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FALSETTOS

Photo: Helen White

A husband leaves his wife and son for another man.  The logline for Falsettos, playing at Darlinghurst Theatre this Mardis Gras season may sound like other dramas, but this piece of musical theatre is certainly no conventional affair.

“I’m not sure if you already know,” lead actor Tamlyn Henderson says, “but everything’s performed in song.”

The quirky tale about family and moving forward won a litany of Tony Awards when it was first performed on Broadway in 1992 and twenty-two years later finds itself onstage in Australia.

“Rehearsals have been fun, but definitely a challenge,” Henderson says.

“Stephen’s a wonderful visual director – so as well as singing, there’s a heap of complex choreography and interaction going on.”

Falsettos will be the first show for Darlinghurst Theatre Company this season.

Renowned theatre director Stephen Colyer leads a talented cast, including Henderson (We Will Rock You, Les Misérables), Katrina Retallick (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Addams Family) and Stephen Anderson (Swan Lake, Dead Man Walking).

The poised mix of comedy and drama is performed over a live piano score created by William Finn and based on the book written by Finn and James Lapine.

Falsettos promises to be top-tier musical theatre at its best. (RG)

Feb 12-Mar 16, Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst, $30-43, (02) 8356 9987, darlinghursttheatre.com

BY RHYS GARD

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