry Gilliam’s film The Fisher King. Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers earned Ruehl Tony,® Helen Hayes, and Drama Desk® Awards. She received Tony nominations for her roles in The Shadowbox and Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? She won Obie® Awards for Woman Before A Glass, a one-woman show about the life of actress Peggy Guggenheim, as well as Christopher Durang’s The Marriage of Bette and Boo. She was awarded The Clarence Derwent Award for creating the role of Kate in Other People’s Money, and a Drama Desk nomination for the role of Serafina opposite Anthony LaPaglia in Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo. She starred in Richard Greenberg’s The American Plan at the Manhattan Theatre Club and in the premiere of Edward Albee’s The Occupant as Louise Nevelson at The Signature Theatre. At The Old Vic in London she co-starred with Jeff Goldblum in Neil Simon’s Prisoner of Second Avenue. Most recently she revived Full Gallop, a one-woman show about Diana Vreeland at The Old Globe in San Diego. Ruehl came to popular attention with her portrayal as the gun-toting wife of a Mafia don in 1988’s Married to the Mob, which earned her a National Society of Film Critics® Award. Her other film credits include Big opposite Tom Hanks; the romantic drama For Roseanna opposite Jean Reno; Gurinder Chadha’s What’s Cooking?; More Dogs than Bones; Another You; Heartburn; 84 Charing Cross Road; Leader of the Band; The Secret of My Succe$s; Slaves of New York; Crazy People; and Chu and Blossom. Her television credits include guest & recurring roles on “Life in Pieces,” “NCIS,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Power,” “Luck” (series regular), “Law & Order: SVU,” “Subway Stories: Tales from The Underground,” “Indictment: The McMartin Trial,” “North Shore Fish,” “Psych,” “Monday Mornings,” “Bad Apple,” “The Lost Child,” “Star Spangled Banners,” “Frasier,”  & starred in HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy winning telefilm “Gia.” 

MICHAEL URIE (Arnold) can currently be seen in Government Inspector Off- Broadway. He originated the role of Alex More in Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar Off-Broadway, on tour, and in London, for which he received the Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, LA Drama Critics Award and nominations for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards.  New York theatre credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway), Shows For Days (LCT), Homos, Or Everyone In America (LAByrinth), The Cherry Orchard (CSC), Angels in America (Signature), The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger’s Tragedy (Red Bull), Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights). Regionally, Urie has worked for Two River, The Old Globe, Vineyard Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Folger Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Hyde Park (Austin), and The Blank (L.A.).  Film: He’s Way More Famous Than You (also directed), Thank You for Judging (co-director/exec. producer), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, WTC View, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Decoy Bride, Petunia, Such Good People, The Hyperglot (director), and Grantham & Rose (exec. producer). TV: Gavin Sinclair on Modern Family, Younger, Workaholics, The Good Wife, Hot in Cleveland, Partners and Marc St. James on Ugly Betty. He currently hosts the Logo series Cocktails And Classics. Web series: What’s Your Emergency (director). Training: Juilliard. 



Torch Song Photo Shoot - Behind the Scenes

Theater Mania: Michael Urie, Moisés Kaufman on Harvey Fierstein's "Prophetic" Torch Song


Roxanna Hope Radja, Ward Horton, Michael Rosen, Michael Urie

Ward Horton, Jack DiFalco, Michael Urie, Mercedes Ruehl

Michael Urie

Michael Rosen, Michael Urie

Michael Urie, Jack DiFalco, Ward Horton

Mercedes Ruehl, Michael Urie

Mercedes Ruehl


Photos by Joan Marcus