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Fun Home (Broadway)

From 50 critic and 4,436 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)

DC Theatre Scene

"'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

Stage Buddy

"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

As Her World Turns

"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

Stu on Broadway

""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

Off Script with Dan Dwyer

"'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

Hot Pepper Theater

"The set is beautiful and allows for these seamless transitions that allow this theme of memory and this swirling vortex of Alison's life. The show is beautiful, you should really see it." 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 New York Times

"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

AM New York

"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


"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

The Huffington Post

"'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

On Stage Blog

"This is a brilliant musical production about self-discovery, elation, anguish, and defeat. It is easily one of the best shows on Broadway right now...This musical is innovative yet universal in its subject matter...This is a gem of a show that needs to be seen and heard." Full Review


"It was an amazing show. Absolutely fantastic in every way...As a musical adaptation of a graphic novel, it was enormously successful...The scenes of identity and sexual awakening resonate like crazy for me…and based on the reactions of the audience, for many...I have only one thing left to say. If you can see this play, go see this play." Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"'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


"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

Time Out New York

'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

New York Daily News

"'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

The Wrap

"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

The Hollywood Reporter

"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


"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

Chicago Tribune

"'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


"'Fun Home' has only gotten richer...'Fun Home' is a masterful achievement—a tragic musical about learning to see one’s parents as flawed human beings, and a story as raw and real as any on stage." Full Review


"The author’s coming-of-age story comes vividly to life in a new musical — one of the most stirring and inventive on Broadway in years...Dynamically staged in the round, the production has the nostalgic palette of a ‘70s photo — as though we are watching Alison thumb through a family album. By the end, you may feel you know the family as well as if the album belonged to you — their story may be a far cry from yours, but its extraordinary telling touches on emotional truths that will hit home ... Full Review

Relevant, Resonant, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want a powerful musical. Great staging (in the round).

Don't see it if You don’t want to see an LGBT-themed show.

Resonant, Funny, Clever, Great acting, Tear jerking

See it if You like shows that run the gamut from funny to so sad. It's honest and beautifully acted and designed.

Don't see it if You don't want to cry, because you will. If you're uncomfortable with suicide.

Delightful, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing, Original

See it if You feel strongly about supporting LGBT issues. A beautifully touching story of family and identity.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with issues of sexuality.

Absorbing, Profound, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want a stunningly beautiful story of a gay woman growing up with her closeted-gay father with amazing acting, beautiful staging

Don't see it if You're homophobic, if suicide will trigger you

Exquisite, Epic, Intense, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a deep and meaningful story that is almost guaranteed to make you shed a couple tears!

Don't see it if You want a more light-hearted show

Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want a musical that will make you laugh as hard as you cry, you like unique coming out stories, or you are aching for gay representation

Don't see it if you don't want an incredible, engaging, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching night at the theater

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Quirky, Riveting

See it if You enjoy a coming of age story, realistic plot (the ups and downs of life), and/or [good] representation especially of gay men & women.

Don't see it if You don't like small theatres where you as a viewer circles the stage, suicide is triggering for you, you don't like songs about sex.

Relevant, Masterful, Must see, Intense, Profound

See it if You like good theatre

Don't see it if If you like bad theatre

Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see one of the best musicals of this century.

Don't see it if You don't care about great theatre

Also Fun Home is a brilliant musical. The score is great, the cast is great... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if you love theater, need something to cry over, love LGBT themed musicals, love musicals, or need to go to the theater for anything

Don't see it if you hate LGBT themed shows, have little children, even though it close it's going to London it's one of the best shows there is, go see it

Riveting, Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a great, original musical that takes on dark themes about family, identity and confronting your past, with a great score.

Don't see it if You're not interested in the show's subject matter; you don't like musicals; you prefer more lighthearted shows.

Also One of the best musicals of the past few years. Very powerful and reso... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to be enchanted by a beautiful story

Don't see it if Are you crazy? Are you still there?

Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Intelligent

See it if You love a brilliant musical that is also intelligent, thoughtful, a little heart-breaking, and created by women.

Don't see it if You're homophobic.

Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound

See it if You want a unique musical experience.

Don't see it if You lean towards more traditional musicals.

Exquisite, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if Everyone should see this show. It has something for everyone and you could learn a thing or two from it. An all around incredible show.

Don't see it if Everyone should see this show.

Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Quirky

See it if You want more gender and sexual diversity on Broadway and like seeing shows in the round.

Don't see it if you are offended by anything regarding LGBT issues.

Must see, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate musical theatre's ability to address relevant issues, and to transcend what is expected from a traditional musical.

Don't see it if You only like traditional musical theatre.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if I fell in love this this story, this cast, this album. Attempting to summarize the experience would be an injustice. Very simply, beautiful!

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this show. Everyone can relate, everyone will take something away from the story.

Resonant, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Exquisite

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.

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like musicals with meaning beyond the surface. Great original music and staging. A very deep yet clever show.

Don't see it if You can't go wrong with this show.

Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in a thought provoking show that deals with current issues. A must see for families with LGBTQ family or friends!

Don't see it if You are against LGBTQ rights, issues and the progress made in the past 30 years!

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want to see one of the finest productions of this century.

Don't see it if You are homophobic.

Masterful, Must see, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if Another must see. Fun Home is a true masterpiece like nothing else.

Don't see it if If you don't have a heart or don't like lesbians.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever, Profound

See it if you want an entertaining, heart-warming and thought-provoking performance to watch.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with sexual differences.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if want your heart ripped out. Probably one of the most thought-provoking musicals of our time.

Don't see it if you would prefer to see a silly and frivolous musical. Go see something else that night, but definitely come back and see it later.

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