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Poignant 'Fun Home,' a musical based on a graphic novel, wins 2015 best musical Tony Award

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NEW YORK — There's finally reason to be happy in a funeral home — "Fun Home" has won the best musical Tony Award.

The poignant show, based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel memoir about growing up with a closeted dad in a funeral home, beat out the lush "An American in Paris," the silly "Something Rotten!" and the chilly "The Visit."

"Fun Home," with a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, switches between three different actresses playing the narrator as she shifts through her memory for clues about her father, played by Tony-winner Michael Cerveris.

The 100-minute show directed by Sam Gold originated off-Broadway last year and had tied with "An American in Paris" going into the ceremony with 12 nominations each.

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