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Fierstein’s ‘Torch Song’ comes to Second Stage with Mercedes Ruehl

Mercedes Ruehl will play a Jewish mother in

Mercedes Ruehl will play a Jewish mother in the revised and retitled revival "Torch Song." Photo Credit: Getty Images / Astrid Stawiarz

THE SHOW “Torch Song”

THE DEAL Tony and Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl will join Michael Urie for the revised and retitled Off-Broadway revival of Harvey Fierstein’s landmark 1982 gay drama, “Torch Song Trilogy,” at Second Stage Theater. Urie will play a drag performer and Ruehl will be his Jewish mother. The play was made into a 1988 film with Fierstein, Matthew Broderick and Anne Bancroft. Previews begin Sept. 26.

THE SHOW “Jerry’s Girls”

THE DEAL With the Bette Midler-led Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” bringing in big bucks, it was inevitable that another Jerry Herman musical would come along. Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company will present a limited-run concert production of the all-female revue “Jerry’s Girls,” which contains songs from “Dolly,” “Mame” and more Herman shows, as part of its Musicals in Mufti series beginning Aug. 5. The 1985 Broadway production starred Chita Rivera, Dorothy Loudon and Leslie Uggams.

THE SHOW “A Clockwork Orange”

THE DEAL On the heels of “1984” on Broadway, another stage adaptation of a classic dystopian novel is set to come from London to New York. Alexandra Spencer-Jones’ production of Anthony Burgess’ incendiary 1962 work, “A Clockwork Orange,” will play Off-Broadway’s New World Stages beginning Sept. 2. Just like “1984,” “A Clockwork Orange,” which was filmed by Stanley Kubrick in 1971, has scenes where its rebellious protagonist is captured and tortured.

THE SHOW “Death of a Salesman”

THE DEAL Following the strange and divisive Broadway revivals of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” and “The Crucible” by experimental director Ivo van Hove, his best-known drama will receive an avant-garde, symbolism-driven interpretation in Brooklyn directed by Rubén Polendo. It will play the Fishman Space at BAM Fisher from July 14 to 23. A decade ago, when Polendo directed “Hair” at New York University, every actor shaved their head and the score was remade to sound like Philip Glass.

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