CLEVELAND -- Kids becoming adults and seeing their parents through new eyes. That’s just one of the themes explored in the new musical Fun Home that’s kicked off the Broadway season at Playhouse Square.

The winner of five Tony awards, including best musical, the history-making show is based on a bestselling graphic memoir by Oberlin College graduate, Alison Bechdel. The story looks back on Alison’s childhood as she explores her past with her father while trying to make sense of a tragic family event.

Robert Petkoff, who plays Alison’s father Bruce, says, “It’s not just a tragedy. There are tragic things that occur within it, but it’s as rich as a human life is. Everyone who comes to it and sits through this show, can’t help but be moved in some way.”

The story is told through three different ages of Alison, all experiencing the highs and lows of her relationship with her father.

"It isn’t Mame. It’s not Oklahoma," Petkoff says. "It’s not the show that you usually expect to see done in a very sort of stayed and presentational way.”

Breaking new ground, Fun Home is first show written exclusively by women to ever win best musical and the first show to hit Broadway with a lesbian as the leading character.

“The only way you’ll enjoy this is if you’re a father, a daughter, a mother or a son. You can absolutely identify with some element of what that is. It’s a very full story that I think will appeal to anyone.”

Cleveland kicks off the national tour of the show with a three-week engagement at Connor Palace running through October 22.

For tickets, visit Playhouse Square’s website at