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"Exhilarating and heartbreaking... Falsettoland gains exponentially in power by being seen only 15 minutes, instead of 9 years, after the first allment."

The New York Times

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1990s, 1980s
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Cautions: Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 1992 Tony Award - Best Book of a Musical (William Finn & James Lapine)
    Winner! 1992 Tony Award - Best Score of a Musical (William Finn)
A seamless pairing of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, acclaimed off-Broadway musicals written nearly a decade apart, Falsettos won 1992 Tony Awards for Best Book and Musical score. It is the tale of Marvin who leaves his wife and young son to live with another man. His ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, and Marvin ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son's bar mitzvah, just as AIDS is beginning its insidious spread.


"Exhilarating and heartbreaking... Falsettoland gains exponentially in power by being seen only 15 minutes, instead of 9 years, after the first allment."

 The New York Times

"A masterly feat of comic storytelling and... visionary musical theater."


"What a treasure this is: brave and hilarious, charming, disarming, loaded with honest sentiment and cynicism."

 The New York Newsday

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Premiere Production:

Falsettos premiered on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre in 1992, under the direction of James Lapine. March of the Falsettos, Falsettoland and an earlier chapter in the story of Marvin, In Trousers, all premiered separately at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway.

  • Casting: 4M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Features Children, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children
  • Chorus Size: No Chrous

    TRINA - his ex-wife
    JASON - his son
    WHIZZER - his lover
    MENDEL - his psychiatrist
    DR. CHARLOTTE - one of the "lesbians from next door" and a friend of Marvin's
    CORDELIA - Charlotte's lover, Marvin's friend, and a baker
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