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"'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 almost inexpressibly heartbreaking show I saw Off-Broadway at the Public Theater a couple of years ago. And it is now one of those rare Off-Broadway musicals that actually improves when it transfers t... Full Review
"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 Public Theater; it deserves to be the clear favorite for this year’s Tony Award for Best Musical." Full Review
"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 her father were as close as they ever would be. Sometimes it’s surprising to realize which things we remember vividly and which fade away." Full Review
"It’s a beautiful tangle of a story expertly staged by director Sam Gold. This theater is in the round, and it’s one of the smallest houses on Broadway so the show feels incredibly and appropriately intimate...I could go on and on about this show — how important it is for audiences to see, how it’s making commercial Broadway more relevant — but I think you get the point. 'Fun Home' is a special, special show." Full Review
"'Fun Home' compellingly conveys for an entire generation of gay men and women what being 'different' and what coming out was like...What emerges uniquely is a portrait of three individuals trapped in a time when there were no guidelines or role models for the personal crisis each of them faced individually...The cast is uniformly effective...'Fun Home' is a heartfelt, moving memoir of self-discovery." Full Review
"There would have been a time when Alison Bechdel’s frank graphic-memoir would have never been considered for musicalization. But in these more enlightened times for both society and musical theater, Tesori and bookwriter-lyricist Lisa Kron were able to tackle the subject – and succeed mightily...Among the newcomers are Gabriella Pizzolo, Cole Grey and Zell Steele Morrow as the Bechdel tots...They’re delightful and hilarious in the show’s title song." Full Review
“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 gay, is here simply a coming out narrative. There’s nothing wrong with that, but what I know to be a funny, moving, and endlessly smart story is reflected back at me as fairly average Broadway fare.” Full Review
""The book is tightly structured with well-defined characters mined from the graphic novel...The music is the best new score on Broadway...Director Sam Gold has put together a polished production that is passionate, energized and sensitively mines the emotional depths of the musical." Full Review
"I fell hard for 'Fun Home' when I first saw it, and had worried that this rare beauty might be damaged in its relocation. But this production has only improved, not least because of its having to be reimagined for a theater-in-the-round space. The audience becomes part of the Bechdel family circle. For better or worse — we’re home." Full Review
"'Fun Home' has its weaknesses. The in-the-round staging often leaves you staring at an actor’s back. And as appealing as the Alisons are — all three actresses are perfect — the torment of the unhappy parents makes them more interesting characters...Still, 'Fun Home' is an important show. That it managed to make it to Broadway at all is a reason to rejoice." Full Review
"New! Fresh! Original!...Lisa Kron assembles words and images in unexpected ways to dramatize the bittersweet memoir...Sam Gold’s direction brings lucidity to the complex mechanics of staging a story that takes place in three time frames. And Jeanine Tesori’s haunting music doesn’t sound a bit like anyone else’s. " Full Review
'Fun Home' is a thing of rare beauty: a Broadway musical of enormous intelligence and sensitivity. The libretto grabs you with humor, irony and poignant detail; the music moves with great skill from tuneful pastiche to striking dramatic force...'Fun Home' is not your ordinary Broadway musical, because it is extraordinary." Full Review
"There's always a hint of worry when an off-Broadway show transfers to Broadway. Will it lose the magic? Does it have what it takes to survive? In the case of 'Fun Home,' the answers are: 'heck no' and 'yes!' In fact, the thrilling nature of this groundbreaking look at adolescence has increased with its move...'Fun Home' is absolutely mind-blowing." Full Review
"Both Alison and her father sing, in heartfelt tones: 'I want to know what’s true/ Dig deep into who/ And what and why and when.' The Broadway 'Fun Home' still leaves a lot of those interrogatives unanswered, yet it’s remarkably gratifying, often heartrending, and fiercely humane." Full Review
"'Fun Home' is the best Broadway musical in years. 'Fun Home' is an emotional roller-coaster ride, a grippingly heartwarming story mixed with some of the most smart and joyful musical numbers on Broadway...To those who think that 'Fun Home' doesn't sound like their sort of entertainment: this is musical theatre at its best, so go anyway. You're likely to be surprised, and thrilled, and enthralled." Full Review
"Despite all that’s excellent about 'Fun Home,' it stops significantly short of being an excellent musical...Kron and Tesori have accomplished enough to make this one of the season’s few must-sees if you’ve never seen it before. But if 'Fun Home' shows how the illusion of mundanity can become vibrant uniqueness when allowed to flourish as it most desires, that’s a transformation we’re allowed to experience only from a distance." Full Review
"To say that 'Fun Home' is the best new musical of this season would be an understatement. 'Fun Home' is a thoroughly dynamic piece that is just as emotionally piercing, good-humored and enjoyable as it is sharp, focused and culturally conscious. It belongs on the list of the smartest, most innovative musicals written in the past decade." Full Review
"Composer Jeanine Tesori and writer-lyricist Lisa Kron have done something extraordinary here, reshaping cartoonist Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir into an unconventional memory play that seamlessly integrates music and drama...I found it a beguiling experience, almost unbearably poignant at times...For anyone who cares about adventurous musical theater, it's not to be missed." Full Review
"'Fun Home' is still basically what it was when I reviewed it before: the story of a lesbian cartoonist trying to understand her father, who killed himself shortly after revealing to her that he, too, was gay. Back then I called it 'hilarious and crushing,' and it remains so now. Maybe less hilarious and more crushing." Full Review
"'Fun Home' still moves you to your foundations...It’s unconventional grist, but the material is handled with such expertise that it speaks universally about life, love, family, surviving... Be prepared to wipe away tears." Full Review
"'Fun Home', the thoroughly engrossing, poignant show is neither depressing nor prurient. Quite the opposite: The staging by director Sam Gold remains so sensitively compelling that an awkward cast change and an even more awkward space have barely diminished the power of the show...'Fun Home' is a marvelous achievement, full of humor as well as rue. Its 100 transporting minutes fly by and then it’s gone — not to be forgotten." Full Review
"'Fun Home,' the gorgeously wrought and emotionally overwhelming new musical, is not so much interested in what happens to a loving but riven family, but why it happens, and, yet more important, what you do, as an old child, about the pain of your parents. It's a 100-minute piece that never lets you out of its embrace for a moment." Full Review
"Into a Broadway season dominated by movie retreads comes 'Fun Home,' the grown-up, disturbing, blazingly original heartbreaker. The musical play has lost a bit of close-up intimacy but none of its gripping enchantment in the transfer...This treasure retains the unpretentious feel of director Sam Gold's masterly production." Full Review
"The best new play on Broadway at the moment is Lisa Kron’s book for the musical 'Fun Home.' The mix of book and music cannot be faulted, and it’s not just the songs that linger. Composer Tesori’s use of recitative is sparing and her underscoring for some of Kron’s dialogue is every bit as exquisite as the big arias." Full Review
See it if You're a fan of the original graphic novel or its author, enjoy contemporary and culturally-relevant musicals
Don't see it if You dislike shows with a dated feel, are uncomfortable with homosexual themes
See it if family-themed musicals are relatable. Excellent acting and singing. Great staging in one of my favorite broadway houses. Surprising ending.
Don't see it if you can't handle anything gay-themed. SO much more here. Great score supports the script. Another one that should have stayed around longer.
See it if you are looking to be moved in this fresh new musical that decides to defy the traditional musical style. Very good!
Don't see it if you are turned off by stories of dysfunctional families. Or if you are not a Tesori fan.
See it if This Musical is a bit of a American Tragedy .when people can not be who they are among family and community. Brilliantly performed & sung
Don't see it if If you can't deal with a father that is in the closet and abandons the family. It's a remarkable heavy musical
See it if You enjoy LGBTQ themes You like family drama You enjoy a play that can make you cry and smile in the same scene
Don't see it if You are homophobic You get frustrated that even very good Broadway can seem stale compared to off Bway that takes more risks
See it if You're touched by stories of families and the journey of becoming who you are while realizing your parents have their own journeys.
Don't see it if You're not interested in seeing coming out stories, or new musicals with songs you don't yet know. You don't care if a show has won awards.
See it if you want to see the best and most powerful musical ever written. A deep and complex story filled with real emotion.
Don't see it if You do not want any dark subjects in your musicals and only like sunshine and lollipops.
See it if You want to experience an excellent musical with an excellent book and excellent performers. This is a Heart wrenching and lovely show.
Don't see it if You are a homophobe.
See it if you want a solid LGBTQ story, you don't mind doing the work of piecing together a non-linear structure
Don't see it if you're not into modern musicals, you want a nice and neat ending
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
See it if You really love the music (not for me) or you want a story that hinges on its own sense of profundity.
Don't see it if You prefer melodic music, you don't want to hear all of the actors straining to hit notes, you don't like abuse apologists.
See it if You like an original story told in memories. A thought provoking story about an all too typical American family.
Don't see it if You are homophobic, do not like children performing, want a typical musical.
See it if You can! Based on a true story about a closeted gay father and daughter who comes out as a lesbian when she's older, it's unique & great!
Don't see it if If you don't like LGBT themes or musicals, but I would still tell anyone to see it.