Love can tell a million stories
Opening on August 30th for its UK premier, Falsettos, the Tony Award winning musical by William Finn (Music, Lyrics & Book) and James Lapine (Book) will have a strictly limited run until November 23rd.
Falsettos, compromising March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, was born out of a trio of musicals during the AIDS crisis, with In Trousers being the first of the three, premiering in 1979, and the other two following in 1981 and 1990. Falsettos opened on Broadway in 1992, and was nominated for 7 Tony awards, winning two of them
Falsettos takes a closer look at modern day family life and relationships that might be different, but by no means unusual or uncommon. Meet New Yorker Marvin, a gay man, his wife Trina, his best friend & lover Whizzer, his son Jason, their psychiatrist Mendel, and the lesbian neighbours Charlotte and Cordelia. March of the Falsettos takes place in 1979 and introduces us to all the characters, the dynamics and cracks in the various relationships, the blossoming of new ones and the end of others. Fast forward to 1981 and in Falsettoland we meet our protagonists again in the run up to Jason’s Bar Mitzvah and with the devastation of AIDS on the horizon.
This musical is like no other, it takes on important and serious topics, and manages to be poignant and funny, heartbreaking and hilarious, all at the same time. And it is still relevant nearly 30 years after its premiere, teaching us acceptance and consideration, compassion and most of all, that love comes in many different shapes, flavours and colours. Sadly, this is still an issue in 2019 and in my opinion, it is high time that mankind wakes up to accept that Love can tell a million stories.
This is a new production, directed and choreographed by Tara Overfield-Wilkinson (Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre, Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre), starring a very talent cast, which we met at a press preview a couple of weeks ago: Natasha J Barnes (Cordelia), Daniel Boys (Marvin), Gemma Knight-Jones (Charlotte), Joel Montague (Mendel), Laura Pitt-Pulford (Trina), Oliver Savile (Whizzer) & Albert Atackm, George Kennedy, Elliot Morris (Jason).
Designs by PJ McEvoy, lighting by Nic Farman, sound by Chris Whybrow, musical direction by Richard John, musical supervision by Mark Crossland and it is produced by Selladoor Worldwide.
FALSETTOS – THE MUSICAL
By William Finn (Book/Lyrics) & James Lapine (Book)
Directed by Tara Overfield-Wilkinson
The Other Palace
Dates: 30 August – 23 November 2019
Performance Times: Monday – Saturday 7:30pm and Thursday & Saturday 2:30pm
Address: The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA
Ticket Prices: From £19.50
Box Office: 0207 087 7900
Falsettos Website: www.falsettoslondon.com
The Other Palace Website: www.theotherpalace.co.uk/falsettos