Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

Torch Song (NYC)

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Members say: Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing

About the show

After a hit run Off-Broadway, the revival of Harvey Fierstein's Tony-winning comedy heads to Broadway. Starring Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie and Oscar and Tony winner Mercedes Ruehl. More…

Equal parts comic and heart-wrenching, 'Torch Song' 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. Join Arnold on this all too human journey about the families we're born into, the families we choose and the battles to bring them all home. Directed by Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman ("The Laramie Project," "I Am My Own Wife").

2h 40m | Already closed | Helen Hayes Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (413)


Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing
Avg Score

Must see, Profound, Resonant, Great acting, Touched my heart

See it if You saw the off Broadway show it’s actually gotten better! If you missed it DO NOT MISS THIS! Heart achingly real and super funny-like life.

Don't see it if You’re homophobic.

Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if living life and looking for love. Its funny and sad.

Don't see it if if gay theme bother you. No open mind.

Also Michael Urie as Arnold is funny. Laughed alot thru out the show. The p... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you’re interested in LGBTQ issues, or are looking for masterful performances and writing with much humor and resonance. Urie and Ruehl!!!

Don't see it if you have trouble sitting through long shows. This is nearly 3 hours, but you may not even notice.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you want to see a play that deals with A gay man that wants love but can never truly find it

Don't see it if If you are bothered by an over the top flamboyant lead character

Also This play actually made me angry. I feel like it sets gay people back ... Read more Read less

Quirky yet tame, Hilarious but tear inducing, Snapshot of 70's, Profound yet sometimes mundane, Doesn't take risks

See it if love the script, Michael Urie, or Mercedes Ruehl, remember 70s scene, want to hope, remember the original production, need show about family

Don't see it if can't tolerate LGBTQ themes, hate dragqueens, can't pay attention for 3 hours+, think UR seeing Harvey Fierstein, can't think of possibility

Sparkling, funny revival of gay classic

See it if Michael gives his usual spot-on, hilarious performance. He makes the part all his own. Funny and touching. Wonderful dialogue.

Don't see it if Mercedes is also excellent. Loved the supporting cast. Audience rapport was palpable. A pre-AIDS period piece that still resonates.

Dated, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you'll enjoy terrific performances in this ground breaking work.

Don't see it if you object to LGBTQ themes.

Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining, Both funny & touching

See it if specifically about gay issues but really has universal theme of wanting love & acceptance - throughout the play but esp. sad in family drama

Don't see it if almost 3 hours & drags in the 2nd part 'Fugue in a Nursery' (which comes before intermission).

Also Michael Urie & Mercedes Ruehl were excellent in both delivering their ... Read more Read less

Still poignant, Wonderful michael urie, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Heartwarming portrayal of love & heartbreak set in NYC’s gay lifestyle of 1971-1980. Every line is milked for a range of emotions.

Don't see it if 2 tiny caveats: wish Michael Urie did less Harvey Fierstein & more himself (but is still great) & Jack DiFalco is now too old for role

Gorgeous story-telling you won’t soon forget, Intelligent and sharply-funny, Well-acted by the entire cast, The show everyone should see more than once, Meaningful to anyone with a pulse

See it if a profoundly-sensitive, intelligent, humorous, sometimes-bawdy show by Harvey Fierstein, brought to life by a perfect ensemble, excites you.

Don't see it if you dislike stories about homosexuality or that have moments of quite frank talk; need a neat-and-tidy resolution; can’t commit to 3 hours.

Also If you can’t find a piece of yourself somewhere in this play, you’re n... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You want a funny story with an amazing Michael Urie. His physical humor alone is worth the ticket. Mercedes is the consummate Jewish mom!

Don't see it if You do not like LGBT stories -but you’d be missing out on a great time and an amazing cast.

Also I saw this last season off-Bway during its Kiser run. I loved it then ... Read more Read less

Funny, Resonant

See it if Should be required watching for every gay! Humorous journey of how he's proud of himself and fights to receive love and respect from others.

