HARVEY FIERSTEIN, currently Tevye in Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof is the winner of four Tony Awards in four different categories: Actor in a Musical for Hairspray, Actor in a Play and Best Play for writing and starring in Torch Song Trilogy, and Best Book of a Musical for writing La Cage aux Folles. Harvey won the Humanitas Award in 2000 for writing the HBO animated special The Sissy Duckling, which is also published as a children’s book. Other honors include three Drama Desk Awards, the Drama League Award, the New York Magazine Award, a special Obie, Theater World and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award. He has also been nominated for an Emmy (Cheers guest star), American Comedy Award (Mrs. Doubtfire) and London’s prestigious Olivier Award (Torch Song).
Other film roles include Independence Day, Death to Smoochy, Garbo Talks, Safe Men, Bullets Over Broadway, Tidy Endings and the film adaptation of Torch Song Trilogy. On television, his monthly commentaries are featured on the PBS series In the Life. His distinctive voice has been heard in projects as varied as Disney’s Mulan, television’s The Simpsons and as narrator of the Academy Award-winning The Life and Times of Harvey Milk. Mr. Fierstein has been honored numerous times for his gay rights and AIDS advocacy efforts. His writing is currently represented directly across the street from Fiddler on the Roof's theatre at the revival of La Cage aux Folles.
Plump Records released This is Not Going To Be Pretty; a performance album that displays the multiple dimensions of his very special talent. Recorded live at New York's Bottom Line, this provocative album includes stand-up comedy, two compelling dramatic monologues, and Harvey's very special musical style. Hilarious, moving and completely entertaining, this album is destined to be a classic in the vein of Lenny Bruce or George Carlin.
" Outspokenly homosexual, Fierstein has successfully smashed previous "gay" stereotypes with his deep, ratchety voice and his engaging "You got a problem with that?" belligerence .