by William Finn and James Lapine
directed by James Lapine
Lincoln Centher Theater, on Broadway, begining Sept. 29, 2016 at the Walter Kerr Theater. Opening night is October 27, 2016. Through January 8, 2017.
This production of FALSETTOS will mark a happy reunion for producer André Bishop, composer/lyricist William Finn, and playwright/director James Lapine. In 1981, while Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons Horizons, Bishop produced Finn and Lapine’s new one-act musical March of the Falsettos in the theater’s second floor 75-seat space. The story of a gay man named Marvin, his lover Whizzer, Marvin’s wife Trina, son Jason, and their psychiatrist Mendel, March of the Falsettos was a critical success, described by The New York Times as “a musical find.” It eventually moved to Playwrights Horizons’ larger downstairs theater for an extended engagement before enjoying a long run Off-Broadway at what was then known as the Westside Arts Theatre.
Fast forward to 1990, when a second new musical by Finn and Lapine, Falsettoland, opened at Playwrights Horizons. A continuation of the story of Marvin and his extended family in the early days of the AIDS crisis, Falsettoland repeated the success of its predecessor with rave reviews and a move to the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
In 1992, the two one-act musicals were combined into one and opened on Broadway as FALSETTOS. FALSETTOS ran for over a year at the John Golden Theatre and won Tony Awards for Finn’s score and Finn and Lapine’s book.
"Marvin and Whizzer, meet Christian and Andrew.... Lincoln Center Theater on Thursday announced that Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells would play the lovers at the heart of “Falsettos,” a much-admired musical about a complex set of family relationships that is being revived on Broadway this fall.... Stephanie J. Block will play Marvin’s ex-wife, Trina."