The Broadway revival of William Finn and James Lapine’s Tony-winning musical Falsettos, which had been announced for spring 2016, will now begin previews September 29 prior to an official opening October 27 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of André Bishop) will join forces with Jujamcyn Theaters to bring the Tony Award-winning musical back to Broadway.
This production will mark a reunion for producer Bishop, composer/lyricist Finn and playwright/director Lapine. In 1981, while artistic director of Playwrights Horizons, Bishop produced Finn and Lapine’s new one-act musical March of the Falsettos in the Off-Broadway theatre’s second floor 75-seat space. It eventually moved to Playwrights Horizons’ larger downstairs theatre 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, dealing with most of the same characters, opened at Playwrights Horizons. 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, ran for over a year at the John Golden Theatre and won Tony Awards for Finn’s score and Finn and Lapine’s book.
The upcoming production will be directed once again by Lapine. The production will have choreography by Spencer Liff, sets by David Rockwell, costumes by Jennifer Caprio, lighting by Jeff Croiter, sound by Dan Moses Schreier, and musical direction by Vadim Feichtner, conducting Michael Starobin’s original orchestrations.
Part intimate family drama, part neurotic urban comedy, and part keenly observed meditation on a shifting definition of the American family, Falsettos is described as such: "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."
Casting will be announced at a later date.