See What the Critics Thought of the Falsettos Revival

News   See What the Critics Thought of the Falsettos Revival The Broadway production stars Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells.
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Betsy Wolfe, Christian Borle, Anthony Rosenthal, Andrew Rannells, Tracie Thoms, Brandon Uranowitz, and Stephanie J. Block in Falsettos. Joan Marcus

The Broadway revival of William Finn and James Lapine’s Tony-winning Falsettos—about a family who, struggling to remain “tight-knit,” eventually redefine what family means in difficult times— officially opened October 27 following previews that began September 29 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

The cast is headed by two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten!, Peter and the Starcatcher) as Marvin, Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (Wicked, Drood) as Trina, and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon) as Whizzer with Tracie Thoms (Rent) as Dr. Charlotte, Betsy Wolfe (The Last Five Years) as Cordelia, Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz (An American in Paris) as Mendel, and Anthony Rosenthal (A Christmas Story) as Jason.

Critics have begun filing their reviews, below. Playbill.com will update this list as more reviews are posted:

amNY (Matt Windman)

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)

Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)

Entertainment Weekly (Melissa Rose Bernardo)

Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

The Guardian (Alexis Soloski)

The Huffington Post (David Finkle)

NBC New York (Robert Kahn)

The New York Times (Charles Isherwood)

Newsday (Linda Winer)

NJ.com (Christopher Kelly)

Time Out New York (Adam Feldman)

Variety (Marilyn Stasio)

Vulture (Jesse Green)

Wall Street Journal (Terry Teachout)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)



The musical is scheduled to play a 14-week run.

The production announced plans to record a cast album.

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of André Bishop) joined forces with Jujamcyn Theaters to bring the Tony Award-winning musical back to Broadway.

Check out production photos from the revival:

This production marks 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 — the first, about Marvin's decision to leave wife Trina for his lover Whizzer; the second, about planning a bar mitzvah for Marvin and Trina's son Jason while the reality of the AIDS crisis hits home — 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 production also included a song from an even earlier chapter in the Marvin story, In Trousers, which also originated at Playwrights Horizons in 1979. The original Broadway company was led by Michael Rupert, Chip Zien, Stephen Bogardus, Heather MacRae, Carolee Carmello, and Barbara Walsh.

View photos of cast members from the current and original productions:

The revival of Falsettos is directed once again by Lapine. The production also has 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.

Falsettos, according to press notes, is “the story of the charming, neurotic Marvin, who struggles to find an unconventional and loving extended family after leaving his wife and son for his lover Whizzer.”

The production recently announced an online ticket lottery: A limited number of tickets, priced $40, including some in the front row of the orchestra section, are sold each day to the winners of the lottery. Entries are now being accepted online and allow entry up to one week prior to the desired performance.

Tickets are also available by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or by visiting ticketmaster.com.

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