Harvey Fierstein: "With Newsies, We Started With Something Awful"

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Tony winning gay legend Harvey Fierstein is a fan of Newsies the show, which he wrote the script for, but he's not a gigantic cheerleader for the movie it's based on.

In discussing his newest show--a stage musical version of the feelgood drag footwear movie Kinky Boots--he says:

"The movie is charming.

"That was not the case with Newsies, where we started with something awful," he added, laughing.

"We have more freedom on Kinky Boots because it's not a cult film like Newsies.

"And the people who loved Newsies wanted it to stay awful."

I love this kind of realness, which is so rare in overly sanitized show biz these days.

And as my momma always said, "God bless the cult film that's got its own."

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Hermadite
Hermadite

I prefer to start the applause and cheers for the sensational comedy movie, "Abel Raises Cain," by the documentary award-winning team Jennifer and Jeffrey Hockett. It's in the 7th year of distribution (Crashcourseproductions or Netflix) and still receives standing ovations.

bitchtrollfromhell
bitchtrollfromhell

Love the scene at The International Stud in "Torch."  Spent so many nights there, after the 9th Circle. 

Allen Firth
Allen Firth

Hmmm, but "Newsies" [the Broadway musical] has Jeremy Jordan!  ;-)

Vivi
Vivi

Especially since it was a nonunion production of Hairspray they kept plugging--on the same awards show that honored Actors Equity with a special award!

nostradavid
nostradavid

Harvey is so much fun.  In honor of the retirement of Peter O'Toole, and the current election year dynamic,I'd like to nominate the cult film "The Ruling Class" from 1972   for your consideration. A musical comedy with tragic relief.  Lady Claire Gurney: How do you know you're God?  Jack Gurney (Peter O'Toole): Simple. When I pray to Him, I find I am talking to myself.

Timwil014
Timwil014

No, Harvey, "something awful' was that Tony telecast bit of your Hairspray show beamed from a fucking cruise liner.

Blissbaby
Blissbaby

Yes, I like his unsanitized comments but I didn't like his sanitized show.

Ick
Ick

Love that Harvey! What an irrepressible scamp!!

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