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Harvey Fierstein’s legendary career has brought him from the bright lights of Broadway to the absurd excesses of Hollywood—and into the hearts of audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Now, this cultural icon, gay rights activist, and four-time Tony Award–winning actor and playwright, is unveiling I Was Better Last Night, a delightful new memoir recounting never-before-told stories from his fabled life and career. In this Canadian exclusive, Fierstein joins Hot Docs audiences to dish on the New York City arts scene, the evolution of gay culture and the making of landmark plays and films like Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, Mrs. Doubtfire, La Cage Aux Folles, Kinky Boots and Funny Girl, which will debut on Broadway in April. Pull back the curtain on one of the most storied, wildly entertaining careers in contemporary show biz.

In conversation with journalist and writer Johanna Schneller, longtime contributor to The Globe and Mail.

Tickets: Free for Members, $6.99 for non-members

Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House Canada.

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