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Fun Home to Open at Circle in the Square on April 22nd

mFabila
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And the Tony goes to...
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SonofRobbieJ
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How wonderful!

The coronary this will cause in After Eight is just a delightful side benefit.
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FloydJoe2
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Circle in the Square will now have 3 successful shows in a row...I think that's a personal record!
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haterobics
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Awesome, saw this twice at the Public, and am totally ready to see it again...
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Kad
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It's a bit early to call the Broadway run of Fun Home successful. Although it is a top-notch piece of musical theatre, it is going to be a hard sell.

Squeezing in just before the Tony deadline is absolutely the best scheduling choice it could make.
Updated On: 8/7/14 at 02:48 PM
mFabila
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‘Fun Home’ Will Reach Broadway Just Before Tonys Deadline
By PATRICK HEALY
AUGUST 7, 2014
The new musical “Fun Home,” which had a critically acclaimed run last fall at the Public Theater, will move to Broadway this spring, the producers announced on Thursday. The show, about a young woman awakening to her sexuality and to her father’s secrets, is scheduled to begin preview performances on April 4 at Circle in the Square Theater and hold its opening night on April 22. The deadline for potential Tony Award nominees is typically at the end of April.

Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling memoir, which was largely told through comic-book panels, “Fun Home” has music by Jeanine Tesori (“Violet,” “Caroline, or Change”) and a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron (“Well,” “In the Wake”). The director will again be Obie winner Sam Gold. Casting for Broadway will be announced later; the Public production featured Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn, as well as three actresses playing the character of Alison at different ages.

“Fun Home” is an expected but nonetheless major entry to the new musical lineup for Broadway this season. The production at the Public was honored with best musical awards this year by several theater groups, including the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in drama.

Three other new musicals have announced Broadway runs in the months to come: “The Last Ship,” with music by Sting; “Honeymoon in Vegas,” based on a 1992 movie; and “An American in Paris,” an adaptation of the 1951 Gene Kelly film. Additional possibilities include “Finding Neverland,” a musical adaptation of the 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp; Harvey Weinstein is producing the show, which is running this summer at the American Repertory Theater.

The subject matter of “Fun Home,” which also includes death and marital discord, will make the show’s commercial success dependent on serious-minded theatergoers and adult ticket-buyers. New Broadway musicals nowadays are typically geared toward families and tourists who make up the bulk of audiences, and shows tend to be based on popular movies (like “Aladdin”) and well-known books (like “Matilda the Musical”).

“Fun Home” drew sizable audiences to its 499-seat theater at the Public; it will have between 700 and 800 seats to fill at Circle in the Square. The Broadway production will be capitalized at a relatively modest $5 million. The lead producers will be Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson of Fox Theatricals and Barbara Whitman.
BroadwayBen
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YES! I LOVED this show at The Public. I'm SO happy its coming back.
BroadwayNYC2
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More importantly, Jeanine Tesori will get that Tony
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perfectlymarvelous
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YAY!!!!

Crossing all my fingers and toes that Sydney Lucas stays with the production.
tjberardo
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YES! I sincerely hope the entire cast transfers (really crossing my fingers that the extraordinary Sydney Lucas hasn't aged out of the role and that Alexandra Socha comes back). Seems like they chose the perfect theater and timing for the show to open. Selfishly, I'd like to see it again because John Lithgow blocked my view for most of the show, although this is a funny, ridiculous, and worthwhile reason to have missed seeing some of the action. :)
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MaddieBB12
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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Will they use the thrust stage of go in the round?
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WayTooBroadway
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A tad bummed this isn't BREAKING NEWS yet.
"When the audience comes in, it changes the temperature of what you've written." -Stephen Sondheim
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broadwaybelter
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YES all over.
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mjohnson2
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I dislike this show the more and more I think about it, but it will be nice to see it again to reassess an opinion.
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macnyc
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YAY YAY YAY YAY!

(Sorry for shouting…)

YAY YAY YAY!!!

I hope the original cast all returns, especially Sydney.

Updated On: 8/7/14 at 03:27 PM
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tazber
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Wonderful!

One of the best shows I've seen in awhile.

....but the world goes 'round
DaveyG
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Loved this show. Rooting for Tesori to finally win the Tony this year!
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VotePeron
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I saw this at the public and am obsessed. Can we chat a little about how it will work in that space? Because I don't seem to understand....
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macnyc
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^^^ Good question. I hope they can keep the turntable, but that will work very differently in the round.
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Poor decision regarding theatre, I would of thought the Booth would of been better suited.

With the London transfer of View From The Bridge, The Crucible and A Streetcar Named Desire ideally suited for the Circle in the Square.
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Poor decision regarding theatre, I would of thought the Booth would of been better suited.

With the London transfer of View From The Bridge, The Crucible and A Streetcar Named Desire ideally suited for the Circle in the Square.
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda***** 39 Steps**** Another Country** Handbagged** Two Into One*** The Beautiful Game***** Let The Right One In**** Once**** Privacy***** Home** Best of Friends** Avenue Q*** Good People***** Betty Blue Eyes*** (Tour: Salisbury Playhouse) I Can't Sing* A View From The Bridge***** Water Babies **** (Tour: Leicester Curve) Miss Saigon***** In The Heights*** The Testament of Mary*** This May Hurt A Bit*** The Last 5 Years* (Greenwich Theatre) All My Sons*** Happy Days** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels**** Bakersfield Mist**** Ushers** The Pajama Game*** Evita*** (Tour: Orchard Theatre, Dartford)Fings Ain't What They Used To Be**** Billy Elliot***** Titus Andronicus**** 1984*** Clarence Darrow**** Miss Saigon***** A Small Family Business*** Things We Do For Love**** Hobson's Choice*** Rock of Ages*** (Tour: Churchill Theatre, Bromley) Zanna, Don't!*** The Silver Tassie** Bring Up The Bodies** Forbidden Broadway**** Carousel**** Hotel*** The Crucible**** Annie Get Your Gun*** (Churchill Theatre, Bromley) Medea*** The Importance of Being Earnest*** The Pajama Game*** Skylight**** Pacific Overtures** The Invincibles*** Julius Ceasar*** Porgy and Bess**** Dessa Rose** Great Britain**** One Man, Two Guvnors**** (Tour: Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Dogfight** My Night With Reg*** Book of Mormon***** Richard III**** See Rock City** Guys and Dolls*** Wicked* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory*** The Apple Tree*** The Jersey Boys*** Miss Saigon***** Matilda***** A Streetcar Named Desire**** The Dreamling** The Play That Went Wrong*** The Phantom of the Opera**** Fully Committed*** Bedroom Farce**** (Salisbury Playhouse) Sweeney Todd**** King Charles III*** Here Lies Love**** The Vertical Hour**** Love Story***** Altar Boys*** Evita**** Next Fall***** Cat On A Hot Tin Roof***** (Tour: Royal Deansgate, Northampton) Memphis*** The Scottsboro Boys**** Shakespeare In Love* Neville's Island*** East Is East**** Evita**** Into The Woods*** Gypsy***** (Chichester) Billy Elliot*****
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CATSNYrevival
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Seeing as how sping is nearly a year away I'm going to be cautiously optimistic that this will actually even open. But yay.
That's right! Underscore mother-fu@#ers!
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Kad
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I see no reason why this show couldn't fit comfortably in the Circle's thrust configuration.

Also: why wouldn't this open? The money, per the article, is already in place.
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haterobics
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When Phantom of London double posts, it takes the space of 8 normal-sized posts...
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But aren't you glad to know every show he ever thought about seeing?

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