“Falsettos” National Tour


Ashlyn Dodson, Staff Writer

The 2016 Broadway revival of the musical Falsettos at Lincoln Center Theater announced a national North American tour. The five-time Tony-nominated revival will begin in winter of the 2019 touring season.

Directed by writer James Lapine, the 2018-19 national tour of Falsettos has been confirmed to play in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theater; Dallas, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Saint Paul, Minnesota. While dates for the tour’s visit in Dallas have not yet been released, the company has confirmed full-week and multi-week engagements at each stop.

With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by James Lapine, Falsettos debuted on Broadway in 1992 at the John Golden Theater after combining two one-act off-Broadway shows, “March of the Falsettos” and “Falsettoland.” The Broadway revival cast starred Tony Award winner Christian Borle as Marvin, nominees Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, and Brandon Uranowitz as Whizzer, Trina, and Mendel, Betsy Wolfe as Cordelia, Tracie Thomas as Dr. Charlotte, and Anthony Rosenthal making his Broadway debut as Jason.

Falsettos tells the tale of the neurotic but charismatic Marvin, his wife Trina, his son Jason, his psychiatrist Mendel, his male lover Whizzer, and his neighbors Dr. Charlotte and Cordelia. In act one, which takes place in 1979, Marvin leaves his wife and son to be with Whizzer. Two years later, act two shows the group still adapting to a new family dynamic. The family plans Jason’s approaching bar mitzvah, just as the AIDS crisis of the 80s begins.

An avant-garde and loosely autobiographical story, Falsettos combines comedy, tragedy, and some of life’s greatest questions into two captivating acts. Finn and Lapine manage to blend a range of songs: light-hearted, comical show tunes (“Everyone Hates His Parents”), touching ballads (“You Gotta Die Sometime”), and everything in between come together in a musical masterpiece that will make any audience fall in love with the “teeny tiny band” of Falsettos.