After Months of Rumors, Fun Home Will Officially Move to Broadway
The musical drama has set its theater and opening-night date.
Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's acclaimed and award-winning musical, Fun Home, which ran last fall and winter off-Broadway at The Public Theater, will play Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre this spring. The musical drama will begin performances April 4, with an opening night set for April 22.
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. Sam Gold directs the production.
Full casting and members of the creative team will be announced in the coming weeks. The original company of the Public Theater production was led by Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn, both of whom recently received Lucille Lortel Awards for their performances as Bruce and Helen Bechdel, along with Beth Malone, Alexandra Socha, and Sydney Lucas, playing Alison at various ages. The cast also included Griffin Birney as Christian Bechdel, Noah Hinsdale as John Bechdel, Roberta Colindrez as Joan, and Joel Perez as Roy.
The creative team includes Danny Mefford (choreography), Chris Fenwick (musical director), David Zinn (scenic and costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Kai Harada (sound design), Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg (projection design), Paul Huntley (wig design), John Clancy (orchestrations), and Antoine Silverman (music contractor).
In the months since its off-Broadway run ended, Fun Home was named a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, was honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, and was nominated for eight Drama Desk Awards. It received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway musical. A cast recording on the PS Classics label was released in February.