Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

Falsettos

From 1,016 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 (1016)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny

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.

69
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you love Borle and Rannells [I do] enough to sit through a show that now looks weak and patched-together. The women, esp, are poorly drawn.

Don't see it if It hasn't held up well; music and lyrics are only okay. great performers but they have little to work with in this show.

60
Great staging, Dated, Weird

See it if uh well it's too late to see it but the staging was really wonderful and the actors did well with this very strange and weirdly paced show

Don't see it if you are looking for something a little less strange but also you kinda have no choice anyway because you can't see it because it's closed

69
Dated, Overrated, Disappointing, Clever, Excruciating

See it if you love the material which has been done regularly for 30 years. Cast works hard, Rannells is aces, set is clever, ending is very moving.

Don't see it if sung through musicals are not your thing and this one lasts almost three excruciating hours. I found it all so old hat. Why this revival?

60
Dated, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of the show.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

61
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You like the (admittedly Uber talented) cast or are already a fan of the score.

Don't see it if You're looking for originality, modern relevance... or if you're prone to doze off.

55
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Clever, Great staging

See it if You want to see a unique musical with witty lyrics.

Don't see it if You are not a big musical fan or prefer more flashy shows.

65
Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see the great cast, and catch this revival before it closes

Don't see it if you know nothing about the show, I didn't and I was very disappointed by this very dated show, coming away asking, why?

52
Indulgent, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You won't enter the theater until the second act. The first act is self indulgent and excruciatingly long.

Don't see it if You want a traditional musical and not one endless recitative.

55
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Derivative

See it if The show is disappointing. It is static, with no forward movement. It feels very dated. I did not care about the characters. Self indulgent.

Don't see it if You like a musical with an engaging plot, characters, or songs.

69
Dated, Great singing, Slow, Flat, Touching

See it if You're a fan of the original musical or you need to relive memories of doing this show in college or are student of musical theatre.

Don't see it if You can't handle non melodic music with a very dated, poorly constructed script.

Also To be fair, I was never really a fan of this show. While this show has... Read more Read less

52
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You love Betsy Wolfe or Stephanie J block... it's got some terrific & heart wrenching moments but the rest falls FLAT

Don't see it if If you like typical musical theatre with linear stories... Most of it is not good but some of it is seriously wonderful

50
Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You have seen everything else

Don't see it if You don't want to see a very dated production

69
Dated, Great acting, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you haven't seen a major musical since about 1990.

Don't see it if you're looking for something fresh. The cast is great, but the material has been outclassed many times over since its debut.

56
Cliched, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you are nostalgic for a show that mattered when it first appeared but has not aged well.

Don't see it if You have expectations to love this as much as the hype promises you will.

Also What a disappointment this was - great actors and yes, historically an... Read more Read less

65
Confusing, Quirky, Funny

See it if I had a hard time following this show. Fast lyrics/songs. Lots of movement and transitions. Stephanie Block is a joy to watch

Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional musical. This show is a modern musical.Fast pace, fast songs, quirky. It failed to connect with me.

50
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Tedious, Well performed

See it if Well performed. A couple of good numbers.

Don't see it if Tedious, minimalist presentation. Under-developed characters with little chemistry,

55
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Quirky

See it if you're looking for an "edgy" or "different" musical that's "intelligent".

Don't see it if the thought of a "non-traditional" musical terrifies you. Or if analyzing quirky musical sequences for a deeper meaning is not your thing.

Also While a few sequences were quite funny and featured brilliant acting, ... Read more Read less

69
Dated, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if This show was more relevant 20 yes ago. The kid-actor 's voice was flat too often, but there a few show-stopping numbers that save the day.

Don't see it if You saw it more than once before.

60
Dated, Cliched, Great staging

See it if You want to see a great cast, but not used to their full potential. Block is fabulous. Staging is innovative. 2nd act is more substantial

Don't see it if You want fresh material. The opener and march of the falsettos are both head scratchers--as in, "why???"

60
Clever, Great singing, Great acting

See it if Your a Christian Brole fan also if you want a great story along with great music and great acting

Don't see it if If your not a musical fan

65
Great singing, Quirky, Confusing

See it if if you like Stephanie J Block. She almost steals the show. A brilliant, effortless performance.

Don't see it if you don't like small off B'way shows that should have remained there.

Also The first act doesn't add up to much and this production further empha... Read more Read less

60
Dated, Excruciating

See it if you must

Don't see it if you're expecting something supremely relevant

67
Dated, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Cliched

See it if You want to see a fantastic ensemble cast, you enjoy William Finn, enjoy smaller domestic issue shows, you like quirky dramedies.

Don't see it if You're looking for a relevant to today show (this screams early 90s), you want an unpredictable show, you don't like sing-through shows.

60
Entertaining, Great singing, Overrated

See it if you want to see Christian Borle and Andrew Rannels

Don't see it if you want a picker upper


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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