Marvin's Back with Whizzer: Falsettos Benefit, with Alexander, Gets and Lewis, Presented Sept. 8

News   Marvin's Back with Whizzer: Falsettos Benefit, with Alexander, Gets and Lewis, Presented Sept. 8 Stage and screen star Jason Alexander plays psychiatrist Mendel in the Sept. 8 benefit performance of the award-winning William Finn-James Lapine musical Falsettos.
Reprise! artistic director Jason Alexander.
Reprise! artistic director Jason Alexander.

The 8 PM concert at the Wilshire Theatre, which will benefit the Actors Fund of America, also features Malcolm Gets as Marvin, Vicki Lewis as Trina, Andrew Samonsky as Whizzer, Hudson Thames as Jason, Kathy Garrick as Charlotte and Sue Goodman as Cordelia. David Galligan directs the evening with musical direction by John McDaniel.

Falsettos, according to press notes, chronicles "the life of Marvin, his wife Trina and son Jason. As Falsettos begins Marvin talks about his desire to have a 'tight knit family,' which encompasses his ex-wife Trina, his son Jason and his male lover Whizzer. He relies on the advice of his psychiatrist, Mendel, to help him accomplish this, and asks Mendel to tend to his son as well. In making the acquaintance of the son, Mendel becomes enamored with Trina, and eventually they marry. As the first act ends, Marvin has succeeded in alienating all of them in his frenzied desire to keep them all close.

"The second act is set two years later, as Jason prepares for his Bar Mitzvah. The 'family' has grown to include 'the lesbians from next door': Dr. Charlotte and Cordelia, a kosher caterer. As the story progresses, Marvin and Whizzer reunite as all the adults prepare for Jason's big day. The plans are derailed when Whizzer is struck by a horrible life-threatening disease. As Marvin deals with realities of his situation, his 'tight knit family' circles around him, and by being there, offer their love and support."

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.

Tickets, priced $32.50-$250, are available by calling (323) 933-9244, ext. 58 or by visiting www.actorsfund.org. The Wilshire Theatre is located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, CA.