Sierra Stages presents the groundbreaking musical “Falsettos” for ten performances only from November 5 through November 22 at the intimate Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. “Falsettos” is the final production of Sierra Stages’ seventh season, and is directed by Sandra Rockman, with dance direction by George Jayne and musical direction by Ken Getz, who conducts the live band.
Part intimate family drama, part neurotic urban comedy, and part keenly observed meditation on a shifting definition of the American family, “Falsettos” is the 1992 Tony Award-winning musical by William Finn and James Lapine. Finn wrote music and lyrics for the Broadway hit “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, which was presented by Sierra Stages in 2011, and Lapine is the author of the Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods”, which was presented by Sierra Stages in 2010.
The story of “Falsettos” focuses on Marvin and his struggles to create a ‘tight knit family’ out of his eclectic array of core relationships (including his ex-wife, his new boyfriend, his adolescent son, his psychiatrist, and his lesbian next-door neighbors) amidst a series of monumental life changes. During the course of the musical, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility, and what it means to be a man.
A musical-theater benchmark for its candid depiction of a gay relationship, “Falsettos” is a pairing of two one-act musicals by Finn and Lapine: “March of the Falsettos” and “Falsettoland”, which were produced Off Broadway in 1981 and 1990. The original Broadway production of “Falsettos” opened to positive reviews, and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning two, for best original score and best book.
“Falsettos” features an all-local cast of Nevada County actors Jonathan Hansard, Danny McCammon, Ken Miele, Nancy Haffey, Kate Haight, Tinley Ireland and Graham Bennett. The set design is by Pamela Hodges, costume design is by Jill Kelly, and lighting design is by Casey Burke.
For more information about “Falsettos” and Sierra Stages, visit SierraStages.org.
(Source: Sierra Stages; Photo: David Wong)