PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day With Broadway's Newsies Dance Captain Michael Fatica
Spend a two-show day with Michael Fatica, cast member and dance captain at the Broadway production of Newsies. He takes readers through his morning routine and offers a backstage look at the Nederlander Theatre.
Good Morning! Step One for every two-show day is to become a teen again (aside from the few that actually ARE teens). While some of the boys are lucky enough to have to only perform this ritual every few days, I shave before every performance.
My wonderful roommate Sarah Claire Smith knows only too well that I'm not much of a morning person, so she leaves me lipstick notes on a mirror to start off the day. Today's was "You look great"...my morning hair would disagree!
New York is a busy city and I think it it's important to balance work and play! I try to start out every weekend two-show day with some delicious brunch, and more importantly, good conversation to feed the soul. Luckily, today I had Julia Harkey for that.
Back to the delicious food part of brunch.....these baked eggs don't stand a CHANCE.
The view walking across the street to the Nederlander Theatre really never gets old. On this chilly morning, there were some devoted Fansies lined up over an hour before the show!
Walking through the lobby, we pass the board that lists if any swings or understudies are on that day. Looks like today I'll be playing Morris Delancey!
Every day when we arrive at the theatre, we have to sign in to let Stage Management know we are in the building. Without fail, if you miss this list, you will be subject to public embarrassment by our amazing but incredibly cheeky stage management team :)
Regardless of whether I am in the show that day or not, I settle into my dressing room station on the 4th floor. We spend a lot of time there, so we've personalized them to make it feel like home.
One of my pre-show rituals is to hug pretty much everybody. This is fellow newsie Evan Kasprzak enduring one of the day's first.
We have a lot of sweets at the Nederlander Theatre, which is both a blessing and a curse. Today, we obviously did NOT have the will power to pass them by. I mean, come on, homemade cookies??