Fun Home at the Tonys
Fun Home at the Tony’s
Fun Home is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. As in the book, the story concerns the father-daughter relationship between Alison Bechdel and her father Bruce Bechdel. It has been called “the first mainstream musical about a young lesbian.” The musical was developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference in 2009, and at the Sundance Theatre Lab and The Public Theater’s Public Lab in 2012. It opened Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in September 2013 to positive reviews. Its run was extended several times, and it ran until January 2014.
The Public Theater production of Fun Home was nominated for nine Lucille Lortel Awards (winning three, including Outstanding Musical), seven Outer Critics Circle Awards (winning Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical), three Drama League Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, and the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical (which it won). It was also a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, but lost to The Flick by Annie Baker. It won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical and the Obie Award for Musical Theater. 10-year-old star Sydney Lucas also won an Obie in the Performance category, becoming the youngest performer ever to win an Obie. A Broadway production is scheduled to begin previews at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 27, 2015, with an official opening on April 19, 2015.
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