Fun Home

Fun Home

by  Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori, Alison Bechdel

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

Fun Homeis a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f, 2boy(s), 1girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Biography
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway, From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • WINNER! Best Musical - 2015 Tony® Awards!  
    WINNER! Best Score (Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron) - 2015 
    Tony® Awards! 
    WINNER! Best Book of a Musical (Lisa Kron) - 2015 
    Tony® Awards!
    WINNER! BEST MUSICAL - New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award
    FINALIST! The Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Reviews

A rare beauty, extraordinary and heart-gripping." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times, Read More

"The best musical of the season." - New York Magazine, Read More

"Few shows are as moving, relatable, and funny." - Associated Press, Read More

"Exquisite. An emotional powerhouse." - Chicago Tribune, Read More

"FOUR STARS. Fun Home has enormous intelligence and sensitivity. It's not your ordinary Broadway musical, because it is extraordinary." - Time Out New York, Read More

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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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

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Production

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

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo, Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

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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Casting

2m, 4f, 2boy(s), 1girl(s)
ALISON – 43 years old, a cartoonist
MEDIUM ALISON – 19 years old, a college freshman
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 yard work
MARK – a high school junior
JOAN – a college student
PETE – a mourner
Bobby Jeremy and the Susan Deys, imaginary television characters
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Features Children
  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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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 five 2015 Tony Awards including ...

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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 theMusical; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Twelfth Night (LCT); John Guare’s A Free Man of Color. Delacorte: Mother Co ...

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Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel

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

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