‘Fun Home’ Wins Tony for Best Musical

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Fun Home, a musical based on the acclaimed graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, has won Best Musical at last night’s Tony Awards ceremony, hosted by Kristen Chenoweth and Alan Cumming.

The show—which chronicles Bechdel’s memories of her childhood and young adulthood, from her own coming out process to her attempts to understand her father’s death (a possible suicide)—was nominated for 12 awards, including two nominations for Best Leading Actress (Beth Malone and Judy Kuhn), and two nominations for Best Featured Actress (Sydney Lucas, who became the youngest Obie winner earlier this year for her role in Fun Home, and Emily Skeggs), in addition to Best Orchestration. Michael Cerveris, who plays Bechdel’s father, won Best Leading Actor in a Musical. In all, Fun Home won five Tony Awards, including Best Direction of a Musical (Sam Gold). The show was also previously nominated for the Pulizer Prize for Drama in 2014.

The show is a string of firsts: Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori were also awarded the Tony for Best Original Score, becoming the first female writing team to win the award. Fun Home is also the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist and has been called ‘the first mainstream musical about a young lesbian.’

Fun Home is currently playing at the Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th Street, New York, NY.


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James Patrick Carraghan is an award-winning activist, writer, librarian and student at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He spends his free time gardening, hording books and flirting. You can follow him on tumblr at http://thelibrarynevercloses.tumblr.com/

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