This Going for Broadway episode features Nathan Lucrezio. Nathan Lucrezio started at a very young age with Irish dance, competing at the World class level…placing 12th in the WORLD in Irish Dancing in 2005. He then received his BFA in Musical Theatre at Penn State University. From there, he went on the national tour of A Chorus Line as Alan DeLuca, as well as landing his Broadway debut in Cinderella. He came on as a replacement and learned the show in a very short two weeks. Besides Broadway, he has made many appearances in regional theatre through the Shakespeare Theatre Company and at the WVPT. Also a strong singer, Nathan is the complete package. He is a triple threat and has produced many music videos. Nathan is currently a Broadway performer in Aladdin, where he is the Shop Owner and in the ensemble. And I had the great pleasure of getting to see him this past summer!
In this episode, Nathan and Eryn talk a lot about his experiences and benefits through high school, training, and his jobs he has landed. On college, he found it very beneficial for him because he was able to balance out his abilities as a triple threat. Also, through the school he made many friends that would later help him out in whichever city or state he would be in for an audition. Because he knew people, he was able to crash at their place and get help from them.
Nathan also tells the stories of his quick transfers from regular jobs to national tours and to Broadway.
His biggest piece of advice would be to just go for it! If you truly have a passion and could never see yourself doing anything else than this career, then dive in and work hard.
“Live your life outside of the theatre. Because to be a good actor, you have to have experience…live life to bring the life on stage with any character.”
In This Episode:
2:19- When did you decide that you wanted to build on this and pursue acting as a career?
4:15- Why Penn State University to study musical theatre?
6:32- I saw where you and three other Penn State graduates went back through “We are…on Broadway” and performed at the school with their current students…very cool…giving back to the institution and networking and mentoring the current students…how much of that goes on with collegiate programs? How much help do alumni help graduates get started in the Broadway world?
8:36- Nathan and Eryn talk about role models and inspiration…
12:48- How important do you think it is to go to University or train in programs for the performing arts and investing that additional 4 years versus just start auditioning for jobs and going for it?
15:07- What was the next step after graduating from Penn State?
17:11- You came on as a replacement in Cinderella and had to learn how to walk on stilts in two weeks before having to go on stage. How did you learn that? Was there an instructor who taught you to do that?
18:33- Dream role in Big Fish!
19:25- What are some other challenges you may have faced while coming into a show so quickly and having a limited amount of time on rehearsals?
21:07- How did you land in Aladdin?
22:39- I heard from a director once that most of those who get lead roles come from the ensemble and that in order to make it on Broadway, actors/actresses must be able to dance very well…because if you can’t dance well, you will never make it to be in the ensemble, let alone get a lead role. Do you think this is true? The importance of triple threats!!
24:40-By the way, my Dad watched the videos on your website…he says you are a “quadruple threat”, because you can not only dance, sing and act, but you also do Karate kicks and break boards when you are dancing! He thought that was way cool!
24:59- On the business side of acting, regarding your website… is a personal “acting” website important or a must for all aspiring actors? Should I and my audience be thinking about doing our own websites?
26:50- Nathan talks about his agent that represents him film, television, and theatre…
28:38- Finally, what advice, in closing, do you have for young actors who are pursuing a career in performing?