Santino Fontana is an American actor and singer.
Fontana has received a Tony Award, two Drama Desk Awards, an Outer Critics Circle Award, Lortel Award, Obie Award, and Clarence Derwent Award in a mix of straight plays and musicals. A two-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Drama Desk Award nominee, Fontana won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, and Outer Critics Circle Award for his lead performance as Michael Dorsey in the stage adaptation of Tootsie.
Early life and educationEdit
Fontana was born in Stockton, California, to Sharon Marie Fontana (née Simarro; born 1951) and Ernest John Fontana (born 1948). His mother is an elementary school teacher and his father is an agronomist. He has one sister. He is of one quarter Spanish, one quarter Portuguese, and one half Italian descent. Fontana graduated from Richland High School in Richland, Washington. Fontana studied the arts at the Academy of Children's Theatre in his youth, located in Richland, Washington. As a teenager he studied Theatre Arts at Interlochen Arts Camp at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program.
In 2005, as a member of the Essentials, Fontana co-wrote the musical comedy Perfect Harmony, and originated the role of Philip Fellowes V. In 2006, he starred as Hamlet in The Guthrie Theatre's performance of the Shakespearean classic, before moving to New York City to star as Matt in the Off-Broadway revival of The Fantasticks. His Broadway debut was Sunday in the Park with George in 2007. Fontana originated the role of Tony in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot from October 1, 2008 to July 4, 2009. He was awarded the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his work in Brighton Beach Memoirs. He starred as Prince Topher in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.
In 2015, Fontana became the first guest artist to perform three times in the space of one year with the Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square where he met the cast of Sesame Street. Fontana also joined the cast of the CW romantic musical comedy-drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend that same year. On November 11, 2016, it was announced that Fontana was leaving the TV series after his one-year contract with the CW.
He starred as Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels in the stage musical adaptation of the film Tootsie, which premiered in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from September 11 to October 14, 2018. The musical opened on Broadway on April 23, 2019 and closed on January 5, 2020. Direction was by Scott Ellis with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Robert Horn. Fontana won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for the production.
Fontana began dating actress Jessica Hershberg in mid-2011. The couple met backstage at the Birdland jazz club, where both were performing. They became engaged in September 2014 and married in September 2015.
|2008||Sunday in the Park with George||Alex/Bather/Soldier, George understudy||Roundabout Theatre Company||Broadway debut|
|2008||Billy Elliot the Musical||Tony Elliot||Imperial Theatre||Originated role on Broadway|
|2009||Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound||Stanley Jerome||Nederlander Theatre||Revival|
|2010||A View from the Bridge||Rodolfo||Cort Theatre||Left the show in previews due to a performance-related injury and was replaced by his understudy, Morgan Spector|
|2011||The Importance of Being Earnest||Algernon Moncrieff||American Airlines Theatre||Revival|
|2013||Cinderella||Prince Topher||The Broadway Theatre||Nominated for Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical|
|2014||Act One||Moss Hart||Vivian Beaumont Theatre|
|2018||Hello, Dolly!||Cornelius Hackl||Shubert Theatre||Temporary replacement|
|2019||Tootsie||Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels||Marquis Theatre||Originating role on Broadway|
Winner of Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical
|A Christmas Carol||Young Jacob Marley, Squeeze||Guthrie Theater|
|2003||Six Degrees of Separation||Doug||Guthrie Theater|
|La Traviata||Washington East Opera|
|Death of a Salesman||Bernard||Guthrie Theater and Gaiety Theatre (Dublin Theater Festival)|
|As You Like It||Guthrie Theater|
|Once in a Lifetime||Chautauqua Theater Company|
|9/11 Project||Chautauqua Theater Company|
|On the Verge||Chautauqua Theater Company|
|Loves Labour's Lost||Chautauqua Theater Company|
|2005||Perfect Harmony||Philip Fellowes V||Studio Tisch||Also Co-Writer|
|2006||The Fantasticks||Matt||Off-Broadway||Original Off-Broadway revival cast *cast recording|
