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Tony Winner Santino Fontana To Perform Three Times Next Week At 54 Below In New York

Tony Award winner and Frozen villain Santino Fontana will appear three times next week at the Broadway supper club 54 Below, his first concerts in New York since before the pandemic.

Fontana, who starred as Tootsie in the Broadway musical comedy, Tootsie—for which he received the 2019 Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards—will appear at the club November 13, 18 and 20 at 7 p.m.

54 Below promises his performances with feature “his and your favorite songs, intermixed with hilarious showbiz tales about everything from James Earl Jones to Ryan Gosling.”

The voice of the villainous Prince Hans in the Disney film, Frozen, Fontana also appears in the latest season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Other series he has appeared in include “Shades of Blue,” “Mozart In The Jungle,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “Royal Pains,” “Nurse Jackie” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

On Broadway Fontana also has appeared in Act One, Hello, Dolly!, Cinderella, Brighton Beach Memoir, Billy Elliot, The Importance of Being Earnest and Sunday in the Park with George.

In a recent interview, Fontana lamented the impact of the pandemic on his fellow performing artists, whose livelihood, he said, it “decimated.”

“We can’t do what we do in a Zoom meeting,” he explained.

Happily, he noted, “things are crawling back to something recognizable, but it will take time.”

Fontana also said he has been lucky “to be able to keep (his) head above water” during this period, doing voiceover work, recording audiobooks, working on a new Will Reynolds and Eric Price musical, The Violet Hour, and on a workshop of I Can Get it for You Wholesale, and doing concerts.

He and his wife, Jessica, recently had their second daughter. The pandemic, he added, has enabled him to “spend almost every day with my daughters,” which would not have been possible previously.

The pandemic, he said, also taught him that “you can’t really plan the future,” a lesson he said will inform his upcoming 54 Below performances.

He said he has put “a bunch of songs—American standards—into books”; the audience at each performance will decide what songs he will sing, in the order he will sing them in.

“It will be me, the piano and the audience, and each show will be completely different,” he explained.

“I love improvisation,” he added, noting that he will try to “weave the stories of the songs together. It will keep me on my toes.”

He said he looked forward to “getting back together with people face to face and having a good time. We need to have fun.”

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