Fun Home wins Tony Award for Best Musical

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Photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times Fun Home, the musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel won five TOny Wards on Saundya, including Best Musical, capping a road of critical triumph for the show. IN addition to Best Musical, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron won Best Original Score, Kron won for Best Book of […]

Fun Home the musical gets 12 Tony Award nominations

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The Tony Awards nominations are out today, honoring the best on Broadway, and Fun Home tied for most nominations with 12 (An American in Paris also got 12.) The musical, based on the Alison Bechdel graphic novel, was nominated for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Director, Best Actor in a Musical (Michael Cerveris), […]

Fun Home wows Broadway

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    Fun Home opened on Broadway last night and the musical based on Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic novel won rave reviews. The show stars Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs and Sydney Lucas (above) as Bechdel at various ages, and Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn and Oscar Williams as the rest of the Bechdel family. A sampling: […]

Fun Home is coming to Broadway in March

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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 […]

The Secret to Superhuman Strength: Alison Bechdel’s next graphic novel will be about fitness

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Fresh off winning a MacArthur Genius grant, and a months-0ong residency at an Umbrian castle, Alison Bechdel has also announced the subject of her next graphic novel. The Secret to Superhuman Strength will be published in 2017 by Houghton Mifflin. Having explored the psyches of her father in Fun Home and her mother in Are you My Mother, Bechdel turns her laser sight on her self:

Alison Bechdel wins a MacArthur Foundation Grant

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  Alison Bechdel has been named one of this year’s MacArthur Foundation grant winners, often known as a genius grant. Bechdel was cited for being …a cartoonist and graphic memoirist exploring the complexities of familial relationships in multilayered works that use the interplay of word and image to weave sophisticated narratives. Bechdel’s command of sequential narrative and […]

Alison Bechdel on The Bechdel Test and Swedish Cinema

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“I’m glad mainstream culture is starting to catch up to where lesbian-feminism was 30 years ago.” In the blog section of her Dykes to Watch Out For website, the comics creator and feminist hero addresses the latest hubbub surrounding the infamous Bechdel Test and its position in a new rating system adopted by progressive movie […]