The National Tour Company of Fun Home. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Nipping right at the heels of the 2015 Tony Award Winner for Best Play is the 2015 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical: Fun Home. This musical has an unusual origin: it’s an adaptation of a graphic novel-memoir by a famous cartoonist, Alison Bechdel. Many strips from Bechdel’s groundbreaking, nationally syndicated cartoon strip Dykes to Watch Out For were written while Bechdel was living in St. Paul, MN, including the strips that introduced the now infamous Bechdel Test. Bechdel herself earned a 2014 MacArthur Genius Award; Fun Home is her autobiographical memoir of coming out as a lesbian. The source graphic novel was named one of the best books of 2006 by the New York Times, Salon, Time, and others.
Here’s a look at the award-winning musical adaptation of Fun Home that opens at the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday, 12/13. All photos by Joan Marcus: