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Monday, June 08, 2015

Fun Home's Showstopper

This is the outstanding performance by 11-year-old Sydney Lucas, one of the stars of "Fun Home," which won five Tony awards last night, including Best Musical. I haven't seen the show, but this clip made me sit up and make a mental note to get tickets next time I'm in New York. It is the first Broadway show with a lesbian protagonist, based on comic strips and a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Lucas, by the way, began playing this role at 9 years old, when the play was being workshopped on its way to Broadway.

On the Tonys broadcast, this segment was introduced by Jennifer Grey and her father Joel, the Broadway veteran. At the end, while the crowd inside Radio City Music Hall gave Lucas a rousing reaction, TV director Glenn Weiss unfortunately cut away from her to Michael Cerveris (who won a Tony for playing the father in the show) and then to a goofy visual joke involving co-host Kristin Chenoweth wearing an "ET" costume, as if she'd mis-heard the show's title as "Phone Home." Not that funny, and shameful to deny Lucas the recognition she deserves for this stunning showstopper, "Ring of Keys" -- at eleven years old!