Getting to know Chachi, Michael D'Amico!
We talk to Michael D'Amico, who plays Chachi Arcola in our production of Happy Days...
I grew up in Manalapan, NJ - about 10 miles from the shore. My parents are New Yorkers, so city culture, as well as the beach, were a huge part of my upbringing. I went into the city often to visit family and friends, and I spent lots of time at the beach all times of the year! It was a really cool mesh!
I always sang, but growing up, I played soccer for about 8 years, so I was always very focused on that. However, my freshman year of high school, my best friend and I decided to take theatre together as our arts elective. At that point, I wanted to direct films, and having been exposed to the stage, I decided to take a NYFA summer intensive for directing. It turns out that the other students in the program needed actors for their pieces, so I volunteered, and I caught the bug!
Growing up I used to watch Nick-at-night with my mom almost every day after she came home from work. Happy Days was on all the time, as was Laverne and Shirley and I Love Lucy. I first heard of the musical a little while back while doing some research for Doo-Wop type Musical Theater songs.
It's an incredible gift to be able to portray such iconic characters. Not only is there a major amount of resources available as far as research, but it's rare that you get to play somebody who was a part of your childhood culture. There's certainly pressure when it comes to this, but it's a fun privilege to be able to honor what the essence of the character is, while still bringing yourself to it.
This is my first WBT show, but I really enjoy that the whole crew and cast are supportive- it's like a family. The product that WBT brings is more than just quality
I have several shows I'd love to work on, but I've always dreamed of playing Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. I'd also really love to play Boq in Wicked. My favorite musical of all time is West Side Story.
I enjoy traveling, reading, and in the winter, snowboarding.
I own quite a bit of music and have rather electric taste. I really love 90's R&B soul- there's a fair amount of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Anita Baker, and Celine Dion. I also love pop! Maroon 5, Lianne La Havas, Sia, and Panic! at the Disco are my favorites at the moment.