Denver's Beth Malone returning to Broadway in 'Fun Home'

Beth_Malone_Fun_Home_1Beth Malone’s dream year may turn out to have been just been a quick nap leading up to an even dreamier one. 

It was announced today that the Castle Rock native, who just starred in the DCPA Theatre Company’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown, will reprise her widely acclaimed role in Fun Home when the groundbreaking new musical moves to Broadway in March.

Malone got the official word this morning while she was sitting in the Grand Junction airport waiting to board a plane to New York. Fun Home will open for previews at the Circle in the Square  on March 27, with opening night set for April 19. This will be Malone’s second Broadway appearance, after having appeared in Ring of Fire in 2006.

Fun Home is as opposite from Molly as I could imagine,” Malone said of the DCPA’s launch of the newly reimagined The Unsinkable Molly Brown that closed on Oct. 26. “First, I don’t change clothes. Not once!”

Malone is a graduate of Douglas County High School and the University of Northern Colorado.

Beth_Malone_Fun_Home_2The Public Theater’s acclaimed 2013 production of Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, is a refreshingly honest coming-of-age story about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. It was adapted for the stage by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, and is directed by Sam Gold.

Malone will again be one of three actors to play Allison at various stages of her life, along with Sydney Lucas and Emily Skeggs.

Even as an off-Broadway production, the New York Drama Critics Circle and New York Times named Fun Home “Best Musical of the Year.” The Times review called it “a beautiful, heartbreaker of a musical.” It was extended four times at The Public by popular demand.

Rummaging through a box of her father’s stuff, the memories of Alison’s uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers, and her volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – connect with her in surprising, powerful and revealing new ways.

 “The Fun Home journey I take is not in regular time and exists in memories, while Molly Brown is very linear and extroverted,” Malone said. The two projects are amazing and I’m so grateful to get to do both back-to-back. They use completely different acting muscles.”

Malone’s castmates will include Michael Cerveris as Bruce Bechdel, Judy Kuhn as Helen Bechdel. The ensemble includes Joel Perez, Roberta Colindrez and newcomers Zell Morrow and Oscar Williams as Alison’s brothers John and Christian respectively.

Tickets went on-sale to the general public today. Click here to buy tickets, or call 212-239-6200.

 Fun Home: Video montage of scenes:


Selected previous Beth Malone coverage:


Beth Malone in the DCPA Theatre Company’s “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen.

Other photos:
Beth Malone in Leadville (top;). Photo by John Moore.
Beth Malone in Fun Home. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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