Falsettos

"AN EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCTION
OF A PERFECT MUSICAL"
-- The New York Times
“GAME-CHANGING, HEART-SHATTERING​
AND AS TIMELY AS EVER.”
Time Out New York

2019 NATIONAL TOUR

Charlotte, NC

Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts

June 25 – 30, 2019

“GAME-CHANGING, HEART-SHATTERING​

VIDEO

PHOTOS

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"A masterwork. It throbs with passion and compassion."
-- Chicago Tribune
William Finn and James Lapine’s groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical FALSETTOS returned to Broadway in an all new production from Lincoln Center Theater, and was nominated for Five 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. FALSETTOS revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family… and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.

CAST

Nick Adams

Whizzer

Nick Originated and starred as Adam/Felicia in the Tony winning Broadway musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Winner of two Broadway Audience Choice Awards, American Theater Hall of Fame Honoree, Astaire Award nominee) and is the final actor to star as Fiyero in the First National Tour of Wicked. Other Broadway: A Chorus Line (Larry), Guys and Dolls (Liver Lips Louis, ORC), Chicago (Mary Sunshine standby), La Cage Aux Folles (2010 Tony Winning Revival, OBC), and The Pirate Queen (OBC). TV/Film: “The Other Two” (Comedy Central), Sex and the City 2, An Englishman in New York, “Smash,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” :Dancing with the Stars,” Kennedy Center Honors, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Tony Awards, Go-Go Boy Interrupted. Recordings: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, La Cage, The Pirate Queen, Sex And The City 2, Dee Does Broadway, Crossroads Broadway album. BFA Boston Conservatory.

Nick Blaemire

Mendel

Nick is honored to join the Falsettos legacy. Broadway: Godspell, Cry-Baby, Glory Days (music/lyrics). Off-Broadway/Tour: tick, tick…Boom! (Keen Co, Drama Desk nom), Found (Atlantic), Dogfight (2ndStage), The Black Suits (SPF/Public), Altar Boyz (1st National). Regional: SpongeBob (Chicago), The Last Goodbye (Williamstown), Bring it On (Alliance), James Lapine’s Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing (Vineyard). TV/Film: “Fosse/Verdon,” “The Big C,” “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order,” Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress.” Writing: A Little More Alive (KC Rep, Barrington, film option), Soon (Signature, Stephen Sondheim Citation), Fallout (with Kyle Jarrow), Space Dogs (with Van Hughes and Tina Landau). Go Blue! Love to Ana and Leo McGarry!

Audrey Cardwell

Cordelia, u/s Trina

Audrey most recently starred as Alice Murphy in the First National Tour of Bright Star. Other national touring credits include Cinderella (Ella), Anything Goes and Elf. Regional credits include The Old Globe (Sarah Brown, Guys and Dolls), Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarah Brown, Guys and Dolls), Houston TUTS, Atlanta TOTS, Dallas Summer Musicals, North Shore Music Theatre, The MUNY, Red Mountain Theatre Company and Pennsylvania Centre Stage. Audrey holds a BFA from Penn State University.

Eden Espinosa

Trina

Eden is most recognized for her portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked. Other Broadway credits include Brooklyn in Brooklyn the Musical, and Maureen in Rent. Regional credits are Sadie Thompson in Rain, Flora in Flora the Red Menace, Eva Peron in Evita, Emma Borden in the rock musical Lizzie, and she played Mary Flynn to rave reviews in Merrily We Roll Along. She was Daniela in Kennedy Center’s In The Heights, and most recently she originated the role of Tamara De Lempicka in the world premiere of Lempicka. Her TV appearances include “Law and Order,” “Ugly Betty,” and “Elementary.” Voiceover credits are Tangled the Series, Robot Chicken, “MAD TV,” Elena of Avalor, and Titan Maximum. Eden’s debut album, “Look Around” and new album of original music Revelation are available at digital retail outlets. edenespinosa.com

Thatcher Jacobs

Jason

Thatcher is honored to make Falsettos his national tour debut. Youth productions include: Best Christmas Pageant Ever the musical, A Christmas Story the musical, Gypsy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Special thanks to First Stage professional theatre in Milwaukee, WI. Thanks to Mara Entertainment, my parents, friends and family for this incredible opportunity. 

