Fun Home, With Judy Kuhn and Michael Cerveris, Begins Performances at the Public Sept. 30
By Adam Hetrick
Fun Home, the new musical by Tony nominees Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, based on the darkly comic, coming-of-age graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, begins performances Sept. 30 Off-Broadway at the Public Theater.
Directed by Sam Gold, Fun Home will run through Nov. 3, with an official opening night set for Oct. 22. Tesori is the Tony-nominated composer of Caroline, or Change; Shrek, Violet and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Kron, a Tony nominee for Well, also penned In the Wake and 2.5 Minute Ride. She will appear in the Foundry production of Good Person of Szechwan at the Public later this fall.
The cast 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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