|2007||Noël Coward's Hay Fever||Simon Bliss||Old Globe Theatre, San Diego|
|2011||Sons of the Prophet||Joseph||Off-Broadway, Laura Pels Theatre|
|2015||ZORBA!||Niko||Encores! New York City Center|
|2016||1776||John Adams||Encores! New York City Center|
|2016||Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater||Elliot Rosewater||Encores! New York City Center|
|2018||Tootsie||Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels||Cadillac Palace Theatre||Pre-Broadway regional tryout|
|2011||Newsworthy||Mr. Kerry||Short film|
|2013||Marion Knapp Doesn't Smile||Dominic Peters||Short film|
|2014||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Running Banker|
|2014||Fade to White||Damon|
|2015||Frozen Fever||Hans (voice)||Short film|
|2018||Off the Menu||Joel Flanagan|
|2018||The Vanishing Princess||The First Soldier|
|2019||Impossible Monsters||Dr. Rich Freeman|
|2019||Frozen II||Hans (voice)||Archive footage|
|2020||The Devil All The Time||AM Radio DJ (voice)|
|2010||The Good Wife||Danny Willoughby||Episode: "Heart"|
|2011||Nurse Jackie||David||Episode: "Play Me"|
|2011–2014||Submissions Only||Aaron Miller||Series regular (16 episodes)|
|2012||A Gifted Man||Gene Tipton||Episode: "In Case of Heart Failure"|
|2012||Royal Pains||Jason||Episode: "Dawn of the Med"|
|2012||Made in Jersey||ADA Van Pelt||Episode: "Ancient History"|
|2014||A Summer Celebration of Song||Himself/guest artist||2014 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Day Concert|
|2014–2018||Mozart in the Jungle||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||4 episodes|
|2015||Keep Christmas With You||Himself/guest artist||2014 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert|
|2015–2016||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Greg Serrano||Main role (seasons 1–2)|
|2016–2017||Shades of Blue||David Saperstein||9 episodes|
|2016||BrainDead||Kevin||Episode: "The Path to War Part One: The Gathering Political Storm"|
|2019||Fosse/Verdon||James Henaghan||Episode: "Me and My Baby"|
|2020||Vampirina||Petru (voice)||Episode: "Phantom of the Auditorium/Meemoreek!"|
|2015||Keep Christmas with You||Mormon Tabernacle Choir & The Muppets from Sesame Street|
|2015||The Children's Crusade|
|2015||The Marriage of Opposites|
|2015||The Bazaar of Bad Dreams|
|2015||The Laws of Medicine|
|2016||Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House|
|2016||The Perfect Pass|
|2017||The Deal of A Lifetime|
|2018||Flight or Fright|
|2019||Things My Son Needs to Know About the World|
|2020||The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes|
|2020||The What If Guy|
|2020||The Red Badge of Courage|
|2021||You Love Me|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2010||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role in a Play||Brighton Beach Memoirs||Won|
|2011||Clarence Derwent Awards||Most Promising Male Performer||The Importance of Being Earnest||Won|
|2012||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role in a Play||Sons of the Prophet||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role in a Play||Nominated|
|Lucille Lortel Award||Outstanding Lead Actor||Won|
|2013||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical||Cinderella||Nominated|
|Broadway.com Audience Awards||Favorite Lead Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|Broadway.com Audience Awards||Favorite Onstage Pair (with co-star Laura Osnes)||Won|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical||Nominated|
|2014||Behind the Voice Actors Award: Feature Film||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film||Frozen||Won|
|Behind the Voice Actors Award: People's Choice||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film||Won|
|2016||Poppy Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Nominated|
|2018||BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards||Best Actor in a Touring Production||Tootsie||Won|
|Williamsburg Independent Film Festival||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Papercop||Won|
|2019||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical||Tootsie||Won|
|Broadway.com Audience Awards||Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical||Won|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical||Won|
|2020||Audie Award||Best Thriller/Suspense Audiobook||The Institute||Won|
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- "Casting Now Complete for Encores! Zorba!, Starring John Turturro". 15 April 2015.
- Baron, Tricia. "Santino Fontana, Skylar Astin, and More Celebrate 'God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater'" theatermania.com, July 31, 2016
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