Kris Kringle Is In The House!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 12:00:00 am
 Tony Triano as Kris Kringle

Meet Tony Triano who is Kris Kringle in our Production of the beloved classic Holiday Musical!  After playing SCROOGE for many years during the Holidays... He is thrilled to portray an everyday kind of guy who just happens to be SANTA! 

I'm an "army brat".  My dad was a career Army man- my mom a housewife.  I have lived all over- I was born in the Panama Canal Zone. My Dad was a part of the NATO team in the early sixties- we lived in Orleans, France. I went to an International School there. I Learned to speak French. He also did two tours of duty in Vietnam, while my mom, my sister and I stayed NJ. I have a younger sister who is a photographer in the Orlando, FL area. I have two nieces.

I've always felt comfortable "pretending"-
As a kid I would listen to (and sing along with) Mario Lanza albums- especially The Student Prince. Of course, I was too shy to sing in front of anyone. It wasn't until I was in HS that I felt secure enough to get in front of people and perform. I was terrible at sports, so my HS English teacher, Charlotte Spillane, encouraged me to get on stage. I would consider her my mentor.  My first role was Og the leprechaun in Finian's Rainbow. I didn't start performing onstage until I was in High School in NJ- from then on, you couldn't keep me off the stage.I went to Rutgers and Columbia University

I knew that there were a couple of musical versions of Miracle on 34th Street- I've never done any of those versions.
I love the classics- Hello, Dolly!, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, and yes, The Sound of Music. I would love to play Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof one day.

I am truly boring! Love reading, watching TV, going to the movies and the theatre. As a recent returnee to NYC, I enjoy rediscovering the city.
I have a pretty eclectic collection on my Ipod- from ABBA to Streisand, Donna Summer to Adele.


Tony is the best actor I have ever been privileged to share a stage with. He is what every working actor should aspire to be. My wife Cynthia and I are thrilled to know he has returned to the New York stage where he belongs, even as the audiences in Florida will mourn his departure. If you haven't seen him yet, you should treat yourself and your family to the pleasure. Break a leg Tony.
Posted by: Ray Hoover on December 13, 2013 at 12:46:00 pm

Request -- But will understand if not possible. My Service Dog/Therapy Dog, Nicky Rose, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, has been joining us at all of the main WBT shows for the past several years. This dog was remarkable as she was a dumped non-producer from a puppy mill who was found on the street in a near-death situation. During these 4+ years it is believed she had only known physical abuse -- with absolutely no socialization. She was nearly 5 when we adopted her. After much TLC, she became Therapy Dog certified. She had over 700 visits under her collar and was in her 3rd year of the Tail Waggin'Tutor reading program at a local school. We lost our Nicky Rose on 10/15, but a day later, God blessed us with Nicky Bella, a 3-1/2 year old that was found on the streets at 6 months. She has spent the last 3 years in a kennel waiting for us! Within a week, Nicky Bella had slipped into those huge paws, and is presently doing her best to continue Nicky Rose's legacy!

Every year Nicky Rose has donned a Christmas outfit for a picture with Santa. The patients in the 4 nursing homes we visit, the school kids and even our church members look forward to receiving a photo of "their" dog each year.

This year will be no exception. We will be at the Matinee performance of "Miracle on 34th Street" this Thursday (12/6). Would love to have a picture with you and Nicky Bella for this year's picture. I will understand if it is against Equity rules, or it won't fit into your schedule.

In any event can't wait to see you on Thursday. I know it will be an outstanding performance. WBT productions are nothing but the best.

Best wishes to you and yours for a very wonderful holiday, and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Blessed 2013.
Posted by: Annette Smith on December 1, 2012 at 6:49:00 am

Can't wait -- Have tickets for 12/7. I have never been on stage -- but have been around it many years ago. While in HS and after graduation, I ushered at the Schubert Theatre in Chicago, so was privileged to see many wonderful productions. We also switched theaters on occasion to take advantage of their shows too. What memories. Have seen some of the greatest -- Think the most memorable was "Pleasure of His Company" with Cornelia Otis Skinner, Cyril Ritchard, Conrad Nagel and Leo G. Carroll. Of course there were so many others too including Gypsy with Ethel Merman and Gwen Verdon in "Redhead." The best part is we got to know the cast members which was really fun! Now my husband and I try to see each production offered by the WBT, and somehow, each one seems to be better than the last. Best wishes for a wonderful and fun run of "Miracle on 34th Street."
Posted by: Annette Smith on November 27, 2012 at 10:16:00 pm

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