“Fun Home,” a musical with Vermont roots, premieres with Vermont Stage

Moira Stone as Alison Bechdel Courtesy Photo

The 2015 Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home,” based on Vermonter Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name, is finally coming to Vermont through the Vermont Stage, Burlington’s only professional theater company.

The recent national tour didn’t come to Vermont, and permission to produce the show was granted based on individual applications. Vermont Stage got the go-ahead. Though the production costs more than the company’s typical project, its local roots and universal theme of the connection between a child and parent made it worth the extra investment.

“Fun Home” follows the story of Bechdel through three stages of her life, as she grapples with her father’s suicide and comes to terms with her own sexuality. The New York Times called it “the best new musical” and said, “This impeccably shaded portrait of a girl and her father tries to solve the classic mystery: Who are these strange people who made me?”

The show stars Moira Stone as Alison, John Jensen as Bruce, Gina Fearn as Helen, Elise Killian as Medium Alison, Lulu Barr-Brandt as Small Alison, Charlotter Rowan Williams as John, Luke Fitzgerald as Christian, Shea Dunlop as Joan, and Owen Leavey as Roy et al.

“Fun Home” runs through Oct. 29: Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets: vermontstage.org. Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday matinee performances: $39 adults, $35 students. Thursday, Friday, Saturday night performances: $44.50 adults, $40 students.

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