Falsettos

Falsettos

by  William Finn, James Lapine

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

"Exhilarating and heartbreaking [...] Falsettolandgains exponentially in power by being seen only fifteen minutes, instead of nine years, after the first installment." - The New York Times

Note on Digital Perusal: Samuel French's new digital perusal process grants easy, digital access to music perusals while protecting the intellectual property of our composers, book writers, and lyricists. Samuel French perusals are intended to be used for finding the perfect show to fit your theater, casting pool, and resources. Perusals should be used to get acquainted with the music and script. They cannot be used to hold auditions, produce the show without a license, or find sheet music for a separate performance.

Read more +
License Estimator

Use this tool for cost estimates based on your specific needs.

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f, 1boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A seamless pairing of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, acclaimed Off Broadway musicals written nearly a decade apart, Falsettos is the tale of Marvin, who leaves his wife and young son to live with another man. His ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, and Marvin ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son’s bar mitzvah, just as AIDS is beginning its insidious spread.
Read more +

Accolades

  • Winner! 1992 Tony® Award, Best Book of a Musical, William Finn & James Lapine
    Winner! 1992 Tony® Award, Best Score of a Musical, William Finn

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Exhilarating and heartbreaking [...] Falsettoland gains exponentially in power by being seen only fifteen minutes, instead of nine years, after the first installment." - The New York Times, Read More

"A masterly feat of comic storytelling and [...] visionary musical theater." - Variety, Read More

"What a treasure this is: brave and hilarious, charming, disarming, loaded with honest sentiment and cynicism." - Newsday

RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER

Staff Picks: FALSETTOS
by Courtney Kochuba
November 11, 2014

Videos

  • Falsettos
More videos +

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 Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s, 1980s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Various "suggested" locations: Marvin's home, Trina's home, Mendel's office, Whizzer's hospital room, etc. 
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Song Samples

Four Jews in a Room Bitching
0:00
A Tight-Knit Family / Love is Blind / The Thrill of First Love
0:00
Marvin at the Psychiatrist [A 3-Part Mini-Opera]
0:00
My Father's a Homo / Everyone Tells Jason To See a Psychiatrist / This Had Better Come To A Stop
0:00
Please Come to My House
0:00
A marriage proposal / A Tight-Knit Family [Reprise]
0:00
Trina's Song / March of the Falsettos
0:00
The Chess Game
0:00
Making a Home
0:00
The Games I Play
0:00
Marvin Hits Trina
0:00
I Never Wanted to Love You
0:00
Father to Son
0:00
Welcome to Falsettoland
0:00
Year of the Child
0:00
Miracle Of Judaism
0:00
The Baseball Game
0:00
A Day in Falsettoland
0:00
Round Tables, Square Tables
0:00
Everyone Hates His Parents
0:00
What More Can I Say?
0:00
Something Bad Is Happening / More Racquetball
0:00
Holding to the Ground
0:00
Days Like This
0:00
Canceling the Bar Mitzvah
0:00
Unlikely Lovers
0:00
You Got to Die Sometime
0:00
Jason's Bar Mitzvah
0:00
What Would I Do?
0:00

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
See all +

Cast Attributes

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

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

1 Piano/Vocal Score Act 1
1 Piano/Vocal Score Act 2
7 Vocal Chorus Books

Reeds (Flute, Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet)
Percussion
Synthesizer

More

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 ...

View full profile

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 ...

View full profile
Falsettos premiered on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre in 1992, under the direction of James Lapine. March of the Falsettos, Falsettoland and an earlier chapter in the story of Marvin, In Trousers, all premiered separately at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway.

Now Playing

Community Experiences