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Get ready to see the world through a fresh set of eyes when the Tony-Winning Best Musical @FunHomeMusical comes to the @KimmelCenter 6/13-18
Amanda Conte Lisa Jefferson
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THE 2015 TONY AWARD®-WINNING BEST MUSICAL FUN HOME MAKES PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE AT FORREST THEATRE, JUNE 13–18, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, April 20, 2017) –– The 2016-17 Broadway Philadelphia season continues with the groundbreaking and Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, Fun Home at the Forrest Theatre June 13–18, 2017. Robert Petkoff (Broadway’s Ragtime, All The Way, Anything Goes) will play Bruce, Susan Moniz (Broadway’s Grease, Chicago’s Marriott Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater) will play Helen, and Kate Shindle (Broadway’s Legally Blonde, Cabaret, and Miss America 1998) will play Alison.
“We are thrilled to present the Philadelphia Premiere of this incredible, Tony Award®-winning musical,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Fun Home delicately weaves together a families’ story into a heart-wrenching, innovative, and charmingly honest musical that is sure to relate in some way to every person in our audience.”
Fun Home was the event of the 2015 Broadway season, receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and making history along the way as the first show written exclusively by women to win theater’s highest achievement.It was named to major top 10 lists including The New York Times, Associated Press, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast, Chicago Tribune, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
“A RARE BEAUTY THAT PUMPS FRESH AIR INTO BROADWAY.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“An uplifting musical drama of rare intensity, honesty and beauty. Fun Home speak universally about BIG THINGS THAT MATTER: LIFE, LOVE, FAMILY, SURVIVING. It’s unconventional, to be sure, and musical theatre is better for it.” - New York Daily News
“ONE OF THE BEST NEW MUSICALS OF OUR ERA. A rare sighting that could induce a theater critic to genuflect if not erupt in a chorus of hallelujahs.” - Los Angeles Times
“EXQUISITE. AN EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE.” – Chicago Tribune
“One of those ‘don’t miss it’ musicals.” – The Huffington Post
"TRUE GREATNESS...A TRIUMPH! THERE IS NO OTHER SHOW LIKE IT”
–The Plain Dealer
Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Fun Home features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction. With this win, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori also made history by becoming the first female writing team to be awarded the Best Score Tony Award.
Fun Home was also nominated for 2015 Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design of Musical (David Zinn), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Ben Stanton), and Best Orchestrations (John Clancy). The creative team also includes Danny Mefford (Choreography), Kai Harada (Sound Design), David Zinn (Costume Design), and Chris Fenwick (Music Direction).
Tony Award-winning director Sam Gold, who staged both the Off Broadway and Broadway productions of Fun Home, restaged the national tour. The Broadway production of Fun Home opened on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre on April 19, 2015 and ran through September 10, 2016.
The Grammy nominated Original Broadway Cast Recording of Fun Home is now available on PS Classics, www.psclassics.com.
For more information on the production, please visit www.FunHomeMusical.com.
Dates and times:
June 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
June 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
June 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
June 16, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
June 17, 2017, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
June 18, 2017, 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Individual tickets are available online at www.telecharge.com, by phone at 800-447-7400, or at the Forrest Theatre Box Office (1114 Walnut Street). Groups of 15 or more are available online at www.broadwayinbound.com or by phone at 866-302-0995.
The Shubert Organization
For more than 100 years, The Shubert Organization has been in the forefront of the American theatre. Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, the Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and six Off-Broadway venues, as well as the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia. The company has produced and co-produced hundreds of plays and musicals, including the original Broadway production of CATS, Dreamgirls, Sunday in the Park with George, Amadeus, The Real Thing, The Grapes of Wrath, Equus, The Elephant Man, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, School of Rock The Musical, and The Humans. The Shubert Organization is proud of its ongoing refurbishment program for its theatres, seeking to preserve the historic character while modernizing them to accommodate the needs of today’s audiences.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org.
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