Recording of Off-Broadway Musical Fun Home Places #2 on Billboard Cast Album Chart
06 Mar 2014
The original Off-Broadway cast album of the Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical Fun Home, which was released by PS Classics Feb. 25, placed #2 on the Billboard Top Cast Album Chart in its first week of release.
Fun Home, which sold nearly 2,000 units in its first week, placed behind the perennial top-seller Wicked and ahead of well-known titles such as Kinky Boots, Book of Mormon and Once.
In addition to its Cast Album Chart placement, Fun Home finished at 17 in Top Internet Sales, #45 in Top Independent Albums and even broke into Billboard’s Top 200 at #178. The PS Classics Feb. 25 release of Yank! came in at #7 on the Billboard Top Cast Album Chart.
"This is the best first week we've ever had for an Off-Broadway cast album – I mean, by far," PS Classics co-founder Philip Chaffin told Playbill.com. "And an Off-Broadway show that's already closed – we're obviously thrilled. I think it's a real tribute to how much people loved this show, and how moved they were by the performances and the material. We had customers writing us the day before release, just to let us know that they were staying up till midnight to download it from iTunes the minute it was available."
The writers and original cast will gather at the Upper East Side Barnes and Noble March 13 to perform songs from the musical.
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. Directed by Sam Gold (The Realistic Joneses, Seminar) the production ended its extended run at the Public Jan. 12.
The cast album of Fun Home is produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker. PS Classics previously recorded and released the cast recording of The Public Theater production of Road Show.
The track listing follows:
1. It All Comes Back (Opening) 2. "Sometimes my father appeared to enjoy having children…" 3. Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue 4. Not Too Bad 5. "Just had a good talk with Dad…" 6. Come to the Fun Home 7. Helen's Etude 8. "Thanks for the care package…" 9. Al for Short 10. Changing My Major 11. "I leapt out of the closet…" 12. Maps 13. "Read a book…" 14. Raincoat of Love 15. "I need more coffee…" 16. Ring of Keys 17. "Let me introduce you to my gay dad…" 18. "Shortly after we were married…" 19. Days and Days 20. "You ready to go for that drive?..." 21. Telephone Wire 22. "It was great to have you home…" 23. Edges of the World 24. "This is what I have of you…" 25. Flying Away (Finale)
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 starred Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris as her father, Bruce Bechdel, and Tony nominee Judy Kuhn as her mother, Helen Bechdel.
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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.