Bay Area Theater

Interview: Falsettos Part One. James Lapine and William Finn

William Finn, Richard Wolinsky and James Lapine

James Lapine, director, and William Finn, composer/lyricist of the musical “Falsettos,” in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky.

The musical Falsettos, now at the Golden Gate Theatre through April 14, 2019, was originally produced in New York in April 1992 and ran for nearly 500 performances. The show, which is one of the earliest musicals to deal with coming out of the closet and with AIDS, was revived on Broadway in 2016 and it’s that production which is now on tour in the Bay Area.

James Lapine is one of Broadway’s most successful directors, and has worked with Stephen Sondheim on such shows as Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and Sondheim on Sondheim. Among James Lapine’s film credits are Impromptu and Earthly Possessions. William Finn is not only known for Falsettos, but for the very popular musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, along with the musical A New Brain.

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Part Two: Choreographer Spencer Liff and producer Jordan Roth.



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