NEW YORK (AP) — “Fun Home” songwriters Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron have made history by becoming the first female writing team to nab a Tony for musical score.
Based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, “Fun Home” centers on a woman growing up in the family funeral home in a small Pennsylvania town.
The last time two women were even nominated for Tonys as composers was back in 1991 when Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman got the nod for “The Secret Garden.”
Composer Tesori is also the songwriter behind “Violet” and “Caroline, or Change” and lyricist Kron’s works include “Well,” ”2.5 Minute Ride” and “In the Wake.”
“Fun Home” was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and The Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.