PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Bullets Over Broadway Tony Award Nominee Nick Cordero
06 May 2014
Nick Cordero, a 2014 Tony Award nominee for his performance as Cheech in Bullets Over Broadway, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Cordero has appeared on Broadway as Dennis in Rock of Ages, after playing the role across the country in the first national tour.
Off-Broadway he created the title role in The Toxic Avenger. Other credits include Little Shop of Horrors (KC Rep), The Pirates of Penzance (BRT), The Last Five Years (Heritage Theater), Equus (Citadel Theatre), Blood Brothers, Evita (Theatre Aquarius) and Fiddler on the Roof (Manitoba Theatre Center).
Full given name:
Nicholas Eduardo Alberto Cordero
Where you were born/where you were raised:
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
What your parents did/do for a living:
Both retired teachers. Mom now a painter, father now a musician/Facebook aficionado.
Sister Amanda is an interior designer, and brother Matt teaches little kids and college students.
Current Audition Song:
"Faithfully" by Journey
Something you're REALLY bad at:
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?
I had teachers in my home town, David Dayler and Lou and Pauline Zamprogna, who gave me a lot of opportunity to be onstage growing up. They gave me room to fail, for which I’m grateful.
First Broadway show you ever saw:
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?
Jimi Hendrix, Monterey Pop Festival, 1967
Current or recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:
Favorite showtune(s) of all time:
Billy Porter’s rendition of "Beauty School Dropout"
Favorite musicals of all time:
Jelly’s Last Jam, City of Angels, Rent
Broadway or screen stars of the past or present you would most love to perform with:
You personal vocal idols:
So many, but off the top of my head: Michael Jackson, Robert Plant, Steve Winwood, Steven Tyler, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Ella, Allison Krauss, to name a few. Rachael Price from Lake Street Dive is killing me right now.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
Prince at Massey Hall, Toronto, June 15th, 2002
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
MAC or PC?
Most played song on your iPod:
Right now it’s "You Go Down Smooth" by Lake Street Dive. Rachael Price is insane. Also wearing out "Ain’t It Fun" by Paramore, 90’s Jay-Z… and Max Graef’s new record "Rivers Of The Red Planet" is pretty cool.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.