Theatre Alliance presents ‘Fun Home’
Make your New Year’s resolution to see more live theatre! And this is a GREAT show to start your new year!
Fun Home is a multiple-Tony Award-winning production that follows the true story of Alison Bechdel, from her youth growing up in a funeral home that her family lovingly called the “Fun Home,” to her middle-age, where she reflects upon her life and her rocky relationship with her father, with whom she had nothing in common…and everything in common.
Theatre Alliance is one of the first community theatres in North Carolina to get to present this groundbreaking production, and we couldn’t be more proud of the honor.
Fun Home features Amber Engel (Ragtime, Addams Family) as Alison at 43, Bella Hart-Peck (Ragtime) is Alison at 19, and Alora Engel (Miss Saigon, Tarzan) and Cassie Levinson (TA newcomer) double as Alison at the age of 9. Gray Smith (A Tuna Christmas, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Million Dollar Quartet), portrays Alison’s father, Bruce, who struggles with his own demons. Heather Levinson (Violet, Next to Normal, Debbie Does Dallas) is Alison’s mother and Bruce’s dutiful wife. Loaded with humor provided courtesy of Paul Gunter (Ragtime), Christian Harmston (TA newcomer), Brandon Hicks (Eating Raoul, Disco Inferno), and Mary Upchurch (Heathers, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert).
The seven-piece orchestra is led by Music Director David Lane and will lend a gorgeous sound to the lush score, which lends itself to a folksy-pop sound.
As an interesting note, composer Jeanine Tesori also penned the music to Violet, which TA produced a few years ago, and to Shrek: The Musical, which TA is producing in May.
If you liked Theatre Alliance’s productions of Ragtime and Next to Normal, do yourself a favor and get your tickets today to experience the beauty of this unusual story that hits closer to home for many of us than we may think. Fun Home contains strong language and mature subject matter.
It’s 90 minutes that will leave you wanting more in its wake. Start your new year with a new show! See you at the theater!