PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Bare's Gerard Canonico

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01 Jan 2013

Gerard Canonico
Gerard Canonico

Gerard Canonico, who plays the role of Matt in the newly-revised Off-Broadway production of Bare, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Canonico has appeared on Broadway in Spring Awakening (Moritz), American Idiot (Ensemble), Les Misérables (Gavroche) and A Christmas Carol at MSG (Jonathon).

Other stage work includes The Talls at Second Stage Uptown Theater (Russell), The Prince and the Pauper (The Pauper), Children's Letters to God (Brett), The King and I at Papermill (Louis).

Full given name: Gerard Alexander Canonico
Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born and raised in Central/South area of New Jersey.
Zodiac Sign: Leo (obviously)
What your parents did/do for a living: My parents are both teachers in Hazlet, New Jersey. Mom is a Special Ed Teacher and Dad is an Instrumental Music Teacher.
Siblings: None
Current audition song/monologue: I have many. My go-to is "Honesty" by Billy Joel. I've never really needed a monologue. Any suggestions?
Special skills: I am also a drummer/guitar player/songwriter/skateboarder. Basically everything I've done since high school!
Something you're REALLY bad at: Math
First Broadway show you ever saw: Beauty and the Beast at the Palace Theatre
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out? My parents taught me everything I needed to know. My mother's wisdom continues to inspire me and my father taught me everything I needed to know about music. I feel very lucky to have learned from them.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The original production of West Side Story.
Current or recent shows you recommended to friends: Peter and the Starcatcher all the way.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: Not sure I can choose even a handful. A plethora of songs from Les Miz. I think that score is beautiful. "Bring Him Home," "Who Am I?," "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own" etc.

I also really love Sweeney Todd. "Not While I'm Around" is one of my favorites for sure.

Some favorite modern musicals: I haven't been able to see a lot of new musicals except for the ones I've done. I absolutely love the soundtrack to Once and I've heard nothing but rave reviews. The same goes for Mormon. Two shows I desperately want to see.
Some favorite classic musicals: Les Miserables and Sweeney Todd (as previously mentioned), Company, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Oliver, Jesus Christ Superstar, just to name a few.
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Anyone from the Hitchcock era
Your personal vocal or acting idols, living or dead: Billy Joel, Scott and Seth Avett, James Taylor, Billie Joe Armstrong, the cast of Bare
The one performance — attended — that you will never forget: A performance of August: Osage County. I saw it with my good friend Jenna Ushkowitz. At the end of each act, we clenched each others arms and let out all the air and noise we had been bottling up because of how incredible the play was.

The ensemble performing it was breathtaking. I'll never forget it. Also I still remember snippets of seeing Beauty and the Beast with my parents and being AMAZED by it at age 5.

Music that makes you cry, any genre: Dan Fogelberg, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor. I like sad music so the list can go on and on...
Most played song on your iPod: "The Ghost of St. Valentine" by Bayside
Most-visited websites: Twitter, Ultimate-Guitar, YouTube, Hulu
Favorite Tweeters: Alex Wyse
Last book you read: "The Dirt." It's the biography of Mötley Crüe. It is mind blowing.
Must-see TV show(s): "Six Feet Under," "Dexter," "American Horror Story," "Breaking Bad" AND... "All The Right Moves"
Last good movie you saw: "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" (I always loved the book.)
Some films you consider classics: Anything Hitchcock, "West Side Story," "The Godfather," "Rain Man," "Silence of The Lambs," "Forrest Gump," "Schindler's List," "Amadeus," "Goodfellas"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Billy Joel
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Jersey Shore"
Three favorite cities: New York, San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C. Couldn't name just three.
Favorite sport/team/player: Football/The New York Giants/Victor Cruz
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: "Dookie" CD by Green Day
First stage kiss: I was playing Hanschen opposite Gideon Glick as Ernst in Spring Awakening and we had to kiss in one of the scenes. As a straight man, I think it's pretty awesome that my first onstage kiss was with a guy.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Moritz in Spring Awakening
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: I discovered a passion for performing at a very early age and with the support from my parents I was catapulted into this lifestyle and I haven't looked back once. I love it.
How you got your Equity card: I played Gavroche on Broadway in 1999. My first Broadway show.


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