LGBT-Themed Musical Fun Home Will Open Its Doors on Broadway
"My dad and I both grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town. And he was gay. And I was gay. And he killed himself. And I became a lesbian cartoonist." And so begins Fun Home, which will find a home on Broadway this spring.
Following its sold-out world premiere off-Broadway at the Public Theater, Fun Home, composer Jeanine Tesori and out playwright Lisa Kron's musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's acclaimed 2006 graphic memoir, is scheduled to start performances April 4 and officially open April 22 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
"Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family's Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father's hidden desires," read press notes about the production.
Sam Gold, who helmed Fun Home off-Broadway, will direct the musical's Broadway debut. Casting has not yet been announced.
Lyricist and librettist Kron, cofounder of the Five Lesbian Brothers theater troupe and a Tony nominee for Well, also wrote In the Wake and 2.5 Minute Ride. Tesori is the Tony-nominated composer of Shrek, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Caroline, or Change.
The original off-Broadway cast of Fun Home, a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, featured Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas, and Alexandra Socha as author-narrator Bechdel at three different ages. Tony winner Michael Cerveris and Tony nominee Judy Kuhn starred as her father and mother, respectively. Griffin Birney, Roberta Colindrez, Noah Hinsdale, and Joel Perez completed the cast. The original cast recording is now available.
The Advocate placed Fun Home at the top of its list of the best LGBT-inclusive New York theater of 2013, calling it "fresh and uncommonly moving."
Watch a montage of scenes from off-Broadway's Fun Home in the video below.