Harvey Fierstein is an American actor and writer.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, Fierstein began as a stand-up comedian and female impersonator before becoming known as a playwright, devising The Torch Song Trilogy and La Cage Aux Folles. He also wrote the books for stage musicals Newsies and Kinky Boots.

Fierstein made his debut onstage and later his film debut in 1984's Garbo Talks, going on to appear in such films as Bullets Over Broadway, Death to Smoochy and the adaptation of his own play The Torch Song Trilogy. He also appeared as a voice actor on numerous occasions, including making guest appearances on The Simpsons and Family Guy.


Fierstein initially sang on a few occasions onscreen, notably in his role as Yao in the Mulan series, before becoming known for stage roles due to his role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray.

Fierstein's stage successes would include playing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Uncle Winston in his own piece A Catered Affair as well as playing Albin in a 2011 production of La Cage Aux Folles.


Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

  • Matchmaker, Matchmaker (contains solo lines)

Mulan (1998)

  • I'll Make a Man Out of You (contains solo lines)
  • A Girl Worth Fighting For (contains solo lines)

The Sissy Duckling (1999)

  • I'm Me! (contains solo lines)

Mulan 2 (2004)

  • A Girl Worth Fighting For (Redux)(contains solo lines)

The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006)

  • Heat Miser (contains solo lines)


Sesame Street (2007)

  • Everything's Coming Up Noses (solo)


Hairspray (2002)(originated the role)

  • Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now (contains solo lines)
  • Welcome to the '60s (contains solo lines)
  • Big, Blonde & Beautiful (contains solo lines)
  • The Big Dollhouse (contains solo lines)
  • (You're) Timeless to Me (duet)
  • You Can't Stop the Beat (contains solo lines)

Mack & Mabel (2003)

  • Hit 'Em on the Head (contains solo lines)

Hair (2004)

  • Air (solo)

Fiddler on the Roof (2005)

  • Tradition
  • Sabbath Prayer
  • If I Were a Rich Man (solo)
  • To Life (contains solo lines)
  • Tevye's Monologue (solo)
  • Tevye's Dream (contains solo lines)
  • Sunrise, Sunset (contains solo lines)
  • Tevye's Rebuttal (solo)
  • Chavaleh (solo)
  • Anatevka

Rags (2006)

  • Greenhorns
  • Children of the Wind (contains solo lines)
  • Rags (duet)
  • Three Sunny Rooms (duet)
  • Prayer (contains solo lines)
  • Finale

A Catered Affair (2008)(originated the role)

  • Immediate Family (solo)
  • Coney Island (solo)
  • Coney Island (Reprise)(contains solo lines)

La Cage aux Folles (2011)

  • A Little More Mascara (includes solo lines)
  • With You on My Arm (duet)
  • La Cage Aux Folles (includes solo lines)
  • I Am What I Am (solo)
  • Song on the Sand (reprise) (duet)
  • Masculinity (includes solo lines)
  • The Best of Times (includes solo lines)


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