STAGE VIEWS: Broadway and Stand Tall Star Gerard Canonico

By Andrew Gans
23 Jul 2012

Gerard Canonico
Gerard Canonico

Playbill.com's series features brief chats with actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they are looking forward to and more. Here, via email, we hear from singing actor Gerard Canonico, who is currently appearing in the New York Music Theatre Festival production of Stand Tall; for more information visit nymf.org.

What show recently impressed you?
I haven't been able to see too much recently, but I was lucky enough to catch One Man, Two Guvnors, and I have not laughed that hard at the theatre in a very long time. James Corden is one of the greatest stage performers I have ever seen, and he was supported by an absolutely wonderful cast of characters. Run to see this show!

What production are you most excited to see?
I cannot wait to see Once and support one of my favorite people and choreographers, Steven Hoggett! I loved the film, and the music is absolutely beautiful. I hear the show is breathtaking, so I'm excited to be swept away!

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
I would love to play Billy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Such a great and heartbreaking story, and I immediately wanted to play that role the second I knew about the show.



What are your current/upcoming projects?
In addition to starring in the upcoming NYMF production of Stand Tall, a family-friendly rock musical adaptation of the class David & Goliath story, I have been keeping busy with readings and things like that. I also am playing/writing a lot of music with different people. I'm currently the drummer for Declan Bennett and also the drummer for a trio with John Gallagher Jr. and Michael Esper (all friends from American Idiot). I'm also writing and playing music with Jesse Swenson, who I did Spring Awakening with, and we are working on putting a full band together, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for that one!

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Gerard Canonico has appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables, Spring Awakening and American Idiot. Read more about him in the Playbill Vault.