Darlinghurst Theatre Company today announced the full cast for the hilarious and touching, Tony Award-winning musical drama Falsettos, opening at the Eternity Playhouse on 7 February 2014 and presented as part of the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Directed by Stephen Colyer (Torch Song Trilogy, The Paris Letter), the cast will be led by Tamlyn Henderson (We Will Rock You, Les Misérables) and Katrina Retallick (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Addams Family) as Marvin and his ex-wife Trina. Katrina is one of Australia's foremost leading ladies with an ever-growing list of theatre, film and television credits to her name. She recently performed the role of Jolene Oakes in James Anthony Productions’ Dirty Rotten Scoundrels garnering much critical acclaim and a Glugs nomination. Tamlyn Henderson has made a name for himself in musical theatre as a performer andplaywright and is poised to storm the barricade in Les Misérables next year.
Playing the role ofMendel, the psychiatrist, is Stephen Anderson (Swan Lake, Dead Man Walking) who recently delivered a hilarious turn in A Year With Frog and Toad at the Ensemble Theatre. WAAPA graduate Ben Hall (Xanadu, Les Misérables) will play Marvin’s gay lover, while Anthony Garcia (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Isaac Shaw (The Addams Family) will share the role of Marvin’s son Jason. Veteran music, theatre and cabaret star Margi de Ferranti (Carrie, Mamma Mia!) and the charming Elise McCann (South Pacific, Doctor Zhivago) will play Marvin's lesbian neighbours Dr Charlotte and Cordelia.
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. 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,” said Colyer. “Don’t miss this Tony Award-winning show that will give you a new appreciation for musical drama.”
Falsettos, with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by James Lapine and Finn, 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.