'Fun Home' musical adaptation earns 12 Tony nominations

Fun Home, the musical based on Alison Bechdel's acclaimed 2006 graphic memoir, this morning scored 12 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, tying with An American in Paris to lead the field.

Adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, the stage production, like the graphic novel, is an account of Bechdel's childhood with a closeted gay father, his apparent suicide and her own coming out as a lesbian.

The musical also earned nods for Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Michael Cerveris), Best Leading Actress (Beth Malone), Best Book (Lisa Kron), Best Original Score (music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Lisa Kron), Best Featured Actress (Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas and Emily Skeggs), Best Scenic Design (David Zinn), Best Lighting Design (Ben Stanton), Best Direction (Sam Gold) and Best Orchestrations (John Clancy).

Developed between 2009 and 2012, Fun Home opened Off-Broadway in September 2013 at The Public Theater in New York City to positive reviews, and was named a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The production was brought to the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, in April 2014 for special performances amid a legislative controversy over the memoir being selected for the school's summer reading program.

Fun Home began previews March 27 at the Circle in the Square Theatre before officially opening April 19.


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