- Award Category Fraud: Both Broadway productions have seen Trina's actress nominated in the featured category, even though many have argued that she should qualify as a lead role.
- Award Snub: The revival of the show was nominated for five Tony Awards and didn't win a single one. Of note were the loss of Best Revival (to Hello, Dolly) and Best Featured Actor (to Gavin Creel, of Hello, Dolly). While both shows were well-received critically, many Falsettos fans felt that Hello, Dolly swept the Tonys to an inane level and didn't have the serious social commentary and/or subject matter that Falsettos had. The loss of Best Featured Actress (to Rachel Bay Jones of Dear Evan Hansen) caused a small uproar as well, although that was mitigated when Stephanie J. Block won a Tony two years later for playing Cher and the fact that Bay Jones' portrayal was hugely acclaimed.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
- "March of the Falsettos"
- Also to a lesser extent, "Four Jews In a Room Bitching". While it briefly introduces the main characters of Act 1, it has little to no relevance to the actual plot of the musical, and the retelling of the story of Moses serves no purpose and is never brought up again.
- Fridge Brilliance / Fridge Horror: There's a small shout-out in the revival to RENT, which became well-known as the other 90's musical to tackle the New York AIDS crisis and frequently features characters' watches buzzing when it's time for their AZT breaks. In the original production, right before "This Had Better Come to a Stop," everyone looked at their watches; in the revival, we hear a buzz coming from only one watch - Whizzer's.
- Values Dissonance: The frequent use of homophobic and ableist language can fall into this. Though, the 2016 revival seems to lean towards Deliberate Values Dissonance.
YMMV / Falsettos