Fun Home, the musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel which played at the Public Theater, continued its winning ways, taking the prize for Best Musical from the Off-Broadway Alliance for its annual awards. The show focuses on a young lesbian woman dealing with her sexual identity and that of her closeted gay father. Fun Home has already been named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle and Best Off-Broadway Musical by the Outer Critics Circle. After all of these accolades, it’s not surprising that there are now reports that she show might be moving to Broadway next season.
Robert Askins’ Hand to God, a work about a Christian puppet ministry presented by MCC Theater, was chosen as Best Play. Other winners included Saint Joan as Best Revival, La Soiree as Best Unique Theatrical Experience, and The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! as Best Family Show.
Special Legend of Off-Broadway Awards will be presented to producer, theater owner, and general manager Edmund Gaynes, director Andre Gregory, and playwrights Terrence McNally (currently represented on Broadway by Mothers and Sons) and Wallace Shawn. Posthumous Hall of Fame Award will go to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ruth Malaczech of the avant-garde theater troupe Mabou Mines, and director Nicholas Martin.
The alliance is an organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals. The awards will be presented on June 17 at Sardi’s Restaurant.