Another Tony season has come and gone. This year was especially memorable and community-driven, and we must now look ahead to the upcoming season. Continuing with the theme of LGBTQ rights in the media, Broadway will welcome Falsettos to the Walter Kerr Theatre this fall. The production will star sensational actors such as Stephanie J. Block, Andrew Rannells, and Two-Time Tony award winner, Christian Borle.
Falsettos originally opened in 1992 with book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by William Finn. Set in 1979, it concerns a dysfunctional family. The father, Marvin, has left his wife and son to be with Whizzer, his male lover. The family members attend sessions with a psychiatrist, Mendel, to work through the transition. The musical deals with falling in love, falling out of love, religion, what it means to be a man, what it means to be a homemaker, and the Aids epidemic during the 1980s. Its words are hilarious, meaningful, and transcendent. It will be an important addition to this season’s programming.
The original production starred Michael Rupert, Stephen Bogardus, Barbara Walsh, and Chip Zien. It was nominated for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Performance of a Lead Actor, Best Performance of Featured Actor/Actress, and Best Direction. It won for best book and musical score but did not end up winning best musical. It lost to Crazy for You.
This revival is sure to make a statement this year with its important message, strong cast, and fantastic score. Keep watching Playbill for announcements of other castings, production updates, and openings. Previews started on September 29th with an opening night on October 27th.
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