Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

Falsettos

From 1,007 member  reviews
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. More…

Set in 1979-1981, 'Falsettos' focuses on Marvin (Borle), who struggles to create a nontraditional family out of an eclectic array of core relationships, including his ex-wife (Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block), his new boyfriend (Tony nominee Andrew Rannells), his adolescent son, and his psychiatrist. Amidst a series of monumental life changes, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility, and what it means to be a man. This production reunites the original creative team of producer André Bishop, Tony-winning composer/lyricist William Finn, and Tony-winning playwright/director James Lapine.

2h 40m | Already closed | Walter Kerr Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1007)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny
85
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see

See it if Charming, fun, wonderfully acted (bit of dancing too). Entire musical is sung-through. Set in 1979/1981, very touching & poignant.

Don't see it if Show is almost 3 hours but flies by. So many audience members were crying at end of Act II. Simply excellent - go see it!

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.

80
Great staging, Romantic, Sweet and sad, Very funny

See it if you like small musicals about family, loss, and love with vivid characters and very cool staging.

Don't see it if you don't care for Jewish or LGBTQ themes, AIDS stories or sad endings.

Also This was a transformational piece in its time and still packs a punch.

94
Must see, Emotionally involving, Brilliant cast & performances, Musical about family, Bring 2 boxes of tissues

See it if to experience culmination 35 years of development & perfecting this particular story of family/love. brilliant music/lyrics/stellar cast

Don't see it if no interest in family issues, or truthful lyrics & ideas, can't bear LGBTQ themes. prefer sports contests or dance marathons or bear baiting

Also Saw the originals in the 80's, lived thru the times it depicts. FALSET... Read more Read less

91
Resonant heart-warming musical

See it if Sung-through musical of the dawn of the age of AIDS. Music, book and lyrics practically perfect. The five principal actors are excellent

Don't see it if High impact despite low production values. Amusing takes on gays, Jews and relationships in general. Heart-breaking and wonderful.

97
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you like terrific performers at the top of their game singing and telling a story that we all need to hear again and again. Do NOT miss it.

Don't see it if you don't like to hear great singing, and don't like stories that make you laugh and weep.

84
Dated, Great staging, Great singing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want a sung-through family drama with highs and lows; excellent cast and creative set

Don't see it if you want a very happy or light story or want to avoid any LBGTQ topics

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy period pieces about the beginning of the Aids crisis and sexual revolution Stephanie Block rules. Borle's final number is stunning

Don't see it if powerful messages about the devastion of aids is hard to take

79
Shows its age, Endearing, Edgy, Awkward

See it if High rating for excellent Andrew Rannells, wish he had played Marvin role. Songs uneven, staging too minimal, but still recalls a seminal...

Don't see it if ...moment in Broadway story-telling. High-schoolers seated near me did not understand what time was like for gay life, so still important.

94
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Touching, Great singing

See it if you want to see a musical that has it all. Humor, great performances, serious subject matter, compassion & incisive, clever dialogue.

Don't see it if a show about homosexuality is not for you, regardless of how well it is handled.

82
Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Relevant, Overrated

See it if you don't want to miss an A+ performance by Stephanie J. Block in material that doesn't quite hold up. Borle & Rannells are also good here.

Don't see it if you can't stomach another disaffected-upper-middle-class-white-people snoozefest - the 1st half of this show, but for a lights-out SJB solo.

81
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Touching, Entertaining

See it if would like a musical about family & LGBT issues with both humorous & moving moments in a clever but minimalist set. Ms. Block amazing

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with stories about loss or LGBT themes, musicals that slow toward the end of the first act

Also The impact was probably greater in the 80's but issues of loss and fam... Read more Read less

77
Disappointing, Dated, Great set and lighting, Unbelievable, Non-engaging

See it if You want to see what it was like in 1980s New York City, if you can't get enough of Christian Borle and your interest is purely academic.

Don't see it if You've grasped the concept of a man leaving his wife and child for another man years ago.

Also While I believed what was happening on stage, I never believed that it... Read more Read less

92
Must see, Relevant, Riveting, Brilliant, perfection

See it if you want to see a musical about a "Modern Family" told in song and dance to perfection. Brilliant acting, singing & dancing. A must see.

Don't see it if you don't like sing through musicals about a gay relationship and how it affects family.

93
Enchanting, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Hilarious

See it if You like quirky family stories. You appreciate theater that's funny and tragic at the same time.

Don't see it if You don't have some tissues handy.

89
Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You enjoy gifted artists tackling challenging scores of intense material.

Don't see it if You prefer clear, linear story lines or looking for light material

75
Great singing, Funny, Moving, Dated

See it if you like extremely moving stories -- this one is about a married couple and the progression of their lives after they divorce.

Don't see it if you dislike stories that don't end happily, stories that are told completely through song, or stories that are AIDS- or gay-themed,

50
Great acting, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You want to see one of the best ensembles assembled on Broadway. The material is tolerable enough to sit through, cast is worth it.

Don't see it if You're not a huge fan of the cast, and don't care to see them campaigning for Tonys in a watered down Rent with shitty music.


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...
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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 ...
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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 con...
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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, an...
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