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

40
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Ambitious

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.

25
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if you adore Sondheim rip-offs

Don't see it if You like a great musical score

40
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Great writing, Banal

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.

37
Great singing, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see great talent

Don't see it if you're under 35.

35
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

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.)

Also There are very talented actors and singers in this cast. I really want... Read more Read less

37
Disappointing, Slow, Dated

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.

30
Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated, Slow, Insipid

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

45
Fluffy, Cliched, Dated, Great singing, Great acting

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

48
Excruciating, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if I can't think of a reason to see it. Perhaps it was better on Broadway. I saw the touring company at the Kennedy Center.

Don't see it if Actually, just don't see it.

Also I take no pleasure in panning a show, but this was awful. The music an... Read more Read less

40
Underwhelming, Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny, Confusing

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

40
Edgy, Great singing, Overrated

See it if You are going through a complicated relationship have a child and find out your partner is in a relationship

Don't see it if You dont understand its concept

43
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

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.

16
Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you love Andrew Rannells & Christopher Borle

Don't see it if you love Andrew Rannells & Christopher Borle. Terrible waste of talent.

27
Disappointing, Edgy, Excruciating, Intense, Slow

See it if You need a good nap.

Don't see it if You like music that has a melody then skip this show b

16
Disappointing, Dizzying, Cliched, Dated, Confusing

See it if You have nothing to do

Don't see it if Want to save time and money for a show not worth it. Good cast bad show

49
Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you're a minority, you'll be able to relate. must see!

Don't see it if you're homophobic

During previews
49
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Repetitive, Slow

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.

Also Not quite sure why this was dragged back at this time. Needs a huge re... Read more Read less

During previews
40
Disappointing, Dull

See it if You follow any of the cast avidly.

Don't see it if you've seen a prior production that you loved.

Also This cast doesn't seem well suited to their roles, particularly Borle ... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Cliched, Dated, Banal

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.

During previews
42
Slow, Fluffy, Banal

See it if Dated

Don't see it if You are homophobic

During previews
36
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Cliched, Dated

See it if ,

Don't see it if left at intermission....


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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