Fun Home (Broadway)
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Fun Home (Broadway)
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Fun Home (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

90%
(4455 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
3%
Negative
1%
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.

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
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.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
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.

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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.

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
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.

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
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.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
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.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
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

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (50)

Stage Buddy
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 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."
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C
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 Public Theater; it deserves to be the clear favorite for this year’s Tony Award for Best Musical."
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DC Theatre Scene
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 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 to Broadway."
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scribicide
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 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.”
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Off Script with Dan Dwyer
April 28th, 2015

"'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."
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BroadwaySelect
May 16th, 2016

"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."
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As Her World Turns
June 29th, 2015

"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."
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Stu on Broadway
May 5th, 2015

""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."
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