In conjunction with a discussion with the show's creators and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom last night, the Curran Theatre announced that Broadway hit and 2015 Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home is on its way to SF next January in what will be its first touring production. Director Sam Gold, who also took home a Tony last year for this production, will be restaging the show for proscenium stages like the one at the Curran the current production, still running on Broadway, is staged in the round at Circle in the Square Theater and uses a bunch of mobile set devices to accommodate that unique setting.
Fun Home is a unique and uniquely intimate story for a Broadway musical, based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel that became a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. With music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, it tells the story of a family funeral home and the children who grew up there, and the quiet family dramas that occurred around main character Alison realizing she is a lesbian, later coming out to herself and others in college, and looking back on the sadness in her parents' marriage after finding out her father was gay and closeted. It tells the story, also uniquely, showing Alison at three different ages, played by three different actors.
Curran owner and Fun Home producer Carole Shorenstein Hayes is in the midst of both a major renovation and reinvention campaign for the storied 1922-built theater, as we reported here in December. After multiple smaller-scale productions occurring with seating on the stage itself, as part of their Under Construction series this year including a talk and performance with Courtney Love last week the theater is going to reopen in January 2017 as a 1600-seat venue for the kind of edgy, "genre-defying," and more exciting theatrical fare that SF has had sorely little of especially at this scale.
“I first came to the Curran with my family. I was 10 years old and I remember feeling welcomed with open arms.” Shorenstein Hays says in a release. “Fun Home is just that kind of musical. It reflects the open-hearted spirit I experienced that first time I ever walked into the Curran. This is the perfect show to welcome everyone, one and all, to our new home, and how fitting that we will be sharing this show with Bay Area audiences right on the heels of the inauguration of the next President of the United States."
Tickets for Fun Home aren't yet on sale casting announcements and ticket dates are to come and the remainder of the Under Construction series, following the just completed brief run of School of Rock, has not yet been announced.