Falsettoland

by  James Lapine, William Finn

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  3m, 3f, 1boy(s)

"An achingly articulate musical." - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f, 1boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, Obie, From Broadway, From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A continuation of the saga of Marvin from March of the Falsettos and In Trousers, this Off Broadway hit finds that archetypal contemporary gay man facing the specter of AIDS. Published in Falsettos.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1991 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Musical 
    Winner! 1991 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Lyrics
    Winner! 1991 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off-Broadway Musical

Reviews

"An achingly articulate musical." - The New York Times

"A burst of genius." - Time

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Various locations such as: Marvin's home, Trina's home, Whizzer's hospital room, a Squash Court, etc. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Welcome to Falsettoland
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Year of the Child
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Miracle Of Judaism
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The Baseball Game
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A Day in Falsettoland
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Round Tables, Square Tables
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Everyone Hates His Parents
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What More Can I Say?
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Something Bad Is Happening / More Racquetball
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Holding to the Ground
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Days Like This
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Canceling the Bar Mitzvah
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Unlikely Lovers
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You Got to Die Sometime
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Jason's Bar Mitzvah
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What Would I Do?
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Casting

3m, 3f, 1boy(s)
MARVIN
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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Cast Attributes

  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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1 Piano/Vocal Score
7 Vocal Chorus Books

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Authors

James Lapine

James Lapine was born in 1949 in Mansfield, Ohio and lived there until his early teens when his family moved to Stamford, Connecticut. He attended public schools before entering Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he majored in History. He went on to get an MFA in Design from the California I ...

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William Finn

William Finn is the writer and composer of Falsettos, for which he received two Tony Awards, Best Book of a Musical (with James Lapine) and Best Original Score. He has also written and composed In Trousers, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, two Los Angeles Drama Criti ...

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Falsettoland premiered at Playwrights Horizons, in June of 1990 under the direction of James Lapine. 

***March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland became the first and second act (respectively) of the musical Falsettos, which premiered on Broadway in 1992. 

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