|the cast of Falsettos (photo courtesy of MPP)|
Falsettos is not your typical Broadway musical (which is a good thing in my book) for several reasons. There are only seven actors (five in the first half of the story), no chorus line, and no big dance numbers. And it's entirely sung-through, with a score that is brilliant both lyrically and musically, and harmonies that are so beautiful they break your heart. This isn't the typical dialogue - song with verses and chorus - applause break - repeat kind of musical. The constant singing keeps the emotions heightened, and there are a lot of emotions. It's funny, painful, awkward, poignant, and heart-breaking. All of these characters are so real and human that you can't help but feel for them despite their flaws.*
|Cris Sanchez, Marley Ritchie, Scotty Reynolds,|
Katie Rowles-Perich, Anna Werner, Tic Treitler, and Michael Burton
(photo courtesy of MPP)
Morris Park Players performs in the auditorium at Edison High School in Northeast Minneapolis, which has a big stage and a visible pit orchestra (at least for this show), and I always love being able to watch the band. The set includes a backdrop of a cartoonish two-dimensional city-scape, with blocks and couches moved around to form the various settings. The show takes place in the late '70s and early '80s, and the cast's groovy wardrobe reflects that era (scenic design by Drew Pannebecker, costumer Jennifer Schultz).
Thanks to Morris Park Players for bringing us this rare gem of a musical!