Spotlight on: "Falsettos"
A hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family… and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.
ABOUT THE SHOW
As Marvin struggles to create a “tight-knit family” out of his eclectic array of core relationships (including his ex-wife, his new boyfriend, his adolescent son, his psychiatrist, and his neighbors) amidst a series of monumental life changes, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility, and what it means to be a man.
- James Lapine, the show’s co-bookwriter and original director, has returned to direct this revival—as he did with the Sondheim musical Into the Woods, for which he wrote the book and also directed on Broadway twice.
- The two halves of Falsettos are actually the second and third parts of a trilogy of one-act musicals originally produced Off Broadway. The first, called In Trousers, introduces Marvin, his unnamed wife, and his son, Jason. Marvin recalls past relationships with women, and then reveals he prefers to be with men.
In 1981 Playwrights Horizons produced the one-act musical March of the Falsettos
with a book by William Finn and James Lapine and a score by William Finn. The show went on to enjoy a long Off Broadway run. A second new one-act musical by Finn and Lapine, Falsettoland
, opened at Playwrights Horizons in 1990 and also had a commercial Off Broadway transfer. In 1992, the two musicals were combined into one and opened on Broadway as Falsettos
, running for over a year and winning Tony Awards for Finn’s score and Finn and Lapine’s book.