Brothers Nunziata perform Broadway
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(L-R) Showmen Will and Anthony Nunziata… or is it Anthony and Will? A little help?
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By Sarah Monroe

The stage is set and the music has been carefully selected. There is a soft shuffling of feet moving towards center stage as two brothers take their place, ready to sing their songs to the roar of a packed house. Both hearts race as adrenaline pumps excitedly through their veins and when the curtain begins to rise, so does the explosion of clapping hands. It is the moment that multi-talented brother duo Will and Anthony Nunziata long for, the chance to share a labor of love with their creation of a musical celebration, Broadway Our Way.

The Chicago Tribune has said that the pair is “a winning combo of beautiful tenor voices and comedic flair,” and they will be showcasing their talent at The John Legend Theatre on Saturday Apr. 7. Will and Anthony are set to perform famous Broadway songs such as “This Could be the Start of Something Big,” “New York State of Mind,” and “You’re Nothing Without Me.” They will also serenade the crowd with popular chart-topping hits—as well as original songs that will appear on their upcoming album set to release in June, which were written in part by Anthony Nunziata along with hit-making lyricists such as Tom Kimmel, Maria Christensen, and Nina Ossoff, just to name a few.

It seems that these identical twin brothers were born with a love for music. The running joke is that they were singing while in the womb, a nod to the music-filled house that they grew up in. “The radio was always on,” Anthony explains, “and cassettes of Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Billy Joel were on repeat!”

Along with the eclectic genres that were the soundtrack of their childhood, musicals were also a big part of the brothers’ life growing up. They would join their school to go on annual trips to Broadway in New York City to witness live performances, and their parents would take them every chance they got. Albums of musicals such as Peter Pan were also a staple in their household, with Will saying “This idea about ‘never growing up’ was fascinating to me.”  When you see the look on their face and the absolute love that they have for what they do, it is not too far off from the same look they had as kids singing on stage with their classmates, smiles wide and eyes beaming for their passion in performing.

Will and Anthony were classically trained in the art of singing, acting, and directing at Boston College and practiced their improv skills at the Upright Citizens Brigade, where comedy heroes such as Horatio Sanz, Nick Kroll, Donald Glover, and Amy Poehler were trained. All of their skills come into play during their performance. Each brother plays off the other and their quick wit and sassy banter leaves the audiences in stitches.

They are no strangers to the road, performing over 400 shows in a handful of years, including two performances at Carnegie Hall. Will has said that it was one of the most amazing performances of his life. “To stand center stage and sing on the same stage that some of my entertainment heroes have, was something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.” Their powerhouse performances are booked through 2019, with more being added all of the time.

With the success and recognition that the duo is receiving, and the endless grind of the road, they also knew that they needed to help spark the passion of up-and-coming performers, so that there will be wonderful music and shows for years to come. The brothers started an outreach program called Will & Anthony’s ARTS MATTER! The goal is to help high schoolers and college performers get a chance of taking a master class so that Will and Anthony can help them improve their technique and gain knowledge of the industry.

The brothers are making their film debut in a Netflix movie called “The Last Laugh,” with the two of them working alongside Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss. The movie’s writer and director, Greg Pritikin, had worked with the Nunziata brothers on a previous project and when he contacted them about the movie, it was a no brainer. “I mean,” Will says, “how do you say NO?!”

As a duo, the future of the performers looks bright, with possible sitcom projects in the works and the upcoming release of their first album. On the solo side, each brother is working on their own projects as well. Will is looking forward to a few theatre projects as he is also a theatre and concert director, and Anthony will continue honing his talent with his songwriting career.

Though the brothers are identical, each one has their own feisty personality. Their stage presence is commanding, each donning a custom sateen blazer complemented by their polished good looks and hilarious comedic timing. Even if you can’t figure out which one is which, it doesn’t matter because you will love them both!

Will and Anthony: Broadway Our Way will be presented by the Springfield Arts Council at the John Legend Theatre, 700 S. Limestone St., Springfield on Saturday Apr. 7 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit SpringfieldArtsCouncil.org More information about Will and Anthony Nunziata can be found at WillAndAnthony.com.

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Sarah Monroe
Sarah Monroe, a native to the Gem City, is currently writing her first novel. Reach DCP writer Sarah Monroe at contactus@daytoncitypaper.com

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