On this day, in 1954, Broadway actor and playwright, Harvey Fierstein was born. A Tony Award-winning actor, he is also a Tony Award-winning writer.
Fierstein lit Broadway on fire in 1982 when his play Torch Song Trilogy, about a gay drag-performer, opened. It won Best Play. It also garnered him the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, having starred in it. He later won another Tony Award for acting in the musical Hairspray. The musical, before hitting Broadway, had its world premiere at the 5th Avenue Theatre here in Seattle.
He's also written the books for several beloved musicals. La Cage aux Folles won him a Tony Award for Best Book. He also wrote the book for Newsies. The national touring production of Newsies hit the Paramount Theatre last year. Read the Encore Arts Program of that performance, here. Perhaps his most famous work, thus far, was writing the book for the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. That show was in Seattle most recently in April of last year. Read the Encore Arts Program of that production, here.
One of the first openly gay celebrities in the United States, he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2007.
From Torch Song Trilogy:
From Kinky Boots: