Lucas Steele is an American stage actor best known for his role as Anatole in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.[1]

Lucas Steele
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2006–present
Known forNatasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812
AwardsLucille Lortel Award

Early lifeEdit

Steele was raised in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania. He began learning piano by ear at age 3, and violin at age 11.[2][3]

CareerEdit

Steele made his Broadway debut in the 2006 revival of The Threepenny Opera, playing the ensemble roles of Harry and Velma while understudying the role of Lucy Brown.[4]

In the fall of 2006, Steele was signed to a four-year development deal for a commercial music project. For the next four years he focused on writing, producing, conceiving and developing a conceptualized electro/rock/pop album while traveling throughout Europe.[5] While working on the album, Steele originated roles in the world premieres of Neil Bartlett's adaptation of Oliver Twist (presented by Theatre for a New Audience Off-Broadway in 2007)[6] and It's Only Life (premiering at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura in 2008).[7][8]

In 2009, he returned to the West Coast, cast in Theatre For A New Audience's critically acclaimed production of Othello at the Intiman Theater in Seattle, WA.[9]

In 2010, after participating in two years of developmental readings, Steele originated the role of Terry Savage in The New Group production of The Kid, based on the best selling novel by writer/author/activist Dan Savage. After completing its run, Steele returned to Europe, entering the last chapter of the fated music project, ultimately leaving the deal in February 2011. Steele took the next year off to develop several screenplays as a writer.

In February 2012, Steele originated the role of "the Son'" in the critically acclaimed production of Myths and Hymns, presented off-Broadway by the Prospect Theater Company.

In summer 2012, Steele was cast as Anatole in the Ars Nova developmental reading/workshop of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, a sung-through musical based on a portion of Leo Tolstoy's magnum opus, War and Peace.[10] He further developed the role in the show's premiere, and stayed with the production through its venues at Kazino, both downtown in the Meatpacking District and its transfer to midtown on 45th street. In 2015, Steele reprised the role of Anatole for the American Repertory Theatre production of The Great Comet, securing an IRNE Awards nomination for Supporting Actor and an Elliot Norton Awards nomination for Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actor.[1] He continued with The Great Comet during its Broadway run at the Imperial Theatre, starting in November 2016.[11] He is one of only two actors who have stayed with the production since its debut at Ars Nova in 2012.

In spring 2014, Steele booked the role of Luca Bavarra in the ABC pilot Dangerous Liaisons. Later that year, he shot the short film Photo

Steele is currently appearing as Skull the primary antagonist is the musical Emojiland which opened on Off-Broadway at Duke Theater on January 19, 2020. A character portrayal which Laura Collins-Hughes described in writing for the New York Times as "deathly pale in black leather and mesh, and oozing an almost Victorian dark charisma."[12][13]

Stage creditsEdit

Theatre creditsEdit

Year Production Role Location Category
2006 The Threepenny Opera Ensemble; u/s Harry; u/s Velma Studio 54 Broadway
2007 Neil Bartlett's Oliver Twist Toby Crackit American Repertory Theatre Regional
2008 John Bucchino's It's Only Life Performer Rubicon Theater in California Regional
2009 Othello Senator/Gentleman/Musician Intiman Theatre Regional
2010 The Kid Terry Acorn Theatre Off-Broadway
2012 Myths and Hymns Son/Performer West End Theatre Off-Broadway
2012 Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 Anatole Ars Nova Off-Broadway
2013 Kazino
2015 American Repertory Theatre
2016–2017 Imperial Theatre Broadway
2020 Emojiland Skull The Duke Theater Off-Broadway

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 Won
2016 Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Performance by an Actor Nominated
2016 IRNE Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2017 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Lucas Steele Theatre Credits". www.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Dana (12 April 2017). "'The Great Comet of 1812' Star Lucas Steele Is Charming, But No Prince". Observer. Observer. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  3. ^ Call Me Adam. "New York Theatre - Entertainment - Interviews - Actors - Actresses - Reviews - Interviews - Lucas Steele". www.callmeadam.com. Call Me Adam. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  4. ^ "THE LEADING MEN: Lucas Steele Proves His Mettle in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  5. ^ Ferri, Josh (November 9, 2016). "Five Burning Questions with The Great Comet Star Lucas Steele". BroadwayBox.com. Broadway Box, Inc. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  6. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (March 29, 2009). "Actor-Musician Twist on Oliver Reaches New York March 29 | Playbill". Playbill. Playbill Inc. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  7. ^ Verini, Bob (24 June 2008). "Review: 'It's Only Life'". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  8. ^ Obiekwe, Ojinika (1 March 2017). "The Great Comet's Lucas Steele talks being more than skin deep". New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV. Tribune Broadcasting Station. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  9. ^ Hodges, Ben; Denny, Scott (2011). Theatre World 2009-2010. Applause Theatre & Cinema. p. 374. ISBN 9781423492719. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  10. ^ Brunner, Jeryl (April 4, 2017). "Actor Spotlight: Lucas Steele of 'The Great Comet'". New York Shows. Showtickets.com. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Anatole is Hot (And So Is Lucas Steele)". EdgeMediaNetwork.com. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  12. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/19/theater/emojiland-review-theres-a-rom-com-in-your-phone-with-music.html
  13. ^ http://www.playbill.com/article/the-great-comets-lucas-steele-joins-cast-of-off-broadway-musical-emojiland

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