Don't see it if Out and proud homosexuals scare you. Drag queen humor falls flat for you.

Also Ticket from TodayTix for $32.50. Farthest corner seat in the mezzanine... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Dated, Heartwarming

See it if Good acting in a well-made play that is funny and pulls on one's heart strings at the same time.

Don't see it if not interested in the topic or parent/child relationships. a bit dated.

A modern classic, Relevant, Touching, Interesting characters, Moving

See it if You missed this play off Broadway. It's one gay man's coming of age story that ends up being universal.

Don't see it if You're not interested in seeing how one gay man accepts himself.

Also Michael Urie is incredible as Arnold. He's a delight to watch.

Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You think hilarious and serious go hand in hand. You haven't seen enough plays about gay men in the 70s and 80s.

Don't see it if Definitely worth seeing, but it does get fairly intense.

Great acting, Relevant, Masterful, Poignant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see brilliant performances by the entire cast, led by Urie and Ruehl. Though dated in time, the story remains relevant.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in LGBTQ issues or history

Also Saw the off-Broadway production and loved it, but the Broadway product... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you want to see a play that will make you belly laugh to crying at the end of the play.

Don't see it if n/a

Funny, Great acting, Dated

See it if you didn't see it in 1982, are a fan of Michael Urie & Mercedes Ruehl. More of a wake up call in '82, it is still a fun show.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or aren't ready for another show about gay men, however clever and funny it may be

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Confusing, Dated

See it if you have never seen Torch Song before. Michael Urie was superb and the show was extremely moving. Required viewing for serious theatergoers.

Don't see it if you cannot sit through long plays. It is extremely dated yet still relevant. The play has some truly tragic moments, not just a comedy.

Absorbing, Hilarious, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to be thoroughly entertained. The entire cast is superb with a special shout out to Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl

Don't see it if I can't think of any reason not to see it. I hope to see it again.

Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see the dynamics between gay, bisexual and straight find acceptance. Arnold and his interaction is the key in the play.

Don't see it if You don’t like lgbqt issues. You only see in black and white on issues. This show makes you think.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you love stories about love, family and finding yourself among loss.

Don't see it if LGBT story lines or explicit references bother you.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Dated, Funny, Great acting

See it if Scoring for 3 acts is 75, 85, 95 with more weight to superbly nuanced 3rd act which makes this a must see for cast and script

Don't see it if so many over the top jokes in acts 1 and 2 almost make it seem like a different piece than the superb act 3

Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you’d enjoy a hilarious exegesis on shame and identity.

Don't see it if the legroom in the Hayes Theatre will end your life in three hours.

Also Urie is a young Kevin Kline. Physical comedy, specificity, and vulnera... Read more Read less

Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy wonderful acting and direction. A profound look at family and relationships.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with homosexuality

November 1st, 2018
"As embodied by Michael Urie in the happy revival of Harvey Fierstein’s 'Torch Song,' Arnold is just the guy and gal to pull you out of your election-season weariness...Mr. Kaufman’s staging now feels smoother and quicker on its feet. It also feels, well, bigger...That’s Ms. Ruehl’s part, which s...
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November 2nd, 2018
“’There’s something mechanical about the production’s particular brand of glossy camp...I kept wanting ‘Torch Song’s’ flow of winks and witticisms to feel a little less automated, a little more undergirded with real stakes, anguish, and risk...Without more ferocity and friction under the facade, ...
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November 1st, 2018
"Perhaps there's something liberating about being back within these historically significant walls that has coaxed Michael Urie out from behind the author's shadow to seize ownership of the heart-on-his-sleeve protagonist in a virtuoso turn... Not only does he now feel more like a flesh-and-blood...
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November 1st, 2018
"In the exquisite new Broadway revival, Michael Urie establishes himself as a fearless and compelling leading man — delivering a master-class in physical comedy and dramatic authenticity that, in the play’s most gripping scenes, brings laughter and tears nearly simultaneously...Some of those cuts...
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