Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron Musical Fun Home, With Judy Kuhn, Begins Public Run Oct. 17
By Adam Hetrick
Fun Home, a new musical by Tony Award nominees Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, begins performances Off-Broadway Oct. 17 at the Public Theater as part of the Public Lab programming. Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn and Beth Malone star.
The world-premiere musical is based on Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir. The Public Theater, which also shepherded Tesori's Caroline, or Change, and Kron's Well and In the Wake, presents Fun Home under the direction of Sam Gold (Seminar, Circle Mirror Transformation).
The musical has book and lyrics by Kron and a score by Tesori. The sold-out run will play through Nov. 4.
The cast features Tony Award nominee Kuhn (Chess, Les Miserables) and Malone (Ring of Fire), as well as Roberta Colindrez, Joel Perez, Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening), Martin Moran (Titanic, The Tricky Part), Griffin Birney, Sydney Lucas and Noah Marlowe.
Fun Home is billed as "an original new musical about fathers, daughters, cartoons, caskets, and love. Based on Alison Bechdel's acclaimed graphic novel and set in the family business, Bechdel Funeral Home, Fun Home charts Alison's quest to come to terms with her father's life and death by painstakingly reconstructing their shared but unspoken bond. Surprising, funny, ultimately deeply moving, Fun Home is an exciting world-premiere musical from some of New York’s brightest theatrical talents."
Malone, Socha and Lucas portray various incarnations of Alison.
The musical has been developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab as well as the Ojai Playwrights Conference in recent seasons.
The Public Lab production has scenic and costume design by David Zinn; lighting design by Ben Stanton; sound design by Kai Harada; video design by Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg; musical direction by Andy Einhorn; and choreography by David Neumann.
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