Falsettos_Helen WhiteDarlinghurst Theatre Company kick off their 2014 season with the hilarious and touching, Tony Award-winning musical drama Falsettos for a limited season in February at the Eternity Playhouse.

Presented as part of the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Falsettos will be directed by renowned theatre director Stephen Colyer (Torch Song Trilogy, The Paris Letter).

Tamlyn Henderson (We Will Rock You, Les Misérables) leads a stellar cast including Katrina Retallick (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Addams Family), Stephen Anderson (Swan Lake, Dead Man Walking), Ben Hall (Xanadu, Les Misérables), Margi de Ferranti (Carrie, Mamma Mia!), Elise McCann (South Pacific, Doctor Zhivago), Anthony Garcia (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Addams Family) and Isaac Shaw.

Stephen Colyer is thrilled to have assembled a dream cast for this too rarely seen gem. “Each of them has been firmly established as a versatile, dynamic star of the Australian stage capable of the unique blend of pathos and comedy that Falsettos demands,” he said.

Falsettos is a quirky yet tender tale about a family, growing up and what it means to be a man. Marvin has left his wife and son for a male lover. Meanwhile, Trina ends up with the family psychiatrist. Amongst this there’s a Bar Mitzvah to organise. Wickedly funny lyrics accompany a live piano score in this touching musical about the original modern family.

“‘Modern Families’ like the one depicted in Falsettos, are more relevant and prevalent than ever. What’s more, the family tensions are universally identifiable,” says Colyer.

“Falsettos reminds audiences that enduring love between gay couples is no less special than heterosexual love and deserves to be celebrated, which is what William Finn has achieved with this funny and poignant musical.”

With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by James Lapine and Finn, Falsettos premiered on Broadway in 1992 and was nominated for seven Tony Awards. Kooky and playful one moment and achingly beautiful the next, it continues to be one of the most original musicals in the history of Broadway.

Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Season: 7 February – 16 March 2014
Bookings: (02) 8356 9987 or online at: www.darlinghursttheatre.com

For more information, visit: www.darlinghursttheatre.com for details.

Image: Cast of Falsettos  – by Helen White