SIDNEY J. BURGOYNE’s lifelong journey in show business has evolved into a highly respected and widely praised career as a director/singer/actor. His production of the epic musical RAGTIME was called “thrilling” by its composer, Stephen Flaherty, and sold out its engagement at the White Plains Performing Arts Center, where he also directed CAMELOT starring Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli and an acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, starring Tony Award nominees Penny Fuller and Mark Jacoby. Among his other recent directing credits, ranging from new plays to classic musicals, are the widely-praised production of RAGTIME at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York, the U.S. premiere of a new Canadian comedy, ROMEO AND HAMLET and world premieres of EDWARD THE KING and THE LOVES OF MR. LINCOLN by David Brendan Hopes.

 

Sidney has been a professional entertainer since the age of twelve, playing leading roles in dozens of plays and musicals. He starred as Fagin in OLIVER! and played the Padre in MAN OF LA MANCHA at WPPAC and his other acting credits include tours with Betty White in HELLO, DOLLY! and Mickey Rooney in SHOW BOAT and as Motel opposite Paul Lipson in a long run of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. He has played everything from the lead role, Claude, in the rock musical HAIR, to The Common Man in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (twice) to Andy Warhol in the Off Broadway play BLOOD DUES.

 

Also a popular cabaret artist, Sidney has sung at all the major NYC clubs, has been featured in the acclaimed Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y, appeared with legends like Margaret Whiting and toured extensively in his own show, I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU, and in the hit cabaret musical SING FOR YOUR SUPPER. For five years he starred in Chelsea Piers’ annual ice extravaganza, “Holiday on the Hudson,” singing for Olympic and World figure skating champions. At Symphony Space, he appeared in many editions of the Wall-to-Wall series (Frank Loesser, Kurt Weill, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim), regularly starred in the satirical political cabaret THE THALIA FOLLIES and, in addition, has been featured in their annual James Joyce celebration, BLOOMSDAY ON BROADWAY. Sidney has extensive Musical Performance Training in Master Classes with David Craig, Sylvia Sims and Sara Lazarus, and Musical Comedy Technique Classes with Dorothy Loudon and Anne Francine. A Philadelphia native and a graduate of LaSalle University, Sidney is a Fellow of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Cabaret Symposium, a member of SDC and of Actors’ Equity Association since 1974. He teaches Musical Theatre Performance privately and at schools and universities across the country.