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New York | 2h 40m | Ends Jan 06

Torch Song (NYC)

From 34 critic and 289 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, 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 | Ends Jan 06 | Helen Hayes Theatre (Midtown W)


90
NY1

"It’s even bigger and better than last year’s off-Broadway production...The entire six member cast has returned and they’ve each deepened their performances...'Torch Song' is guaranteed to touch a nerve and certainly it'll be cathartic for anyone who's ever had to explain their sexual orientation. But for those on the other side who still don't have it in their hearts to find acceptance, 'Torch Song' is essential viewing." Full Review

90
Towleroad

“This triumphant and beautifully imagined revival proves that ‘Torch Song’ remains both prophetic and timeless...Urie makes the role unmistakably his own...That ‘Torch Song’ takes Arnold’s journey toward love and acceptance with all seriousness is what made it so groundbreaking more than three decades ago. Of course, the play is also funny as all hell. The cast lands punch lines and navigates nuanced emotional turns with equally exquisite rhythm, thanks to Kaufman’s finely calibrated direction.” Full Review

90
On and Off Broadway

“Urie is lighting up the stage with his virtuoso performance...It’s a towering performance that is so filled with surprises...Beautifully directed...and powerfully acted by a cast that offers the sort of support that supplies theatrical fireworks...Fierstein’s ‘Torch Song’ is an early work that showed great promise and has now become a promise gloriously fulfilled. In this production Urie and Ruehl memorably personify its two central characters.” Full Review

90
The Stage (UK)

“A stirring revival...The play’s defiant and universal humanity shines through with a burning intensity in Kaufman’s beautifully modulated production. It is galvanised by the fierce combination of unsentimental vulnerability and independent dignity that Urie brings to the character of Arnold, while Ruehl errs just the right side of dramatic cliche in her performance as his overbearing Jewish mum. There’s also sympathetic support from Horton and Hope." Full Review

90
Entertainment Weekly

"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 are missed, though 'Torch Song‘s' flame still burns bright. This fresh production, skillfully directed by Kaufman, shows that Fierstein’s words are as poignant now as they were then." Full Review

89
Front Row Center

"If you don’t have a strong, charismatic, vulnerable, glorious Arnold, well really, what’s the point? Luckily, Michael Urie is all that and more...Urie makes the role his own from the opening monologue where he lays out Arnold’s wishes, hopes and dreams in a self-deprecating but unapologetically honest but guarded manor, to the last scene where he is a vulnerable wreck. And Urie alone is worth the price of admission." Full Review

85
The New York Times

"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 she walks, not runs, with and nearly steals the show in an expertly coiled performance." Full Review

85
New York Stage Review

"The folks at Second Stage have very successfully moved the 2017 revival from their 43rd Street off-Broadway theater to the Helen Hayes...Fierstein’s 'Torch Song' has its flaws. The four-way, seated-upright-lying-down Fugue in a Nursery operates on a cute conceit, but its cleverness palls after an extended while...At a time when a standing ovation is accorded just about anything in which the cast gets to the end of the play breathing, 'Torch Song' absolutely earns this one." Full Review

85
Chicago Tribune

"On Broadway, the heart always has sold the most tickets and this show has all the right feels...Under-appreciated for years, Urie is a fantastic physical actor — an atypically precise and detailed master farceur as adept at physical shtick as at making you care about his eminently lovable character...Miscast Jack DiFalco, who does not come off even remotely as a teenager...But even this unfathomably bizarre choice does not change the play’s poignancy." Full Review

85
Stage Left

“Fierstein’s landmark gay play ‘Torch Song’ is back on Broadway with an abridged text and title, but its heart and humanity intact. On second viewing, this production feels more muted and a bit too comfortable, but the performances are richer and better, and the subject matter as timely as ever. An uproarious comedy with a suite of characters you come to love, ‘Torch Song’ is a must-see of the fall (or any) season.” Full Review

85
New York Stage Review

"Directed with profound tenderness and rigorous wit by Moisés Kaufman, has as its leading man Michael Urie, one of the most comedically dexterous, effortlessly charming and frankly adorable stage performers to emerge in the past decade. But Kaufman and Urie’s triumph is not simply in making Arnold funny and lovable, foibles and all...Fierstein’s breakthrough work remains an uplifting study of a highly imperfect world, and thus as relevant and timely as ever." Full Review

85
Broadway News

"Urie triumphs in this play, primarily through the brilliance of his physical comedy, which adds another layer to the play’s fast and funny dialogue...It falls to director Moisés Kaufman to keep the one-liners aloft, and he does so adroitly, at a pace that means neither we nor the actors have time to catch our collective breath between laughs. But under all the verbal jousting is the sense that people, no matter how flawed or extreme, are reaching toward each other and a shared humanity." Full Review

85
Mashable

"The show’s themes are as timely now as ever...Throughout all parts, Urie does an exceedingly stellar job at inviting viewers into his thoughts, drawing them in with measured looks and sly glances. It's never over-the-top, merely an ability to keep an audience hooked moment to moment...It transcends merely being a history play and remains instead a lively and funny show that features a new high from the always-likeable Urie." Full Review

