‘Fun Home’ composer Jeanine Tesori hears the music in everyday life – Los Angeles Times

The sounds of a rambunctious household are turned into music as “Fun Home” sifts through  one woman’s 1970s childhood, seeking clues to her father’s abrupt death.

Jeanine Tesori, the show’s composer, thought back to her own youth as the creative team envisioned the household of Alison Bechdel, author of the popular graphic-novel-style memoir on which the stage musical is based.

Tesori and her three sisters studied piano, flute or dance. “We were practicing all the time,” she says. “With four girls in the house, there was a fair amount of noise.”

She replicates that cacophony in “Fun Home,” which won the 2015 Tony Award for best musical and just opened at the Ahmanson Theatre in a touring production.

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