Sydney Lucas sings “Ring of Keys” (from the Tesori/Kron musical FUN HOME, based on the graphic novel by Allison Bechdel) at the 69th Annual Tony Awards on June 7th.
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Beth: It’s about you and your dad. That’s why she’s singing “Ring of Keys.” We’ll do some of the scene before it, which says all the things you need to know to realize what’s happening.
Beth: Gender identity. It is about that. It’s not about sex, but it is about gender identity.
Sydney: It’s about a person discovering that she’s different, and that she wants to be that different person. She walks over to her dad and is like, “Oh, I’m not going to be accepted. What am I going to do?”
Emily: It’s a more raw and open way to look at these issues for people who don’t necessarily engage with that gender or sexuality discussion. This show is hard. It’s about a lesbian coming to terms with her closeted gay father’s suicide. A lot of people hear that and go, “Wait…what?”
Beth: And it’s a musical!
Fun Home won several awards at the Tonys:
Best Musical: Fun Home
Best Director of a Musical: Sam Gold, Fun Home
Best Leading Actor in a Musical: Michael Ceveris, Fun Home
Best Score: Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, Fun Home
Best Book: Lisa Kron, Fun Home