Theater: Falsettos – Revival

Opened: October 27, 2016

Book by: James Lapine & William Finn

Music & Lyrics by: William Finn

Broadway Revival Cast: Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, Brandon Uranowitz, Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms & Betsy Wolfe

Originally presented as two separate shows – March of the Falsettos in 1981 and Falsettoland in 1990 – the creators merged them to create Falsettos.

Set in New York City in 1979, Jason (Anthony Rosenthal) is dealing with a new family set-up as his father, Marvin (Christina Borle), left his mother, Trina (Stephanie J. Block) for another man, Whizzer (Andrew Rannells). Jason’s psychiatrist Mendel (Brandon Uranowitz) falls in love with Trina and there are lesbians next door, one of which is Whizzer’s doctor. So obviously, there’s a lot going on.

Whizzer’s storyline deals with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and brings a lot of heaviness into the show. It’s beautifully written, but also had me wishing I was watching the fast-paced Rent instead. However, Trina has an outstanding solo called “I’m Breaking Down” that lets Block shine.

Final say: Fun dynamics, but slower storyline. ★★★☆☆

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