[By William Finn and James Lapine]
OUTWARD SPIRAL THEATRE COMPANY
My last show as the artistic director of Outward Spiral was pure joy.
Ten years after its Broadway run, and more than a generation after the events in the play take place at the dawn of the AIDS epidemic, Falsettos was still breaking ground, redefining what makes a family. I've always loved the twists and turns of Bill Finn's quirky lyrics and unexpected five-part harmonies. His words and music need each other, and they burrow their way into your heart.
I was particularly proud that our "teeny tiny band" of actors, musicians, and production staff created a completely microphone-free musical... something that's increasingly difficult to pull off. To me the humanity of this piece -- the joy, the love, the loss -- was felt more acutely as an acoustic event. Critics agreed.
"Lovers come and lovers go
Lovers live and die fortissimo
Everybody take a stand
Welcome to Falsettoland"
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL (FINALIST)
Minneapolis StarTribune 2003
Music | Paul Kovacovic
Costumes | Clare Brauch
Lighting | Jennifer Degolier
Technical | Dave Pust
Dramaturgy | Jason Brown
Stage Management | Kristen E. Burke
Direction, Scenery | Jef Hall-Flavin
Marvin | Philip Callen
Whizzer | Joe Leary
Trina | Holly Schroeder
Mendel | Carl Schoenborn
Jason | Jared I. Smith
Dr. Charlotte | Gillian Martin
Cordelia | Tina Miller
Piano, Conductor | Paul Kovacovic
Synth | Stephen Houtz
Percussion | Paul David Stanko
Woodwinds | Dana Donnay
WHAT PEOPLE SAID
Falsettos, in an estimable production by Outward Spiral Theatre Company, has a wry/melancholy ring of truth that hits you in a spot that not many musicals manage to reach.
Musical director Paul Kovacovic has done some splendid work...
Dominic C. Papatola
Holly Schroeder tears up the Loring Playhouse stage as the jilted wife in Outward Spiral Theatre's production of the musical "Falsettos." Schroeder has impeccable timing, great presence and a brassy voice that expresses every nuance...
Director Jef Hall-Flavin's production really "gets" the quick wit of Finn and Lapine's book. The staging moves swiftly, alighting at just the right moments to accent tenderness and poignancy.
Hall-Flavin, who is leaving Outward Spiral, has gone out with a beautiful and bighearted production.