This Used to be a Fun Home

Fun Home musical poster

Fun Home musical poster

I’d read about this years ago and hadn’t heard about it again until today, but Alison Bechdel‘s graphic novel memoir Fun Home has been adapted into a musical by composer Jeanine Tesori and is now up at the Public Theater.  Don’t know how I missed the premiere a full year ago, but better late than never…  Here’s the latest New York Times review.

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home, Copyright Alison Bechdel

Obviously Bechdel is (or maybe was, before Fun Home) best known for her long-running strip Dykes to Watch Out For, and Tesori is known for musicals like Violet and Caroline, or Change, though also for the Shrek musical and for scoring several Disney animated sequels and prequels…  Here’s a clip of the production of Violet at Endstation Theatre in Virginia:


In other Tesori news, the score of Caroline, or Change is now available to stream on Spotify!  Good preparation maybe…


A Blizzard Everywhere

Apparently a blizzard is heading our way, so in anticipation of all this crippling of infrastructure and shutting down of cities, let’s have some themed blog posts!



Starting with the only opera I can think of with “blizzard” in the title, A Blizzard in Marblehead Neck by Jeanine Tesori with libretto by Tony Kushner.  Premiered at Glimmerglass summer opera festival in 2011, it reunited the team, who had previously worked on the critically acclaimed through-composed musical Caroline, or Change.  This opera tells the story of Eugene O’Neill getting locked out of his house during a fight with his wife in the middle of a blizzard.  Scary prospect.

It was commissioned to be a double-bill with John Musto‘s 2007 Later the Same Evening, inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper.  In fact, Tesori and Kushner were asked to make their opera about another American artist to match up.

Haven’t heard much about either of these since 2011, which seems unfortunate.  Anyway, stay warm and dry this weekend!