The Same Old Song

Neil Simon's jokes don't even make the threshold of the Broward Stage Door

Traditional roles are reversed, erased, and rewritten in the story of Jason, a 12-year-old who is preparing for the Jewish ceremony. Jason's parents are divorced. His father, Marvin, leaves wife Trina for a man named Wizzer. Trina marries Marvin's ex-psychiatrist. Throw in the "self-proclaimed lesbians from next door" and you have a unique celebration of young manhood. The juxtaposition of such a traditional occasion with an untraditional environment is clever, funny, and moving. Explains Kelley: "I always wanted to produce Falsettoland because I was transfixed by the music when I first heard the CD." Falsettoland received a Drama Desk Award for its music and lyrics. Kelley adds that it is not only the content that makes this play unique: "It's a musical that moves me profoundly and in unpredictable ways," he says. "You laugh when you don't want to laugh. You cry during the funny parts."

A chorus of alter egos does a song and dance around the real issues
A chorus of alter egos does a song and dance around the real issues


Choreographed by Robert Craig Dawson. Music by Marvin Hamlisch; lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. Through June 17. 954-344-7765.
Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd, Coral Springs

Falsettoland will open June 23 at the Broward Stage Door's newly acquired 26th Street Theater (formerly the Wilton Playhouse) in Wilton Manors. The owners of the Stage Door spent $150,000 to renovate the space, which opened in January of this year. While the 26th Street Theater has not been slated as a venue for more experimental productions, it's refreshing to see the company has something new to sing about.

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