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Falsettos opens Thursday at Off Center Stage in Grass Valley

Nancy Haffey (as Trina) does not approve of the relationship between Jonathan Hansard (as Trina's husband Marvin) and Danny McCammon (as Marvin's boyfriend Whizzer) in the Sierra Stages production of the landmark musical "FALSETTOS" November 5-22 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.
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Sierra Stages presents the musical “Falsettos” for 10 performances only from Nov. 5 through 22 at the intimate Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

“Falsettos” is the final production of Sierra Stages’ seventh season, and is directed by Sandra Rockman, with dance direction by George Jayne and musical direction by Ken Getz, who conducts the live band.

Part intimate family drama, part neurotic urban comedy, and part keenly observed meditation on a shifting definition of the American family, “Falsettos” is the 1992 Tony Award-winning musical by William Finn and James Lapine.

Finn wrote music and lyrics for the Broadway hit “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, which was presented by Sierra Stages in 2011, and Lapine is the author of the Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods”, which was presented by Sierra Stages in 2010.

The story of “Falsettos” focuses on Marvin and his struggles to create a ‘tight knit family’ out of his eclectic array of core relationships (including his ex-wife, his new boyfriend, his adolescent son, his psychiatrist, and his lesbian next-door neighbors) amidst a series of monumental life changes. During the course of the musical, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility, and what it means to be a man.

A musical-theater benchmark for its candid depiction of a gay relationship, “Falsettos” is a pairing of two one-act musicals by Finn and Lapine: “March of the Falsettos” and “Falsettoland”, which were produced Off Broadway in 1981 and 1990. The original Broadway production of “Falsettos” opened to positive reviews, and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning two, for best original score and best book.

“Falsettos” features an all-local cast of Nevada County actors Jonathan Hansard, Danny McCammon, Ken Miele, Nancy Haffey, Kate Haight, Tinley Ireland and Graham Bennett. The set design is by Pamela Hodges, costume design is by Jill Kelly, and lighting design is by Casey Burke.

Performances of “Falsettos” are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. General Admission tickets are $25. For those audience members who prefer a specific seat location and wish to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages, Reserved Seating is available for $35. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.SierraStages.org with no additional charges of any kind or by calling the Sierra Stages ticket line at 530.346.3210.

The first performance of “Falsettos” on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. is a benefit for the Nevada County chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

(NOTE: As of Wednesday, Nov. 4, the Thursday, Nov. 5 performance to benefit PFLAG’s Nevada County chapter is sold out. Regular public performances begin on Friday, Nov. 6.)

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization.

Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

PFLAG has over 350 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states.

For more information about “Falsettos” and Sierra Stages, visit http://www.SierraStages.org.

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