The next Q&A that I'm excited to share with you is with Nick Cordero.
Back in July, I had visited NYC for a few days. During my stay, I had the opportunity to see A Bronx Tale on Broadway. The show is based on the film - a classic for pretty much every Italian family. It was fun and witty. Upon my return home, I was shocked to discover that Nick Cordero, who played the lead character Sonny, is from Hamilton, Ontario. I immediately reached out to him on social media asking him for an interview and he was kind enough to say yes.
Check out our chat below:
What have you learned about yourself and your craft while working on A Bronx Tale?
So much of Sonny is what people say about him. As such I've learned to do less, with more of an impact. Subtle power. The real man remains a mystery, and I try to keep it that way. This allows the audience to use their imagination, which is when they come alive, and understand that they're a part of the process.
Do you have any advice for Hamiltonians who aspire to one day make the move to NYC?
If you can't handle not being able to answer the question "What if?", then do it. Find a way to save some money and just do it. There's no perfect time, no perfect way. The path is different for everyone, but it's paved by your belief and willingness to take that risk. Having nothing to lose also helps.
Why should people head out to see the show?
Alfred Hitchcock said, "To grab an audience you need to make them laugh, cry, and scare them". In A Bronx Tale, we do all three. It's a universal coming of age story, set in the Bronx in 1960's, with a great score by Alan Menken. And yours truly is in it, playing his last gangster in a musical for a while.
Learn more about the show and if you're in NYC, grab tickets here.