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Selladoor Worldwide bring Falsettos to The Other Palace

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SELLADOOR Worldwide, producers of 9 to 5, Big Fish, American Idiot and Avenue Q, are presenting the European premiere of the multi award-winning musical, Falsettos, at The Other Palace.

With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by William Finn and James Lapine, it runs for a strictly limited season – from August 30 to November 23, 2019.

Casting and creatives will be announced in due course.

David Hutchinson, CEO, Selladoor Worldwide, said: “This is a show we have wanted to bring to London since we embarked on our careers as producers. We’ve been exploring and planning this one for nearly a decade, and I am delighted that today we can tell the world that this beautiful, critically-acclaimed musical – is finally coming to the capital.”

The double Tony Award-winning Falsettos is described as a hilarious and poignant look at a modern family revolving around the life of a gay man Marvin, his wife, his lover, his soon to be bar mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbian neighbours.

Originally created under the spectre of the AIDS crisis, this ground-breaking musical about family dynamics manages to remain buoyant and satirically perceptive even as it moves towards its heartbreaking conclusion.

As writer and composer of Falsettos William Finn received two Tony Awards – Best Book of a Musical (with James Lapine) and Best Original Score. He has also written and composed In Trousers, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland (Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical, two Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, the Lucille Lortel Award, and Guggenheim Fellowship in Musical Composition). Finn also wrote the lyrics to Graciela Daniele’s Tango Apasionado (music by the great Astor Piazzolla) and, with Michael Starobin, the music to Lapine’s version of The Winter’s Tale.

Finn’s most recent projects include Elegies, A Song Cycle (Lincoln Center) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which ran on Broadway and has been produced nationally and internationally, and the musical adaptation of the film Little Miss Sunshine which opened at Second Stage Theatre in October 2013.

James Lapine has written the book for and directed Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday In The Park With George, Into The Woods and Passion, as well as the recent Broadway show, Sondheim On Sondheim. He also directed the first revival of Merrily We Roll Along at LaJolla Playhouse in 1985. With William Finn he has collaborated on March Of The Falsettos and Falsettoland, later presented on Broadway as Falsettos and recently revived in 2016, A New Brain, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Little Miss Sunshine. Lapine’s other Broadway credits include The Diary Of Anne Frank, Golden Child and Amour.

Lapine has also written the plays Table Settings, Twelve Dreams, Luck, Pluck & Virtue, The Moment When, Fran’s Bed and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing. He has been nominated for twelve Tony Awards, winning on three occasions and has received five Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

Selladoor Worldwide began its life as Sell a Door Theatre Company in 2009, developing rapidly under co-founders David Hutchinson (CEO) and Phillip Rowntree (CFO) into an integral player in the UK and Ireland’s regional theatre landscape. The company has since established itself as a leading producer of mid- and large-scale touring theatre, with an ever-increasing international presence. To find out more about Selladoor, visit www.selladoor.com/.

Tickets: From £19.50. Priority On-Sale – Friday, April 26 2019; General On-Sale – Monday, May 6. Sign up here to be the first to hear about tickets.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm and Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Also at The Other Palace: the London transfer of the critically acclaimed stage adaption of Nigel Slater’s best-selling memoirs Toast (until August 3, 2019).