Fun Home is playing at Circle in the Square located at 1633 Broadway (50th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). It runs one hour forty five minutes with no intermission. The musical opened on March 1, 2015 and is an open ended run.
The musical premiered off Broadway at The Public Theatre from September 2013 to January 2014. The show was nominated for nine Lucille Lortel Awards and won three for Outstanding Musical, Lead Actor Michael Cerveris and Lead Actress Judy Kuhl. The Broadway production was nominated for ten 2015 Tony Awards. It won for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical; Lisa Kron, Best Original Score; Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, Best Lead Actor; Michael Cerneris, Best Direction; Sam Gold and was nominated for Best Lead Actress Beth Malone, Best Feature Actress Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas and, Emily Skeggs.
It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2014.
Dany Mefford is the choreographer. He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Love Labour’s Lost in 2014.
Michael Cerveris won two Tony Awards for Fun Home (2015) and Assassins (2004). He was nominated for four Tony awards for Evita (2012), LoveMusik (2007), Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2006) and The Who’s Tommy (1993). He was nominated for four Drama Desk Awards for Evita (2012), LoveMusik (2007), Sweeny Todd (2006) and The Who’s Tommy (1993).
Judy Kuhn was nominated for four Tony Awards for Fun Home (2015), She loves Me (1994), Chess (198) and Les Miserables (1987).
Alison (Beth Malone) is an illustrator. She is writing a book about her relationship with her father.
The story revolves on different events in her (Gabriella Pizzolo) life including her dad Bruce (Michael Cerveris), mom Helen (Judy Kuhn), and brothers John (Zell Steele Morrow) and Christian ( Oscar Williams) .
Bruce is an English teacher. He also works in his family’s funeral home. One of his hobbies is restoring old homes. Helen is a teacher and playwright.
Her father had his moods but she thought nothing of it.
When she went off to collage she would write home to her dad. One of her letters she told her parents she realized she was gay. She had never been comfortable in girl’s clothes. When she did not hear from her parents she decides to go home and confront them. Her friend Joan (Roberta Colindrez) comes along. Her father was ok with her being gay but not her mother. It seems her father was gay. Her mother said she was surprised he was never arrested since some were minors. He was arrested for giving beer to a minor (Jose Perez). The deal was he sees a psychologist.
This is a well done musical. Go see the show to find out the events and things that happened to her. I don’t want to spoil it for you.
The show has a different feeling than the show that was at the Public Theatre. This production is more intimate and may be because the theatre is in the round. Props and furniture come and go under the floor.
Michael Cerveris is amazing as the tormented man living two lives.
Garbiella Pizzolo does a great job as young Allison.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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