Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it "Spectacular! A Grade-A energizing joy!" And Entertainment Weekly raves, "TORCH SONG brings laughter and tears simultaneously. It's impossible not to feel electricity in the theater." Don't miss this "profoundly moving" (The Hollywood Reporter) production of the Tony Award®-winning play, starring Drama Desk Award winner MICHAEL URIE ("Younger," "Ugly Betty," Buyer & Cellar) and Academy Award® and Tony winner MERCEDES RUEHL (The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers), directed by Tony nominee MOISÉS KAUFMAN (The Laramie Project, I Am My Own Wife).
Hilarious 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.
MICHAEL URIE (Arnold). Broadway: How to Succeed... Off-Broadway: Buyer & Cellar (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, L.A. Drama Critics Awards); The Government Inspector; Homos, or Everyone in America (Obie Award); Shows For Days; The Cherry Orchard; Angels in America; The Temperamentals (Lortel, Drama Desk, Theatre World awards); Bright Colors and Bold Patterns (director). Regional theatre includes Hamlet for Michael Kahn at The Shakespeare Theatre. Film: He's Way More Famous Than You (also directed), Thank You for Judging (co-director), WTC View, Decoy Bride, Petunia, Such Good People, The Hyperglot (director). TV: "Younger," "The Good Wife," "Modern Family," "Hot in Cleveland," "Ugly Betty." Training: Juilliard.
MERCEDES RUEHL (Mrs. Beckoff) earned Tony, Drama Desk, and Helen Hayes Awards for Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers and Academy & Golden Globe Awards for The Fisher King. Additional theater: The Shadowbox (Tony nom.), Edward Albee's The Goat (Tony nom.), Woman Before a Glass (Obie Award), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie), Other People's Money (Clarence Derwent Award), The Rose Tattoo (Drama Desk nom.), The American Plan, Albee's The Occupant, Simon's The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Old Vic), Full Gallop (Old Globe)... Additional films: Married to the Mob (National Society of Film Critics Award), Big, Heartburn, Minus Man... TV: "Bull," "Life in Pieces," "Power," "Law & Order: SVU," "Luck," "Frasier," "Gia."
WARD HORTON (Ed). Broadway debut. Off-B'way and Regional: Torch Song (Second Stage), In Masks Outrageous and Austere, The Autobiography of God, Lost in Yonkers, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Television: Scott Strauss on CBS's "Pure Genuis," "Royal Pains," "White Collar," "CSI: Miami," "Law & Order," "Mercy," "Gossip Girl," "Day Break," "Law & Order: SVU." Film: Annabelle, Midnighters, Alto, Bakery in Brooklyn, The Wolf of Wall Street, Falling for Grace, The Good Shepherd, Loverboy. Wake Forest University @wardhorton.
JACK DIFALCO (David). Broadway: Marvin's Room. Off-Broadway: Torch Song (Second Stage), Yen (MCC), Mercury Fur (The New Group), Lord of the Flies (Denver Center). Film: Goldfinch, Paterno, Untitled Marshall Burnette, One Percent More Humid (Tribeca Film Festival 2017), Bully (Dances with Films Festival 2018), I Can I Will I Did (Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017). Television: "Daredevil," "Law & Order: SVU," "The OA," "Blue Bloods." 2015 Clive Barnes Foundation nominee for New Emerging Talent in Theatre. Instagram: @jackdifalco.
ROXANNA HOPE RADJA (Laurel). Broadway: Frost/Nixon, The Women, among others. Off-Broadway: Torch Song (Second Stage), Ruins of Civilization, Dan Cody's Yacht (Manhattan Theatre Club), Ode to Joy, Rattlestick, Princess Turandot, 1001, among others. Regional: Hartford Stage, Shakespeare Theatre NJ, American Conservatory Theater, Huntington, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, and others. Film/TV: Puncture, "Blue Bloods," "Unforgettable," "The Good Wife," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: CI," "All My Children." MFA: American Conservatory Theater.
MICHAEL HSU ROSEN (Alan) was last seen on Broadway in On the Town and as Chino in West Side Story. His Off-Broadway/Regional theater credits include Torch Song (2ST), Dot (Vineyard Theatre), Do I Hear A Waltz? (Encores!), Somewhere (Hartford Stage, CT Critics Circle Nom.), Nikolai & the Others (LCT). His on-screen credits include Looking: The Movie (HBO), Safe Spaces, Lavender, "Taxi Brooklyn" (NBC), Unt. Netflix Series (upcoming). He was selected for the 2016 ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase.
