The Pulitzer Prize nominated musical version of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is coming to Broadway near year and the cast and crew have been announced. Michael Cerveris will be reprising his role as Bruce Bechdel, Alison’s closeted father.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to a press preview event yesterday at which Bechdel, composer Jeanine Tesori, lyricist Lisa Kron and director Sam Gold talked about the show and were interviewed by actress Cherry Jones. Sydney Lucas who plays the young version of Alison also sang the song “Ring of Keys” which is based on the scene in the graphic novel where she sees a female delivery person and feels a heretofore unknown but thrilling kinship with her. It was quite a moving performance and surely will be a showstopper. (I didn’t see the original production alas.)
The show is being moved to the Circle in the Square theater where it will be staged in the round. Sounds pretty ground breaking in many ways, and it will definitely get a LOT of attention for a book that was already incredibly ground breaking.
Apropos of nothing, while I was fact checking (yes I do that) this post, I discovered that Alison Bechdel is a black belt in karate. Now you know.
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