Broadway gets its first lead lesbian character in quirky musical Fun Home
Broadway will get its first lead lesbian character when the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's memoir Fun Home begins next month.
Based on Alison Bechdel's award-winning graphic novel, Fun Home examines the dysfunctional relationship between writer and illustrator Alison Bechdel, her family and the relationship she had with her closeted father who ran a funeral home. And if that's not a plot, I don't know what is - no pun intended.
The production features an all-star cast and was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Three actresses tackle the role of Alison Bechdel as a child, college student and adult with out actress Beth Malone playing the adult Alison while Emily Skeggs and Sydney Lucas play the younger roles. Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris plays the role of father Bruce Bechdel.
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Director Sam Gold noted how important it was for this particular narrative to be told.
"It is the first lesbian lead character in the history of musical theater and that is a story that needs to be told," director Sam Gold said in an interview. "It feels like a very good time in our culture to give voice to that character."
[Top image] Production still from Fun Home. Photo: Geeksout.org