Theatre: A Great Musical for the '90s

FALSETTOLAND Music and Lyrics by William Finn; Book by William Finn and James Lapine

A plump Jewish matron sits in the stands watching her son play baseball, then looks over in consternation at a new arrival in the crowd and croons to herself, "Just what I wanted at a Little League game -- my ex-husband's ex- lover. Isn't that what every mother dreams of?" In that moment, actually among the funniest and happiest of an off-Broadway musical set in the early months of the AIDS epidemic, Falsettoland expresses its edgy wit, cockeyed charm and matter-of-fact acceptance of a world Norman Rockwell...

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