FALSETTOS Revival?

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FALSETTOS Revival?#1
Posted: 11/12/08 at 9:56pm
Am I the only one who would love a revival of FALSETTOS?

It's been fifteen years since the original Broadway production and it would be thrilling to see a new cast take a crack at it (the LA Reprise! benefit production last year led by Jason Alexander, Malcom Gets, and Vicki Lewis was absolutely terrific.)
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
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re: FALSETTOS Revival?#2
Posted: 11/12/08 at 10:15pm
I would LOVE a revival. It really has been too long, and I think that a revival would be timely.
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re: FALSETTOS Revival?#2
Posted: 11/12/08 at 10:20pm
No, you're not the only one.

Although if I had to choose between a revival, and a complete recording (with revisions included), I'd choose the recording.
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re: FALSETTOS Revival?#3
Posted: 11/13/08 at 12:09am
Well Bustopher, why not both?!

Yes, we need a revival A-S-A-freakin'-P
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Posted: 11/13/08 at 12:10am
I agree, Bustopher. A complete recording (preferably done in the studio with the OBC, however unlikely) is an absolute must.

In terms of a revival, I'd be particularly interested in seeing someone like Heidi Blickenstaff (who I think has the right amount of endearment and neurosis) give Trina a shot. Maybe Norbert Leo Butz as Marvin?
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
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Posted: 11/13/08 at 12:14am
Revival PLEASE.

I wish Encores! would tackle it. Put together a real cast of all stars even for a week. I think that'd be really exciting, but I know it wouldn't sell and blah blah blah.
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Posted: 11/13/08 at 1:12am
If it's at Encores!, it'll sell. Especially if it's an all-star cast.
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Posted: 11/13/08 at 1:26am
Well why not The Roundabout? They do revivals, it's limited engagement, subscription audience plus regular ticketbuyers.

And a recording, hopefully.
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re: FALSETTOS Revival?#8
Posted: 11/13/08 at 10:57am
A revival through Roundabout is a more likely option.

Encores! usually tends to pick shows that are a little older.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
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Posted: 11/13/08 at 1:39pm
Well, Roundabout has recently produced Assassins and Nine, both relatively new. And the proposed revivals of Merrily We Roll Along and Side Show, I'm not saying they don't do the old show primarily, I just REALLY really want this to happen! Any Finn is welcome! Falsettos is the show that really introduced Finn to the theatre world. I think that it definitely has an important message to tell, especially with our current situation in California. I adore the Marvin cycle especially the lesser known In trousers.
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Posted: 11/13/08 at 2:31pm
No, please, not The Roundabout!! If you want a good production, not the Roundabout!
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re: FALSETTOS Revival?#11
Posted: 11/13/08 at 3:26pm
I would LOVE to see a revival of Falsettos, but would love even more if they did all 3 Marvin Shows. The new version of In Trousers that was done in Chicago a couple years ago was outstanding.
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re: FALSETTOS Revival?#12
Posted: 11/13/08 at 5:55pm
You have no idea how much I'd like to see Falsettos revived. Is Raul Esparza as Marvin too much of a long shot?

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Posted: 11/13/08 at 7:11pm
It is extremely timely! Perfect.
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Posted: 11/13/08 at 7:11pm
YES!!!!!!!

This is needed!!

I have 2 dvds my friend got for me and I watch them all the time!
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Posted: 11/14/08 at 12:08am
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Posted: 11/14/08 at 12:27am
You can shoot me, you can blow me, you can slap me in the face...but I'd love if John Doyle directed this...and especially if it was with the actor/musician concept.
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Posted: 11/14/08 at 3:07am
This is, I think, a show that would work perfectly with the actors/musician approach.
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re: FALSETTOS Revival?#18
Posted: 11/14/08 at 9:43am
I would like to see Adam Pascal play Marvin. I'm sure Cheyenne Jackson would be in the running for Whizzer. Malcolm Gets as Mendel. And if they could tone her down, Kristin Chenoweth as Trina.

I have to disagree with others. I don't think this show would do well with the actor/musician concept. So much of the show relies on interpersonal communication that the instruments would get in the way.


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re: FALSETTOS Revival?#19
Posted: 11/14/08 at 3:34pm
Marvin leading on the synthesizer with Mendel at the drums and Whizzer on the oboe and alto sax? No, thank you.
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Posted: 11/14/08 at 3:48pm
I've always wanted to see Dr. Charlotte played by an African-American actress - Merle Dandridge, maybe?
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re: FALSETTOS Revival?#21
Posted: 11/14/08 at 4:00pm
Adam Pascal needs to stick with shows were minimal acting is required.
I think Roundabout could do a decent job with this, it all depends on the director they get. I rather not get John Doyle since I can't really stand his style, someone like Jack O'Brien could really do something exciting with it.
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re: FALSETTOS Revival?#22
Posted: 11/14/08 at 4:25pm
Kristin Chenoweth is the epitome of a shiksa. Casting her as Trina, a character whose mother always imagined her life to be "very Jewish, very middle class, and very straight," would be ridiculous.

I don't think Adam Pascal's voice is rich enough for Marvin, nor do I think he is appropriate in terms of type. I'd much prefer the previously suggested Raul Esparza (whose personal life very closely parallels that of the character) or Norbert Leo Butz.

Cheyenne Jackson is inspired casting as Wizzer, and Malcolm Gets was terrific as Mendel in the LA Reprise! production last year.

Vicki Lewis, though, walked away with the evening in that production. Her version of "I'm Breaking Down" (which I believe is on her website) literally stopped the show for a solid two minutes, with the applause running over into the next scene and forcing Jason Alexander to finally ask the audience, "May we continue now?" I'd love to see her do the role commercially.

I think Sherie Rene Scott would be an interesting Trina as well. Cynthia Nixon said she has been taking voice lessons lately, and I'm dying to know what her singing is like because-- she could be dynamite in the role.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
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Posted: 11/14/08 at 5:00pm
"I've always wanted to see Dr. Charlotte played by an African-American actress"

When Hartford Stage did the show, one of the lesbians was African-American, but I don't remember whether it was the doctor or the gourmet cook.

"Kristin Chenoweth is the epitome of a shiksa."

Unlike Allison Fraser or Faith Prince whose Jewishness really shines through? Chenoweth can produce the neurotic mixed with comic element of Trina's character. Like I said, they would need to tone her down a bit so that she doesn't resort to her "little girl" act.

I for one am tired of seeing Raul Esparza. And Norbert Leo Butz is too "working class" for Marvin.
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re: FALSETTOS Revival?#24
Posted: 11/14/08 at 5:07pm
Andrea Frierson was the African-American actress who I believe played Charlotte in the Hartford Stage production.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.