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Fun Home: Is The World Ready for a Musical About a Butch Lesbian?

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 prepare their version of Fun Home for its Oct. 22 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.

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“Nothing takes you inside the soul of a human being like a musical does,” Kron, who wrote the show’s book and lyrics, told me a few days before previews began on Sept. 30. “Are people willing to go there with people who are always on the outskirts, particularly of this form?” After five years’ work on their adaptation, she and composer Tesori certainly hope so.

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