In celebration and support of GLAAD and ‘Spirit Day’ (October 20), the Curran had released a music video of the song “Ring of Keys,” from the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, which will re-open the Curran this January after an extensive renovation that is currently underway (and pictured in scenes from the video). The song, written by Tony Award-winners Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, and performed by students from Oakland School for the Arts (OSA), is in celebration and support of a day that encourages all to take a stand against bullying of LGBTQ youth and wear purple.
The Curran’s leader, Carole Shorenstein Hays said, “As we ready our Curran for the opening of Fun Home this January, every day is celebratory for many reasons. And so, as ‘Ring of Keys’ beautifully empowers youth with a message of hope, love and perseverance, we wholeheartedly celebrate Spirit Day with GLAAD this month.”
Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO said, “Fun Home‘s powerful story has moved audiences around the world and embodies what Spirit Day is all about – acceptance. With this strong message of support for LGBTQ youth, the Curran and these brilliant young students are helping to create a world where everyone can live the life they love.”
The Curran has a cherished relationship with Oakland School for the Arts that began when Shorenstein Hays helped OSA secure the rights for the first-ever amateur student production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, School of Rock, which was performed on the Curran stage last spring.
Starring 16-year-old OSA student Barbara De Veaux-Griffith and Founder of the website TheBodyisNotAnApology.com Sonya Renee Taylor, the “Ring of Keys” video features lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori, vocal arrangement by Ben Wexler, direction by Ezra Hurwitz, vocal direction by Solas Burke-Lalgee and music production and mixing by Ram Dass Khalsa.
Tickets are now on sale for Fun Home, which will be the first event at the Curran in 2017, a year that will feature a surprisingly eclectic array of programming, including Eclipsed (performances beginning March, 2017), and more to be announced soon. Tickets for Fun Home can be purchased at SFCURRAN.COM or by calling 415-358-1220.
Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kronand direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction.