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Fun Home (Broadway)

From 4,442 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Great staging, Intelligent

About the show

Based on Alison Bechdel's graphic-novel memoir, this Tony Award-winning musical is about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. More…

'Fun Home' features Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers, and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways. This intimate and emotional show is performed entirely in the round, giving audiences an intimate theatrical experience. Featuring Tony Award-winning songs by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori.

1h 40m | Already closed | Circle in the Square (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (4442)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Great staging, Intelligent
90
Avg Score

85
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Moving, Unusual

See it if you're open to a moving contemporary story.Liked it better at the Public, but it was still powerful on Broadway. Good songs and performances

Don't see it if you want a strong story arc with a satisfying ending. The end was tacked on, but the show was so great that it didn't matter.

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Overrated, Dated

See it if entertaining, different, off-broadway feel. Interesting, not riveting. Niche story. Great actors!! Cute score. Not memorable.

Don't see it if you like stories with an end (happy or sad). This one ends with no conclusion, catharsis nor deeper self knowledge.

70
Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You enjoy alternative stories about the LGBT community. If you like strong performances by women, Judy Kuhn is wonderful.

Don't see it if You are expecting a big musical with big musical numbers and memorable songs. None of those are present. Which is ok.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You can relate to the feeling of not fitting in or having a parent that didn't get you for no fault of your own.

Don't see it if You can't find any empathy for people battling deamons in their lives.

100
Original, Must see, Riveting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want original, thoughtful, theater. So good!

Don't see it if You are homophobic and unoriginal.

100
Relevant, Original, Heartbreaking, Intense, Lovely

See it if You want to fall in love with the characters and feel their struggle, tenderness, joy, anguish and grief.

Don't see it if You would rather avoid the topics of coming out and suicide. It's worth it - see it before it closes!! I saw it twice.

95
Intelligent, Original, Entertaining, Moving, Absorbing

See it if you seek a refreshing, moving, thoughtful family drama & coming-of-age story. The focus may be on gay themes, but the story is universal.

Don't see it if you are okay with missing out on one of the most original musicals on (or Off) Broadway.

85
Intelligent, Relevant, Original, Ambitious, Cold

See it if you're dying to hear gay stories told on stage in sensitive, truthful ways.

Don't see it if you like a show to have super clear story-telling and lots of warm energy.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Profound

See it if you like innovative musical theater that explores difficult topics in an intelligent and warm way, like a great score and intense perfs

Don't see it if you are turned off by shows dealing with gay men and lesbians, expect big elaborate production numbers, don't like chamber musicals

96
Brilliant new approach2 musical storytelling

See it if you want to see musical that makes idiosyncratic tale of family dysfunction universally heartbreaking thru stagecraft, lyrics, performance.

Don't see it if you want to hear hummable melodies or are put off by overtly LGBT story.

97
Must see, Original, Profound

See it if You enjoy great storytelling, amazing acting & deeply moving, personal songs.

Don't see it if You hate musicals.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Original, Profound, Resonant

See it if you like a personal, intimate story with plenty of heart.

Don't see it if you don't like gay themes.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You want to experience a different, incredibly well-written musical that isn't big and flashy.

Don't see it if You're looking for a big Broadway show for the whole family.

100
Clever, Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging, Must see

See it if Exploring the drama and pain of non traditional sexual life styles in an original and brilliantly written musical is an idea that appeals.

Don't see it if You can't deal with shows whose theme and storyline is the "I Am What I Am" of alternative life styles and all that implies.

96
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Want to feel the emotions of the 21st century family unit, learn tolerance and hear a brilliant ensemble sing beautiful music

Don't see it if You are intolerant, do not like sexuality in a play, are very religious.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Masterful

See it if you want to see a show with heart, great direction, staging and acting; see it if you like intricate relationships and complex family issues

Don't see it if you're looking for a light romp, comedy or fantasy. Don't see it if provocative theater is not your cup of tea.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you want to be moved by a universal family story.

Don't see it if you look for dancing girls and large ensembles.

89
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy musicals which don't fit the "mold" of a Broadway song and dance format. You enjoy intelligent and thought provoking content.

Don't see it if you are homophobic, judgmental, or enjoy only "big stage" type musicals with lots of dancing and little to challenge your mind.

100
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Must see

See it if You love beautiful writing, acting, staging and music. Quite extraordinary.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable watching theater with gay characters.

88
Intelligent, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see an original musical with a superb cast and darker, deeper subject matter than your typical musical

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for an intense, often somber show

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Intelligent, Original

See it if You want to experience great acting in an intense story of family and self awareness.

Don't see it if You're homophobic.

87
Clever, Great staging, Original

See it if You don't go for the song and dance of "traditional" musicals. This is a beautifully told story of a woman's life without a chorus line.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional musical with song/dance/and a chorus.

88
Original sweet touching thoughtful

See it if an offbeat, original musical about an unusual family strikes your fancy. Difficulties handled in a sensitive, touching way.

Don't see it if you want a traditional Broadway musical.

82
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Original

See it if An ansorbing, interesting story performed by very gifted actors. Catchy tunes. Touching and heartwarming.

Don't see it if If gay themes, especially those involving children disturb or upset you.

90
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if you like well done serious family dramas addressing sensitive issues.

Don't see it if you do not like to confromt serious difficult issues.


September 14th, 2015
"The truth is that as personal as Bechdel’s tragic tale can be, it’s also a universal story of children refusing to believe that, hard as they try, they might never have the last word when it comes to their parents. It’s fitting that the show closes with a small moment in which little Alison and ...
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November 17th, 2015
"Alison Bechdel’s provocative tale has now been translated to the stage in the extremely ambitious, extremely moving musical 'Fun Home.' While this show is hardly standard Broadway fare, this production, directed with great acuity by Sam Gold, is not just better than it was over a year ago at the...
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April 27th, 2015
"'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 ...
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April 29th, 2015
“Why make Fun Home into a musical if you are going to strip away what makes it Fun Home? There is some literary name-dropping, but nothing on the intertextual level of Ms. Bechdel’s comic, and obviously the unique graphic element is lost on stage. What was a text about much more than just being g...
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