Lucas Steele is a performer on the rise! From theatre to music, Lucas is headed for continued greatness...On Broadway Lucas has starred in "The Three Penny Opera" (opposite Cyndi Lauper & Alan Cumming) and most recently, Off-Broadway (opposite Christopher Sieber) in The New Group's "The Kid." His other theatrical credits include "Oliver Twist" (TFANA), "Corpus Christie" (Bouwerie Lane Theater), "Wickets" (3LD), "Twilight in Manchego" (NYMF), "Dalliance in Vienna" (ATA), "Cheri" (The Actor's Studio), "Othello" (Intiman), "It's Only Life" (Rubicon Theater), and John Tartaglia's "ADLiberty" (Joe's Pub). As a singer/songwriter/producer, Lucas is focusing on a solo career in which he just finished up his first European tour. For much more on Lucas be sure to visit http://www.lucassteele.com/.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I originally started playing the piano (by ear) at the age of 3 1/2 - so, fate guided things in a musical direction very early on. At age 11, along with the piano, I started studying the violin; as a result, (back in the days of VCR’s) I would tape ‘Live from Lincoln Center’ on PBS every Friday night to watch the New York Philharmonic. They often had the best soloists in the world and I always wanted to watch what they were doing, because it helped me immensely in my study. Being that I grew up in a very small town (of 500) the thing to do, without question, was go to the high school football game every friday night. Because the next day was Saturday, whenever I got home from the football game...I would stay up late and watch the concert I had taped on PBS. One evening, when expecting to watch an orchestral concert, I pressed play, and something else entirely different came up on the screen. The American Playhouse Series had broadcast a televised version of the original production of INTO THE WOODS. That was the moment that changed everything for me. It sort of blew my ‘childhood’ mind. From Sondheim’s writing, to Lapine’s book (and direction) and a brilliant cast...I was sold. To me, everybody in that show was an inspiration. Every actor had such detail and nuance finely etched into their performances. That entire production inspired me--and still does. So, I think it was an event, rather than a ‘who’, that inspired me to become a performer.
2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? C below middle C is the lowest; 2 B flat’s above middle C is the highest.
3. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Marion Cottilard.
4. What is the best advice you've ever received? Pointing her finger at me over a late night beer:
‘You don’t ever need to settle kid...YOU...don’t ever need to settle.’ --Cyndi Lauper
5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Hmmm....‘Brangelina’.
6. Do you have any strange or unsual talent that nobody knows about? If so, I don’t even know about it.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Diet and Exercise. I know...blah blah blah. With that said: I always have to look for new ways to push myself. For me, long time repetition hovers close to a dangerous borderline known as boredom. Once boredom sets in - forget about it. So I switch it up. I have several friends who are trainers and nutritionists - so I do my best to reach out to them when I feel my workout or eating habits have grown stale.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.
9. Favorite website? Huffington Post
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman...no doubt about it. I am, after all, (in some circles) known as ‘The Man of Steele’.
11. Favorite musician/singer? Your questions are too hard Adam! I will say Freddie Mercury. But - in an entirely different genre - I’m a big fan of Robyn.
12. Books or Magazines? I’m pleading the 5th on this one.