GOOD MORNING BROADWAY FANS! Can’t believe we are only 22 days away from Broadway’s biggest night of the year, the 71st Annual Tony Awards. We have more exciting Broadway showstoppers coming for you on our TOP 30 TONY AWARDS COUNTDOWN.
At #22 today, we visit the home of a dysfunctional Jewish family where the husband divorces his wife to be with his gay boyfriend and friends, their son is about to have his Bar Mitzvah, and the family therapist that changes his wife’s life. This is James Lapine and Willian Finn’s cult musical classic Falsettos on Broadway.
From the 1992 telecast, the cast of the original production perform a medley of FALSETTOLAND, MY FATHER’S A HOMO, & THE BASEBALL GAME.
FALSETTOS was originally conceived as 2 separate one act musicals that both performed Off Broadway. It was is actually is a sequel to an original story was actually called IN TROUSERS by William Finn telling the story of “Marvin” in his early life. It was the beginning of a 3 part musical called THE MARVIN TRILOGY. It premiered Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 1979 for a limited 2 week run. 2 years later, William Finn collaborated with James Lapine to write an additional 2 sequels to the story of IN TROUSERS. The first musical sequel entitled MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS premiered again at Playwright’s Horizon (later transferring to the Westside Theatre). 9 years later, the second musical sequel and final chapter of THE MARVIN TRILOGY entitled FALSETTOLAND premiered in 1990 once more at Playwright’s Horizon. The 2 sequels did so well, Lapine and Finn decided to take both shows and combined them into a full 2 act show entitled FALSETTOS. Today, MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS is the 1st act and FALSETTOLAND is the second act.
FALSETTOS officially premiered on Broadway in 1992 at the Golden Theatre where it ran for a total of 487 performances. The cast starred starring winner Michael Rupert (later Tony winner Mandy Patankin, Gregg Edelman and Adrian Zmed) as “Marvin”, Tony nominee Stephen Bogardus (later Sean McDermott and Sal Viviano) as “Whizzer”, Tony nominee Barbara Walsh (later Tony nominee Randy Graff) as “Trina”, Chip Zien (later Jason Graae) as “Mendel”, Tony nominee Jonathan Kaplan (later Sivan Cotel) as “Jason”, Heather Mac Rae as “Charlotte”, and Tony nominee Carolee Carmello (later Maureen Moore) as “Cordelia” It was nominated for 7 Tony Awards that year winning 2 for Best Original Score (for James Lapine and William Finn) and Best Book of a Musical (for William Finn).
The show most recently had it’s first Broadway revival earlier this season. The production was produced by Lincoln Center Theater at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre for a strictly limited engagement of 114 performances. The revival is nominated this year for 5 Tony Awards this year including Best Revival of a Musical. The cast of this production starred 2 time Tony winner (and Tony nominee again this year) Christian Borle as “Marvin”, Tony nominee again this year Andrew Rannells as “Whizzer”, Tony nominee again this year Stephanie J. Block as “Trina”, Tony nominee again this year Brandon Uranowitz as “Mendel”, Anthony Rosenthal as “Jason” Stage and screen favorite Tracie Thoms as “Charlotte”, and Betsy Wolfe as “Cordelia”. In addition, this revival of FALSETTOS was filmed this past January for PBS. It will air on the channel’s Live from Lincoln Center series later this year.
Doesn’t this performance make you want to take a trip to FALSETTOLAND?!
The cast of Falsettos performs a medley of “Falsettoland/My Father’s A Homo/The Ball Game” at the 46th Annual Tony Awards.
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