Jonah Mussolino

Jason

Broadway: A Bronx Tale (Young Calogero). National tour: Les Misérables (Gavroche). Other Credits: Gypsy (Newsboy-Gallery Players and LaGuardia), Ragtime (Edgar-Gallery Players). Champion ballroom dancer. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Talia, Mema, Barry Kolker, Bill Perlman, Tara Rubin Casting, creative team, Amelia DeMayo, Mark Schneider, family & friends.

Bryonha Marie Parham

Dr. Charlotte

Broadway: Prince of Broadway, Book of Mormon, After Midnight, The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (Serena), Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend). Off Broadway/NY: Candide (Carnegie Hall), NY Philharmonic’s Showboat and Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Ragtime (Lincoln Center), World Premiere: DAVE (Arena Stage); Prince of Broadway (Tokyo Orb). Concert: New York Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra (MASS). Regional: The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (ART), Ragtime (Kennedy Center), Civil War (NETworks), HAIR (Sacramento Music Circus), Dreamgirls (Effie White at NSMT), Little Shop of Horrors (Berkshire Theatre Festival) and many more! Television: Madame Secretary, Showboat and Sweeney Todd LIVE at Lincoln Center for PBS (Emmy), 66th/68th Annual Tony Awards®, The Today Show.

Max von Essen

Marvin

Broadway: Anastasia, An American in Paris (Tony/Drama Desk/Grammy nominations), Evita, Les Misérables revival, Dance of the Vampires, closing company of original Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar. NY: Yours Unfaithfully, Death Takes a Holiday, Hello Again, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Finian’s Rainbow. Tours: Xanadu, Chicago, West Side Story. TV/Film: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Elementary,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “Royal Pains,” “Gossip Girl,” Seven Lovers, Sex and the City 2, Submissions Only (webseries). Max’s solo album, “Call Me Old Fashioned” now available.

Josh Canfield

u/s Marvin/Whizzer/Mendel

Broadway: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (with Josh Groban), Doctor Zhivago. TV: “Survivor” (Season 29, CBS), “Any Dream Will Do” (BBC). Off-Broadway: Natasha…Comet of 1812 (Anatole). Select Regional: Cabaret (Emcee), Anything Goes (Billy), Memphis (Huey), Hair (Claude), The Rocky Horror Show (Rocky), Godspell (Jesus). Graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Thanks to 9Muse, Michael, Kaitlin, TRC, and Hunter.

Melanie Evans

u/s Dr. Charlotte/Cordelia

1st National Tours: School of Rock and Motown. Other Credits: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, NBC Diversity Showcase, Blue Bloods. Thank you to Tara Rubin Casting and Andreadis Talent.

Megan Loughran

U/S DR. CHARLOTTE/CORDELIA/TRINA

Sweeney Todd (Lincoln Center), F Theory (NJ Rep), Chicago City Limits Improv (NYC & tour), Fancy Nancy: The Musical (NYC & tour). Winner of NYC’s Cabaret Showdown. Education: Yale University. meganloughran.com

Darick Pead

u/s Marvin/Whizzer/Mendel

National/International tour: Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince, Florinda, Milky White); Beauty and the Beast (Beast). Regional Theatre: Beauty and the Beast (Beast) Maine State Music Theatre, Touchtones (Brad) Arden Theatre, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy Benson) Hale Theater.

CREATIVE TEAM

James Lapine

Co-Author/Director

James has also worked with William Finn on A New BrainMuscle, Little Miss Sunshine, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He has written the book for and directed Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion and the multi-media revue Sondheim on Sondheim. He has written five plays and directed many Broadway and and off-Broadway productions as well as four films. His HBO documentary Six By Sondheim won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for direction. He has been nominated for twelve Tony Awards® winning three times along with receiving five Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2011.

