"Fun Home" was a big winner at Sunday night's Tony Awards, with the musical based on Alison Bechdel's celebrated graphic novel picking up five awards, including Best Musical. The production, which had its official Broadway opening on April 19, also saw victories in Best Leading Actor in a Musical for Michael Cerveris's performance as Bechdel's father, Bruce Bechdel; Best Book of a Musical for Lisa Kron; Best Direction of a Musical for Sam Gold; and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) for Jeanine Tesori (music) and Lisa Kron (lyrics).
Like the 2006 graphic novel, "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic," the "Fun Home" musical tells the story of cartoonist Alison Bechdel's younger years including her coming out as a lesbian and her relationship with her father, a closeted gay man who she concludes committed suicide. Development started in 2009, and the musical debuted off-Broadway at The Public Theater in 2013, before premiering at the Circle in the Square Theatre earlier this year.
"Fun Home" was nominated for a total of 12 awards, tied for the most at this year's Tonys along with "An American in Paris." Its five wins ties "Fun Home" with "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" for the most at this year's ceremony.