Broadway's 'Falsettos' Revival to Air on PBS

Joan Marcus

The critically lauded William Finn-James Lapine musical will be filmed before its Jan. 8 closing date for broadcast as a 'Live From Lincoln Center' special.

One of this season's best-reviewed Broadway musicals, Falsettos, will end its limited engagement Jan. 8, when star Christian Borle jumps into rehearsals for the spring opening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But audiences unable to catch the show before then will get another chance when it airs on PBS.

The Lincoln Center Theater production playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre will be filmed during the Jan. 3-4 performances for an upcoming Live From Lincoln Center special.

The 1992 chamber musical by composer-lyricist William Finn and co-writer James Lapine chronicles two eventful years in the life of Marvin, a New York neurotic played by two-time Tony winner Borle, who leaves his wife and son in 1979 to embrace his newly uncloseted sexuality and move in with his boyfriend, Whizzer. 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 show's second act takes a sorrowful turn with the arrival of the AIDS crisis in 1981.

Directed by Lapine, the production also stars Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, Brandon Uranowitz, Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms and Betsy Wolfe.

Falsettos was included in the best-of-2016 theater roundups of a number of publications, including The Hollywood Reporter.

No air date has yet been set for the PBS broadcast, though its timing could end up boosting the production's Tony Award chances, given that shows which close early or mid-season tend to be at a disadvantage with voters.

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