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

90
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like sung-through musicals, songs that deeply probe characters' emotional states, clever lyrics, stories about nontraditional families.

Don't see it if you don't like contemporary-sounding musicals, gay themes, AIDS-related plot elements, sung-through musicals, a mix of funny and sad.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Imperfect

See it if you want to see a strong cast turn in charming performances in a show that has just as many glorious moments as it does forgettable ones.

Don't see it if you dislike crying in public, you dislike shows that are sung all the way through, or you're bothered by too many unmemorable songs.

Also Stephanie J. Block has a song in the first act that's worth the price ... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you like Sondheim-esque musicals with dense and clever, but sometimes convenient and forced lyrics. Acting/singing was great! But too long!

Don't see it if You like musicals that stay on point. Many songs felt like filler or were more of a showcase for talent than advancing the plot.

98
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if you want to see an amazing production of a musical treasure by the genius, Bill Finn. The cast is also excellent

Don't see it if you don't like revivals or disliked the original production

85
Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing, Devastating

See it if you want to see a great story about relationships and love. You want to see phenomenal acting. Rannels and Borle have undeniable chemistry

Don't see it if you don't like to sob uncontrollably in public. This show will not tug on your heartstrings, it will rip them apart

79
Dated, Quirky

See it if You want to see a standard from early in the AIDS era. In its time, this show was groundbreaking. The revivals are museum pieces.

Don't see it if You don't need to see another show about gay men and AIDS. The value of this show is largely historical.

85
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Moving

See it if You want to see a musical about interesting family dynamics at the start of the AIDS epidemic. Funny, poignant, beautiful, and moving.

Don't see it if Jewish themes, LGBT/AIDS themes, shows that may make you cry are not your thing. Avoid if looking for a light comedy or epic/big spectacle.

88
Entertaining, Creative staging, Wonderful talented cast, Extremely moving, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy seeing musicals that stand the test of time, can move you and make you laugh.

Don't see it if You are not interested in alternative families and want only to be entertained in your comfort zone.

80
Great singing, Entertaining, Slightly dated, Relevant, Great acting

See it if I liked the clever, but minimalist set and background.

Don't see it if Be prepared for a sing-through show.

80
Great singing, Dated, Entertaining, Interesting staging, Long

See it if You want a musical with lovely singing, minimal staging. Somewhat dated but a reminder of what was thirty years ago.

Don't see it if You don't need a gentle reminder of how much things have changed

95
Clever, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You're willing to feel emotionally raw from deeply affecting story & song. Cast is superb. It will take me a while to get over this one.

Don't see it if You have a heart of stone.

78
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if What seemed so shocking thirty years ago is now matter of fact and relevant. Fine acting, second act a bit too long but worth seeing.

Don't see it if If untraditional family life makes you uncomfortable

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Modern classic

See it if you like intelligent theater, performed by top professionals. This production is the perfect production of this classic, important musical.

Don't see it if you want a mindless night at the theater. You'll laugh, but you'll also have to think about some complicated issues. You won't forget it.

97
Absorbing, Poignant, Great performances

See it if Want to see a wonderfully poignant story set to music with wonderful Actors and Staging!

Don't see it if The subject of Aids is a grim reminder of days past!

70
Relevant, Entertaining, Dated, Miscast, Too long

See it if never seen before. Act 1 holds up well, although too long. Witty lyrics; nice insights. Act 2 is dated and manipulative; less inventive.

Don't see it if expect great performances. Borle is miscast as a Jewish neurotic and Block lacks the edge needed. Act 2 is repetitive until it gets seriuos

Also Act 1 is as funny as ever and Finn's wonderful lyrics still entertain ... Read more Read less

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You love off-beat original musicals and storytelling. The performances are amazing and the story is deeply touching.

Don't see it if You don't like sung through musicals, may be homophobic, and prefer light-hearted uncomplicated easily digestible plots.

79
Absorbing, Somewhat dated, Entertaining, Intelligent, Beautifully sung

See it if you've never seen a production of it. Interesting staging. Big Christian Borle fan (NOT disappointed). Impressed by Stephanie Block. See it!

Don't see it if you like big splashing musicals with no message.

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

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.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if I've seen this show 3 times since it's inception and it is amazing...Great performances, music , lyric and script. Very touching.

Don't see it if You don't like "Mini Operas"...Lot's of sunging in this...

81
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want your monies worth on Broadway. #stephaniejblock blows it up once again. Overall great performances by the whole cast. Worth it.

Don't see it if Don't enjoy plays that may move.you to tears while also making you clap with joy.

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?

95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Intense, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You enjoy the stunning score & want to see a 1st rate cast of knockout actors. It's an iconic piece lovingly revived. Will be a Tony fave.

Don't see it if The second act is HEAVY. Dark but essential. Abrupt tonal shift between the two acts is definitely not for everyone.

80
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Phenomenal cast, in particular SJ Block. Poignant performances. Clever staging. Admirable coverage of socially relevant issues.

Don't see it if Upbeat numbers were sharp, funny/sad and energetic, whereas slow numbers were a tad too sentimental or on the nose.

90
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Slow

See it if you want to see a revival of a show better than the original. Are delighted by clever musical numbers. too bad they couldn't cut a half hour

Don't see it if you like your musicals uplifting. This ones unfortunately is depressingly real. Very Well done though.

Also This revival is better than the original in its choreography, staging ... Read more Read less


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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