William Finn

Author/Music & Lyrics

He has written/composed: In Trousers (L.A. Drama Critics Award), Falsettos (two Tony Awards: Best Book [with James Lapine] and Best Original Score), March of the Falsettos (Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical, L.A. Drama Critics Award), Falsettoland (two Drama Desk Awards and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical), Romance in Hard Times (Public Theater), A New Brain (Lincoln Center/Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical) Elegies: A Song Cycle (Lincoln Center), and Little Miss Sunshine (book by James Lapine). He has also written lyrics for Tango Apasionado, a great unseen dance piece by Graciela Daniele with music by Astor Piazzolla. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (book by Rachel Sheinkin) which ran for three years on Broadway is consistently produced throughout the world. He graduated from Williams College, where he was awarded the Hutchinson Fellowship in Musical Composition and currently teaches a weekly master class at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Under his mentorship, 10 world premiere musicals and 6 workshops have been produced in the Musical Theatre Lab at Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires.­

Spencer Liff

Choreographer

Broadway: Head Over Heels, Falsettos, Spring Awakening (Deaf West revival), Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He’s best know for his work on the past 9 seasons of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” which have earned him 2 Emmy Award nominations for Best Choreography. Other TV: “Dancing with the Stars,” “How I Met Your Mother,”  One Day At A Time” (Netflix), “Parks and Recreation,” “Mike and Molly,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Alexa & Katie” (Netflix), The Latin Grammy Awards, The Emmy Awards, & “Best Time Ever” with Neil Patrick Harris (producer/choreographer). Film: Speech and Debate. Other regional theater includes Singin’ in the Rain (Director/Choreographer La Mirada), Little Shop of Horrors (The Kennedy Center), the world premiere of The Man in The Ceiling (Bay Street Theater), Aladdin (Laguna Playhouse Director/Choreo), Sleepless in Seattle the musical (Pasadena Playhouse), Circus in Winter (Goodspeed), Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Rock Opera (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Oliver! (Human Race Theatre), World Of Color (Disneyland). As a performer he’s been seen on Film, TV, and in 5 Broadway shows winning the 2008 Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer on Broadway.

David Rockwell

Scenic Design

Broadway: The Hard Problem, The Nap, Pretty Woman Lobby Hero, She Loves Me(Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards), On the Twentieth Century (Tony nom.), You Can’t Take It With You (Tony nom.), Kinky Boots (Tony nom.), Lucky Guy (Tony nom.), Hairspray (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle noms.), and upcoming productions of Kiss Me Kate and Tootsie. Off Broadway: the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.Founder and President of Rockwell Group, the architecture firm which recently renovated the Hayes Theater for Second Stage. Honors: AIANY President’s Award, Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, Presidential Design Award.

Jennifer Caprio

Costume Design

Broadway: Falsettos, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. West End: The Lion (St. James). National/international tours: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Lion, …Spelling Bee, Kaleidoscope on Celebrity Cruise Line NYC/Off-Broadway: Call Me Madam (Encores!) Sakina’s Restaurant (Audible), Perfect Arrangement, A Walk with Mr. Heifetz, In Transit (Primary Stages); Little Children Dream of God (Roundabout); Little Miss Sunshine, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Second Stage); Cherry Lane; LaMama; ETC; Ensemble Studio Theatre. Over 150 productions in LORT theaters including: The Kennedy Center, Guthrie, Alley Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival (five seasons), Goodspeed Musicals (four seasons), La Jolla Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center (16 productions), Opera: Salome, La Bohème, Roméo et Juliette (Minnesota Opera); Pagliacci, Tosca, Barber of Seville, Sweeney Todd (Mill City Summer Opera); Florida Grand Opera; Opera Colorado; Opera Boston. TV: “Sesame Street” (Assistant Costume Designer, Seasons 47-50)

