Columbus troupe Available Light Theatre is offering up the Tony Award-winning Falsettos next month at the Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street.
The Broadway musical by William Finn and James Lapine is definitely popular amongst the gays. The show follows Marvin as he juggles the drama between his wife, his male lover, his young son and his psychiatrist. It also follows the scary onset of the AIDS epidemic as Marvin watches his partner succumb to the disease in the second act.
Act 1 of Falsettos (“March of the Falsettos”) was originally staged in 1981 and the Act 2 sequel (“Falsettoland”) didn’t arrive until 1990, just after the height of the AIDS epidemic. However, it was when the two came together for a 1992 Broadway debut that it made the most impact, garnering seven Tony nominations and two wins. Here’s an early rave review by Frank Rich, that’s been posted on the AVLT Web site.
AVLT very successfully staged the company’s first musical last year with Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” so I’m hoping this project will be no different. The troupe has always been known for taking chances and presenting works that haven’t been done very often in Central Ohio. This is a show I’m definitely looking forward to. (In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m a member and an avid fan of Available Light Theatre).
Here’s a sneak peak of the show featuring Nick Lingnofski as Mendel (the psychatrist), who also starred in Merrily We Roll Along, it’s also from the AVLT Web site.
Available Light Theatre’s Falsettos runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 1 in Studio One of the Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Columubs. Tickets are on AVLT’s popular “Pay What You Want” system. For more information visit http://avlt.co/falsettos11.