April 29, 1994 |
"Falsettos" has grown up. What a difference a dozen years make. William Finn and James Lapine might consider changing the title of their musical. "Falsettos"--voices above the normal range--no longer seems apropos. Most of the characters mature into adulthood in the second half of the musical, which had never been seen in Los Angeles until now. In 1982, the first half--then called "March of the Falsettos"--played what was then the Huntington Hartford Theatre.
September 12, 2001 |
People say things like, "C'mon, it isn't brain surgery," but some things are brain surgery. Riding high on the success of "Falsettos," in which he amalgamated two of his three "Marvin" musicals, profusely talented composer and lyricist William Finn suffered what was misdiagnosed initially as an inoperable brain tumor. The good news: Finn survived the surgery and then wrote about it.
March 2, 2011 |
William Finn and James Lapine count themselves among the millions of fans of the 2006 movie "Little Miss Sunshine. " But when they decided to adapt the story of the hapless Hoover family ? on the road from their unhappy Albuquerque home to a Redondo Beach junior beauty pageant ? for the musical stage, they had no intention of writing a carbon copy with a few songs thrown in. "What's the point of that?" ask Finn and Lapine ? at the same time. When the world premiere of "Little Miss Sunshine" opens Friday at the La Jolla Playhouse, the audience will see what Lapine calls "a very free adaptation.
July 18, 2004 |
Did the hit documentary "Spellbound" make you want to get up on a stage and spell? Well, theatergoers in western Massachusetts this summer have an opportunity to do that. "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a new musical that opened Thursday at the Barrington Stage Company, casts some audience members alongside six actors playing adolescent contestants in the titular event.
March 20, 1993 |
Falsetto : An artificially high voice, higher and thinner than a tenor's, says Webster's. "Falsettos": the quintessential musical for the 1990s, even though its first half is set in 1979 and its second in 1981. The word and the title connect briefly, as a wry symbol for homosexuality. But "Falsettos," the musical (its West Coast premiere was at the Old Globe Theatre on Thursday), is also the contraction of titles from what were once two shows--"March of the Falsettos" and "Falsettoland."
April 7, 1990
I watched the sabotage of Limbaugh in disgust. Apparently satire is supposed to be the exclusive province of the left, to be dished out to the sacred cows of conservatives with glee, but never to be taken in kind. I have enjoyed the right-bashing comedy of the Smothers Brothers, Norman Lear and "Saturday Night Live" over the years, but it is refreshing to finally hear the volley returned--not by some Wally George pinhead but by an articulate wag with an ironic sense of pompous self-parody.