'Fun Home' national tour will be led by an ex-Miss America

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2015 file photo, Actors' Equity President Kate Shindle poses for a portrait in New York. At just 38, Shindle is the youngest president in Equity's history. Shindle, the president of the Actors' Equity Association and Miss America winner in 1998, will play the grown-up Allison in the national tour of the groundbreaking Broadway musical “Fun Home." (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — A national tour of the groundbreaking Broadway musical "Fun Home" will be led by some theater veterans and one who is also a former beauty queen.

Kate Shindle, the president of the Actors' Equity Association and 1998 Miss America winner, will play the grown-up Allison, alongside Robert Petkoff ("Ragtime") as Bruce and Susan Moniz ("Grease") as Helen.

The tour kicks off in Cleveland in October and then stops in Durham, North Carolina; Chicago; St. Louis; and Detroit before ending the year in Minneapolis. It starts 2017 in Las Vegas and then heads to Denver; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., among other stops.

The 2015 Tony-winning show is based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel memoir about growing up with a closeted dad in the family's funeral home business.

Shindle, who has appeared on Broadway in "Legally Blonde" and "Wonderland," leads a 50,000-strong union but it's a post that doesn't pay .

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Online: http://www.funhomebroadway.com

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