80
BroadwayWorld

“Fierstein has shaved an hour from the play's original running time...but still clocks in at close to 3 hours. You probably won't feel it, as the realistically clever banter seamless blends into moments of passion, disillusion and heartache in...Kaufman's brisk and energetic production. At the center of it all is the engaging Urie...Graceful and perky, he masks the shyness that he reveals to the audience with a fluttery energy that draws you in, mixed with intriguing moments of intense wisdom.” Full Review

80
CitiTour

"In navigating this monster of a role -- which was originated by Fierstein -- Urie (who is on stage almost every second of the three-hour running time) works harder than you can imagine: cracking jokes with razor-sharp timing, imbuing certain throw-away moments with peerless physical abandon, and, above all, piercing the heart time and again as he limns Arnold's confusion, happiness, and despair." Full Review

80
The Hollywood Reporter

"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 person, but the staging has acquired greater fluidity and emotional richness...Kaufman and his cast hit every note of humor and heartache in a durable work." Full Review

80
StageZine

"Upon second viewing what stands out the most is how pertinent and relevant the subject matter is now, even more so than it was in 1982. Back then, it had a certain voyeurism to gay culture and was titillating to see gay life explored so openly...Michael Urie has made the role of Arnold Beckoff his own. He has placed his own stamp and his own original contemporary take on Arnold...'Torch Song' still holds up more than 36 years later as an epic of LGBTQ life." Full Review

80
Medium

"The piece still works, it feels fresh and revolutionary all over again. It speaks to the gay experience powerfully and emotionally...Although the direction of the piece may at times seem a bit too minimal, the script edits sometimes don’t work, and the supporting cast is imperfect, none of it seems to matter because it is a joy to watch Michael Urie in this role...You will start the night laughing and end the night with some tears, but it is all worth it." Full Review

80
Philadelphia Inquirer

“A very funny sit-com rather than a daring expose of painful truths...But unlike most sit-coms, ‘Torch Song’ contains genuine drama: characters are fully drawn and solidly portrayed; it has serious and moving moments as well as hilarious bits, and the show refuses to resolve everything too tidily...The excellent and revealing sets...tellingly providing a platform for some terrific acting under the solid direction of Kaufman." Full Review

75
CurtainUp

"A classy and distinctly modern production...The best thing about revisiting the timeless theme of unconditional, committed love that's the underpinning of all three acts is Fierstein's rapid-fire dialogue that mixes the snappy one liners enriched with moving revelations. Fortunately, the ensemble is up to landing the zingers and inhabiting their roles convincingly...Falls short of the socially relevant depth of Kushner's epic 'Angels in America.' But it's smartly staged and trimmed." Full Review

75
AM New York

"Urie masterfully combines his nimble comic abilities with an exposed vulnerability. His combative scenes with Ruehl make for compelling family drama...While 'Torch Song' lacks the brilliance of 'Angels in America' and the bite of 'The Boys in the Band,' it is well worth a second look. And though at times it can be rather clunky and schmaltzy, Kaufman’s production contains some genuinely beautiful moments and excellent performances all around." Full Review

75
Broadway Blog

"Urie presents a nearly impossible task in the opening monologue...How can the rest of the play be as brilliantly honest, vulnerable, funny and poignant than those first few moments with Arnold Beckoff? Urie is equal parts flair, flamboyant, and fractured...The characters unleash years of pent-up resentment...The night I was in attendance, gasps and tears reverberated through the audience, such was the impact of this verbal fisticuffs." Full Review

70
The Wall Street Journal

"Mr. Fierstein’s play might not have been quite so radical as it once seemed...‘Torch Song’ is looking more like a commercial comedy about a nice Jewish boy and his impossible mother—and a pretty good one, too...The only thing wrong with Second Stage’s off-Broadway revival of ‘Torch Song,’ which has been very effectively directed by Moisés Kaufman, is Mr. Urie, a fine actor who is miscast as Mr. Fierstein." Full Review

70
Talkin' Broadway

"What I see is a deft trilogy that humanizes a protagonist some small-minded audience members from the hinterlands might have resented, and offers vivid opportunities to its six actors. But awkward moments remain...We all love Mercedes Ruehl, don't we, but her Mrs. Beckoff has a distracting star-turn quality...Fierstein navigates expertly between comedy and drama here, but his determination to send us out on a hopeful note creates more than one unlikelihood." Full Review

70
Deadline

"Director Moisés Kaufman and Fierstein have streamlined things, not ideally but smoothly enough. The play’s connective tissue was always more spirit than plot anyway. And even with the cuts, 'Torch Song' seems like the pal you haven’t seen in ages, forgotten charms resurrecting themselves before your eyes...The creeping feeling that 'Torch Song' is more dated than we’d hoped takes hold...As if to confront and wrestle down any datedness head-on, Kaufman and his cast go broad." Full Review


100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Relevant

See it if A brilliant revival. Michael Urie is amazing as is Mercedes and the ensemble.

