Booking from: Thursday, 1 June 2017
Booking until: Wednesday, 15 November 2017
As the Wall Street Journal says about the show, it “demonstrates how much our world has changed and reflects just how far we’ve come”. It looks like you're in for a treat!
Fun Home is a brilliant musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel's brilliant graphic comic memoir from 2006. The plot centres on Alison's relationship with her unpredictable, enigmatic and brilliant gay father Bruce, and her efforts to understand the mysteries of his life. This is the world's first mainstream musical about a young lesbian, the first ever Broadway musical with a lesbian star. In other words, this is history in the making.
The show delivers a hugely compelling picture of a daughter’s determination to understand and connect with her dad, a refreshingly honest and straightforward exploration of what it's like to finally 'see' your parents through the eyes of a young adult, often a surreal experience. In the words of Newsday, it is a, “blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention.”
The musical premièred Off-Broadway at New York's Public Theater in September 2013 to rave reviews and enjoyed several extended runs, nominated for an impressive 9 Lucille Lortel Awards and winning three. It also netted a couple of coveted Obie Awards, 8 Drama Desk Awards and more. The original Broadway production opened in April 2015 and was nominated for 12 Tonys, winning five including Best Musical, a real accolade. And the musical's cast album was nominated for the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.
Alison Bechdel's coming of age book explored her coming out as a lesbian. At the same time she realised her dad was gay, and prone to relationships with under-age boys. Just a few months after Alison came out, Bruce was killed in a road traffic accident. Alison feels he may have committed suicide, although there's no evidence. The resulting powerful and quirky musical features a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori.
You're going to love this. Alison's character in the musical is played by three actors, a highly unusual and particularly compelling format. 43 year old Alison narrates, describing her family and early years. The 19 year old Alison is student busy discovering her sexuality. And 8 year-old Alison is a child struggling against her dad's expectations.
Thought provoking and fascinating, heart-warming and complicated, this is a superb piece of musical theatre and it's due in London's West End for 2017. If you love nothing better than a deep look into the heart of an ordinary family that isn't, after all, ordinary at all, this one's for you. It's a chunk of pure genius.
Fun Home tickets – A genuine coming of age treat
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