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
85
Avg Score

82
Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you are a Bill Finn fan, you are interested in gay issues and Jewish issues.

Don't see it if sexuality and religion make you uncomfortable.

94
Ambitious, Great cast!, Intelligent

See it if you want to see an All-Star cast bring to life a very important piece of theatre. The music is fantastic and story is very relatable to all.

Don't see it if You do not like shows that are sung through and do not have much set.

95
Entertaining, Funny, Profound

See it if You want to be touched, challenged, and thoroughly entertained.

Don't see it if You like fluffy musicals that have no substance. And there's nothing wrong with those...just this isn't one.

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.

78
Eloquent reminder of where we began

See it if You like smart, articulate lyrics and music, fine performances and moving content that brings back the early days of the AIDS crisis.

Don't see it if You want a production that is about "now". This is true to how the show was written. Heart-wrencing at times. Funny as hell at others.

88
Absorbing, Dated, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if David Rockwell's set qualifies as part of the fantastic cast which maximizes all of the positives in this wonderful piece; 2nd Act moving

Don't see it if Specter of HIV/AIDS does not have the terror today as during the original Broadway production and somewhat blunts Act 2 power

76
Great staging, Great singing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You're a fan of the performers (Stephanie J Block was the standout for me) or the material. Combining both shows was maybe too ambitious.

Don't see it if You're expecting a lot going on because there are parts of the show where my mind wandered but then SJB would come on and right everything.

95
Brilliant musical, Great performances, Great staging, Must see, Deeply moving

See it if you've never seen it. It's one of the treasures of the American musical. Perfect cast and great staging make for a powerful production!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a sung-thru show or are a homophobe. Better yet take one or two with you to this moving love story that speaks to today.

82
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

See it if you enjoy seeing an entire cast of brilliant musical theater performers do their thing, (together with one of the cleverest sets EVER!)

Don't see it if you don't want to see a musical about gay characters.

80
Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Clever

See it if You enjoy a unique and interesting story.

Don't see it if Don't like sad shows.

86
Dated, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a great show with fabulous singing.

Don't see it if If you don't want to see a show about a gay man.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if a great cast in a revival of an 80's/90's classic; Act 2 is vastly superior to Act 1, but both are really entertaining

Don't see it if are homophobic, don't like sung-through shows

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.

89
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in family dynamics in the age of AIDs. Great songs & singing. Very enjoyable performances. Love the story and the plot.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the world around you and the hardships people experience every day.

79
Great acting, Romantic, Intense, Heart-breaking, Great singing

See it if you like stories of love triangle by great actors and reliving the early parts of the 80s

Don't see it if you are expecting a comedy or don't like stories of gay couple and aids

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

84
Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you seek solid music w great voices and novel staging. See it if you care about historical perspective of gay rights.

Don't see it if you want cutting-edge, fresh take on social issues. If you don't like a little camp or a slightly dated perspective: pass.

85
Delightful, Humorous, Engaging, Great singing, Bittersweet

See it if like an engaging musical about extended family lifestyles during the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Well performed and bittersweet.

Don't see it if you are anti-semetic, homophobic, can't have a good time or don't have an open mind. This is not a play based on old fashioned values.

Also Christian Borle has a knack for taking shady characters and making the... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if You are a fan of musicals. The leads are tremendously talented enjoy seeing them in this terrific production of a great show.

Don't see it if Gay guys make you uncomfortable

85
Absorbing, Intense

See it if A good production with a worthy cast that are nonstop

Don't see it if Want dialogue along with music and song. The show is filled with song and music.

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.

79
Resonant, Great singing, Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Pales in comparison to the original Broadway production back in 1992. However, it's a good production and still managed to move me to tears

Don't see it if A new musical with big show stopping songs, dances, sets and costumes.

95
Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you are gay. The story is strong. Combined with great songs.

Don't see it if string topics affect you.

Also Christian Borle, if you don't know him, is one of the best actors in B... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Funny, Resonant, Touching

See it if you want to see a solid musical with a good score about a complicated family.

Don't see it if you're homophobic.


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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