Enrico Rodriguez continues his rise up! On Broadway, Enrico has delighted audiences in "Big: The Musical" and the Tony Award winning "Rent" as "Steve/Angel" understudy). Off-Broadway, Enrico has lit up the stage in "Zanna, Don't" as "Mike," "Fame on 42nd Street," and "The Radio City Spectactular." Audiences around the world have enjoyed Enrico's performances in the National Tours of "Mamma Mia," "Rent," and "Miss Saigon" while Regional audiences have seen Enrico in "Miss Saigon" (Walnut Street Theatre, Houston TUTS, Pittsburgh CLO), "Footloose" (North Shore Music Theatre), and "Crazy For You," "Bye, Bye Birdie," and "West Side Story" (Pittsburgh CLO). Enrico has also been featured in several readings/workshops such as "Allegiance" (Young Sam), "Skippjon Jones" (Skippyjon), and Maury Yeston's "Peony Pavilion" and "Bring It On."
Most recently, Enrico dazzled audiences in the New York Musical Theatre Festival "Prison Dancer" starring Broadway's Jose Llana. Now, Enrico is gearing up for his next endeavor, so be on the look out for more!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My sister. She's 11 years older than I and as a very young kid I would watch her perform in talent shows and dance recitals. While watching her I knew that I wanted to be on stage doing it too. This might sound crazy but when I was 5, maybe 6, other kids my age were watching cartoons and playing with G.I Joe and Barbies. I was watching Star Search and Kids Incorporated and performing for my stuffed animals in my room. lol.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Sutton Foster. That was an easy one. haha.
3. What attracted you to "Prison Dancer" and what do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Of all the auditions I went to in the last couple months, whether it be for a Broadway show or a regional gig, I wanted to book Prison Dancer the most. It's a beautiful story written by Filipino's, about Filipino's. After reading the script, listening to the music, and watching the web series, I just knew that I had to be part of this show. It has so much passion and so much heart and I am so happy to have been part of it.
4. What do you identify most with about your character "Nana"? "Nana" is sassy, funny, and tough but underneath it all has a lot of heart and is sensitive. I identify with all these things.
5. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? Where is your favorite place to rehearse on your own? Creating, discovering, learning, growing, playing, finding out what works what doesn't, and bonding. I love the rehearsal process.
My favorite place to rehearse? At home in my room...in front of my stuffed animals. haha, kidding.
6. I was first introduced to your talent in "Zana, Don't." Looking back, what did you enjoy most about starring in that show? "Zanna Don't" was pure, genuine fun. Like "Prison Dancer," it was a new work and I was in the original off-Broadway cast so during the rehearsal process we really got to create our roles and discover together which always really bonds a cast. I made life long friendships from the show and memories that I will never forget.
7. What's the best advice you've ever received? There is not one specific thing that any one person has told me. My mother has always believed in me and has supported me even when I hit major lows in both my personal life and in my career. She has fed me a wealth of advice that continues to inspire me and keep me going. LOVE YOU MOM!
8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My idols Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.
9. If you could have any super power which one would you choose? Flying.
10. Favorite way to spend your day off? At an amusement park. I'm a roller-coaster fanatic.
11. Favorite way to stay in shape? Dance class and Barry's Bootcamp.
12. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.