March of the Falsettos

by  William Finn

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

"One feels the unmistakable charge of pure talent." - The New York Times

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March of the Falsettos

by  William Finn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f, 1boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway, From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A sequel to In Trousers, this musical furthers the story of Marvin and his journey in search of self-understanding, inner peace, and a life with a "happily ever after" ending. His extended family consists of ex-wife Trina, son Jason, gay lover Whizzer Brown, and psychiatrist Mendel, who complicates matters by becoming involved with Trina. By the end of the piece, Marvin is still unsettled, but he at least knows he has salvaged his relationship with his son.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1981 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off-Broadway Play

Reviews

"One feels the unmistakable charge of pure talent." - The New York Times

"Has an exhilarating champagne tang [...] In an operatic mode, sans dialogue, Finn [...] unveils the bitter sweet saga of Marvin, who divorces his wife to be with his male lover [...] In astringency and cleverness, Finn is the child of Stephen Sondheim." - 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

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Various Settings - Trina's house, Marvin's house, suggested locations. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Four Jews in a Room Bitching
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A Tight-Knit Family / Love is Blind / The Thrill of First Love
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Marvin at the Psychiatrist [A 3-Part Mini-Opera]
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My Father's a Homo / Everyone Tells Jason To See a Psychiatrist / This Had Better Come To A Stop
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Please Come to My House
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A Marriage Proposal / A Tight-Knit Family [Reprise]
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Trina's Song / March of the Falsettos
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The Chess Game
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Making a Home
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The Games I Play
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Marvin Hits Trina
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I Never Wanted to Love You
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Father to Son
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Casting

3m, 1f, 1boy(s)
MARVIN
TRINA - his ex-wife
JASON - his son
WHIZZER BROWN - his lover
MENDEL - his psychiatrist
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Cast Attributes

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

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor Score
5 Chorus Books

Reed 1 (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Reed 2 (Oboe, Alto Saxophone)
Reed 3 (Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Percussion
Violin
Viola
Bass

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Authors

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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Originally produced by Playwrights Horizons in 1981. Subsequently produced in New York by Warner Theatre Productions, Inc., Coth Entertainment, Ltd. and The Whole Picture Co., Ltd. 

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