Opens Oct 19

Torch Song

Members say: Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing, Entertaining
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Second Stage Theater revives Harvey Fierstein's Tony Award-winning play about the life of a Jewish drag queen in 1979 New York City. Starring Michael Urie ('Ugly Betty') and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl.

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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 returns to Broadway for a new generation.

 
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85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing

See it if You saw "Torch Song Trilogy,," see this. Great cast, great acting, great writing. A must see.

Don't see it if N/A

91
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to see something that's fundamentally human. A protagonist so lovable that you laugh and cry with him. I didn't want it to end.

Don't see it if you have a trouble relationship with your parents and this topic upsets you.

92
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Exquisite, Must see, Great writing

See it if A beautiful production of a classic play. I loved the original broadway production and this one is just as good. Don’t miss it!

Don't see it if You’re homophobic/anti gay rights.

95
During previews
Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you have interest in LGBT plays, you want to see an excellent revival of an award-winning play, you want a look into gay relationships

Don't see it if don't like plays with lgbt issues, you want big production values

Also This first revival of award winning Torch Song Trilogy has been slight... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Relevant, Great revival

See it if you want a first rate comic drama. Some great performances. Urie and Ruehl are worth seeing in anything, especially something so satisfying

Don't see it if Gay themed plays are not entertaining. If you don’t want to tarnish your memories of the original production.

Also This play was ahead of its time. The gay protagonist’s search for love... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Must see

See it if perfect writing, casting, acting, direction, costume and set design, lighting plus insightful, relevant theater makes you appreciative.

Don't see it if LGBT history - especially at the most personal family intimate level - and the stuggle that continues - will put you off.

Also Rarely has every element of a production come together so flawlessly t... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Great acting, Well-paced, Dated, Bound to be a hit revival, Urie makes the part his own

See it if You are interested in seeing a tightened iteration of a somewhat overrated play. Urie and Ruehl are strong.

Don't see it if You don't like gay plays or you find voice affectations (Urie's) annoying. Seems cliched because it was an early work to address gay themes.

87
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You’d be interested in a smart, funny, moving play that feels fresh and relevant, even though it was written in the 1980s.

Don't see it if You’re offended by talk of gay sex, relationships, and adoption.

100
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you love good theatre. I NEVER give a show a 100 score, but this one deserves it. It is as relevant and important today as it was originally

Don't see it if you are a fool! There is zero good reason to miss this show. It's really that good.

Also This play is just marvelous. Michael Urie is perfection. Like Harvey, ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Funny, Enchanting, Great acting, Riveting, Hilarious

See it if you want to see a funny, endearing show as relevant today as in the 80's, you're a fan of Urie & Ruehl both exquisite, enjoy gay comedies

Don't see it if gay subject matter turns you off, including simulations of gay sex, not a fan of rapid fire Brooklyn-style zingers, have mother issues

Also Fierstein has judiciously cut the show, notably in the first act which... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if love well written, well performed pieces, slightly dated but still resonates. The entire cast is terrific but KUDOS to Urie and Ruehl.

Don't see it if you offended by gay themed stories

75
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You enjoy Michael Urie and Mercedes Rule

Don't see it if Didn’t care for the original Bway production or the film

87
During previews
Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in gay lifestyle issues or human and family relationships in general.

Don't see it if if you are offended by non-traditional family structures or do not enjoy the examination of personal relationship and cultural structures.

93
During previews
Great acting, Must see, Moving, Worth it, Illuminating

See it if you’re up for a quality revival of a landmark play that articulates the tension of managing around a closeted life; it's your 1st Torch Song

Don't see it if you watch straight stories exclusively, or go to lots of queer theater & only want to see contemporary gay life w/o reference to the past

Also I almost passed on this (because seeing important, history-making play... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to see a fine revival of a major play that was ahead of its time in its treatment of long term gay relationships and gay parenting.

Don't see it if don't like plays about gay themes.

Also I was afraid the play might be dated, but it holds up very well. Micha... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want a wonderful story and a play that holds up to today's culture. Brilliant performances.

Don't see it if You get antsy during long shows. A solid 2 hours, 45 minutes including the intermission. It feels long at the end but important to hear.

79
During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in homosexual themes and family relationships.

Don't see it if gay sex upsets you.

Also 1) As overheard at the theater, this is not a musical. ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Funny, Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Romantic

See it if Torch Song is a witty loving play with much to say about important issues that impact both the straight and LGBT communities.

Don't see it if If you saw the original with Harvey and can't get that off your mind. This play insists on a replay of Harvey's Arnold and misses.

Also This revival channels Harvey Fierstein's performance and suffers. Mich... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Dated

See it if You love Fierstein or Urie. Want a lovely and lively night at the theatre. Enjoy laughs and feels.

Don't see it if Are a homophobe or resist family/relationship dramadies.

Also Terrific revival of an important piece of theatre and gay history!

90
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Excellent revival of Fierstein's play.The cast is terrific. Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl excel in their roles.

Don't see it if Plays involving a gay,Jewish drag queen and his relationships are not your cup of tea.

91
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you can avoid comparing it to Harvey F, in the lead role. Great attempt to shorten it to meet the needs of the current Broadway audience.

Don't see it if I missed Harvey F. It lost a bit with the cuts. It is relevant today but it lost a bit of the "crucial" soul searching factor.

91
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you are moved by a play that is both profound and normal, with a wonderful and flawed hero, and feels as timely now as it did decades ago.

Don't see it if you can't extrapolate how a very specific experience has many universal realities and truths.

89
During previews
Funny, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of Fierstein's but have never seen this play on stage. Or you want to see a play written in '88 that's just as relevant today.

Don't see it if You'll be upset sitting through another horrible performance by Jack DiFalco. Seriously, how does he still get roles?

Also Mercedes Ruehl is phenomenal although a lot of people are comparing he... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Dated, Great staging, Frustrating

See it if you want to see a masterful performance by Michael Urie.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that simultaneously feels dated and frustratingly relevant.

75
During previews
Fun, laughs, good sets

See it if you liked the original Torch Song Trilogy. Michael Urie is excellent but he is not Harvey.

Don't see it if you loved the original Torch Song. This is cut and shortened. Goes for the jokes.