Rightfully, immediate cult classic “Fun Home” dominated the Tony Awards with 5 wins out of a total 12 nominations (matched only by “An American In Paris,” which wound up taking 4). It was a very predictable year, but in a perfectly pleasing way.
“Fun Home,” which won Best Musical, debuted off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2012 and was an instant hit, selling out quickly and earning Broadway buzz even before its opening night. Much of the same cast was reunited this year when the play was re-staged in the rough at Circle in the Square Theatre.
Four of its actresses were nominated for awards, including three in the Featured Actress in a Musical category – and a groundbreaking three actresses for the same role, playing “Alison” at various ages. The play is based on the best-selling graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel.
While none of the younger ladies went home with the trophy, 11-year-old Sydney Lucas stole the show with her solo “Ring of Keys,” performed a third of a way into the telecast.