PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, May 3-9: Fun Home Eyes Transfer Uptown and Hugh Jackman Will Star in The River

By Robert Simonson
09 May 2014

Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas and Alexandra Socha in Fun Home
Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas and Alexandra Socha in Fun Home
Photo by Joan Marcus

The New York Drama Critics Circle (yes, it still exists, though dramatic critics are dropping like flies these days) announced its 2014 Awards May 5.

The Circle gave top honors to the Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical Fun Home, as well as Robert Schenkkan's All The Way and the American premiere of Conor McPherson's The Night Alive. 

Special citations were also awarded to The Shakespeare's Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, seen on Broadway earlier this season; as well as playwright-director Richard Nelson and the company of The Apple Family Plays, which were presented at The Public Theater last fall.

The day before, the Lucille Lortel Awards, which honors Off-Broadway, were presented at the Skirball Center. Fun Home was a winner there, too, taking home the prize for Outstanding Musical.



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Fun Home just won't stop attracting attention. The show, which dramatizes lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel's coming-of-age and her relationship with her closeted gay father, opened to acclaim Oct. 22, 2013, at the Public. It managed to extend four times, and many thought it a leading contender for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (which eventually went to The Flick).

Some producers finally got the hint. The New York Times reported this week that Fun Home is aiming for a Broadway arrival next spring.

Fun Home producers, including Mike Isaacson, are planning to move the modestly budgeted $5-6 million musical to Broadway in spring 2015.

Kristin Caskey, who is also among the producers attached to Fun Home, told Playbill.com, "We're working to make it happen; we want it to happen, but nothing is set yet."

The Off-Broadway production was directed by Sam Gold. The original Off-Broadway cast featured Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas, Alexandra Socha, Michael Cerveris, Bruce Bechdel and Judy Kuhn.

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