WILL BLUM (u/s Arnold). Broadway: School of Rock (Dewey), The Book of Mormon (Elder Cunningham), Grease (Roger). National Tours: R+H's Cinderella, HAIR, Elf, Grease, Seussical. Regional: Harmony, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual... Spelling Bee, Jesus Christ Superstar, Floyd Collins. Television: "Elementary," "Wacky Races." BFA: The Boston Conservatory. For Dad. Instagram: @willblum
CLAYBOURNE ELDER (u/s Ed). Broadway: Bonnie and Clyde (Buck), Sunday in the Park... (Soldier/George Standby). Off-Broadway: Road Show (Hollis), One Arm (Drama Desk nomination), Allegro (Lortel nomination). Regional: Sondheim on Sondheim (Hollywood Bowl), Angels in America (dir. David Cromer). TV: "The Carrie Diaries" (Pete). Love and thanks to Steve Maihack and CESD.
ANTOINETTE LaVECCHIA (u/s Mrs. Beckoff, Laurel). Credits include, A View From The Bridge (Broadway), The Portuguese Kid (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Blameless (The Old Globe), A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter Theatre, Cleveland Play House). Film/TV: Deliver Us From Evil, "Law & Order: SVU," "Blue Bloods," "The Sopranos". Training: MFA Tisch/NYU, Moscow Art Theatre, Philippe Gaulier. www.antoinettelavecchia.com
ROB MOREAN (u/s Alan, David). Broadway Debut! TV: "Black Lightning" (CW). Theater: NYC Premier of Blue Stockings (Will), Nice Meeting You (Brandon). Proud graduate of the New Studio on Broadway at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Endless love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, Alex, Randy, Steven, Moisés, Richie, and Harvey. @rob_morean
HARVEY FIERSTEIN (Playwright) theater work includes Torch Song Trilogy (Best Play, Best Actor, Tony and Drama Desk awards), Kinky Boots (Best Musical Tony), La Cage aux Folles (Best Book, Tony and Drama Desk awards), Newsies (Tony nominated), Casa Valentina (Tony nominated), A Catered Affair (12 Drama Desk nominations), Safe Sex (Ace Award), Legs Diamond, Spookhouse, Flatbush Tosca, and Freaky Pussy. He's written teleplays for NBC's "Hairspray Live!" and "The Wiz Live!" His revised script of Funny Girl, ran to critical acclaim in London and has been filmed for broadcast. His political editorials have appeared in The New York Times, TV Guide, Huffington Post and broadcast on PBS's "In the Life." Harvey's children's book, The Sissy Duckling, is now in its 8th printing, and the HBO animated special of the story won Harvey the Humanities Award. Mr. Fierstein has been recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and has been inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and the Brooklyn Walk of Fame.
MOISÉS KAUFMAN (Director) is a 2015 recipient of the National Medal of Arts from President Obama and the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project. Mr. Kaufman's Broadway directing credits include the revival of The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, 33 Variations (which he also wrote) starring Jane Fonda (5 Tony nominations), Rajiv Joseph's Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams, and Doug Wright's Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife. His play The Laramie Project (which he wrote with the members of Tectonic Theater Project) is among the most performed plays in America. His film adaptation of The Laramie Project received 5 Emmy nominations. Mr. Kaufman is a Guggenheim Fellow and an Obie winner.
DAVID ZINN (Scenic Design). Broadway scenic and costume design credits include The Boys in the Band, SpongeBob SquarePants, Amelie, Fun Home, and The Last Ship. Broadway scenic design credits include The Waverly Gallery, The Humans, and Present Laughter. Broadway costume design credits include A Doll's House, Part 2; Airline Highway; Rocky; Other Desert Cities; Xanadu; among others. Off-Broadway credits include Hir, Dogfight, The Flick, Circle Mirror Transformation. UK: Fun Home, The Flick, and The Humans. Tony, Drama Desk, Obie Awards.
CLINT RAMOS (Costume Design). Notable set/costume designs include: Broadway: Once on This Island (Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk nomination), Sunday in the Park With George, Six Degrees of Separation, In Transit, Eclipsed (Tony Award), The Elephant Man (Broadway, West End), Violet. Off-Broadway: Familiar, The True, Here Lies Love (NY, London), Sweet Charity, Bella, and Booty Candy. Over 200 regional and international credits. Encores! Off-Center Principal Designer. Awards: Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, 3 Lucille Lortels, TDF Sharaff Award, 2 ATW Henry Hewes, Helen Hayes. Upcoming: Wild Goose Dreams. Head of Design at Fordham University Theatre Program. @clintramos
DAVID LANDER (Lighting Design). Broadway: The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, The Lyons with Linda Lavin, Master Class with Tyne Daly, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics nominations), 33 Variations (Tony, Outer Critics nominations), I Am My Own Wife (Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations), Dirty Blond (Drama Desk nom), A Man for All Seasons, among others. Off-Broadway: Vineyard Theatre, NYTW, Playwrights Horizons, Public Theater, Signature Theatre, among others. Regional: Alley Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, among others. International Theatre and Opera: Dublin, Delhi, London, Melbourne, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, among others.
JOHN GROMADA (Sound Design). Broadway: 35+ productions, including The Elephant Man, Trip to Bountiful (Tony nomination), The Best Man (Drama Desk Award), Clybourne Park, Seminar, Next Fall, Prelude to a Kiss, Proof, Rabbit Hole, Twelve Angry Men and A Few Good Men. Other NY credits: Amy and the Orphans, Ripcord, Shadowlands, Dada Woof Papa Hot, Incident at Vichy, Screwtape Letters, Old Hats, My Name is Asher Lev, Measure for Measure (Delacorte), Orphans' Home Cycle (Drama Desk and Henry Hewes Awards), Shipwrecked! (Lortel Award), The Skriker (Drama Desk Award), Machinal (OBIE Award). Film: The Trip to Bountiful www.johngromada.com
CHARLES G. LaPOINTE (Hair/Wig Design). Over 90 Broadway shows including: Hamilton, The Band's Visit, Beautiful, Anastasia, SpongeBob SquarePants (2018 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Wig and Hair Design), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Amélie, Motown the Musical, A Gentleman's Guide..., The Color Purple, In the Heights. Upcoming Broadway: The Cher Show, Beetlejuice. Television: "The Wiz Live!" (Emmy Award Nomination), "Jesus Christ Superstar Live!" (Emmy Award Nomination), "Bluebloods," "American Crime," "Maddoff," "In A Man's World," "Hairspray."
JOE DULUDE III (Make-Up Design). Broadway/West End: Wicked, Beautiful. Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Sunday in the Park with George, Anastasia, Holiday Inn, Allegiance, If/Then, Follies, etc. Off-Broadway: Sweet Charity, Into the Woods, Wild Party, Show Boat. Television: "Jesus Christ Superstar Live!" (Emmy nomination). Film: The Discovery, Manhattan by the Sea, Ghostbusters. Adjunct Faculty: Muhlenberg College, Hartt School. joe2design.com
BETHANY WEINSTEIN STEWERT (Production Manager). Most recently on Broadway: Lobby Hero and Straight White Men. Bethany has Production Managed at Aurora Productions, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, and Second Stage Theater. She is the founder of Stewert Productions, LLC.
FRANK LOMBARDI (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, A Behanding in Spokane, Hamlet (with Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes), Spamalot, Disney's Tarzan, Hairspray, The Sound of Music, Steel Pier, Side Show, Footloose, The Red Shoes, The Secret Garden. Other recent credits: Plenty (Public Theater), Mary Poppins, Million Dollar Quartet (Paper Mill Playhouse), Camelot (Westport Country Playhouse), Idaho! (Smith Center, Las Vegas), The Will Rogers Follies (Maltz Jupiter Theatre).
TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting). Broadway/Tours: Network; The Cher Show; The Prom; American Son; Pretty Woman; My Fair Lady; Mean Girls; Frozen; Once on This Island; Anastasia; Come From Away; Waitress; Hamilton; Kinky Boots; Wicked; Hello, Dolly!; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; On Your Feet!. Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater Company, Classic Stage Company, MCC, St. Ann's Warehouse, Second Stage Theater. Film: Mary Poppins Returns, Ben Is Back, The Greatest Showman, Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married. TV: "Murphy Brown," "This Is Us," "House of Cards," "Divorce," "NCIS: New Orleans," "One Day at a Time," "Atypical," "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert," commercials. www.telseyandco.com
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RED AWNING/NICOLE KASTRINOS (Executive Producer). A division of Jujamcyn Theaters, Red Awning provides a full range of executive producing services. Broadway: Head Over Heels, Angels in America, Present Laughter, A Night With Janis Joplin, Soul Doctor, Forever Tango, Manilow on Broadway, Clybourne Park, Lombardi, The Miracle Worker, Finian's Rainbow, A Bronx Tale, August Wilson's Radio Golf.
RCI THEATRICALS (General Manager). Productions include American Son, Anastasia, Fiddler on the Roof, You Can't Take It With You, All the Way, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Porgy and Bess, August: Osage County. Upcoming: Jagged Little Pill, Hadestown. Thanks, Tamar. www.rcitheatricals.com