Jeff Croiter

Lighting Design

Broadway: Falsettos, Bandstand, Holiday Inn, Something Rotten!, Disaster!, Penn & Teller, Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher(Tony Award®), Mothers and Sons, A Time to Kill, Soul Doctor, Jekyll & Hyde, The Anarchist, The Performers, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Next Fall, Kiki & Herb. Off-Broadway includes: The Other Josh Cohen; Daniel’s Husband; Popcorn Falls; The True; Smokey Joe’s Café; Jerry Springer Opera; Tiny Beautiful Things; Cost of Living; Sweet Charity; The Last Five Years; Almost Maine; Ordinary Days. Other credits include The Big Apple Circus; Penn & Teller (Las Vegas); Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall; Jennifer Muller/The Works. Received Tony, Hewes and Bass awards and Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel, Ovation, Irne and Audelco nominations.

Dan Moses Schreier

Sound Design

Broadway: The Iceman Cometh, Falsettos, American Psycho, The Visit, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Little Night Music, Gypsy (Patti Lupone), Radio Golf, John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd, Gem Of the Ocean, Pacific Overtures, Assassins, Into The Woods, Topdog/Underdog, Dirty Blonde, Noise/Funk. He has composed scores for the Broadway productions of Merchant of Venice (Al Pacino), Julius Caesar (Denzel Washington), The Tempest (Patrick Stewart). Recent Off-Broadway designs include the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof and Carmen Jones at CSC. Awards: 5 TONY Awards nominations, 4 DRAMA DESK Awards. Dan played oboe and english horn in the original band of March of the Falsettos.

Tom Watson

Hair and Wig Design

Tom headed the wig/makeup department at the Metropolitan Opera for 17 years. He has designed more than 80 Broadway productions. Including: Wicked, Rock of Ages, The King & I (LCT & Tour), Therese Raquin, Fiddler on the Roof, Oslo (LCT&London), Falsettos, The Little Foxes, Junk (LCT), The Parisian Woman, My Fair Lady and most recently, King Kong and True West.

Vadim Feichtner

Music Supervisor

Broadway: Falsettos (revival); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway: Fly By Night, A New Brain (City Center Encores!); Little Miss Sunshine; Nobody Loves You; Elegies: A Song Cycle; The Other Josh Cohen; The Memory Show; Infinite Joy; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Burnt Part Boys; Ordinary Days; Long Story Short; I Sing!; Songs of Innocence & Experience; As You Like It (The Public). TV: “Last Week Tonight.”

Michael Starobin

Orchestrations

LCT: The Glorious Ones, Bernarda Alba, A New Brain, Hello Again, My Favorite Year. Other theater includes First Daughter Suite, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, If/Then, Annie, Dogfight, Queen of the Mist, The People in the Picture, Sondheim on Sondheim, Next to Normal, Grinch, Adrift in Macao, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Assassins, Tom Sawyer, A Christmas Carol, Guys and Dolls, In Trousers, Sunday in the Park with George, Once on This Island, Closer Than Ever, Legs Diamond, Romance/Romance, Carrie, Birds of Paradise, Rags, Three Guys Naked, Von Richtofen.

P. Jason Yarcho

Music Conductor

Broadway: Wicked, Bullets Over Broadway, Shuffle Along, An American In Paris. Off Broadway: Cagney. Tours: Wicked (1st and 2nd National Tours), Bright Star. Other Credits: The Obie Awards, Papermill Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Playwrights Horizons, The Muny, Barrington Stage Company, Cincinnati Pops. Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from CCM.

Eric Santagata

Associate Director

Eric is happy to be returning to Falsettos after serving as Associate Director on the Broadway production. Recently, he served as Associate Director/Choreographer on the new play, The Beast in the Jungle with direction and choreography by Susan Stroman and music by John Kander. He is an original creative team member of the critically acclaimed musical The Scottsboro Boys where he was the Assistant Director/Choreographer, working on all 7 U.S. productions and 2 U.K. productions (The Young Vic and The West End). As a performing, Broadway credits include Prince Of Broadway, Bullets Over Broadway, Chaplin and The Apple Tree. He serves on the board of Westport Country Playhouse’s resident conservatory, the Broadway Method Academy and teaches theater arts across the country.

