Five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fun Home, based on the celebrated 2006 graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, will get its much-anticipated UK premiere at the Young Vic in the new year, as part of the final season programmed by outgoing artistic director David Lan.
The musical’s original New York director Sam Gold will make his Young Vic debut helming the London premiere with a UK cast. It will run 18 June to 1 September 2018, with a press night on 27 June.
Fun Home, which has music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, made a sensational debut at The Public Theater in New York in October 2013, followed by a triumphant Broadway run that won five Tony Awards, and a successful US national tour.
Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely complicated family – her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Lisa Kron wrote the book and lyrics for Fun Home which won five 2015 Tony awards including Best Book, Score and Musical, and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her other plays include In The Wake, Well, 2.5 Minute Ride (Obie). As an actor she received a Tony nomination for her performance in Well and a Lortel Award for her turn as Mrs. Mi-Tzu and Mrs. Yang in the Foundry’s acclaimed production of Good Person of Szechuan. She is the recipient of Guggenheim, Sundance and MacDowell fellowships, a Doris Duke Performing Artists Award, Cal Arts/Alpert and Helen Merrill Awards, the Kleban Prize, and grants from Creative Capital and NYFA. She is a founding member of the OBIE- and Bessie-Award-winning collaborative theater company The Five Lesbian Broth-ers and serves on the boards of the MacDowell Colony and the Sundance Institute, and on the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Jeanine Tesori was awarded a Tony Award for Best Original Score for Fun Home. For Broadway her credits in-clude:Violet (American Airlines Theatre); Caroline, or Change (Eugene O’Neil Theatre, National Theatre); Shrek the Musical(Broadway Theatre, US National Tour, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, UK tour); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Marquis, Shaftesbury Theatre, UK tour); Twelfth Night (LCT); John Guare’s A Free Man of Color (Vivian Beaumont Theatre) Mother Courage starring Meryl Streep (Delacorte). Opera credits include: A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (libretto, Tony Kushner; Glimmerglass); The Lion, the Unicorn and Me (libretto, J.D. McClatchy; Washington National Opera). Her songs are featured in the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls. She is the artistic director/co-founder of A Broader Way, an arts empowerment program for girls from underserved communities; the founding artistic director of Encores! Off-Center.