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Falsettos begins previews at Walter Kerr Theatre tonight

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The all new production of James Lapine and William Finn's musical Falsettos, under the direction of Lapine himself, begins previews at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre tonight. An official opening is scheduled for 27 October, with a limited engagement through to 8 January 2017.

Synopsis: "Part intimate family drama, part neurotic urban comedy, and part keenly observed meditation on a shifting definition of the American family, Falsettos follows Marvin as he 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."

The cast of Falsettos includes Stephanie J. Block (Trina), Christian Borle (Marvin), Andrew Rannells (Whizzer), Anthony Rosenthal (Jason), Tracie Thoms (Dr. Charlotte), Brandon Uranowitz (Mendel) and Betsy Wolfe (Cordelia).

The revival is a joint production between Jujamcyn Theaters (Producer Jordan Roth) and Lincoln Center Theater (Producer André Bishop). Mr Bishop, in fact originally produced Finn and Lapine's new one-act musical 'March of the Falsettos' back in 1981, while Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons. This was the beginnings of what would end up as the Broadway production of 'Falsettos.'

The creative team behind Falsettos features choreography by Spencer Liff, scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, and musical direction by Vadim Feichtner, with original orchestrations by Michael Starobin.

After its off-Broadway success, Falsettos transferred and opened on Broadway in 1992 to excellent reviews and went on to win two Tony awards - Best Original Score (William Finn) and Best Book of a Musical (James Lapine and William Finn) - with a further five nominations, including Best Musical.

- by Tom Millward

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