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

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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

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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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