July 17, 1988 |
"Lies! All lies!" Harvey Fierstein bellows at Anne Bancroft in his familiar foghorn voice. Bancroft, dressed very New York in matronly suit and broad-brimmed hat, sits with a reporter in the parking lot of a downtown Los Angeles warehouse, chatting about the filming of "Torch Song Trilogy." Fierstein, who stars, writes and co-produces, eavesdrops, legs dangling off the tailgate of a prop truck. He grins mischievously. "I'm watching you!"
October 3, 2007 |
SAN DIEGO -- To call "A Catered Affair," the new musical drama based on a tired old Paddy Chayefsky teleplay, a period piece would be an understatement. The show, which had its world premiere Sunday at the Old Globe, is an invitation to slip into a time warp -- a rackety Bronx time warp, circa 1953, that's complete with busybody neighbors in housedresses and kerchiefs who are forever cupping their ears to the kitchen arguments spilling into the tenement courtyard below.
June 8, 2003 |
For a man accustomed to the spotlight, Harvey Fierstein is in danger of being upstaged. As the star of "Hairspray" emcees the Drama League Awards luncheon, introducing a glittering array of theater celebrities, all eyes turn to Antonio Banderas, who is appearing in the hit revival of "Nine." Actress Cherry Jones tells the packed gathering at a midtown hotel that she has just seen the musical, declaring: "I am a gay woman, and I loved every woman up there.
August 28, 2002 |
Harvey Fierstein is shaving his eyebrows. This is a first for him. Oh sure, he's worn lipstick and eyeliner, dresses and falsies, high heels and pantyhose. But before he began playing Edna Turnblad, the frumpy Baltimore housewife in the new Broadway musical "Hairspray," Fierstein had never taken razor in hand and removed all traces of his eyebrows.
September 30, 2007 |
When Harvey Fierstein was about 9, his Uncle Irwin coerced him onto the Cyclone, the roller coaster at Coney Island. When the scary ride was over and little Harvey was back on terra firma, his uncle chided: "So you lived through that, right? But you kept your eyes closed, and you missed the whole thing." "I never forgot that lesson," recalls Fierstein in his inimitable basso profundo as a car service takes him through the clogged Manhattan streets to a shoe fitting at T.O.
March 10, 1992 |
Cheers for Fierstein: Playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein will make his TV comedy debut on an upcoming episode of NBC's "Cheers." Fierstein, who wrote and starred in "Torch Song Trilogy," has been cast as the high school flame of Kirstie Alley's character, Rebecca, who tries to rekindle the fire not knowing that he's gay.