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 opens October 27 at 6:45 PM 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.
The musical is scheduled to play a 14-week run.
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 below:
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 below:
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.