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Charlotte’s Abby Corrigan cast in first national tour of ‘Fun Home’

Abby Corrigan, cast as Medium Alison in the first national tour of Tony winner “Fun Home,” premiering in Charlotte in June.
Abby Corrigan, cast as Medium Alison in the first national tour of Tony winner “Fun Home,” premiering in Charlotte in June. Courtesy of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Abby Corrigan of Charlotte has been cast in the first national tour of “Fun Home,” the 2015 multiple-Tony-winning Broadway musical.

Corrigan, 18, who won the 2014 “Blumey” award as the city’s top high school musical-theater actress and graduated from Charlotte’s Northwest School of the Arts, will play “Medium Alison” in the coming-of-age/coming-out musical, based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic novel/memoir “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.” The tour will premiere in Charlotte June 27-July 2 at the Knight Theater, and tickets are on sale as part of the PNC Broadway Lights series.

“I feel incredibly grateful to be a part of sharing such a unique and powerful story,” Corrigan said via email Tuesday.

Corrigan, who has appeared in film (“Headed South for Christmas”), TV series (“Rectify,” “Banshee” and “Homeland”) and TV movies (“A Smile as Big as the Moon”), is the daughter of Charlotte’s Mitzi Corrigan, co-owner and founder of Corrigan & Johnston casting agency, and Mike Corrigan, a manager of sign language interpreters. She’s the twin sister of Emma Corrigan. Mitzi Corrigan said via email: “We are sooooo excited!”

The musical, a finalist for the Pulitzer for drama in 2014, is described in its billing this way:

Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mothers, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways.”

It’s the first musical written by women – Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron – to win the best musical Tony, and the first Tony-winning musical to have a lesbian as its protagonist. “Fun Home” (it’s what the family has nicknamed its business, a funeral home) won five Tonys: best musical, best actor in a leading role in a musical, best original score, best book of a musical and best direction of a musical.

Medium Alison’s particular songs of note: “Not Too Bad” and “Changing My Major.”

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