This week, camera crews for Live from Lincoln Center visited Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre to capture the January 3 and January 4 evening performances of the limited engagement of Falsettos. A broadcast date on PBS has not yet been announced.
After the January 3 performance, some audience members took to community message boards believing they heard changes in the lyrics.
A press representative on Falsettos confirms that lyrics were changed for the taped performances that will combine to air on PBS to eliminate expletives.
The changed lyrics include:
During “The Baseball Game” Marvin and Whizzer usually sing “How could I know without him/My life would be boring as shit.” This was changed to “My life would be flat as a lake.”
Later on in the show, Cordelia’s line in “A Day in Falsettoland” has been changed from “You save lives and I save chicken fat/I can't fucking deal with that” to “You save lives and I save chicken fat/How’m I supposed to deal with that?”
The changes were only for the two performances that were filmed. From January 5 onward the original lyrics will be sung.