Santino Fontana, who returns to Broadway later this season in the new musical Tootsie, will be the focus of a Drama Desk interview/Q&A event January 15 at 6 PM.
Drama Desk member Michael Portantiere will host the evening at Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave. (between 36th and 37th Streets) on the 17th floor (room 17-N). Limited general admission seating is available for the public (non Drama Desk members) for $5; make reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org (put “RSVP Santino Fontana event” in the subject line).
In addition to his latest Broadway role, Fontana will also discuss We'll Have Manhattan: Rodgers & Hart in New York, his tribute to the great songwriting team that will be performed January 26–28 as part of the Lyrics & Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y. The show will feature Santino as well as Jessica Fontana, Ann Harada, Vishal Vaidya, and his Tootsie co-star Lilli Cooper. Gina Rattan directs with musical direction by Andy Einhorn and arrangements and orchestrations by David Chase. For tickets, visit 92y.org/event.
Fontana recently starred in the City Center Encores! productions of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and 1776. His portrayal of Moss Hart in Lincoln Center’s production of Act One, which was filmed for PBS, also earned critical praise. In 2013, he received a Tony nomination for his role of Prince Topher in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and in 2012 he won Obie and Lucille Lortel awards for his performance in Sons of the Prophet. Other theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Clarence Derwent Award), A View from the Bridge, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Drama Desk Award), Billy Elliot, Zorba, Sunday in the Park with George, and Hello, Dolly!