THE BROADWAY TOURING PRODUCTION "FALSETTOS" ARRIVES AT THE SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY CENTER THEATER MARCH 12-17.
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Jujamcyn Theaters and NETworks Presentations recently announced principal casting for the North American Tour of William Finn and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical “Falsettos”.
Leading the National Company will be Broadway superstars Nick Adams (“La Cage aux Folles” and “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”) as “Whizzer." In addition there's Eden Espinosa (“Wicked,” “Brooklyn The Musical” “Rent”) stars as “Trina” and Max von Essen (“An American in Paris,”Tony Award-nominee, “Evita” and “Les Misérables”) plays “Marvin.”
"It is a great thrill to be bringing “Falsettos” to theater audiences across America and to be doing so with this exceptional cast of Broadway actors,” said Lapine.
The Sacramento engagement of “Falsettos” runs Mar. 12–17 at the Community Center Theater.
Joining this tight knit family will be Nick Blaemire (Broadway’s “Cry-Baby,” “Godspell” and Off-Broadway’s “tick…tick…Boom!”) as “Mendel,” Audrey Cardwell (“First National Tours of Bright Star” and “Cinderella”) as “Cordelia.”
Also featured is Bryonha Marie Parham (Broadway’s “Ragtime,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Prince of Broadway”) as “Dr. Charlotte,” with Josh Canfield, Melanie Evans, Megan Loughran and Darick Pead. The role of “Jason” will be played by Thatcher Jacobs and Jim Kaplan.
“Falsettos”revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family… and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.
This production of “Falsettos” marks a happy reunion for composer/lyricist William Finn and playwright/director James Lapine. In 1981, Finn and Lapine’s new one-act musical March of the Falsettos premiered at Playwrights Horizons’ second floor 75-seat space.
The story of a gay man named Marvin, his lover Whizzer, Marvin’s wife Trina, son Jason, and their psychiatrist Mendel, March of the Falsettos was a critical success, described by The New York Times as “a musical find.”
It eventually moved to Playwrights Horizons’ larger downstairs theater for an extended engagement before enjoying a long run Off-Broadway at what was then known as the Westside Arts Theatre.
Fast forward to 1990, when a second new musical by Finn and Lapine, Falsettoland, opened at Playwrights Horizons. A continuation of the story of Marvin and his extended family in the early days of the AIDS crisis, Falsettoland repeated the success of its predecessor with rave reviews and a move to the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
In 1992, the two one-act musicals were combined into one and opened on Broadway as”Falsettos.” The production ran for over a year at the John Golden Theater and won Tony Awards for Finn’s score and Finn and Lapine’s book.
This production was nominated for five Tony Awards including “Best Musical Revival” when it returned to Broadway in fall 2016. The North American Tour of The Lincoln Center Theater Broadway production of “Falsettos” is directed once again by James Lapine.
The production has choreography by Spencer Liff (Emmy Award nominee for FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”), sets by David Rockwell (“Hairspray,” “The Normal Heart” and “She Loves Me”).
Costumes are by Jennifer Caprio (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”), lighting by Jeff Croiter (“Bandstand,” “Something Rotten!”), sound by Dan Moses Schreier (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” “Gypsy” with Patti LuPone), casting by Eric Woodall / Tara Rubin Casting, music supervision by Vadim Feichtner, and features Michael Starobin’s (“Assassins” and “Next to Normal”) original orchestrations.
Editor’s Note: Tickets for “Falsettos” start at $31 and are available now at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 557-1999. They are also available at the Community Center Theater Box Office, 1301 L Street, Sacramento, and by calling (916) 808-5181, or online at BroadwaySacramento.com.
The Community Center Theater is located at 1301 L Street in Sacramento. Groups of 12 or more can reserve tickets by calling (916) 557-1198.
Performances of “Falsettos” are Tuesday, March. 12 through Saturday, March. 16 at 8:00 pm.
Matinees are Thursday, March. 14, Saturday, March. 16 and Sunday, March. 17 at 2 pm.
For more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit BroadwaySacramento.com.
Information and photo used in this article provided by the Sacramento Community Center Theater.