Ellenore Scott

Associate Choreographer

Broadway: King Kong (Associate Choreographer); Head Over Heels (Associate Choreographer); Cats, Revival (Assistant Choreographer); Falsettos, Revival (Assistant Choreographer). Off-Broadway: Pride and Prejudice at Cherry Lane Theater (Choreographer). Artistic Director of ELSCO Dance Company.

  • PRESS
  • REVIEWS

"Photo Flash: FALSETTOS Celebrates Opening Night in San Francisco"

By BWW News Desk

James Lapine (Co-Author/Director), William Finn (Author), Spencer Liff (Choreographer) and Jordan Roth (Producer) joined the company of the national tour of The Lincoln Center Theater production of Falsettos…

"Max von Essen, Eden Espinosa, Nick Blaemire, and More Preview Falsettos Tour"

By Hayley Levitt, James Monohan

William Finn and James Lapine’s beloved musical is on the road across the country.

"A Look Inside Rehearsals for the National Tour of Falsettos"

By Marc J. Franklin

The touring production, starring Max von Essen, Nick Adams, Eden Espinosa, will launch in Arkansas February 8.

"See Max von Essen, Eden Espinosa, Nick Adams and the National Touring Cast of Falsettos in Rehearsal"

Watch Max von Essen, Eden Espinosa, Nick Adams and more sing tunes from Falsettos before heading out on tour.

"Photo Coverage: Meet The Cast of the FALSETTOS Tour!"​

By Walter McBride

Rehearsals are underway in New York for the upcoming North American Tour of William Finn and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos

"Falsettos Off on Tour with von Essen, Adams, Espinosa and Blaemire"

By Magda Katz

The touring company of William Finn’s Falsettos will begin its tour in Fayetteville, Arkansas on February 8th starring Max von Essen, Nick Adams, Eden Espinosa and Nick Blaemire, directed by Tony Winner James Lapine. Other cast members include Audrey Cardwell and Bryonha Marie Parham, Thatcher Jacobs and Jim Kaplan.

"BWW Review: Broadway Sacramento Welcomes FALSETTOS"

By Courtney Symes, Broadway World – Sacramento

“…the strength in this show lies in the individual musical numbers. From the hilarious “Four Jews in a Room Bitching,” to Trina’s relatable “I’m Breaking Down,” to the uniquely bizarre and fascinating “March of the Falsettos,” to the close of Act 1 with Marvin’s poignant “Father to Son.” A stronger Act 2 boasts my favorite, the hilarious “The Baseball Game,” which leads to another stirring number of Marvin’s, “What More Can I Say?” Whizzer’s “You Gotta Die Sometime” and his number with Marvin, “What Would I Do?”, close the show on a powerful note about the power of love and drive home the fact that yes, “love can tell a million stories.”

"Set amid 1980s AIDS crisis, Broadway export 'Falsettos' hits winning note in St. Paul"

By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune
The musical, a Lincoln Center Broadway import directed by James Lapine, is a thing of painful beauty. With stylish and affecting performances, gorgeous songs (by William Finn, who also co-wrote the book with Lapine) and a story that’s not all that unusual in the age of “Modern Family” and “Fun Home,” “Falsettos” feels contemporary and winning.

"Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think of FALSETTOS on Tour?"

By BWW News Desk, BroadwayWorld.Com
The National Tour of Falsettos celebrated its official opening in Dallas this week!

The full cast is led by Broadway superstars Nick Adams as “Whizzer,” Nick Blaemire as “Mendel,” Eden Espinosa as “Trina” and Max von Essen as “Marvin,” with Audrey Cardwell as “Cordelia,” Bryonha Marie Parham as “Dr. Charlotte,” and just-announced Thatcher Jacobs and Jim Kaplan sharing the role of “Jason.” Rounding out the company are Josh Canfield, Melanie Evans, Megan Loughran and Darick Pead.