Theater: Off and Running

MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS Music and Lyrics by William Finn

In horse-racing parlance, this musical has shown "early foot." Breaking out of the gate in April without an official opening, Falsettos has been S.R.O. ever since, and moves to a larger theater in late August. Broadway producers have lined the aisles, and, at 29, Composer-Lyricist William Finn is a mini-celebrity.

In flavor, March of the Falsettos has an exhilarating champagne tang; in substance, it carries the weight of a cork. In an operatic mode, sans dialogue, Finn somewhat erratically unveils the bittersweet saga of...

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