“My Dad and I both grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town. And he was gay and I was gay,” Alison explains in the remarkable musical Fun Home. “And he killed himself, and I … became a lesbian cartoonist.” Fun Home is, yes, a musical about a lesbian cartoonist whose closeted father killed himself, but it is also about how we try to figure out the puzzle of our parents; about how we reassemble our childhood; about memory itself. It remains the inventive, entertaining, in places exhilarating, and almost inexpressibly heartbreaking show I saw Off-Broadway at the Public Theater a couple of years ago. And it is now one of those rare Off-Broadway musicals that actually improves when it transfers to Broadway. This is not despite the theater-in-the-round layout of the Circle in the Square, but in some measure because of it. Below are the photographs from the Broadway production, which has three new performers in its nine-member cast. My review Off-Broadway My Broadway review at DC Theatre Scene
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Fun Home songlist It All Comes Back (Opening) – Full Cast Welcome To Our House on Maple Avenue – Helen, Small Alison, John, Christian, Bruce Come To The Fun Home – Small Alison, John, Christian Helen’s Etude – Helen, Bruce, Roy, Small Alison, John, Christian Party Dress – Small Alison Changing My Major – Medium Alison Maps – Bruce, Medium Alison Raincoat of Love – Full Cast Pony Girl – Bruce Ring of Keys – Small Alison Days and Days – Helen Telephone Wire – Bruce, Alison Edges of the World – Bruce Flying Away (Finale) – Alison, Small Alison, Medium Alison