New York Theater Preview: NICK CORDERO MEMORIAL TRIBUTE (Broadway on Demand)

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by Tony Frankel on September 5, 2020

in Extras,Theater-New York


One of the last performances I saw before the COVID-19 shutdown was Rock of Ages here in Los Angeles. I had always had issues with the show until that night in a small club in Hollywood, where an immersive, intimate production got the show perfectly right. At the center as Dennis was the remarkable performance of Nick Cordero, pone of my favorite actors. This SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 at 7:00 PM ET, the Broadway community will celebrate the life of Cordero, who died July 5 from COVID-19 complications at age 41, in an exclusive memorial tribute that fans can also partake in on Broadway On Demand, the new theater-focused streaming platform. Although it’s free to watch, donations will be accepted in efforts to benefit the Save The Music Foundation.

Nick Cordero - photo by Noam Galai/WireImage

His former castmates in A Bronx Tale, Bullets Over Broadway, The Toxic AvengerRock of Ages and Waitress are slated to make special performances. The tribute event will also feature photos, videos and commentary from those he grew up with and worked with.

As Nick’s family and friends come together to celebrate his life, the tribute event will include photographs, videos, memories and commentary from those he grew up with, worked with, and shared his talent with, as well as special performances by those with whom he shared the stage.

Also, a live concert album from the Tony nominee’s one-man show, Live Your Life, is set to be released on Thursday, Sept. 17, which would have been the actor’s 42nd birthday. It was filmed in April 2019 at New York’s Feinstein’s/54 Below cabaret.

NICK CORDERO was best known for his Broadway performances in A Bronx Tale, Bullets Over BroadwayWaitress, and Rock of Ages. Born on September 17, 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario, Nick’s professional acting career began with Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding in Toronto, which he followed with a few years performing on cruise ships. After moving to New York in 2007, he starred in The Toxic Avenger, first in New Jersey and then Off-Broadway. In 2012, Nick joined the Broadway cast of Rock of Ages, before landing his breakout role in 2014’s Bullets Over Broadway playing Cheech, a gangster with a fondness for theater and talent for tap, in the musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s 1994 film. The role earned him the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Theater World Award, as well as a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. In March 2016, he joined the Broadway production of Waitress, playing the role of Earl. Nick was also a member of the original company of the musical A Bronx Tale, which earned him a 2017 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. His most recent performance was in the immersive production of Rock of Ages at the Bourbon Room in Hollywood, California. Nick’s television credits include “Queer as Folk,” “Lilyhammer,” “Blue Bloods,” and “Law & Order: SVU.” His film credits include Don Juan, A Stand Up Guy, Going in Style, Inside Game, and Mob Town. On September 3, 2017, Nick married Amanda Kloots. The two met while in Bullets Over Broadway together. They welcomed their son, Elvis, in 2019.


Save The Music Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps students, schools, and communities reach their full potential through the power of making music. Founded in 1997, Save The Music partners with school districts and raises funds to restore music programs in public schools. Since inception, we have donated over $58 million worth of new musical instruments and technology to over 2,159 schools in 276 school districts around the country–impacting the lives of countless students.

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