George Street Finds Its Trina, Mendel and Jason for Falsettos Run

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Casting is nearly complete for the George Street Playhouse's upcoming production of the award-winning William Finn musical Falsettos.
Liz Larsen will play Trina in George Street's Falsettos.
Liz Larsen will play Trina in George Street's Falsettos. has learned that Liz Larsen, Mark Nelson and Malcolm Morano will play, respectively, Trina, Mendel and Jason in the production, which will also feature the previously announced Max von Essen as Marvin, Colin Hanlon as Whizzer and Sarah Litzsinger as kosher caterer Cordelia.

The George Street mounting of Falsettos, which features March of the Falsettos (Act One) and Falsettoland (Act Two), will be directed by artistic director David Saint with musical direction by Joshua Salzman. Performances will begin April 10 and run through May 6.

Liz Larsen received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Award nominations for her work in The Most Happy Fella and has also appeared on Broadway in Hairspray, The Smell of the Kill, The Rocky Horror Show, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof and Starmites.

Mark Nelson has appeared on Broadway in The Invention of Love, After the Fall, Three Sisters, A Few Good Men, Amadeus and in four Neil Simon plays: Rumors, Broadway Bound, Biloxi Blues and Brighton Beach Memoirs. He also played Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile in New York and on the national tour, earning Obie, Drama League, Carbonell and San Francisco Critics' awards for his performance.

Malcolm Morano's Broadway credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. 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.

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