Coming-out musical ‘Fun Home’ gets rousing welcome on Broadway

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Broadway welcomed its first lesbian lead character in the musical “Fun Home” with open arms. Critics gave the show glowing reviews, praising the groundbreaking show for its originality and

Coming-out musical ‘Fun Home’ gets rousing welcome on Broadway

Broadway welcomed its first lesbian lead character in the musical “Fun Home” with open arms.

Critics gave the show glowing reviews, praising the groundbreaking show for its originality and sensitivity.

The musical was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama and enjoyed a sold-out, extended run Off Broadway.

It is based on the best-selling graphic memoir, “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” by lesbian writer/cartoonist Alison Bechdel about her dysfunctional family and childhood in rural Pennsylvania in a funeral home run by her father, a closeted gay man who also taught English.

Bechdel, played by three actresses at different times in her life, comes to terms with her own sexuality and her difficult relationship with her father in the non-linear musical.

The New York Times described it “an extraordinary musical, which pumps oxygenating fresh air into the cultural recycling center that is Broadway,” while the trade magazine Variety dubbed it “New! Fresh! Original!”

“Each performance brings something distinctive yet inextricably interrelated to the role,” said “The Hollywood Reporter.”

The Hollywood Reporter said “Fun Home” is a risky production for Broadway, which tends to be mainstream – “but for anyone who cares about adventurous musical theater, it’s not to be missed.”

Fun Home is playing at the Circle in the Square Theater.

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