PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Arena Stage's Mother Courage Star Nicholas Rodriguez

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20 Feb 2014

Nicholas Rodriguez
Nicholas Rodriguez

Nicholas Rodriguez stars as Eilif in Arena Stage's new musical adaptation of Mother Courage and Her Children in Washington, DC. He fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Rodriguez has appeared on Broadway in Tarzan. He has performed at Arena Stage as Freddy in My Fair Lady, Fabrizio Nacarelli in The Light in the Piazza and Curly in Oklahoma! (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical).

Other theatre work includes The Toxic Avenger, Almost Heaven, Bajour, Collete Collage, Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Evita (Che), Hair (Claude), The Ten Commandments, Beauty and the Beast, Damn Yankees, Cinderella, South Pacific, Master Class and The King and I.

He was in the film "Sex and the City 2" and featured on the film’s soundtrack. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Nick Chavez on ABC’s "One Life to Live" (GLAAD Media Award).


Full given name: Nicholas Tereso Rodriguez
Where you were born/where you were raised: Austin, TX
Zodiac Sign:Aries
What your parents did/do for a living: Mom: X-ray Tech/Clinic Manager
Dad: High school football and baseball coach
Current Audition Song: Oh… it varies. Current “go-to’s” are “I Have Dreamed” from The King and I and “Rocket Man” by Elton John
First Broadway show you ever saw: Sunset Boulevard with Betty Buckley
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? The original company of Hair
The original production of Dreamgirls
Carousel at Lincoln Center with Audra and co.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Kinky Boots —if they can get tickets! It’s such an incredible show, and I am so proud of all my friends that are in it and helped create it. It’s such an exciting celebration of life and friendship.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: “Not A Day Goes By” from Merrily We Roll Along

“What Would I Do” from Falsettos

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel

“Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George

“Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma!

“Human Heart” from Once on This Island

I could go on and on…

Some favorite modern musicals: The Light in the Piazza, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, Once, Dreamgirls, The Last Five Years, Floyd Collins, Sunday in the Park With George, Falsettos
Some favorite classic musicals: Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, The Fantasticks, Kiss Me Kate, South Pacific
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Cary Grant, Gene Kelly, Deborah Kerr
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Maria Callas, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Nina Simone
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center. From the very beginning, the orchestra was incredible under Ted Sperling, the lights by Christopher Akerlind, the leaves blowing through the piazza, the hat flying in the air. I was swept away before anyone even opened their mouths. Then, once they did, I was completely rapt.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: “La mamma morta” (Andrea Chenier)— Maria Callas “You Can Have Him”— Nina Simone “Strange Fruit”— Billie Holiday “Adieu, notre petit table” (Manon)— Renee Fleming
Most played song on your iPod: I mostly listen to my iPod at the gym or when I’m running. The current go-to songs in my running mix are: “Absolutely Not” (Deborah Cox), “Feel it to Heal It” (Billy Porter) and “Trouble” (Lizz Wright).
Last book you read: “50 Shades of Grey”
Favorite Tweeters: @AudraEqualityMc, @AndersonCooper, @morganajames, @mybroadwaytweet
Must-see TV show(s): "Scandal," "Homeland," "Dexter," "White Collar," "Game of Thrones," "Breaking Bad"
Last good movie you saw: "Dallas Buyer’s Club"
Some films you consider classics: "An Affair to Remember," "An American in Paris," "North By Northwest," "The King and I," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "All About Eve"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Maria Callas
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Top Chef," "Project Runway" and the occasional Real Housewife
Three favorite cities: New York, Austin, Paris
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: LP: "Annie" soundtrack (the film version)…I should’ve known then

Tape: Culture Club's "Colour by Numbers." Yes, Karma Chameleon...

CD: George Strait's "Merry Christmas Strait to You"

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