Fun Home (Tesori/Kron) 2013 Off-Broadway Cast Recording (Judy Kuhn)
Is America ready for a musical about a middle-aged, butch lesbian? That’s the question on the minds of Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori as they prepared their version of Fun Home for its Oct. 22, 2013 premiere at New York’s Public Theater. Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, Fun Home tells the story of Alison’s coming out to her parents, and of her father Bruce’s suicide a few months later.
From four-time Tony Award-nominated composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change) and Tony-nominee Lisa Kron (In The Wake, Well) comes a fresh, daring new musical based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. 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. Directed by Sam Gold, FUN HOME is a groundbreaking, world-premiere musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
“A BEAUTIFUL HEARTBREAKER OF A MUSICAL! Splendidly directed by Sam Gold, Lisa Kron’s book and lyrics are resonantly precise, and Jeanine Tesori’s score is her best and most varied to date. FUN HOME LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT.”
- The New York Times
“ACHINGLY BEAUTIFUL! Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron have made something special. Beth Malone, Alexandra Socha, and Sydney Lucas are wonderful as the three Alisons, and Judy Kuhn is lump-in-your throat poignant!”
- New York Daily News
“Inventive and sensitive staging from Sam Gold – Michael Cerveris gives a performance of POWERFUL DELICACY AND PATHOS!”
- Bloomberg News
“Lisa Kron’s direct, poignant libretto and Jeanine Tesori’s expressive, multifarious music make lesbian identity legible onstage.”
- Time Out New York
“A MIRACLE! A cast of singing actors doing some of THE BEST WORK OF THEIR CAREERS.”
- New York Magazine
“WARM, FUNNY, HEARTBREAKING! “
- New York Observer
1. It All Comes Back (Opening)
2. "Sometimes my father appeared to enjoy having children…"
3. Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue
4. Not Too Bad
5. "Just had a good talk with Dad…"
6. Come to the Fun Home
7. Helen's Etude
8. "Thanks for the care package…"
9. Al for Short
10. Changing My Major
11. "I leapt out of the closet…"
13. "Read a book…"
14. Raincoat of Love
15. "I need more coffee…"
16. Ring of Keys
17. "Let me introduce you to my gay dad…"
18. "Shortly after we were married…"
19. Days and Days
20. "You ready to go for that drive?..."
21. Telephone Wire
22. "It was great to have you home…"
23. Edges of the World
24. "This is what I have of you…"
25. Flying Away (Finale)