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Saturday, July 08, 2017

‘Falsettos: In Conversation’ This Year’s Malloy Lecture in Arts

The Westport Library has announced that this year’s Malloy Lecture in the Arts will be “Falsettos: In Conversation.”

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Malloy Lecture participants: James Lapine (l) and William Finn. Broadwayworld.com photo

The Monday, Sept. 11 event will be a panel discussion on the Broadway hit “Falsettos” featuring the men behind the show.

They include Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn and Tony Award-winning playwright and director James Lapine and the revival’s Tony-nominated star Stephanie J. Block.

The evening will be moderated by Andrew C. Wilk, executive producer of “Live From Lincoln Center” and Westport resident, and take place at 7 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse.

“Bringing the celebrated, visionary artists behind this poignant, thought-provoking piece of theater to our community is incredibly exciting to all of us at the Library,” said Library Executive Director Bill Harmer.

“We are thrilled to be able to do so in partnership with ‘Live From Lincoln Center’ and the Westport Country Playhouse and look forward to seeing the community enjoy this exceptional evening along with us.”

Written by both Finn and Lapine on the cusp of the AIDS crisis, “Falsettos” chronicles the life of a gay man Marvin, his ex-wife, his lover, his son, their psychiatrist and the lesbians next door as they navigate the often-choppy waters of modern, middle class family dynamics.

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Stephanie J. Block in “Falsettos.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joan Marcus photo

Lapine directed its original run on Broadway in 1992 for which both he and Finn won Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical. Finn also won a Tony for Best Original Score.

“Live From Lincoln Center,” in partnership with Screenvision Media and event cinema creators KAOS Connect, is making the Tony-nominated production of Lincoln Center Theater’s “Falsettos” available to audiences in movie theaters for a very limited engagement nationwide.

Local audiences will have a chance to preview the performance at the Bow Tie Cinema in Norwalk on Westport Avenue and the Fairfield Cinemas at Bullard Square on Wednesday, July 12. To purchase tickets, view trailers and find additional information, click HERE.

The film version of “Falsetto”s stars Block as Marvin’s ex-wife Trina.

In addition to appearing on the Playhouse panel, Block will perform selections from “Falsettos” as well as some of her other notable Broadway roles.

The event is free; however, tickets are required. Tickets will be available in August. For updates, check the Westport Library website www.westportlibrary.org.

The Malloy Lecture in the Arts is made possible by a generous contribution from the late Westport artist Susan Malloy.

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