Broadway’s ‘Torch Song’ Sets Closing Date; Michael Urie To Tour

Joan Marcus

Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song will end its Broadway run on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Hayes Theater before embarking on a national tour next fall with star Michael Urie reprising his Broadway role.

The tour launches next fall at Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre, with Urie as Arnold Beckoff.

Torch Song, which opened to mostly good reviews on November 1 but has done middling box office, will have played 26 preview performances and 77 regular performances when it closes. In addition to Urie, the Broadway production stars Mercedes Ruehl, Ward Horton, Roxanna Hope Radja, Michael Hsu Rosen, and Jack DiFalco.

No word on additional cast for the touring production.

“Since we first began the Torch Song journey, I have heard from people all
over – including our director Moisés Kaufman, who first met Arnold when Torch Song Trilogy toured in the ‘80s – that Arnold’s pride, strength, and frankness helped them come out, come to terms, and come together. This is something I hope our tour will do today. We need Harvey’s play when our world is suddenly and continually confusing and divided.”

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