Jenn Colella, Caitlin Kinnunen, Will Swenson, Kate Baldwin Star in Fun Home Reading in a Funeral Home December 19 | Playbill

Readings and Workshops Jenn Colella, Caitlin Kinnunen, Will Swenson, Kate Baldwin Star in Fun Home Reading in a Funeral Home December 19 The reading is held at New York’s Plaza Jewish Community Chapel.
Jenn Colella Joseph Marzullo/WENN

A site-appropriate benefit reading of the Tony-winning musical Fun Home is presented December 19 at 8 PM at New York's Plaza Jewish Community Chapel.

Directed by Daniella Caggiano, the cast is led by Tony nominees Jenn Colella (Come From Away) as Alison, Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom) as Medium Alison, Will Swenson (Waitress) as Bruce, and Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!) as Helen with Pierson Salvador as Christian, Isabelle McCalla as Joan, Jelani Alladin as Roy/Others, and twin actors, newcomer Noelle Hammond as Small Alison and Lennon Nate Hammond as John.

Will Swenson Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Julianne B. Merrill is the music director for the reading.

Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, Fun Home has a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori. The unconventional show made history as the first Broadway musical written by women to win the Best Musical Tony, as well as 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. The musical won five Tony Awards in all, including Best Book (Kron) and Best Direction (Sam Gold).

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Quintessence of Dust Theatre Company/Rachel Kunstadt, in association with Jamie Maletz Musicals, present the reading. Tickets, priced at $100, are available by visiting

Swenson, Baldwin, and more have been special guest performers on Playbill Travel’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are now on sale for Broadway in the Great Northwest, Playbill Travel’s first domestic cruise featuring Kate Baldwin, Tedd Firth, Aaron Lazar, Beth Leavel, and Faith Prince (April 26–May 4, 2020), and for Broadway on the Mediterranean (August 31–September 7, 2020), featuring Audra McDonald, Will Swenson, Gavin Creel, Caissie Levy and Lindsay Mendez, and for Broadway on the Nile (December 27, 2020–January 7, 2021) and Broadway on the Caribbean (February 15–22, 2021), with performers soon to be announced. To book a suite or stateroom, call Playbill Travel at 866-455-6789 or visit

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