Look Back at the Career Highlights of LGBTQIA+ Trailblazer Harvey Fierstein

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Playbill Pride   Look Back at the Career Highlights of LGBTQIA+ Trailblazer Harvey Fierstein

The Tony Award winner celebrates his birthday June 6.

Tony Award-winning actor, playwright, librettist, and LGBTQIA+ activist Harvey Fierstein celebrates his birthday June 6.

Fierstein made his Broadway debut as the writer and star of Torch Song Trilogy, winning both the 1983 Tony Award for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play for his work. The Tony-winning play returned to Broadway in 2018, revised and simply titled Torch Song. In the time since, he has balanced a parallel career as an actor and writer, winning the 1984 Tony for Best Book of a Musical for his libretto to La Cage aux Folles, the 2003 Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, and more.

Celebrate Fierstein with a look at his career highlights.

Look Back at the Career Highlights of LGBT Trailblazer Harvey Fierstein

Look Back at the Career Highlights of LGBT Trailblazer Harvey Fierstein

Tony Award winner celebrates his birthday June 6.

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Estelle Getty and Harvey Fierstein in <i>Torch Song Trilogy</i>” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/11511b2/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F9a%2Fdf%2F98ad70194fe4bd63fc566ffebc89%2Fgettyfierstein-torchsong-hr.jpg” data-url=”2″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>             <span>                 Estelle Getty and Harvey Fierstein in <i>Torch Song Trilogy</i>                              </span>         </figcaption></figure>
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<figure> 	      	     <img alt=Torch Song Trilogy” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/2479c0a/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F85%2F70%2Fba7a149740d49ee290b7eb8a28a7%2Ftorch_1402498361.jpg” data-url=”3″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>
Harvey Fierstein in Torch Song Trilogy

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Harvey Fierstein and Court Miller in Torch Song Trilogy Ken Howard

John Wesley-Shippn and Harvey Fierstein in <i>Safe Sex</i>” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/7a61df0/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F20%2F6f%2F61c5b77e41b08628cdd9ad610840%2Fjohn-wesley-shipp-harvey-fierstein.jpg” data-url=”5″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>             <span>                 John Wesley Shipp and Harvey Fierstein in <i>Safe Sex</i>                                      <span>Peter Cunningham</span>                              </span>         </figcaption></figure>
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<figure> 	      	     <img alt=Hairspray.” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/e233388/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F9c%2F55%2Ff9f4e398490294ebfb388b06acec%2Fhairspray-harveyfierstein-hr.jpg” data-url=”6″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>
Harvey Fierstein in Hairspray Paul Kolnik

Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur
Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur in Hairspray Paul Kolnik

Harvey Fierstein in Fiddler on the Roof.
Harvey Fierstein in Fiddler on the Roof Carol Rosegg

Andrea Martin and Harvey Fierstein in <I>Fiddler on the Roof</I>, 2005.” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/42c9f1d/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fb1%2F6c%2F31e5d3eb47df852d3fb0bb4f7eab%2Ffiddler2ndcast0916.JPG” data-url=”9″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>             <span>                 Andrea Martin and Harvey Fierstein in <i>Fiddler on the Roof</i>                                      <span>Joan Marcus</span>                              </span>         </figcaption></figure>
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<figure> 	      	     <img alt=Fiddler on the Roof” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/e689d08/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F6e%2Ffd%2F59d71fe840a0a6e9585f32cd7ac4%2Ffiddler1_1106244583.jpg” data-url=”10″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>
Harvey Fierstein and Andrea Martin in Fiddler on the Roof Photo by Joan Marcus

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