Falsettos
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Falsettos
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Falsettos NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(1017 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
6%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny

About the Show

Two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle stars in Lincoln Center Theater's Broadway revival of William Finn's groundbreaking musical about a gay man, his wife, his son, his lover, and their psychiatrist.

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952 Reviews | 387 Followers
91
Powerful, Funny, Must see, Great staging, Deeply moving

See it if you saw the originals, they've honored them beautifully. If you didn't, see this for it's place in history and your heart.

Don't see it if you don't like gay people. You should, because we're fabulous but this show is not going to change your narrow little mind about love.

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
84
Entertaining, Resonant, Touching, Profound

See it if Strong production with interesting staging. Struggled with Act 1, but Act 2 was fantastic. Oh and Stephanie Block is amazing!

Don't see it if You are homophobic, anti-semetic.. or just don't like people.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
100
Clever, Resonant, Funny, Great singing, Romantic

See it if You relate to non-traditional jewish families with evolving relationships. I enjoyed the many musical combos and creative set. Lovely show.

Don't see it if You are tired of stories about people coming out and their families adjusting.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
89
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a musical that explores deep ideas about the human condition & our need for connection with family & friends.

Don't see it if you are expecting a big flashy musical show. In spite of the 3 balcony theater the show feel as intimate as a 100 seat house in The Village.

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
88
Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Dated, Profound

See it if you're looking for a meaningful story performed beautifully by a powerhouse cast. Stephanie J. Block, in particular, deserves Tony buzz.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy sung-through musicals or heavy themes.

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
75
Opaque, Great acting, Disappointing, Great music

See it if you want to see some great performances and hear some wonderfully weird music.

Don't see it if you struggle with sung-through musicals. I found the storytelling to be pretty unclear, particularly in the first act.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
90
Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Intense

See it if for the fantastic acting and singing and the important and moving story.

Don't see it if You want to see something light. You don't like long shows. It's almost three hours (with one intermission).

513 Reviews | 129 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Unique staging, Heartbreaking, Important

See it if Important when the original opened and it's still important. Nothing dated about AIDS and the friends and family we lost. Must see.

Don't see it if you cannot face the gamut of emotions from laughing out loud to sobbing.

Critic Reviews (49)

The New York Times
October 27th, 2016

"There’s hardly a moment in the exhilarating, devastating revival of the musical 'Falsettos' that doesn’t approach, or even achieve, perfection...Directed by Mr. Lapine—whose work is so sharp it’s as if he were seeing the show with a new pair of eyes...Mr. Borle shines here as he has never before...'Falsettos' never feels like a singing time capsule. Its fundamental subject is that mysterious, maddening, uplifting, life-complicating emotion we refer to as love, which hasn’t changed in 25 years."
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Time Out New York
October 27th, 2016

"Few musicals have the range, idiosyncrasy and emotional punch of this profoundly unconventional and personal work...As enjoyable as the snaggletoothed and biting first half can be, it hardly prepares you for the extraordinary second...Finn pushes musical theater to the limits of what we can ask of it. Those who know the show may find fault with some of the revival’s choices...But flaws are written into 'Falsettos,' as is the impulse it elicits to forgive them."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 27th, 2016

"A heartbreaking revival...It’s hard to get through the last half hour intact...If this Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Lapine, has any serious faults, they arise from that agenda. As written, Marvin is so nasty and erratic in the first act ...Christian Borle can’t resolve that contradiction and thus comes off a bit unsteady, at least until he regains his footing in the second act. The other principals, whose roles are more tightly written, are excellent throughout."
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New Yorker
November 7th, 2016

"One of the most dishonest musicals I have ever seen...What can you do with a show that opens with a song called 'Four Jews in a Room Bitching,' and uses AIDS to endow it with seriousness? The rot at the center of 'Falsettos' is slathered in self-congratulation. Finn and Lapine use Jews, AIDS, and so on to rope in a particular audience, which is then held captive to their seemingly endless array of self-referential songs and weak humor."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 27th, 2016

"Pretty much everything about Lincoln Center Theater's ideally cast Broadway revival, again directed by Lapine with as much humor as sensitivity, makes it pure pleasure...The characters are so fresh, the writing so emotionally insightful and the situations played with such feeling that 'Falsettos' hasn't aged a day...Part of the show's durability is the generosity of spirit and affection with which the writers approach every last one of their imperfect characters."
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Entertainment Weekly
October 27th, 2016

"You don’t want to walk into the Walter Kerr Theatre without a pocketful of Puffs...There’s no shortage of laughs, from tuneful one-liners to entire numbers...But amid all the laughter, there will be tears...It’s nice to see Borle finally playing a flesh-and-blood human being, even if he lacks Marvin’s necessary menace...Curse you, William Finn, for writing these heart-wrenching songs. And curse me for forgetting the Kleenex."
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Variety
October 27th, 2016

"This surprisingly fresh revival has been directed by original director Lapine, who plainly understands the bittersweet humor and provisional joy of that period...The warm performances of a terrific cast soften the underlying sadness of Finn’s breakthrough musical...The story is largely told through the easygoing score, a fusion of tuneful melodies with insightful lyrics...Borle’s neurotic hero is well matched with Rannells’ Whizzer."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 27th, 2016

"So how does 'Falsettos' hold up...Better than 'The Normal Heart,' but not nearly so well as 'Angels in America'. The first act, 'March of the Falsettos,' remains impressive. Notwithstanding Finn’s inability to write once-heard-never-forgotten tunes, the musical numbers are cleverly crafted and the overall tone is appropriately tart...In 'Falsettoland,' by contrast, a hideously painful situation is portrayed with a sincere but cloying sentimentality that occasionally curdles into kitsch."
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