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Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein

Tony-winning actor, Tony-winning playwright, Tony-winning book writer, perennial firebrand and the unofficial mayor of West 45th Street.  These are just a few of our favorite ways to describe Harvey Fierstein who, as he approaches his sixth decade in show business, has managed to maintain a consistent grasp on that slipperiest aspect of public life: relevance. Fierstein has never stopped shaping and shifting popular culture with his seemingly bottomless supply of cross-disciplinary creativity, and he holds the rare honor of being a Tony Award winner across four different categories — Best Play (Torch Song Trilogy), Best Actor in a Play (Torch Song Trilogy), Best Book of a Musical (La Cage aux Folles), and Best Actor in a Musical (Hairspray).  Additionally, he earned Tony nominations for his work on Newsies (Best Book), Casa Valentina (Best Play) and Torch Song (Best Revival). Other theater writing includes A Catered Affair, Safe Sex, Legs Diamond, Spookhouse, and Flatbush Tosca. He wrote the teleplays for “The Wiz Live” and “Hairspray Live.” His revised book of Funny Girl earned overwhelming critical acclaim in London. His political editorials have appeared in The New York Times, TV Guide, Huffington Post, and on PBS’s “In the Life.” His children’s book, The Sissy Duckling, is now in its eighth printing and was adapted into a Humanitas Award-winning HBO special. His voice can be heard on the animated series Bojack Horseman, Family Guy, The Simpsons and Dark Crystal. Movie fans know him for Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day, and Bullets Over Broadway. This fall, he returns to the New York stage to star in MTC’s world premiere production of his own play, Bella Bella, as fellow outspoken icon Bella Abzug.

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