Harvey Fierstein Biography (1954-)

Surname is pronounced "Fire-steen"; full name, Harvey Forbes Fierstein; bornJune 6, 1954, in New York, NY; son of Irving (a handkerchief manufacturer) and Jacqueline Harriet (a school librarian; maiden name, Gilbert) Fierstein. Addresses: Agent: Innovative Artists, 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067-6022.; Office: AGF, Inc., 30 West 21st St., Fl. 7, New York, NY10010-6905; c/o Green Siegel & Associates, 8730 Sunset Blvd., Suite 470,Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Harvey Fierstein, Tony award winning playwright and actor, is best known forhis 1981 Torch Song Trilogy, lauded by Newsweek's Jack Kroll as "the first stage work that has made gays and straights laugh and cry atthe upside-down similarities between the emotional and sexual hang-ups in both worlds." Credited with bringing a positive view of homosexuality to replacethe negative stereotypes previously presented in the theatre, Fierstein alsoenjoyed a large measure of success with his musical adaptation of French playwright Jean Poiret's La Cage aux folles. Both Torch Song Trilogy and La Cage aux folles had long runs on Broadway; Fierstein's 1987 response to the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) crisis, Safe Sex, also achieved Broadway status, playing at the Lyceum Theatre.

Playwright, actor, producer, singer
Birth Details
June 6, 1954
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

Recent Updates

December 9, 2004: Fierstein's musical La Cage aux Folles is revived on Broadway in a production that opens December 9th at the Marquis Theatre. Source: New York Times, www.nytimes.com, August 18, 2004.November 12, 2004: Fierstein will take over the role of Tevye in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof in January, 2005. Source: Associated Press, http://customwire.ap.org, November 12, 2004.December 5, 2005: Fierstein is in talks with Fox executives about developing a sitcom in which he would play a blue-collar mom. Source: Yahoo News, http://news.yahoo.com, December 5, 2005.

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