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1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Opens 4 Apr 2015
The show is unconventional in its subject matter and uncompromising in its intelligence and emotionality.
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Fun Home is set be one of the most atypical new musicals playing on Broadway in 2015. Based neither on a movie or a fairytale, Fun Home instead takes its cues from the graphic novel of the same by Alison Bechdel. Released in 2006, the book traces Bechdel's own childhood and adolescence, with particular focus on her uneasy relationship with her father Bruce and her coming out as a lesbian. While the subject matter may suggest a dimly lit, emotionally-draining trudge, Fun Home is imbued with warmth and generosity, along with wickedly sharp musical numbers.
With lyrics and book by Lisa Kron (Voyage to Lesbos) and music from Jeanine Tesori (Violet) Fun Home premiered at The Public Theater in 2013 and was lavished with critical acclaim. Ben Brantley of the New York Times hailed it as a "beautiful heartbreaker", with "multidimensional" characters who offered a refreshing change from musical's traditionally more showy portrayals. Returning to helm the Broadway transfer will be original director Sam Gold, one of the most in demand directors both on and off-Broadway. In 2014 alone he oversaw three of the most talked about and star-studded productions of the season: The Realistic Joneses, The Village Bike and The Real Thing.
The musical traces the life of Alison Bechdel through three separate periods of her life, weaving scenes and conversations together into a non-linear patchwork. At the heart of Alison's story is her father Bruce, a domineering man who devotes the attention that he denies his children on decorating the Pennsylvania family home and maintaining his collection of antiques. Bruce killed himself soon after Alison came out as a lesbian during college, and looking back, she wonders what part this revelation played in her father's suicide, especially as it's revealed that he was gay himself, but had never been able to come out of the closet.
Previews from: 4 April 2015
Opening night: 22 April 2015
1 hour 45 minutes
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