GRANT NORMAN plays gambler, Nicky Arnstein, in Funny Girl.
I was born in Two Harbors, MN, and grew up in the Midwest, around Minneapolis. I was the only one in our family to enter the performing arts...and when I say family, I mean the entire family tree! I started singing at a very young age, and remember being in my first choir in the 5th grade. I definitely got the bug, and continued to sing throughout high school and into college, where I auditioned for a dance company, and got in! From there it was on to theater as a dancer, and eventually...leading roles. I never had in my mind that I wanted to be an actor when I was young, it just happened. I was aware how difficult the industry was, so I just played it by ear. As long as I enjoyed it, and could make a living from it...I continued. Fortunately, that led me all the way to New York City and Broadway.
I learned from so many people along the way but didn't really have any mentors for the business. Kathy and Eddie Gasper were my mentors for dance. I was in their dance company for 4 years (13 shows). I learned an awful lot from them. Eddie was a one time Bob Fosse dance asst. on Broadway and the movies. He had many stories to tell.
I don't have a dream role. My favorite show is still "West Side Story". The combination of story, music & dance makes it uniquely stand out for me as a masterwork of theater. I've never seen the film of Funny Girl. I try not to watch a movie version of a show I will be working on.
Jill Abramovitz (Fanny Brice) is wonderful to work with. I have found so many moments in the show that are moving with her.
When not on stage, I enjoy spending time with my wife and soon to be little girl.
My iPod holds a wide variety. The song that is currently on it is "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden. A hit from the 90's. I love pop and rock songs from the 60's all the way to the present. I LOVE classical music! There's some Country Music, Jazz, R&B, Show Tunes (of course), New Age... Music is very important to me. I try to appreciate and expose myself to all kinds of music.