Torch Song (2018)

Torch Song (2018)

by  Harvey Fierstein

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 2f

Torch Song is a new two-act adaptation of the 1983 Tony® Award-winning play.
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Torch Song (2018)

by  Harvey Fierstein

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


  • Accolades


    Tony, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In Torch Song – the two-act revival of Harvey Fierstein’s award-winning Torch Song Trilogy – the life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City, is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and 1980s. Told with a likable, human voice, Torch Song follows Arnold’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.
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  • Winner! 1983 Tony® Award for Best Play for Torch Song Trilogy


"Spectacular! A Grade-A energizing joy!" - Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"Torch Song brings laughter and tears simultaneously. It's impossible not to feel electricity in the theater." - Entertainment Weekly


Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Open Flame Open Flame
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance



  • Time Period: 1980s, 1970s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


4m, 2f

Arnold - A drag queen, Jewish, and gay.
Ed - A Brooklyn school teacher, older than Arnold, handsome, charming, claims he is bisexual.
Laurel - A woman Ed meets while in a relationship with Arnold. Later becomes Ed's lover.
Alan - A handsome man, younger than Arnold, who models and aspires to be an actor.
David - Arnold's fifteen-year-old foster child (played by an adult).
Mrs. Beckoff - Arnold's widowed mother.

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Cast Attributes

  • Drag performance



Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein made his professional acting debut at La Mama ETC in 1971 in Andy Warhol's only play, Pork. He followed that with appearances in more than 60 Off-Off-Broadway productions before he began his career as a playwright. Early works like Flatbush Tosca and Cobra Jewels led to his underground hit, Torch Song ...

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Torch Song premiered at the Tony Kieser Theatre in a Second Stage Theater Production on October 19, 2017 under the direction of Moisés Kaufman. Under the same direction, the play transferred to Broadway in November 1, 2018 at The Hayes Theater as a Second Stage Theater production. 

Torch Song Trilogy
 premiered at La Mama ETC over the course of two years from February 1978 - October 1979 under the direction of Eric Concklin. The play transferred to Broadway in June 1982 under the direction of Peter Pope.

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