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Fun Home to close on 10 September 2016 on Broadway

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The 2015 Tony Award-winning best musical Fun Home will play its final performance at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre on 10 September 2016. Upon closing, it will have played a total of 608 performances at the venue, as well as 114 off-Broadway at The Public Theater. The show's first North American Tour will begin in October 2016.

Producers Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson and Barbara Whitman released the following statement:

"Fun Home has been a small miracle since our first preview at The Public Theater. We're incredibly proud and grateful that this show has had universal acclaim and such an extended life. We're thrilled that Fun Home will now head out across the country this fall, and thousands of others will get to experience this truly extraordinary production."
Fun Home officially opened to rave reviews on 22 April 2015, following previews from 4 April, and was previously booking through to 9 October 2016.

The musical, which features music by Tony winner Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Tony winner Lisa Kron, was originally produced by The Public Theater in October 2013, where it extended its limited run three times due to popular demand. During both its Broadway and off-Broadway tenures it has picked up five Tony Awards in 2015 (including Best Musical), as well as OBIE, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Off Broadway Alliance Awards in the 2013-2014 season. The show was also a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Synopsis: "Fun Home is based on Alison Bechdel's autobiographical, best-selling graphic novel. After her father dies unexpectedly, 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."

The principal cast of Fun Home currently includes two-time Tony winner Michael Cerveris (Bruce Bechdel), four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn (Helen Bechdel), Tony nominee Beth Malone (Alison), Emily Skeggs (Medium Alison), Gabriella Pizzolo (Small Alison), Roberta Colindrez (Joan), Zell Steele Morrow (John), Joel Perez (Roy) and Oscar Williams (Christian).

Directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, the creative team behind the musical features choreography by Danny Mefford, set and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Kai Harada and musical direction by Chris Fenwick.

Fun Home is produced on Broadway by Fox Theatricals and Barbara Whitman, along with Carole Shorenstein Hays, Tom Casserly, Paula Marie Black, Latitude Link, Terry Schnuck/Jack Lane, The Forstalls, Nathan Vernon, Mint Theatricals, Elizabeth Armstrong, JAM Theatricals and Delman Whitney.

- by Tom Millward

Judy Kuhn (Helen), Oscar Williams (Christian), Zell Steele Morrow (John), Sydney Lucas (Alison) & Michael Cerveris (Bruce Bechdel) in Fun Home More production photos

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