James Lapine Will Direct Broadway Revival of Tony-Winning Falsettos Musical

News   James Lapine Will Direct Broadway Revival of Tony-Winning Falsettos Musical
 
Producer Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, announced Feb. 5 that William Finn and James Lapine’s Tony-winning musical Falsettos will return to Broadway in spring 2016.

James Lapine
James Lapine Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Tony winner Lapine, who helmed the original production, will again direct.

“I was seated next to James at a dinner,” Roth said in a statement, “and in the middle of our great conversation he stopped, looked me straight in the eye, and asked, ‘What is your bucket list show?’ I said, ‘I can’t believe you’re asking me this because it’s yours, and it’s Falsettos.’ Then and there we agreed we would do this together. I am part of a large club of theater lovers who were changed by this show, who passionately believe that Falsettos is ‘our show.’ I can’t wait to have our show on Broadway again."

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."

March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland were originally presented Off-Broadway. In 1992 Falsettos — featuring March as the first act and Falsettoland as the second — debuted on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre with a cast led by Michael Rupert, Chip Zien, Stephen Bogardus and Barbara Walsh. The musical won Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.

Additional information, including production dates, casting and theatre, will be announced shortly.

Stephen Bogardus, Barbara Walsh, Chip Zien, Jonathan Kaplan, Michael Rupert, Heather MacRae and Carolee Carmello in the original Broadway production of <i>Falsettos</i>
Stephen Bogardus, Barbara Walsh, Chip Zien, Jonathan Kaplan, Michael Rupert, Heather MacRae and Carolee Carmello in the original Broadway production of Falsettos Photo by Carol Rosegg
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