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

Earlier this year, thanks to Dandy Darkly and his gorgeous husband Bryce, I was given the opportunity to witness a NYC closing night performance of one of the hottest tickets in town.  Sidling up to the likes of Maggie Gyllenhall and Dan Savage, we squeezed into a room brimming with anticipation for the last performance of Fun Home, a musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir telling the story of her coming out to her parents.  And not one of us left disappointed.

At the news that Fun Home will move to the Great White Way and begin previews on April 4, 2015 at Circle in the Square Theater, we revisit this great article about it’s moment earlier this year.

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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