New york: A lesbian coming-out musical and a comedy about a teenager with an out-of-control, foul-mouthed sock puppet in “Hand to God” are proving that the off-kilter can kill it on Broadway and bring in a younger, edgier audience.
“Fun Home,” adapted from lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, led this week’s Tony nominations with 12 nods.
It’s the first musical to feature a lesbian lead character and explores her relationship with her domineering father, a closeted gay man.
Michael Cerveris, nominated for a Tony for his leading role in “Fun Home,” congratulated “Hand to God”‘s diversity and scope.
“Its presence and our presence are an answer to some people who felt like Broadway has to be just, you know, just spectacle or just celebrity driven”, he said.
Actor Steven Boyer’s portrayal of a shy adolescent in a Christian Puppet Ministry, whose life is overshadowed by a demonic hand puppet in “Hand to God,” could clinch a best acting award at the Tonys.
Steven Boyer, “Hand to God” star says, “I think the hope is that the show changes the game a little bit.”
Broadway’s annual Tony awards will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 7.