This production of Falsettos marks a happy reunion for producer and Artistic Director ofLincoln Center TheaterAndré Bishop, composer/lyricist William Finn, and playwright/directorJames Lapine. In 1981, while Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons, Bishop produced Finn and Lapine's new one-act musical March of the Falsettos in the theater's second floor 75-seat space. The story of a gay man named Marvin, his lover Whizzer. Marvin's wife Trina, son Jason, and their psychiatrist Mendel, March of the Falsettos was a critical success, described by The New York Times as "a musical find." It eventually moved to Playwrights Horizons' larger downstairs theater for an extended engagement before enjoying a long run Off-Broadway at what was then known as the Westside Arts Theatre.
Fast forward to 1990, when a second new musical by Finn and Lapine, Falsettoland, opened at Playwrights Horizons. A continuation of the story of Marvin and his extended family in the early days of the AIDS crisis,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 were combined into one and opened on Broadway asFalsettos. 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 cast gave a sneak peek to the press earlier today and you can check out some performance highlights below!