Sunday evening at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, “Fun Home” won the Tony Award for the best Broadway musical of the season. This brought back a flood of Charleston memories.
“Fun Home” is an autobiographical comic-tragic coming-of-age story about family relationships. The book was written by Alison Bechdel — who has spoken at the College of Charleston — and was adapted for the stage by Lisa Kron.
I’m so proud of the faculty of the College of Charleston for having the insight and wisdom to select “Fun Home” as the reading option for incoming freshman in 2013. The Tony Award further validates their judgment.
And when controversy emerged in Columbia regarding the college’s choice of “Fun Home” — controversy that was covered in newspapers around the world — the New York cast of “Fun Home” rose to support the college by presenting two concert versions of the musical in Charleston at Memminger Auditorium on April 21, 2014.
Our college and our community packed Memminger for both performances. The warmth and sheer emotion expressed by the audiences that night far exceeded anything I’d ever experienced in the theatre.
What all this emotion meant to those of us on the front lines at the college was that our community stood by us. Our community backed its college. I was and am proud to be a part of this supportive community.
My congratulations to Alison Bechdel and everyone involved with the Tony-winning musical version of “Fun Home.”
P. George Benson
College of Charleston