Alison Bechdel’s ‘Fun Home’ Musical to Premiere in New York


Finally, some news for fans of musical theater and comics who weren’t impressed by Julie Taymor and U2’s endless Spider-man disaster: Alison Bechdel’s genre-defining 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is about to make its stage debut. For those who aren’t familiar with its plot, the book — which happens to be one of our favorite memoirs of all time — follows Alison’s childhood, and particularly her fraught relationship with her controlling, closeted father. Featuring music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and Sam Gold (recently of the acclaimed Broadway play Seminar), the show was incubated at the Sundance Institute and will run in New York from October 17th through November 4th as part of The Public Theater’s Public Lab program. [via ArtsBeat]