Broadway’s first mainstream musical featuring a lesbian protagonist, Fun Home, made history at Sunday’s 69th Annual Tony Awards, winning 5 awards including the night’s top prize, best musical, and an award for leading actor Michael Cerveris. Based on the 2006 graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel, Fun Home follows Alison at three stages of her life as she explores her sexuality and deals with the death of her father, who himself was closeted and committed suicide soon after Alison came out to him. dapperQs can relate to many of the themes in Fun Home, including Alison’s “struggles to emphasize her masculinity while her father struggles to prevent her from expressing it.” One of the most moving moments in the musical is when, while at a restaurant with her father, young Alison performs the song “Ring of Keys,” an ode to a butch delivery woman with whom young Alison feels inexplicable kinship.
The dapperQ staff saw Fun Home during its opening week and were absolutely blown away by the extraordinary story and powerhouse performances. If you haven’t gone, get there! Big contrats to Fun Home!
Now playing at:
Circle In The Square Theatre
235 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10019