Thanks to the arrival of two special guests, there were deafening cheers at Torch Song before last night’s show even began.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation at the Saturday evening performance of Harvey Fierstein’s seminal gay masterwork. Chelsea Clinton and husband Mark Mezvinsky were also in attendance.
Starting the night with a standing ovation for @HillaryClinton and @BillClinton at #TorchSongBway! It's an incredible honor to have the Clintons join us for the night. #TheTorchIsLit pic.twitter.com/fk9bvtsFQr
— Torch Song on Broadway (@TorchSongBway) November 25, 2018
The acclaimed revival of Torch Song Trilogy, newly streamlined and renamed Torch Song, is at the Hayes Theater (formerly the Little Theatre), the same space where the Tony-winning play made its Broadway premiere in 1982 and ran for three years.
Filling Fierstein’s formidable heels, Michael Urie stars as Arnold, a Jewish drag queen in New York City with a complicated love life. Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl plays Arnold’s disapproving mother.
Hillary is backstage at TORCH SONG right now pic.twitter.com/bdviyo33xf
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) November 25, 2018
“A great play makes you think, and what’s going on in the White House is always in the back of our minds,” Urie told NewNowNext about the revival, directed by Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project). “We’re all confused, terrified, and clinging to each other, so Arnold, the ultimate caretaker, is the kind of friend we need right now.”
After the show the Clintons went backstage to meet the crew and cast, which also includes Ward Horton, Jack DiFalco, Roxanna Hope Radja, and Michael Hsu Rosen. See more photos from the visit below.
Hillary Clinton is no stranger to Broadway. In recent years the former Democratic presidential nominee and champion of LGBTQ rights has been spotted at shows like Sunset Boulevard, Come From Away, and Hello, Dolly!, where she received a standing ovation to rival star Bette Midler’s.
But will the Clintons see themselves portrayed by Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in the upcoming Broadway premiere of Lucas Hnath’s play Hillary and Clinton?