Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron Musical Fun Home Given Fourth Extension
By Michael Gioia
The Public Theater continues to extend its critically acclaimed production of the Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical Fun Home. The world-premiere musical, based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, will now continue through Jan. 12, 2014, Off-Broadway.
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.
As previously announced, Alexandra Socha, who originated the role of Medium Alison in The Public Theater production, recently departed the show because of personal reasons, and actress Emily Skeggs (Take Me Along) has taken over the role.
Directed by Sam Gold (The Realistic Joneses, Seminar), Fun Home began previews Sept. 30 and was originally scheduled to close Nov. 3.
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 also appears in the Foundry production of Good Person of Szechwan at the Public this fall.
Fun Home features Beth Malone (Alison), Sydney Lucas (Small Alison) and Skeggs (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).
PS Classics will release a cast album of Fun Home in February 2014.
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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