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Sydney Lucas

Sydney Lucas is an American child actress with credits in musical theatre, film and television. She is best known for her portrayal of Small Alison Bechdel in both the originalOff-Broadway and Broadway productions of Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s musical Fun Home. For her portrayal of Small Alison she won an Obie Award and received a Drama Desk Award nomination. In 2015 she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.


Ring of Keys from Fun Home – Sydney Lucas – 69th Annual Tony Awards

Life and Career

 

Born Sydney Ellen Lucas in Atlanta, Georgia, Lucas moved with her parents and two older brothers to New York City when she was two years old. Her parents own and run their own software consulting company.[1] Her older brother Jake Lucas is also a professional actor, and the two have appeared together in a commercial for Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup and alongside Jennifer Aniston in the movie She’s Funny That Way, which was released in 2015.[2] She has studied acting with Diane Hardin and singing with Badiene Magaziner.[1] She has also studied singing with her mother, Karri Lucas, who has a degree in vocal performance from DePauw University.[3]

In 2014, at the age of 10, Lucas became the youngest individual to win an Obie Award for her portrayal of Small Alison in the original Off-Broadway cast of Lisa Kron andJeanine Tesori’s musical Fun Home.[4] That same year, she was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award, among other prestigious prizes. Lucas continued with the show when it moved to Broadway. Along with winning a Theatre World Award,[5] she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 2015 at the age of 11.[6] For her Off-Broadway performance as Small Allison, Theater critic Ben Brantley wrote the following in his review in The New York Times: Sydney Lucas as Small Alison may pull off the show’s most improbable coup of a performance. She delivers her character’s sense of inchoate sexual identity without a trace of cuteness, coyness or winking archness. And a moment in which Small Alison is transfixed and transported by the vision of a handsome deliverywoman in a diner becomes an occasion for a soaring epiphany of a song. This Alison doesn’t know quite what’s happening inside her, but she understands that it makes her feel free, happy and oddly complete.

On September 17, 2015, it was announced that Lucas would be leaving the company of Fun Home. Her last show was on October 4, 2015.[8]

Lucas will star as Mary Lennox in Lucy Simon’s The Secret Garden with Manhattan Concert Productions on February 21 and 22, 2016 at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall.[9]

Lucas has portrayed the younger version of two different characters played by Kristen Wiig in the films Girl Most Likely (2012) and The Skeleton Twins (2014).[10] Her television credits include guest roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Royal Pains, Saturday Night Live, and Team Umizoomi.[1] She has also appeared in Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbethat the Metropolitan Opera.[3]

Fun HomeCircle in the Square Theatre

Credits


 

Broadway

Year Show Role Theatre
2015 Fun Home Small Alison Circle in the Square Theatre

Off-Broadway

Year Show Role Theatre
2013/14 Fun Home Small Alison Public Theater

Other Theatre

Year Show Role Venue
Unknown All Shook Up Jr. Mayor Matilda Hyde MST&DA Children’s Theater
Once On This Island Jr. Gossiper
The Tale of Rachel & Jack Mother P.S. 212 Midtown West
Hansel and Gretel Hansel
2012 Macbeth Malcom’s Daughter Metropolitan Opera
2016 The Secret Garden Mary Lennox David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Girl Most Likely Little Imogene
2013 Fool’s Day Jamie Short
2014 The Skeleton Twins Young Maggie
2014 She’s Funny That Way Josie Albertson
2015 Broadway Draft 2015 Sideline Reporter Short

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Team Umizoomi Voice Episode- Super Soap
2012 Lalaloopsy Land Voice 1 episode
2012 Sesame Street Kid 1 episode
2013 Late Show With David Letterman Screaming Kid Pakistan Theme Park Segment
2013 Saturday Night Live Jeremy Renner’s daugher 1 episode
2014 Royal Pains Larkin Episode- A Bridge Not Quite Far Enough
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ryann Catalano Episode-Pattern Seventeen
2014 How and Why Kitty TV Movie

 

Awards and Nominations

 

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2014 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical Fun Home Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
Obie Award Performance Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
2015 Tony Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
Broadway.com

Audience Choice Award

Favorite Breakthrough Performance

(Female)[11]

Nominated
Theatre World Award Won

 

References


 

  1. Blank, Matthew (March 31, 2015). “Cue & A: Young Fun Home Star Sydney Lucas on Alison Bechdel, Her Showbiz Family and Learning to Burp on YouTube”. Playbill.
  2. Beggs, Alex (March 27, 2015). What It’s Like to Be 11 Years Old on Broadway. Vanity Fair.
  3. Cohen, Stefanie (April 16, 2015). “Young Siblings Jake and Sydney Lucas Manage Life on Broadway”. The Wall Street Journal.
  4. Lucchesi, Nick (May 19, 2014). “Village Voice Announces Winners of 59th Annual Obie Awards, Names Tom Sellar Lead Theater Critic”. The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  5. “Broadway Siblings Megan and Robert Fairchild Among 71st Annual Theatre World Award Winners”. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  6. Kenyon, Sandy (June 4, 2015). “11-Year Old Sydney Lucas Up For A Tony Award For “Fun Home””. Eyewitness News WABC-TV.
  7. Brantley, Ben (December 26, 2013). Epiphanies at ‘Home’: Times Writers Share Last Chance Theater Picks. The New York Times.
  8. Editorial Staff (September 17, 2015). “Sydney Lucas To Bid Farewell To Broadway’s Fun Home”. TheaterMania. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  9. “Breaking News: Tony Nominee Sydney Lucas to Star in Manhattan Concert Productions’ THE SECRET GARDEN in 2016”. BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
  10. Henderson, Kathy (December 26, 2013). “Pint-Sized Powerhouse Sydney Lucas on Her Amazing Off-Broadway Debut in Fun Home”. http://www.broadway.com/.
  11. “Vote Now! Finding Neverland & It’s Only a Play Lead 2015 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations”. Retrieved 2015-10-04.

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