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Blumenthal Performing Arts continues to host remarkable performances this summer. William Finn and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical, “Falsettos” has been revived by the Lincoln Center Theater and will be at the Knight Theater June 25-30. Tickets to this groundbreaking musical start as low as $25.
By creating an all-new production of this trailblazing musical, Lincoln Center Theater garnered nominations for five 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Be sure to keep a lookout for a production that will be seen this fall on PBS stations nationwide, featuring Lapine directing an extraordinary cast.
Set in the 1980’s, “FALSETTOS” is centered on the life of a charming, smart, neurotic gay man named Marvin; his wife, Trina; his lover, Whizzer; and his soon-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, Jason. Within the circle are Trina’s new husband, Mendel; Whizzer’s psychiatrist, Charlotte and her lover, Cordelia. This progressive tribe makes for a hysterical and moving look at the immeasurable potentials that fashion a modern family. The musical is a striking reminder that love can tell a mountain of stories.
“The show is funny and emotional at the same time, which is the sort of stuff I like to write,” said Finn.
In 2016, when the newfangled production of “Falsettos” returned to Broadway, it was met with shining reviews and five Tony nominations. The New York Times called it an “exhilarating, devastating revival” that surges “with such vitality that it feels as fresh and startling as it did back in 1992.”
“Its fundamental subject,” said the review, “is that mysterious, maddening, uplifting, life-complicating emotion we refer to as love, which hasn’t changed in 25 years.”
The Revival is most noteworthy for it’s timeless message. The songs convey “what people’s hearts sound like,” as producer Jordan Roth put it. The characters “are literally singing their souls and their every thought, and not just their really big thoughts, as often is the case in musicals,” he said.
Lapine, who directed both the revival and the original, said refreshing the show was long shot, not because it wasn’t commendable of being reopened, but because among the trying themes, the musical explores the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. The original musical opened on Broadway while the crisis knocked New York City particularly hard.
“It was very touching for all of us, particularly a lot of people in the theater who knew people who were struck by the disease and lost friends,” remembers Lapine. “It became a very emotional experience when it opened.”
Any apprehension over the conclusion to produce “Falsettos” again was obliterated the night of the revival’s first Broadway performance.
“People who had seen it the first time came back to see it,” he said. “People who have since had children and families of their own brought their families back to see it. A whole younger generation, who grew up listening to the cast albums, putting it on at colleges and schools, came to see it. The reception was well beyond anything any of us expected. It was a kind of welcoming home.”
“When we put on shows in New York there are many tourists and people from out of town and out of the country,” says Lapine. “It’s a different experience when you’re in your own town seeing a show. I think it will be very powerful for people to see this in cities across the country.”
“Theater is a way in for all of us,” said Lapine. “We get to spend a little bit of time coming to know someone in that very personal way that only theater reveals. That’s how we change hearts and minds: change hearts first.”
When: June 25-30
Tickets: For tickets, call 704-372-1000 or buy them online here.
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