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The Reviews for Fun Home are In…

Photo by Sara Krulwich

Photo by Sara Krulwich

The reviews for Fun Home are in, and the critics agree that this may just – actually – be the best musical on Broadway this season.  Based on a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, this new musical by Jeanine Tesori (music) and Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) is actually a journey through Bechdel’s personal memories, a journey meant to uncover truths about her family and upbringing and, ultimately, herself.  Though the elevator speech may sound unoriginal, the production defies expectations.  The creative direction is imaginatively conceived and impeccably executed: dialogue and songs blend masterfully, music complements textual storytelling, and scenery and lighting design capture the essence of an emotional journey through the years.  Powerful performances abound, but Beth Malone (as adult Alison) and Michael Cerveris (as Bruce) are powerful stand-outs. Fun Home plays at Circle in the Square and it comes highly recommended.

 

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW

“Fun Home” knows where you live. Granted, it’s unlikely that many details of your childhood exactly resemble those of the narrator of this extraordinary musical, which pumps oxygenating fresh air into the cultural recycling center that is Broadway. Yet this impeccably shaded portrait of a girl and her father … 

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TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW

Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist: It’s her job to fit stories into boxes. But her own life story resists easy lines. Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s “Fun Home,” based on Bechdel’s graphic memoir, gracefully and movingly contrasts two narratives. One is about Alison (played as an adult by Beth Malone, as a college … 

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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW

Perhaps the most over-trafficked subject matter among contemporary American dramatists is the dysfunctional family. So one of the many wonders of the haunting musical “Fun Home” is the unique perspective it brings to that theme, in a deeply personal story that marries the specificity of individual experience with … 

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HUFFINGTON POST REVIEW

Last season’s best off-Broadway musical is now this season’s best Broadway musical. “Fun Home” is the best Broadway musical in years. Don’t let the subject matter fool you. You might have heard that the Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical, adapted from the autobiographical “graphic novel” by Alison Bechdel, is about … 

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NBC NEW YORK REVIEW

“Fun Home” is a delicate portrait of family dysfunction that has only gotten richer in the 18 months since it premiered at The Public Theater. Many members of the Off-Broadway cast return for the Circle in the Square transfer, including Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas, Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn. Heralded as the … 

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