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.
See it if You already love the material. Or to see Stephanie Block's incredible performance of "I'm Breaking Down."
Don't see it if You want an emotionally honest show. It's a wish-fulfillment fairy tale of AIDS that rang entirely false. And is riddled with over-writing.
See it if The beautiful score remains in tact, but you could just listen to the album.
Don't see it if You are looking for truth, depth, enlightenment. This revival is a shallow deconstruction of a brilliant musical. AVOID.
See it if You like any of the principals in the cast, Stephanie J. Block, Andrew Rannells or Christian Borle. Or, if you want to hear Ms. Block sing
Don't see it if You want relevant, entertaining theater and a non-dated book. This performance was slow (watched on PBS Great Performances.)
See it if You like the work of William Finn.
Don't see it if You like funny musicals with good music. I love Andrew Rannells and Christian Borle, but this show was truly terrible.
See it if You are someone who loves to weep at a death scene
Don't see it if You have any sense of what makes a good story. Even the top name actors couldn't save this pitiful plot
See it if You'd like to listen to talented singers, watch Andrew Rannels be a babe, or look at brilliant costumes by genius lady, Jen Caprio
Don't see it if you're looking for a piece of theatre that socially resonates right now, is unpredictable, or has cohesive design that serves the story
See it if you appreciate the timeliness of the original run, are forgiving of dated productions, are a die-hard fan of any of the a-list cast
Don't see it if you are looking for an engaging plot with consistent pacing and a modern sensibility. The production felt disjointed and thrown together
See it if Oh gosh, this is a museum piece. More about the history of gay people portrayed onstage than something entertaining.
Don't see it if You get bored easily. Kids onstage bother you.
See it if You don't mind seeing something which may have been relevant 20 years ago, if you have money to burn.
Don't see it if You saw it when it first came out years ago and was fresh. You don't want a play to hammer you over and over to drive the point home.
See it if A talented cast playing underdeveloped and cliched characters who sing endless forgettable melodies with lyrics that make your eyes roll.
Don't see it if You have other options. I was excited about this but left very disappointed and cannot recommend it.