- leaves his wife, Trina
- takes a male lover named Whizzer Brown,
- gets a psychiatrist (who eventually starts dating Trina),
- abandons Whizzer when Whizzer becomes sick with something that has yet to be given a name,
- reconciles with his son, Jason
- becomes friends with the lesbian couple from next door - one of whom is Whizzer's physician.
In the theatre that night, I was sitting with my best friends and my boyfriend at the time. We were still kids ourselves, watching this man struggle to find his place in the world when the world didn't always seem to be a fair place. We knew all the songs, yet were still moved to tears watching the performance, holding hands. We got to meet the cast after the show, five college kids going ga-ga over a couple of Broadway stars. We were, as actress Barbara Walsh (Trina) dubbed us, "Falsettoheads" (she also took this picture - yeah, that's a younger me on the far left).
The show has stuck with me for many years. So about a week ago, I bought the CD again on Amazon and have been listening to it ever since. Even though the show is now a bit dated and anachronistic, some of the songs still resonate with me. This "mysterious gay disease" could now be anything that infects the body and mind of those we love, while we watch helplessly, unable to do anything but love them.
And most of the time, that has to be enough.