George Street to Conclude Season with Finn's Falsettos

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William Finn and James Lapine's Falsettos — the Broadway musical that combined the Off-Broadway hits March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland — will conclude the 2006-2007 season at the George Street Playhouse.

The New Brunswick theatre will present the award-winning musical April 10-May 6. George Street's artistic director, David Saint, will helm the production. No casting has been announced.

In a statement director Saint said, "I’ve always loved Bill Finn’s work, and consider Falsettos to be his masterpiece. I love plays that deal with honest relationships, and Falsettos is rich in those. Marvin loves his wife and child, but needs to be true to himself — and that struggle makes for great theatre."

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 are available by calling (732) 246-7717. For more information visit

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