NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 3:35 PM
“Fun Home” got into the holiday gift-giving spirit early.
Tony-winner Michael Cerveris, who plays a closeted father in the show, received something even better than a pony.
He got “Pony Girl,” a song cut from the Tony-winning best musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic autobiography.
Composer Jeanine Tesori and book writer and lyricist Lisa Kron had trimmed all but a tiny snippet of the song from the show. Now Cerveris has had a chance to record and release the number as a single.
“I hadn’t even realized it was a whole song until I asked Jeanine and Lisa about it one day,” Cerveris said. “They told me it had been in an earlier version of the show but was cut from a draft before I came on board.”
“Jeanine gave me the music for it and I thought it was such a sweet song that I went home and worked it on my guitar, just for my own amusement,” he added.
The cast of “Fun Home” in action. On two-performance days, the show’s participants go for a run.
Noodling on his guitar, Cerveris wrapped “Pony Girl” in a homey country arrangement. His band loved it. He expressed interest in recording it. The creators “loved the idea and said I was welcome to take the song and use it.”
Gifts like that don’t come around that often. It’s now available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
“We’re making a music video for the song, and wanted to give a nod to the song’s origins from ‘Fun Home,’ especially the kids, since I sing it to them in the show,” Cerveris said. Gabriella Pizzolo, who plays Small Alison, will star in the video. The rest of the kids in the show also are part of narrative of the video too.
It’s not the only extracurricular project keeping things all in the family at “Fun Home.” Cast members Joel Perez and Marrick Smith wrote the seasonal tune “Home’s with You.” Ten members of the cast perform the song, which is part of “Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, Volume 17,” out now.
And on two-performance days, “Fun Home” becomes “Run Home.” Leads, understudies, crew, ushers and others lace up and head out to burn calories and to share the feel-good gift of fitness. “We do it as often as we can,” said Perez, who plays a number of roles. “It’s the unofficial ‘Fun Home’ run club.”