Sydney Lucas Leaves Fun Home


Sydney Lucas “Fun Home”
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

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. 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. She has studied acting with Diane Hardin and singing with Badiene Magaziner. She has also studied singing with her mother, Karri Lucas, who has a degree in vocal performance from DePauw University.

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. 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,  she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 2015 at the age of 11. 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.

Fun Home and Sydney Lucas at theatregold.com

Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas and Michael Cerveris

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.

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. 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). Her television credits include guest roles on Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRoyal PainsSaturday Night Live, and Team Umizoomi. She has also appeared in Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbethat the Metropolitan Opera.

Sydney’s 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 Favourite Breakthrough Performance(Female)[11] Nominated
Theatre World Award Won
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