Nick Fradiani has ventured out of his comfort zone to take on the role of Lorenzo in the national tour of the incredible broadway production of A Bronx Tale. Nick shares, “It’s been great. It’s actually been a lot of fun. It was definitely unfamiliar territory for me, I’ve never really done musical theater, so it’s definitely a little different.” The national tour has reached their halfway point to their 190 shows and Fradiani has truly discovered a lot about himself in this new experience. “I really love the acting part of it. The singing I wasn’t too nervous about, but I was definitely freaking out about the acting.” Over time, Nick began to build some confidence in himself, not only as an actor but a singer as well. “When I was doing the rehearsals, I got linked up with a vocal coach in New York - this guy Mark Ruckles, who works with a bunch of broadway singers. Even though I’ve been singing my whole life, I had some bad habits and I wasn’t warming up properly. He gave me all these different things to do that I do on a daily basis that really helped me get through all of this vocally.”
Being on the road for a long period of time can be difficult at times, especially for a touring production of a broadway show. Nick is no stranger to the touring life as he has been traveling from city to city performing music for his fans over the past five years. Fradiani admits, “the travel can be a bit much and obviously you’re not home for months at a time, but you definitely get use to doing that. For the last five years I’ve been doing a lot of that. It hasn’t been too tough actually. It can get a bit monotonous at times, but for me it’s still pretty fresh because I’ve never done. I’m sure for some people who have been doing theater forever, it can get a bit monotonous, but it’s been fun and I’m just taking it one day at a time.” Landing this role was a big step for Nick. It forced him to take on a new experience and learn first hand what it is like to be part of a production like this. Normally Nick would have turned down something like this, but there was something about A Bronx Tale that holds a special place in his heart. Fradiani shares, “when I was a little kid me and my dad would watch it all the time. I knew the story inside and out, I’ve probably seen the movie like ten times. I used to think, when I was younger, I kind of looked like the kid - I used to wear the Yankee hat and all that stuff. There was this weird connection with A Bronx Tale. So I was like, “Maybe I should do this.”, for some reason.
That leap of faith has led to many great things. Fradiani reveals, “The really good thing is I fixed bad habits that I was getting over the last few years. My voice is the strongest it’s ever been, I think ever. That to me right there was worth doing this.” When you trained and sing every day, sometimes multiple times a day, you get stronger. “I feel like I’ve gained some confidence. If you put your mind to something and you really believe it in, you can make it work. I’m feeling good about it, I’m happy I did it. It was fun, but we still have a couple more months to go, it’s been great.” Nick plans to take this experience and use the skills he has gained in his own solo material - “I think we have five right now, five finished songs. There are a lot of ballads right now, I have three or four ballads. I’m trying to figure out how I want to release them because I don’t normally write a ton of ballads but for some reason that’s how they came out.” With the freedom of being an indie artist, Nick has the opportunity to do things his way. As he finishes up the last couple months on the road with A Bronx Tale, he will be planning out his releases for the rest of the year and continue writing new material.
If you want to check out A Bronx Tale, visit NickFradiani.com for a full list of dates and ticket information.
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