Feature photos: Cast of Falsettos. Photo by Kevin Harry.
The award-winning musical Falsettos redefines what makes a family and follows a family-in-the-making. We meet Marvin; his soon-to-be ex-wife, Trina; a guy named Whizzer; a lovesick psychiatrist; a precocious 13-year-old; and two lesbians from next door. Their story is one of a modern family learning to navigate the stress of family dinners, planning the perfect bar mitzvah, dealing with AIDS and saying goodbye. The Broadway original won Tony awards for William Finn’s book and score; the 2017 revival was nominated for five Tonys and was seen on PBS stations nationwide. It’s even better in person. Time magazine critic William A. Henry III called Falsettos “the first great musical of the 1990s.” It has lost none of its power in the years since then.