STAGE TUBE: Harvey Fierstein is Too Cool for the Ice Bucket Challenge... Or is He?
KINKY BOOTS book-writer Harvey Fierstein was recently challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Kinky Boots composer/lyricist Cyndi Lauper. Not surprisingly, he received a cold surprise when trying to respectfully decline.
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Four-time Tony Award winning writer and actor. His Broadway writing credits include Kinky Boots, Newsies, Torch Song Trilogy (Tony, Drama Desk, Dramatists Guild Awards), Safe Sex, Legs Diamond and A Catered Affair (12 Drama Desk nominations and the Drama League Award for Best Musical). His La Cage Aux Folles is the only show to ever win Best Musical and 2 Best Revival Tony Awards. Other plays include Spookhouse, Forget Him and Flatbush Tosca. His teleplays include Tidy Endings for HBO (ACE Award), and On Common Ground for Showtime. His children's HBO special, The Sissy Duckling, won the Humanitas Prize and the book version is in its fifth printing. Other honors include the Drama League Award for Outstanding Performer of the Year, a special OBIE award, NY Magazine Award, and nominations for The Olivier Award and an Emmy.
Harvey has authored Torch Song Trilogy (Tony, Drama Desk, and Obie Awards), La Cage aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), The Sissy Duckling (Humanitas Award), A Catered Affair (12 Drama Desk nominations), Safe Sex (Ace Award), Legs Diamond, Spookhouse, Flatbush Tosca, Common Ground, and more for stage and screen.
His political editorials have been published in The New York Times, TV Guide, The Huffington Post, and broadcast on PBS's In the Life. His children's book, The Sissy Duckling, is now in its fourth printing.
As an actor Mr. Fierstein is known worldwide for his performances in films like Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day; for his stage work in Hairspray (Tony Award), Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy (Tony Award); and television shows such as "How I Met Your Mother," "American Family," "Cheers" (Emmy nomination), "The Simpsons," and "Nurse Jackie."
He was inducted into The Theater Hall of Fame in 2008.