Don't see it if Don't see this if you don't like good theater!

100
Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You want to see a play that is going to tug at the heartstrings while still entertaining you.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of long plays (even though it didn't feel very long) or profanity. Another issue could be the breaking of the fourth wall.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Hilarious

See it if you love a great well written truthful play about love, family, loss, loneliness, identity and valuing one’s self.

Don't see it if you do not like very frank and honest portrayals of LGBTQ. your loss though.

Also An absolutely magnificent play. Please do yourself a favor and go see ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if I can not stress enough how close to perfection this piece of theater is. Every moment of this show is though provoking and beautiful.

Don't see it if You don't like the breaking of the fourth wall, are not a fan of farces and don't allow yourself to be lost in a piece of work.

100
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a play that is going to touch your heart and make you think about your own family relationships

Don't see it if You aren’t a fan of swearing or “long” plays - even though it did not feel long at all.

100
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if Anyone who’s ever had to come out to a parent should see this show. It’s a fun exploration of identity and love.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you don’t have a heart.

100
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Great writing

See it if You want to see an incredible production. Michael Urie is AMAZING in this! You will laugh, you will cry and you will love it.

Don't see it if You are homophobic or dont want to sit through a nearly 3 hour play (you don't feel it though! it's worth it!)

100
Funny, Must see, Relevant, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You want to see a show with great acting and writing. Michael Urie is a miracle in the role of Arnold. Mercedes Ruhle wonderful as well.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a show with a gay theme. Otherwise go! It’s NOT dated. I saw it in 1981 and loved it as much now.

98
Masterful, Must see, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a timeless play, amazing acting,brillant lines that makes you question so many things;family, values, fatherhood, gay issues

Don't see it if If you are homophobic, have no respect to lgbt community, bothered with family drama

Also Not only the lead actor but the entire cast was phonomenal. They bring... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Hilarious

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.

96
Funny, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Entertaining

See it if you want to be entertained. I loved it. It was funny, sad & so much more.

Don't see it if you do not like gay theme stories.

Also -Seating at the Hayes Theater was tight. We have normal length limbs, ... Read more Read less

96
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You're looking for a classic piece of queer drama.

Don't see it if You're homophobic. Genuinely, there isn't a reason to not see this play otherwise.

Also To build off of what I just said, this is a play that can be loved by ... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Masterful

See it if you love great comedy, emotional realism, and tour-de-force Michael Urie bringing the house down in historic & still very relevant 80s play.

Don't see it if LGBTQ life in NYC ....cabaret, nightlife, dating, bed-hopping, parenting is not your cup of tea. And if not--you really *should* see it ;)

Also Never saw this back in the day when I was a young & poor student. This... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

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.

95
Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You enjoy thought-provoking shows and don't take issue with characters being gay

Don't see it if you want a more traditional family issues drama with straight people

95
Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a really great performance-lead play that is both intensely funny and makes you feel a lot.

Don't see it if you are sentimentally attached to the original, longer version of the play with Fierstein & don't want to see that some scenes have been cut

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound

See it if You enjoy plays that are deeply thought-provoking, if you like Harvey Fierstein and his work, if you are interested in LGBT narratives

Don't see it if You're looking for a solely lighthearted play. (This play will absolutely make you laugh, many times, but it will also make you cry)

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like funny, but also serious dramas with well-written scripts and fantastic characters.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with homosexual themes

95
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Shows dealing with homosexuality over the 70’s-80’s. Great acting, topics relevant to the times. A really good remake.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with talk of gay sex, coming out, gay parenting, or like issues. You want a musical.

95
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like a funny show. The acting is great. It is also very moving and relevant.

Don't see it if It you don't want to see a show centered around a gay theme.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Hilarious

See it if You like "outsider" viewpoints, riveting family drama, powerhouse acting, pathos with comedy, mother/son fireworks, Modern Family.

Don't see it if you are not comfortable with anything but the heteronormative, if depictions of gay and bisexual themes upsets you.

95
Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a beautiful show with so much heart and laughs

Don't see it if you prefer a show that is only one thing

Also loved it from top to bottom

95
Delightful, Intense, Thought-provoking, Must see, Refreshing

See it if So emotional and delicately written. The monologue in the beginning alone made me cry so hard...

Don't see it if ...

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if for Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl. Talk about a masterclass in acting. Also if you like anything involving Harvey Fierstein

Don't see it if simulated gay sex bothers you, you don't like LGBTQ+ themes (esp set in the 70s and 80s), or intense family dramas

Also Saw this in previews on Oct 27, 2018. This is 2 hrs and 40 mins w/ one... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound

See it if You like well written pieces, outstanding performances and a good story.

Don't see it if If you don’t like long plays, or if you are a homophobic.

Also It is simply wonderful. Michael Urie carries the show with such gusto ... Read more Read less


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