Alison Bechdel's Graphic Novel 'Fun Home' to Become a Stage Musical
Great talent is converging with playwright Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori adapting Alison Bechdel’s critically lauded graphic novel Fun Home to a stage musical via the Sundance Institute Theater Program.
Bechdel created a spot-on microcosm of lesbian life, politics, love and pop culture with her long-running comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” from 1983 – 2008, and while that strip was certainly semi-autobiographical, her graphic novel Fun Home focused on her upbringing in her home that housed the Bechdel Funeral Home and on her relationship with her father.
“My father and I grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town and he was gay and I was gay and he killed himself and I became a lesbian cartoonist,” Bechdel's character says in Fun Home.
Kron is a founding member of the theater company Five Lesbian Brothers and an Obie Award winning playwright for her autobiographical play 2.5 Minute Ride.
Tony nominated composer Tesori won the 1999 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a play with her compositions for Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center and she also picked up the Obie Award for the score for 1997’s off-Broadway show Violet as well as composing 11 new songs for a production of Thouroughly Modern Millie that transferred to Broadway in 2002.
With wildly talented women like Kron and Tesori on tap Fun Home the musical is sure to be a treat for lovers of musical and queer culture alike.