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Tony-Winning Musical 'Fun Home' Closing on Broadway in September



    Joan Marcus
    Gabriella Pizzolo and Beth Malone in "Fun Home."

    "Fun Home," the biographical musical based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir of the same name, will play its final performance at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Sept. 10 after 18 months on Broadway.

    At the time of its closing, the show will have played 26 preview and 582 regular performances.

    Featuring music by Jeanine Tesori ("Violet") and a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron ("Well"), "Fun Home" made history, becoming the first musical with a lesbian protagonist to play Broadway, and the first musical written by women to win the top honor at the Tony Awards.

    Sales for "Fun Home" have been on a steady decline over the past few months, earning less than 40 percent of its potential $794,880 gross last week, according to numbers reported by the Broadway League. Still, the show recouped its entire investment at the end of last year -- a rare feat for a Broadway show.

    "'Fun Home' has been a small miracle since our first preview at The Public Theater," producers said in a statement. "We're incredibly proud and grateful that this show has had universal acclaim and such an extended life."

    Directed by Tony winner Sam Gold ("Seminar"), "Fun Home" tells the story of Alison Bechdel's complicated relationship with her father (Tony winner Michael Cerveris) -- a closeted homosexual who would go on to kill himself months after she came out. With much of the story told in flashback, three actresses play the role of Alison: Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs and Gabriella Pizzolo.

    A North American tour will launch in Cleveland, Ohio this October, stopping at more than 40 cities along its first year, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

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