In case you missed it, the Tony Awards just happened—congrats to Dear Evan Hanson for taking home the big one!—and that got us thinking about our favorite Tony performances over the years. You’ve got your big opening numbers, your splashy medleys, your fan favorites, as well as punchy feature performances from new kids on the block like The Book of Mormon (2011) and Hamilton (2016, duh), and household classics like Annie (1977) and Evita (1980). It just doesn’t get old.
But then there’s something entirely different. Enter Fun Home, with its unconventional structure (we love the three different Alisons—small, medium, and just regular Alison), refreshing message, and strong lesbian protagonist. Plus, it came from Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name. How cool is that? Quickly this New York Times bestseller was in the musical adaptation process with super-team Lisa Kron & Jeanine Tesori—we’ll be hearing more from them in July!—and then success hit with sold-out crowds and and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
Fast forward to 2015, Fun Home opened on Broadway at Circle in the Square where it became the most acclaimed new musical of the season with 12 Tony Award nominations and 5 wins including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and Best Director. That 2015 performance of “Ring of Keys” is still unforgettable:
And now this landmark musical is on tour across North America, with its Austin premiere happening August 11 – 13 (for five performances, so your friends have no excuses not to go with you!) happening right here on our own Dell Hall stage.