Fun Home Announces Partnership and Audience Contest With StoryCorps
Broadway's Tony-winning musical Fun Home has announced a partnership with the national nonprofit oral history project StoryCorps, to celebrate the show’s one-year anniversary at Circle in the Square Theatre.
The collaboration encourages Fun Home fans to use StoryCorps’ free mobile app to record their stories about their own families and/or experiences seeing the show. All tagged stories will be streamable on-demand at StoryCorps.me, in addition to being preserved in the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
All stories submitted during the month of April will be entered to win an exclusive contest. One grand-prize winner will be randomly selected to receive two tickets to Fun Home, plus a one-night stay at a hotel in Times Square and as the chance to officially record their own story in the permanent StoryCorps recording booth in New York City. For official rules and regulations, click here.
Users can listen to stories recorded by members of the Fun Home cast and creative team, including Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron, Sam Gold, Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, and original star Sydney Lucas here.
The partnership arose following StoryCorps' 2015 gala, which honored the Broadway musical and celebrated StoryCorps OutLoud, a multi-year initiative dedicated to recording and preserving the stories of LGBTQ people across America. The event also honored Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry.
Inspired by Alison Bechdel's graphic novel-memoir of the same title, Fun Home follows the real-life Bechdel's journey to accept the death of her stern, closeted father, Bruce, while coming to terms with her own sexuality. The production won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, along with Tonys for Best Score (Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron), Best Book (Kron), Best Actor in a Musical (Michael Cerveris), and Best Director of a Musical (Sam Gold).
The cast currently stars Michael Cerveris, Rebecca Luker, Beth Malone, Lauren Patten, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, Cole Grey, Zell Steele Morrow, and Joel Perez, along with Alessandra Baldacchino, Kally Duling, Maya Grace Fischbein, Perry Sherman, Jim Stanek, and Nicole Van Giesen.