Everything you need to know about Falsettos
Get ready for the UK premiere of Falsettos, coming to The Other Palace in August 2019. With a star cast including plenty of West End famous faces, find out more about the Tony Award-winning musical here and what you can expect from the London production later this year.
Everything about Falsettos
What is the synopsis?
Set in 1980s New York, audiences meet Marvin and Whizzer, a couple who live with their son and psychiatrist all under one roof. On first appearances, it seems as if the family is picture-perfect, but as the strings begin to break, it’s clear that nobody is truly happy. Themes of religion, identity and what it means to live in New York during the AIDS crisis come to the fore in Falsettos, as everyone tries to remain positive even with heartbreak in the future.
Who will star in Falsettos?
The complete cast of Falsettos at The Other Palace will star Matt Cardle, currently playing Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican this summer. After winning The X Factor in 2010, Cardle has become one of the West End’s recognisable faces, recently starring in Memphis and Strictly Ballroom.
Natasha J Barnes will also appear in the production, previously starring in Funny Girl and The Twilight Zone, while Daniel Boys will return to the West End to appear in Falsettos, with notable credits in Spamalot, Avenue Q and Rent.
Previously starring in Wicked, Oliver Savile joins the cast of Falsettos, along with Laura Pitt-Pulford and Gemma Knight-Jones.
Where was Falsettos first performed?
The show’s concept was born in the 1980s. Originally, the musical was comprised of two one-act musicals titled March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, completed by a third part called In Trousers. March of the Falsettos received its off-Broadway premiere in 1981 at Playwright Horizons, while Falsettoland opened nine years later at the same venue. These two one-acts were eventually put together for what is titled Falsettos, the two-act musical.
Falsettos’ Broadway premiere came in 1992, when it was presented as a two-act show for the first time. The production opened at the John Golden Theatre on 27th April 1992, running to 27th June 1993.
Where can I listen to the soundtrack?
Take a listen to the musical’s soundtrack here, featuring a cast including Broadway stars Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells.
What awards has Falsettos won?
At the 1992 Tony Awards, Falsettos was nominated for six categories, winning two. The production won best book of a musical (for William Finn and James Lapine) and best original score (for William Finn). The revival did not pick up any Tony wins, however the production was nominated for five awards in four categories, including best revival, best actor in a musical (for Christian Borle), best featured actor in a musical (for Andrew Rannells and Brandon Uranowitz) and best featured actress in a musical (for Stephanie J. Block).
Where can I see it in London’s West End and how do I get there?
Falsettos will play at The Other Palace, located on Palace Street (SW1E 5JA). The nearest train station is Victoria, which is a 5-minute walk from the theatre. Circle, District and Victoria lines are also available from Victoria station.
As well as Falsettos, why not read about the return of Girl from the North Country, coming to the Gielgud Theatre.