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2017 Malloy Lecture in the Arts, "Falsettos: In Conversation," Scheduled for September 11

July 7, 2017

Event to Bring Tony Award Winners & Broadway Stars to Westport Through Unique Collaboration Among Westport Library, Live From Lincoln Center and Westport Country Playhouse

 

William Finn


James Lapine

Stephanie J. Block
Andrew C. Wilk

The Westport Library today announced its 2017 Malloy Lecture in the Arts, Falsettos: In Conversation. The event will be a panel discussion on the Broadway hit Falsettos featuring the men behind the show—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 five-time Emmy Award winner, Executive Producer of "Live From Lincoln Center" and Westport resident Andrew C. Wilk on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7 pm at the Westport Country Playhouse.

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

“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. 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 Wednesday, July 12, 2017. To purchase tickets, view trailers and find additional information, visit falsettosincinema.com. The film will be coming to PBS fall 2017.

The film version of Falsettos stars Tony-nominated actor Stephanie J. Block as Marvin’s ex-wife Trina. Block will join Finn and Lapine at the Westport Country Playhouse on the panel and will delight the audience with a live performance of selections from Falsettos as well as some of her other notable Broadway roles. 

“I wasn't sure if a filmed version of Falsettos would translate in a way that would truly capture its emotion, humor and impact. But I am thrilled to say that "Live From Lincoln Center" 'got it!' Seeing it on the big screen for the first time kept me paralyzed in my seat; I hardly took a breath because of the expectation and anticipation,” said Block. “The cast held hands and wept. We were in awe of each other and the beauty, humor and power of this story. I'm honored, grateful and overwhelmed knowing that Falsettos is now forever preserved and will be shared nationwide."

The Malloy Lecture will be a panel discussion centered around selected scenes from the film of Falsettos. The evening will also include an opportunity for audience Q&A—one reason why those interested in attending the September event are being particularly encouraged to see the film on July 12.

“Those who have never experienced Falsettos are in for a treat, and those who have seen it on stage will rediscover it through our camera’s lens, particularly if they are able to see it before the Malloy Lecture,” said Wilk. “Falsettos truly was groundbreaking in its time and just as relevant and resonant today!”

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

THE WESTPORT LIBRARY MALLOY LECTURE IN THE ARTS

The Malloy Lecture in the Arts is made possible by a generous contribution from Westport artist Susan Malloy. The Westport Library created the lecture series in 2002 as a free, public annual discussion by an individual who has had a significant cultural influence and whose work has enhanced the understanding and appreciation of the arts.

Past programs have included Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; distinguished playwright Arthur Miller; artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude; musicians Joshua Bell and Frederic Chiu; poet-laureate Billy Collins; Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation; author Joyce Carol Oates; cartoonist Roz Chast; actor Christopher Plummer; stage, film and theater star John Lithgow; preeminent classical dancer Jacques d'Amboise; music legend Clive Davis, and author Salman Rushdie.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER

"Live From Lincoln Center" is a cornerstone of performing arts broadcasting, presenting the world’s greatest artists and performances in music, dance, and theater from Lincoln Center’s renowned stages. Now in its 42nd season on PBS, the pioneering series—produced by Lincoln Center—has been seen by hundreds of millions of viewers since its debut and celebrated by 16 Emmy Awards and other honors for its broadcasting excellence. Additional Live From Lincoln Center content is accessible online at PBS.org.

LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 16 series, festivals, and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art
Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating 40 years enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit LincolnCenter.org.

Photo credits:

William Finn: Harry Roseman
Stephanie J. Block: Bill Westmoreland