Tony-Winning Musical Fun Home Begins U.S. Tour

News   Tony-Winning Musical Fun Home Begins U.S. Tour The Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home launches its first national tour October 2 in Cleveland, OH.
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Abby Corrigan, Robert Petkoff, Kate Shindle, Sofia Trimarchi, Carly Gold, Lennon Nate Hammond, Pierson Salvador, Alessandra Baldacchino and Susan Moniz Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic-novel memoir, Fun Home has book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori. It is directed by Sam Gold.

The unconventional show made history, becoming the first Broadway musical written by women to win the Best Musical Tony, and the first Tony-winning musical to have a lesbian as its main character. Tesori and Kron also won the Tony Award for Best Original Score. It won five Tony Awards in all, including Best Book (Kron) and Best Direction (Gold).

It ended a successful Broadway run September 10 at Circle in the Square after 26 previews and 582 regular performances. It opened on Broadway April 19, 2015, after a sold-out Off-Broadway run at the Public Theater in 2013.

The in-the-round Broadway staging has been re-conceived to play proscenium theatres across the U.S.

Fun Home stars Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret) as Alison, with Broadway cast member Alessandra Baldacchino as Small Alison and Abby Corrigan as Medium Alison. At certain performances, Carly Gold will play the role of Small Alison.

They are joined by Robertf Petkoff (Ragtime) as Bruce Bechdel, with Susan Moniz (Grease!) as Helen Bechdel, Karen Eilbacher as Joan, Robert Hager as Roy, Lennon Nate Hammond as John, Pierson Salavdor as Christian, Anthony Fortino, Amanda Naughton, Sofia Trimarchi and Michael Winther.

The tour will play stops in Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Seattle and more. Click here for the latest tour stops.

Here’s how it’s billed: “Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.”

(Updated October 2, 2016)

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