Music & Lyrics: William Finn

Book: William Finn & James Lapine

William Finn's Falsettos follows the exploits of Marvin, a neurotic bisexual who decides to leave his wife and son and begin a new life with his friend Wizzer. Complicating matters is the fact that Marvin still wants everyone to be one big happy family. Originally, Finn divided the story into three separate one-act musicals, each of which dealt with a separate period in Marvin's life: In Trousers (1987), The March of the Falsettos (1981), and Falsettoland (1990).

March of the Falsettos opened at Playwrights Horizons in 1981. It was subsequently produced in New York under the direction of James Lapine who would later help Finn write the libretto for Falsettoland which opened at Playwrights Horizons on June 28, 1990. In 1991, the Hartford Stage combined March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland into one production. The Broadway version of this combined musical opened at the John Golden Theatre on April 29, 1992, with a cast that featured Michael Rupert, Stephen Bogardus, Barbara Walsh and Jonathan Kaplan. During the course of the run--which lasted 486 performances--Mandy Patinkin eventually took over the role of Marvin.

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