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5.0 out of 5 stars The Crown Jewel of Finn's Work, January 22, 2001
This review is from: March Of The Falsettos (1981 Original Off-Broadway Cast) (Audio CD)
Although it is the second chapter in the "Marvin" musical trilogy, "March of the Falsettos" is, perhaps, the best known of William Finn's works thanks to 20 years of continued revivals in regional theaters around the country. "In Trousers," the first part of the story, is the most obscure. "Falsettoland" followed "March..." ten years later and then was paired with "March..." as a two act Broadway musical titled "Falsettos" which won critical acclaim as well as a Tony Award for Finn's wonderful score. "March of the Falsettos" tells the story of Marvin, a previously closeted gay man who leaves his wife and son for his male lover, Whizzer Brown. This sets into motion an alternately hilarious and touching turn of events as Marvin's wife, Trina, finds love in the arms of Marvin's psychiatrist, Mendel, and all the adults concerned try to do what's best for Marvin and Trina's 10-year-old son, Jason, who turns out to be smarter than any of his extended family. "March..." is about love and loss, about ecstasy and jealousy, but finally about parents and children. When all is said and done, Marvin shares the stage with his son, Jason, in a touching, quiet finale. "Sing for yourself as we march along," Marvin encourages his son, and therein lies Finn's message: embrace your individuality. Being brave enough to choose what you know is right for you is never easy, but essential.
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