Fun Home


Fun Home

Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  4f, 2m, 1girl(s), 2boy(s)

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel

Adapted from Alison Bechdel's groundbreaking graphic novel, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 2m, 1girl(s), 2boy(s)
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Biography
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
  • Winner! Five 2015 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron) and Best Book (Lisa Kron)
    Finalist! 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    Winner! Two 2014 Obie Awards, including Outstanding Musical
    Winner! 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical
    Winner! Three 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Musical
    Nominee: Three 2019 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical

Licence details
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    Performance rights for this show are currently heavily restricted in the UK and Ireland. Please submit a licence request to determine availability
Fun Home


When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Fun Home received its world premiere at The Public Theater in New York City in October of 2012, under the direction of Sam Gold.
ALISON – 43 years old, a cartoonist (Range: E3-D5)
MEDIUM ALISON – 19 years old, a college freshman (Range: G3-E5)
SMALL ALISON – around 9 years old (Range: A3-E5)
BRUCE BECHDEL – Alison’s father (Range: A2-G4)
HELEN BECHDEL – Alison’s mother (Range: A3-E5)
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 10 years old (Range: C#4-D5)
JOHN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 6 years old (Range: C#4-E5)
ROY – a young man Bruce hires to do yard work (Range: G3-A4 (opt. D#5))
MARK – a high school junior 
JOAN – a college student (Range: G3-G4)
PETE – a mourner
BOBBY JEREMY AND THE SUSAN DEYS – imaginary television characters 

The roles of Roy, Mark, Pete, and Bobby Jeremy are performed by the same actor.The Susan Deys are played by the actors playing Medium Alison and Joan.The roles of Roy, Mark, Pete, and Bobby Jeremy are performed by the same actor.The Susan Deys are played by the actors playing Medium Alison and Joan.*The roles of Roy, Mark, Pete, and Bobby Jeremy are performed by the same actor.
The Susan Deys are played by the actors playing Medium Alison and Joan.
  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 1970s
  • Setting The Bechdel family's home, the Bechdel's family-owned funeral home, and Oberlin College.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Strong Language
    • Mild Adult Themes


“A rare beauty, extraordinary and heart-gripping.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Wondrous… Tesori and Kron’s light touch lets the work soar to sky limits. It shifts remarkably between light and shade, sweet and aching moments, haunting dissonance and perfect harmony.” – The Guardian, 2021

Fun Home is a beautiful, sensitive, insightful, innovative and heartbreaking musical, addressing themes including sexual identity, family, memory, truth and lies, and suicide… The show is ingeniously structured, using a non-linear narrative that moves back and forth in time to amplify the theme of memory and the impact of our parents and family on who we become.” – Limelight, 2021

“The best musical of the season.” – New York Magazine

“Few shows are as moving, relatable, and funny.” – Associated Press

“The best Broadway musical in years, with the finest score in a decade.” – Huffington Post

“Exquisite. An emotional powerhouse.” – Chicago Tribune

“FIVE STARS. Fun Home has enormous intelligence and sensitivity. It's not your ordinary Broadway musical, because it is extraordinary.” – Time Out New York


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  • Tony Acceptance Speech: BEST MUSICAL

  • Fun Home on Broadway - Montage

  • Fun Home - Works and Progress at the Guggenheim

  • Fun Home - Preview

  • Fun Home at Sydney Theatre Company 2021 - Trailer

  • Fun Home - Journey to Broadway

  • Fun Home - Off-Broadway Montage

  • Emily Skeggs - "Changing My Major"

  • Tony Acceptance Speech: Lisa Kron

  • Tony Acceptance Speech: Jeanine Tesori

  • Tony Acceptance Speech: Director Sam Gold

  • Tony Acceptance Speech: Actor Michael Cerveris

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Song Samples

It All Comes Back
Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue
Come to the Fun Home
Helen's Etude
Changing My Major
Raincoat of Love
Ring of Keys
Days and Days
Telephone Wire
Edges of the World
Flying Away
1. “It All Comes Back (Opening)” – Small Alison, Bruce, Alison & Company
1a. “Helen’s Etude” – Orchestra
2. “Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue” – Helen, Alison, Small Alison, Christian, John, Bruce & Roy
2a. “Medium Alison: Not Too Bad” – Medium Alison
2b. “Thanks” – Orchestra
2c. “Oberlin College” – Orchestra
3. “Come to the Fun Home” – John, Christian & Small Alison
3a. “Is That All?” – Orchestra
3b. “Danke” – Orchestra
3c. “Can We Watch TV?” – Orchestra
4. “Helen, Bruce and Roy” – Helen, Bruce, Roy & Kids
4a. “Dear Mom and Dad” – Orchestra
4b. “She Draws” – Orchestra
4c. “Hi” – Orchestra
5. “Tough Titty” – Small Alison, Bruce & Medium Alison
6. “Changing My Major” – Medium Alison
6a. “After Changing My Major” – Orchestra
7. “Maps” – Bruce, Alison
7a. “Bruce and Mark” – Orchestra
7b. “Danville” – Orchestra
8. “Raincoat of Love” – Bobby Jeremy & Company
9. “Pony Girl” – Bruce
9a. “After Pony Girl” – Orchestra
9b. “What Else Would I Be” - Orchestra
10. “Ring of Keys” – Small Alison
10a. “I Checked Out” – Orchestra
10b. “You’ve Done Too Much” – Orchestra
11. “Days” – Helen
12. “Bruce At The Piano” – Bruce
13. “Telephone Wire” – Alison & Bruce
13a. “After Telephone Wire” – Orchestra
14. “Edges of the World” – Bruce
14a. “After Edges” – Orchestra
15. “Finale: Flying Away” – Alison, Medium Alison & Small Alison
16. “Bows” – Orchestra
Reed (Flute, Clarinet, English Horn, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
Guitar (Electric, Acoustic, Nylon, 12 string-acoustic, 12 string-electric)
Drums (Bell Tree, Cajon, Crotales, Djembe, Eastern Finger Cymbal, Finger Cymbals, Mark Tree, Mounted Finger Cymbals, Orchestra Bells, Shaker, Triangle)
Bass (Upright, Electric, 5 string electric, Acoustic, 5 string electric - fretted)
  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeSmall/Combo, Medium
  • Chorus SizeNo Chorus


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Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. Her plays include Well, 2.5 Minute Ride and The Ver**zon Play. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Fun Home (with music by composer Jeanine Tesori), ...

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Jeanine Tesori

Jeanine Tesori has written a diverse catalog for Broadway, opera, film and television. Her Broadway musicals include: Fun Home (2015 Tony Award Winner, Pulitzer finalist); Violet; Caroline, or Change; Shrek the Musical; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Twelfth Night (LCT); John Guar ...

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Alison Bechdel


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