Broadway's 'Falsettos,' 'Indecent' Get On-Demand Debuts

Joan Marcus
Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells in 'Falsettos'

The recordings will be available on the theater streaming service BroadwayHD.

Two of last season's Broadway shows will live on through theater streaming service BroadwayHD — Indecent and Falsettos.

Indecent, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel and helmed by Tony-winning director Rebecca Taichman, centers on Yiddish playwright Sholem Asch's controversial God of Vengeance, which was shut down by police after a single performance on Broadway in 1923. The historical play transferred to Broadway after a hit off-Broadway run and won Tonys for best director and lighting design.

The production will be filmed Thursday night (ahead of its final performance Sunday) and debut on the streamer in January, in conjunction with International Holocaust Remembrance Day. David Horn directs the broadcast version.

Falsettos — starring Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block — chronicles two eventful years in the life of Marvin, a New York neurotic who leaves his wife and son in 1979 to embrace his newly uncloseted sexuality and move in with his boyfriend. Despite the emotional upheaval, Marvin refuses to let go of the idea of a "tight-knit family," which expands when his shrink marries his ex-wife and his lesbian neighbors become part of the intimate circle.

The revival of the 1992 chamber musical by composer-lyricist William Finn and co-writer James Lapine was filmed earlier this year by Live From Lincoln Center and distributed nationally in cinemas. It will be available to stream on BroadwayHD.com on Aug. 14.

"The themes of love and inclusion present in Indecent and the revival of Falsettos are something everyone can still appreciate and understand today," said BroadwayHD co-founders Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley in a statement. "Recording these brilliant shows is so important, and we're honored to be able to continue to spread this message for years to come."

BroadwayHD subscribers can stream the productions on BroadwayHD.com, Chromecast and BroadwayHD's Roku, Apple TV, iPad, iPhone and Android mobile apps. The offerings follow those of the comedic revival Present Laughter, which starred Kevin Kline and Cobie Smulders; the musical Holiday Inn, which starred Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu; and 2016's musical revival of She Loves Me, with Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski.

In a moment of high Broadway ticket prices, BroadwayHD's lineup "allows people who can't afford to buy a full-price ticket to experience Broadway," the co-founders told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. "BroadwayHD is about providing access to those tickets, because not everyone is in New York. We want to expand the reach of the show outside the physical Broadway theater."

 
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