Meet Bruce Crilly as Nunzio/Roosevelt in Newsies!
I grew up in northern NJ in a family of 11 children. My oldest brother (now a priest) was a very talented young actor who had a fascination for old movies - particularly the silent film comedians. When I was VERY young, he would pull me into skits that mimicked classic old comedy routines. My first time on stage was as a River City kid in a production of The Music Man that he was per morning in.
My fist exposure to ‘Newsies’ was running the sound board for a production at Curtain Call Theater in Stamford, CT - but this will be my first time performing in a production of the show.
I am familiar with the movie and like most, I consider the stage musical an improvement. Assuming all such cross-overs were handled as well, I am all for the movie to stage transition.
I love Sondheim and my favorite Sondheim musical is Sweeney Todd. I have played the Beadle but I have always wanted to play Sweeney - though I am not the right type for the role. Another role I played when I was much younger was Tevye in Fiddler. Would love to play him again now that I am the right age!
When not on stage I enjoy singing, cartoon illustration, sampling great craft beer and spending time with my wife, friends and family.
This is my first production at WBT, and I hope I get to do one again.