Fun Home

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Fun Home

Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori, Alison Bechdel

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

Music by Jeanine Tesori / Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron

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.

Fun Home
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 2m, 1girl(s), 2boy(s)
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Biography
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • 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

Description
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.
History
Fun Home received its world premiere at The Public Theater in New York City in October of 2012, under the direction of Sam Gold.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Strong Language
  • Mild Adult Themes

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 1970s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The Bechdel family's home, the Bechdel's family-owned funeral home, and Oberlin College.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Casting

4f, 2m, 1girl(s), 2boy(s)
Cast Attributes
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
ALISON – 43 years old, a cartoonist
MEDIUM ALISON – 19 years old, first year university student
SMALL ALISON – around 9 years old
BRUCE BECHDEL – Alison’s father
HELEN BECHDEL – Alison’s mother
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 10 years old
JOHN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 6 years old
ROY – a young man Bruce hires to do gardening work
MARK – a year 7 secondary school student
JOAN – a university student
PETE – a mourner
BOBBY JEREMY AND THE SUSAN DEYS – imaginary television characters
Casting Notes

The authors have authorised Samuel French to provide licensees the opportunity to cast people of all ethnicities and races in any and all roles.

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo, Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus
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)
Violin/Viola
Cello
Bass (Upright, Electric, 5 string electric, Acoustic, 5 string electric - fretted)

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Full Package:

10 Piano/Conductor Scores
1 Reed
1 Guitar
1 Drums
1 Violin/Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

Media

Press

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

“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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Song Samples

It All Comes Back
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Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue
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Come to the Fun Home
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Helen's Etude
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Changing My Major
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Maps
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Raincoat of Love
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Ring of Keys
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Days and Days
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Telephone Wire
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Edges of the World
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Flying Away
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Videos

  • FUN HOME Broadway.com

  • FUN HOME on Broadway

  • Journey to Broadway

  • Alison Bechdel on FUN HOME

  • FUN HOME on THE VIEW

  • FUN HOME Off Broadway Montage

  • Tony Acceptance Speech: Jeanine Tesori

  • Tony Acceptance Speech: Sam Gold-Director

  • Tony Acceptance Speech: Michael Cerveris

  • Tony Acceptance Speech: Lisa Kron

  • Emily Skeggs - "Changing My Major"

  • Tony Acceptance Speech: BEST MUSICAL

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Authors

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), winner of fiv ...

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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 (LC ...

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Alison Bechdel

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