Nick Varricchio is back in Christmas Inn!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 12:00:00 am

Cleveland rocks! #windians. #believeland. I come from a big Italian family where every Sunday was pasta Sunday at my grandma's house. I have two of the world's greatest brothers-- Domenic, a commodities broker in Kansas, and Vinnie, a nurse-in-training. My parents-- Marissa and Enrico, are the hardest working people I know; they inspire me.

I saw Jersey Boys on my very first trip to the Big Apple. After we left the theatre I turned to my mom and said, "I want to do that someday." Lucky me, my family has supported me every step of the way.

I have many mentors! My dear friend Brint, who directed me in a production of The Light in the Piazza and helped me to rediscover my artistry, and my Italian teacher and friend of 15+ years, Elvira.

I also consider the old MGM Hollywood stars to be my mentors-- TCM was always playing on the tv in my house.

I last performed in Happy Days at WBT as the Fonz. Not many people can say they've played the Fonz, so I wear that legacy of a brown leather jacket proudly!

I love coming back to WBT because the people here are truly a wonderfully kind, giving, and caring family.

I pine to play the role of Bobby in Company one day. I recently had the chance to work with the marvelous Pamela Myers, and the stories she shared were invaluable. I hope to ghostwrite her autobiography one day. 

To the tune of Karen Carpenter, "Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays!" I love being with my family for the holidays. We have a tradition where we all gather at a relative's house, and we sing the Hallelujah Chorus, carol to the cassette of Mitch Miller and the gang, and finish with Barbra Streisand's The Lord's Prayer. Eventually, the Elves arrive with pajamas for one and all!

I'm teaching myself the accordion! One day, if you should find yourself navigating the subways, be sure to look beyond the Mole people and straphangers, and you'll find me donning a beret and neckerchief whilst portraying my most Parisian self as I languidly warble the music of Edith Piaf!

Top 3 vinyl albums I play on my record player in the morning before CrossFit: Yvonne Elliman's "Love Me", Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall" Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong's "Ella & Louis"

 As Fonzie in HAPPY DAYS



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