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.
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.
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.