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I Was Better Last Night (Digital Audiobook)

A Memoir

By Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Fierstein (Narrator)

Publication Date: February 28, 2022

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (3/1/2022)

Description

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A poignant and hilarious memoir from the cultural icon, gay rights activist, and four-time Tony Award–winning actor and playwright, revealing never-before-told stories of his personal struggles and conflict, of sex and romance, and of his fabled career

Harvey Fierstein’s legendary career has transported him from community theater in Brooklyn, to the lights of Broadway, to the absurd excesses of Hollywood and back. He’s received accolades and awards for acting in and/or writing an incredible string of hit plays, films, and TV shows: Hairspray,  Fiddler on the Roof, Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day, Cheers, La Cage Aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy, Newsies, and Kinky Boots. While he has never shied away from the spotlight, Mr. Fierstein says that even those closest to him have never heard most of the tales—of personal struggles and conflict, of sex and romance, of his fabled career—revealed in these wildly entertaining pages.
 
I Was Better Last Night bares the inner life of this eccentric nonconforming child from his roots in 1952 Brooklyn, to the experimental worlds of Andy Warhol and the Theatre of the Ridiculous, to the gay rights movements of the seventies and the tumultuous AIDS crisis of the eighties, through decades of addiction, despair, and ultimate triumph.
 
Mr. Fierstein’s candid recollections provide a rich window into downtown New York City life, gay culture, and the evolution of theater (of which he has been a defining figure), as well as a moving account of his family’s journey of acceptance. I Was Better Last Night is filled with wisdom gained, mistakes made, and stories that come together to describe an astonishingly colorful and meaningful life. Lucky for us all, his unique and recognizable voice is as engaging, outrageously funny, and vulnerable on the page.  


About the Author

HARVEY FIERSTEIN is the Tony Award-winning author of Torch Song Trilogy and La Cage Aux Folles. His other theater writings include  Kinky BootsNewsiesCasa Valentina (all Tony-nominated), A Catered Affair (twelve Drama Desk nominations), and Bella Bella. He wrote The Wiz Live! and Hairspray Live! for television, and he has penned editorials for The New York Times, HuffPost, and PBS. He is also the author of the children’s book, The Sissy Duckling. His theater performances include, Torch Song Trilogy and  Hairspray (Tony Awards for both), Fiddler on the RoofLa Cage Aux Folles, Gently Down the Stream, and A Catered Affair. His film and television appearances include Mrs. Doubtfire and The Good Wife, and he has voiced characters in the film Mulan, and the shows Big Mouth, The Dark Crystal, BoJack Horseman, and many more. He lives in Connecticut.