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

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?

95
Relevant, Romantic, Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the sing-through style of William Finn's musical and a stellar company with great chemistry

Don't see it if -dont see any reason not to see this production.

75
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Dated, Quirky

See it if you like the original Falsettos, clever wordplay in songs, the fantastic cast and great acting, LGBT themes

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy. There are funny moments and some darker, sadder ones. Also, it's a long show and feels that way.

91
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Oh, how I wish you could. It closed today. Just wonderful. Not out of date at all. You will laugh and you will cry.

Don't see it if you are cold blooded and cannot feel for others.

Also It was like listening to an opera since almost every word is sung. The... Read more Read less

85
Moving, Great acting, Delightful, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want to watch a family drama unfold with comedic elements & moving characters. The story has longevity & remains meaningful & heartfelt.

Don't see it if you want a catchy score/songs. These aren't ones you'll leave the theater humming.

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.

100
Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing

See it if William Finn is fantastic, The cast is amazing. Perfect show, words and music, and cast, and story and direction worked so well. Cathartic!

Don't see it if No excuse not to see it.

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.

89
Delightful, Heartbreaking, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you want to see an incredibly talented cast frolic amongst a building-blocks-inspired set - "Breaking Down" is worth the price of admission!

Don't see it if you are homophobic - Marvin & Whizzer's chemistry on stage is sweet, sexy and sensational!

80
Great writing, Great music, Funny, Heart-breaking

See it if you want to see a good (but not great) production of a ground-breaking and beautiful show.

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through shows or shows with gay themes. If you have fond memories of the original you may be disappointed as well.

Also While this doesn't match the beautiful original production, it doesn't... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Funny

See it if You enjoy watching talented people perform

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with plays about gays and Jews

79
Thought-provoking

See it if you've never seen Falsettos before. Or even if you have. It's an important story and an emotionally moving one. Still rubs the right places

Don't see it if you're expecting perfection in a musical. It isn't. But that's part of the charm of this wonderful piece.

91
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Depressing

See it if You like William Finn, smart high-quality musicals that seem fresh in perpetuity, extremely well directed productions.

Don't see it if You can't handle sad/depressing 2nd acts.

80
Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing

See it if You want to hear a brilliantly fun score sung by an all-star cast. Also it is a moving story about the LGBT community, while still comedic.

Don't see it if The topic of HIV/AIDS is uncomfortable. Also do not see it for production values, it's very minimal.

83
Profound, Relevant, Slow

See it if you want to see something relevant, dramatic, funny, and emotional.

Don't see it if you're expecting a well rounded plot, can be very slow at times and confusing.

92
Moving, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you like to laugh and cry at the same show. Are compassionate. Are or have gay friends. Live through the early 80's.

Don't see it if want big cast and expensive sets. voted for Trump

Also I had never seen a production of Falsettos and always wanted to. this ... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Must see, Enchanting

See it if want to feel joy, compassion, love and great entertainment

Don't see it if you dont like musicals

78
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Dated

See it if you love a fun exciting gay night at the theatre. everyone is good. stephanie j. block is amazing.

Don't see it if gay themes make you squirm, if you are a republican.

90
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if shows deal with real family issues. If you like musicals

Don't see it if no reason not to unless you are closed minded

90
Great singing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You didn't see the original cast or can refrain from making comparisons. This revival is terrific and should be judged own it's own merits

Don't see it if Don't NOT see this. It should be "required viewing"!

100
Funny, Romantic, Profound, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to a beautifully moving and funny musical about a dysfunctional family.

Don't see it if you're a terrible person (i.e. homophobic or anti-Semitic).

87
Edgy, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you like quirky musicals with heart about somewhat neurotic characters.

Don't see it if you're homophobic (the opening word of act 2 is 'homosexuals') or can't see family for the form.

90
Must see, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love a great story with incredible acting, beautifully written songs and outstanding staging.

Don't see it if you hate musicals that are completely sung through or if you are touchy on the subject of HIV/AIDS.

87
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if If you love any of the wonderful actors starring in this. It's really great, even for a revival. Touching, human, funny and sad. Lovely

Don't see it if You don't want to remember the pain of the 80's, are uncomfortable with LGBT issues, or don't like to cry in the theatre.

80
Absorbing, Enchanting, Slow, Funny, Great staging

See it if You like LGBTQ themes, and good stage design. A play can make you both laugh and cry.

Don't see it if You dislike sad endings. Slow progress of the plot.


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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