By Matthew Blank
14 May 2013
Rouleau originated the role in Chicago, coming directly from the Broadway company.
Other theatre work includes Legally Blonde (Emmett), Toy Story: The Musical (Woody), Floyd Collins (Homer), King David (Jonathan), Les Misérables (Marius), ...Forum (Hero) and Cabaret (Cliff).
|Full given name:||Nicolas Theodore Rouleau|
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||Los Altos, California|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||My dad is an orthodontist, so I owe him a lot for my teeth. My mom is his office manager.|
|Siblings:||Sean (30), Aaron (28) and Lizzie (24).|
|Current audition song/monologue:||"Monticello" from Edges by Pasek & Paul.|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||Nine with Antonio Banderas in 2003--which is actually pretty trippy, because it played the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where I made my Broadway debut.|
|Favorite showtune(s) of all time:||Easy - "Make Someone Happy" by Jule Styne. It will be my wedding song.|
|Some favorite modern musicals:||The Light in the Piazza and Floyd Collins (anything Adam Guettel). And definitely Legally Blonde.|
|Some favorite classic musicals:||The Sound of Music all the way.|
|Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:||I've always wanted to work with Jerry Herman. Luckily there's still time! Who can make that happen?|
|Your personal vocal idols, living or dead:||It's no secret - I could listen to Kelli O'Hara sing all day long.|
|The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:||Kelli O'Hara live at Cafe Carlyle. (Notice a theme here?)|
|MAC or PC?||MAC|
|Most played song on your iPod:||Currently it's "Liz Caplan Voice Lesson 7/25/12" -- Liz & I nicknamed it "Spa Day for the Voice" and I warm up to it every day before the show.|
|Favorite Tweeters:||It's a tie between two good friends of mine: Alex Wyse (@alexwyse) and Samantha Martin (@HiMyNameSam). I favorite just about every tweet either of them writes. Follow them-- you won't regret it!|
|Last book you read:||"A Beginner's Guide to Investing." I'm trying to learn how the stock market works. I'm boring myself writing this.|
|Must-see TV show(s):||If the TV is on, it's usually on "HGTV: Property Brothers," "Love It Or List It" and "Income Property." I'm also really into "Breaking Bad" right now.|
|Performer you would drop everything to go see:||Kelli O'Hara (Okay, really that's the last time I mention her. It's starting to get weird haha.)|
|Pop culture guilty pleasure:||"Dance Moms"|
|Three favorite cities:||London, New York... and now Chicago!|
|Favorite sport/team/player:||Gotta stick with my home teams: SF Giants, San Jose Sharks and the 49ers!|
|First CD/Tape/LP you owned:||
The first cassette I bought on my own was Sheryl Crow's "Tuesday Night Music Club." |
I listened to "All I Wanna Do" on loop for weeks. And it was hard to rewind on a cassette player... kids don't know how easy they have it these days! Ha!
|You were very active in youth and local theatre in the Bay Area. Who were some of your great influences as a young performer?||
I really have to thank EVERYONE involved at Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) in Mountain View, CA. |
They really helped shape me as a young performer, and I owe much of what I've accomplished so far in my career to them. They taught me a lot about performing, but more importantly, they taught me a lot about about family and community.
|What are some of your most memorable roles as a kid or teenager and how old were you?||
Like every 16 year old boy, I did play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. |
While it may be the most inappropriate role I have ever played (aside from Mereb in Aida), it was my most memorable performing experience as a kid. It's one of the shows that the PYT parents are still talking about 10 years later, which I think is really special.
|First stage kiss:||
In Guys and Dolls in 2002 opposite my good friend Emily Bliss. I came off stage one day and told her she wasn't doing the kiss right-- she slapped me right across the face. |
I've never said anything to a girl about an onstage kiss again.
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