With music by Jeanine Tesori (“Violet”) and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron (“Well”), the production looks poised to become one of the awards-bait titles of the 2014-15 season. The show earned raves in its Off Broadway premiere at the Public Theater last season, and scored awards including the top musical trophies from the New York Critics Drama Circle, the Lortels and the Outer Critics.
Casting for the Broadway production has not been set; the Off Broadway ensemble included Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn and Beth Malone. (The latter’s involvement in the upcoming Denver production of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” does not affect her potential involvement in the Main Stem run of “Fun Home.”)
“Fun Home,” which will open in the days leading up to the 2015 Tony eligibility deadline, is one of only a handful of new musicals to have inked in runs this season. Sting tuner “The Last Ship,” Jason Robert Brown’s “Honeymoon in Vegas” and a new adaptation of “An American in Paris” are on the calendar, with further titles likely to join the roster including “Finding Neverland,” now running at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel and directed by Sam Gold, “Fun Home” centers on protagonist Alison’s investigation into the life of her father, whose internal struggles and tensions with his wife cast a long shadow over Alison’s upbringing. The title comes from the funeral parlor (“fun home”) that her father ran.
The relatively small-scale musical, capitalized at around $5 million, is produced by Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson) and Barbara Whitman along with Carole Shorenstein Hays, Tom Casserly, Paula Marie Black, Latitude Link, Terry Schnuck/Jack Lane, Nathan Vernon, Elizabeth Armstrong, JAM Theatricals and Scott M. Delman.
At Circle in the Square, one of Broadway’s smallest houses, “Fun Home” begins previews April 4 prior to an April 22 opening. The musical follows the upcoming Hugh Jackman topliner, “The River,” into the venue after that show’s limited run there.