Fun Home Aiming for Spring 2015 Broadway Arrival
By Adam Hetrick
The New York Times reports that Fun Home, the award-winning Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel that played an acclaimed run at the Public Theater earlier this season, is aiming for a Broadway arrival next spring.
Fun Home producers, including Mike Isaacson, are planning to move the modestly budgeted $5 million-$6 million musical to Broadway in spring 2015.
Kristin Caskey, who is also among the producers attached to Fun Home, told Playbill.com the week of April 17, "We're working to make it happen; we want it to happen, but nothing is set yet."
Isaacson also told the Times that producers opted not to rush Fun Home to Broadway immediately following its extended run at the Public Theater due to the number of Broadway musicals that premiered this season.
Fun Home was a critical favorite and won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical and Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lead Actor (Michael Cerveris) and Outstanding Featured Actress (Judy Kuhn).
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, 2013. Read critics reviews here.
The Off-Broadway production was directed by Sam Gold. The original Off-Broadway cast of Fun Home featured Beth Malone (Alison), Sydney Lucas (Small Alison) and Alexandra Socha (Medium Alison) as author-narrator Bechdel at various stages of her life. It also featured Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris as her father, Bruce Bechdel, and Tony nominee Judy Kuhn as her mother, Helen Bechdel.
Completing the cast were 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."
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