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Winner of two Tony Awards in New York

Lyn Gardner avatar
29 August 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“There is a great cast, although not—as has been pointed out in a letter to The Stage—a Jewish one, lined up for the European premiere of Falsettos. It includes Natasha J Barnes and Laura Pitt-Pulford and the production comprises both of William Finn and James Lapine’s one-act musicals; March of the Falsettos & Falsettoland. They tell the story of Marvin, who has left his wife to be with his boyfriend Whizzer, and the shift of family dynamics that ensues. Written in the early 1980s under the spectre of Aids, I really loved this musical and the tonal sophistication of the one-act versions. It will be interesting to see how they have held up.”
“When it opened in New York in 1992, Falsettos won two Tony Awards – and a recent revival received a further five nominations. Now it is finally getting its UK premiere, at The Other Palace – where Andrew Lloyd Webber tests out all the cool new musicals.”


The double Tony Award winning Falsettos is a hilarious and poignant look at a modern family revolving around the life of a gay man Marvin, his wife, his lover, his soon to be bar mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians neighbours.

Originally created under the spectre of the AIDS crisis, this ground-breaking musical about family dynamics manages to remain buoyant and satirically perceptive even as it moves towards its heartbreaking conclusion.

Selladoor Productions, producers of 9 to 5 The Musical, Big Fish, American Idiot and Avenue Q, bring Falsettos to London for the very first time serving as a timely reminder that love really is the most beautiful thing in the world.

Critic reviews

Effortful and over-deliberate production of the New York musical that tries too hard to please

The Stage

Theatrical magic

Broadway World

Heritage matters in intelligent, subversive musical

Evening Standard

A slick UK premiere doesn’t quite nail this cult musical about an unconventional New York Jewish family

Time Out

This ambitious musical tackles the changing forms of family, romance and faith

The Arts Desk

This is a musical treat for grown-ups


Jewface-controversy musical has flashes of wit but too many songs

The Telegraph

Faslettos boasts a phenomenal cast in a story from the late seventies and early eighties that is more relevant today than ever in what are often scary and troubled times for the LGBTQ+ community

West End Wilma

The lyrics by William Finn — based on a book by Finn and James Lapine — are intricate and witty capturing the anxieties of New Yorkers finding their way through life


Jewface-controversy musical has flashes of wit but too many songs

The Telegraph

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Fri 30 Aug - Sat 23 Nov, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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