PS Classics Will Record Cast Album of Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron Musical Fun Home
By Adam Hetrick
PS Classics will record the critically acclaimed production of the Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical Fun Home, based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, which is currently playing an extended run at the Public Theater.
Tesori is the Tony-nominated composer of Caroline, or Change; Shrek; Violet; and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Book writer and lyricist Kron, a Tony nominee for Well, also penned In the Wake and 2.5 Minute Ride. Fun Home, which dramatizes lesbian cartoonist Bechdel's coming-of-age and her relationship with her closeted gay father, opened to acclaim Oct. 22. Read critics reviews here.
The cast will record the album Dec. 2 in anticipation of a Feb. 18, 2014, release. It will be produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker. PS Classics previously recorded and released the cast recording of The Public Theater production of Road Show.
"Philip [Chaffin, co-founder of PS Classics] and I saw Fun Home at a Sunday matinee early in November, and we were so moved and overwhelmed that, when we ran into Jeanine in the lobby, we cornered her and gushed for, like, 15 minutes, saying things like, 'We would be thrilled to record this album,'" Krasker told Playbill.com. "I'm so glad it's worked out for us to do just that. We've been wanting to work with Jeanine for a long time, and meanwhile, we've worked with so many of the cast members - including Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn numerous times - that the company practically feels like family."
Directed by Sam Gold (The Realistic Joneses, Seminar), Fun Home began previews Sept. 30 and will continue through Dec. 29.
Fun Home features Beth Malone (Alison), Sydney Lucas (Small Alison) and Alexandra Socha (Medium Alison) as author-narrator Bechdel at various stages of her life. It also stars Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris as her father, Bruce Bechdel, and Tony nominee Judy Kuhn as her mother, Helen Bechdel.
Completing the cast are Griffin Birney (John Bechdel), Roberta Colindrez (Joan), Noah Hinsdale (Christian Bechdel) and Joel Perez (Roy).
Fun Home is described as "a fresh, daring new musical based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. 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."
Fun Home has scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Kai Harada, projection design by Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg, wig design by Paul Huntley, music direction by Chris Fenwick and choreography by Danny Mefford.
For further information phone (212) 967-7555, or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.
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