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All in the family

Turns out you can’t judge a musical by its poster.

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The only thing I knew about the Broadway show Fun Home before I saw it last night was a) the critics loved it and b) the Tony voters did, too.

It scored 12 nominations earlier this week.

I didn’t know the soundtrack or the book upon which it was based. I walked in the theatre about as clueless as a person could get.

So imagine my surprise when the show wasn’t the singing, dancing Partridge Family parody that I had cooked up in my head.

If you too are in the dark (and wish to remain so), stop reading now.

Have they left?  Okay.  So the rest of you know why my mind is a bit blown right now.

The musical’s narrator is a lesbian cartoonist. (Yeah, this show’s no Cinderella.) With the help of her very young self and college-aged self — two incredible young performers — she tells her life story.  With captions.

(‘Cause she’s a cartoonist.)

Fun-Home-2How her father was a part-time teacher and part-time funeral director — FUN HOME was the family nickname for the funeral home — and a closeted gay man who slept with lots of boys and committed suicide while she was away at college.

Yeah.

But that’s not to say there weren’t moments of humor and laughter.  Her first girl-on-girl experience in college inspired “Changing My Major to Joan,” one of my favorite songs in the show. And the kids did do a little Partridge Family at one point, so the graphic designer gets to keep his job.

The cast is all-around amazing. I do wish I had seen the show off-Broadway before they were plopped down into this in-the-round venue. It has led to a lot of ‘singing to the audience’ staging that seems amateurish for a story of such complexity.

It is quite a ride.

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Out and about

Long before Team Edward and Team Jacob tore the teen world in two,  Betty and Veronica  of  “Archie Comics” fame split the vote of male and female readers alike.

I was a Betty.  (All smart people were.  Disagree?  I’ll still take you.)

So, this is one Betty who’s oh-so-happy to see Veronica finally get her due — that’s rejected, my friends — by Kevin Keller, the hunky new guy in town who she relentlessly pursues after dumping poor Archie yet again in issue #202.

Oh…and did I mention that Kevin is gay?

That’s right.  Riverdale is becoming more inclusive, and kudos to the publisher for taking this brave step forward.  It’s not their first venture into the 21st century; earlier this year, the comic depicted its first interracial relationship between Archie and Valerie, a member of Josie and the Pussycats.

(That group is still around?  I guess there’s still work to be done.)

It’s all part of a master plan to modernize Archie and make the comic more socially relevant.  Apparently they have already penned a two-volume “Twilight” parody (see artwork below — how did that get by me), and are planning a future issue inspired by the television show  “GLEE!” and some digital apps.

This all looks pretty cool.  I haven’t read an Archie comic book since junior high, and I’m curious enough to head to the bookstore and take a closer look-see.

Plus — and  I don’t mean to judge here — but doesn’t Archie seem way more creative with Veronica out of his life? Betty must really inspire him… encourage him to do bigger and better things.  Archie and the whole comic book seem way less self-involved now that Archie and Veronica are on a break.

You go, Betty.