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Will the Pulitzer Prize Finalist Fun Home Change Its Major to Broadway?

Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s acclaimed musical might be headed to the Great White Way.

Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas, and Alexandra Socha in a scene from Fun Home.
Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas, and Alexandra Socha as Allison Bechdel at various ages in a scene from the Public Theater production of Fun Home, directed by Sam Gold.
(© Joan Marcus)

Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's acclaimed musical, Fun Home, which ran last fall and winter off-Broadway at The Public Theater, has its sights set on Broadway, the New York Times reports. Directed by Sam Gold, the production is expected to open next spring at a Broadway house, though no information has been confirmed.

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 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 Allison 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.

Featured on the creative team were 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 is currently nominated for eight Drama Desk Awards and seven Outer Critics Circle Awards. A cast recording on the PS Classics label was released in February.

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