Harvey Fierstein would like to act again

NEW YORK (AP) – After some very successful years writing for the stage, Harvey Fierstein says he would like to be on one again.

“I’m looking for something to act in now,” the four-time Tony Award-winner said this week. But beware, writers: no gimmicks. “When somebody thinks, ‘Oh, that would be cute for Harvey,’ it’s probably going to bore me.”

The 60-year-old is looking for a change after coming off a remarkable Broadway season in which three of his works were onstage – Tony-winner “Kinky Boots,” ”Casa Valentina” and “Newsies.”

While “Kinky Boots” is still going strong, “Casa Valentina” has closed and “Newsies” will shutter after its Aug. 24 performance. Until the right acting gig comes along, Fierstein is busy making sure the brewing national tours of both “Kinky Boots and “Newsies” get off OK.

“Of course, you keep your finger on them,” he said. “They’re your children. If you don’t stick your face in there, then what kind of parent would you be?”

The nest-leaving of “Newsies” is a particular source of glee for Fierstein, who was initially told that successfully adapting a musical from the 1992 movie starring a young Christian Bale was virtually impossible.