'Perfect' timing brings Harvey Fierstein to Gwinnett

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Harvey Fierstein will be in Atlanta next week performing the lead role in the musical "Fiddler on the Roof."

Before the musical's Atlanta engagement concludes, the Broadway legend will be seated in the audience at the Aurora Theatre for a matinee showing of the Tony Award-nominated musical "A Catered Affair," for which he penned the book.

Fierstein's attendance at the Lawrenceville theater follows that of John Bucchino, the man behind the music and lyrics for "A Catered Affair."

"How much more exciting can it get?" said Anthony Rodriguez, producing artistic director for the Aurora as well as a performer in the show. "The composer was here for opening night and the multiple Tony Award-winning writer of the book is coming. Luckily, as fate would have it, he's here performing in 'Fiddler on the Roof' and the timing was just perfect."

"A Catered Affair," based on American dramatist and novelist Paddy Chayefsky's original teleplay and a film written by Gore Vidal, follows a blue-collar family living in the Bronx in the 1950s as they cope with the recent loss of their only son and their only daughter's upcoming wedding. When Janey Hurley wants to marry her beau, Ralph, in a small, quick civil ceremony attended by immediate family, their parents balk at that idea and the wedding becomes a big affair and an even bigger headache for the young couple as tensions flare between those involved.

Not only will Gwinnett theater patrons have the opportunity to rub elbows with American theater royalty March 19, those who attend the performance will be treated to a brief talkback session with Fierstein following the show.

"To say we're excited is an understatement," Rodriguez said.

Tickets to the March 19 matinee showing, while they last, are available by calling the Aurora Theatre at 678-226-6222 or by visiting www.auroratheatre.com.