Queer Voices

Alison Bechdel Recalls 'Fun Home' And Its Journey To Broadway (VIDEO)

Out writer and cartoonist Alison Bechdel recounts the Broadway journey of "Fun Home," the musical based on her 2006 graphic memoir of the same name, in this animated short.

In the video, Bechdel reveals that she missed the off-Broadway opening of "Fun Home" at New York's Public Theater due to a scheduling conflict. Meanwhile, she had some initial doubts about having the book adapted into a musical.

"My memoir had been an intricate, non-linear account of my closeted gay father's suicide and my own coming out as a lesbian. I couldn't imagine anyone breaking into song," actress Beth Malone says as the voice of Bechdel. "My parents, who had met, as it happened, in a play, would get to go on living in one."

Also included are snippets of showstoppers "Ring of Keys" and "Changing My Major."

"Fun Home," which features tunes by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, opened to rave reviews and sell-out crowds at New York's Public Theater in 2013. The show recounts Bechdel's story with three actresses -- Malone, Sydney Lucas and Emily Skeggs -- portraying the author at different points in her life.

Lucas, Malone and Skeggs are set to reprise their roles when the show arrives on Broadway April 19, as are Michael Cerveris ("Sweeney Todd") and Judy Kuhn ("Les Misérables," "Chess").

For more information on "Fun Home," head here.