It was just a few months ago that Will and Anthony Nunziata and I sat down to talk about their new Showstoppers concert. This show is so big, so fun, and so entertaining, that one interview just wasn't enough! So, here we are looking back and ahead at this new, exciting show called Showstoppers which will be coming to the John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main Street, Northport, NY) on Monday, April 11 at 8pm!
Will and Anthony's Showstoppers concert includes exciting takes on some of the greatest songs ever written, from Pop Music, 60’s Hits and the American Songbook to Motown, Italy and Broadway. A 90-minute tour-de-force concert that transcends generations. It’s sexy, heart-warming, funny and entertaining. With their soaring tenor voices and acting & improv comedy chops, Will & Anthony sing fresh arrangements of classic and contemporary songs including "You’re All I Need to Get By," "Feeling Good," "O Sole Mio," "The Impossible Dream," "Unchained Melody," "Someone Like You," "God Only Knows," "What Kind of Fool Am I," "The Prayer…" songs from The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, Broadway, Motown, Sammy Davis Jr., Adele, Rascal Flatts and more. Click here for tickets!
1. On the heels of Showstoppers NYC debut at The Highline Ballroom this past January, you are now taking this fun & entertaining show to the John W. Engeman Theater on Long Island. What did you learn from Showstoppers premiere that you will bring with you to this show?
Will: The concert in January consisted mainly of new arrangements, so putting it on its feet in front of a live audience was a lot of fun and very telling of what works and what needs some tweaking. Happy to report 90% worked! The other 10% was Anthony!
Anthony: Thank you, brother!
Will: You’re welcome! Our concert at The Engeman is a two-act concert so we will be adding even more new material…
Anthony: … and we now have an even better idea how to shape the evening to be the best piece of theater it can be.
Anthony: The Engeman Theater is a beautiful, intimate proscenium theatre which allows us to really connect with the audience. The sound and lighting are first-rate.
Will: We performed our concert here last year and had a blast. It was a sold-out house, the audience was very receptive and a lot of fun. Looking forward to bringing a three-piece band to the venue, it’s going to be a great night of music and fun.
3. In Showstoppers, you also do an Adele cover. If you could photograph someone in this light in case this was the last time you saw them, who would you take a picture of?
Anthony: Yes, I do a cover of "Someone Like You". And I like this question because I love the song you are referring to. Well, I would take a picture of my family. They are my rock and inspiration in all I do.
4. One of your staple songs, in almost every concert you perform, is "The Prayer." During these difficult times we live in, what do each of you pray for?
Will: I pray for peace, happiness, and love.
Anthony: Love. Love is the answer.
Will: Someone who is unapologetic, fearless, and authentic.
Anthony: Fearless, uniquely talented, owning everything they sing.
6. If you could perform a duet or trio with any Showstopper, who would you want to share the stage with?
Will: Sammy Davis, Jr and Frank Sinatra! I always wanted to be in the Rat Pack!
Anthony: But we’re in the Twin Pack. (pause) I’d love to share the stage with Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. These are such great singing-actors.
7. Your parents are quite supportive of your career. When did they realize, their boys, were showstopping singers?
Will: Our Mom says since we were in the womb.
Anthony: That’s an interesting answer. I’m going to pivot from the womb to say that I think they knew we had some inkling of singing when we would hum and mumble-sing while we were in our shared crib. Our Dad would sing to us all the time and apparently we "sang" back to him before we learned to speak our first words.
8. One artist I consider to be a Showstopper is Tina Turner. The theme song to What's Love Got To Do With It, the film based upon her autobiography is "I Don't Wanna Fight." As siblings, what is something you don't wanna fight about anymore that you've carried with you from childhood?
Will: We don't fight, I don't know what you are talking about Adam, Anthony, did you tell Adam we fight?! :)
Anthony: Will, it’s OK. Take a deep breath.
Will: I am breathing. I think I’m breathing.
Anthony: That’s a good start, Will. That’s a good start. (laughs) We’re both very passionate about everything we do and we’ve learned that it’s not about being "right." We respect each other’s thoughts and feelings, so in all we do, we figure out what is going to be the "best" thing to do to accomplish the task at hand.
Will: Playing tennis against one another let’s out a lot of tension.
Anthony: Yes, we love playing tennis. Will has yet to win a set against me this year so, yes, Will, I understand that must be a lot of tension for you.
Will: Well, my #1 bucket list dream is going to be coming true later this year when we make our Carnegie Hall debut as the guest artists with the New York Pops.
Anthony: Yes, making our debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops under the baton of our friend Steven Reineke, that is going to be a blast! Developing a television show to reach an even a greater audience, looking forward to working on this as well.
10. On "Call Me Adam," I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent everyday. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent everyday?
Will: Continue to be kind to others and kind to myself.
Singers, actors, funny-men and advocates of arts in education - Will & Anthony sing fresh takes on timeless songs from pop standards, Broadway, and Italian music to Billy Joel, Motown, and beyond. Hailed as "a nearly impossible pairing of talent, stage presence and charisma," Will & Anthony continue to win critical and popular acclaim for their concert performances throughout the United States and around the world.
The brothers have brought their distinct take on classic songs from performing arts centers, theaters and symphony concert halls, including The Kravis Center’s Dreyfoos Hall in West Palm Beach, FL, to headlining their symphony concerts with The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra with New York Pops musical director and conductor Steven Reineke. From Singapore to San Francisco, Will & Anthony have created and performed tailored private concerts for countless corporate, private and Gala events all around the world. They have been featured recently on NPR, The Entertainment Weekly Sirius Radio show, The Rachael Ray Show, NBC’s The Columbus Day Parade and on ABC’s Good Morning America. In the fashion world, the brothers have modeled and been styled by Carmen Marc Valvo, Hermes U.S. and Hermes Toronto, Elie Tahari, b Michael America, and Nick Graham. Will & Anthony trained in improv comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.
Their proudest accomplishment is the creation of their Arts in Education Outreach Initiative and Master Class Workshops where they visit schools and students providing education and inspiration in supporting the arts as a significant component of young peoples’ lives. Through their workshops, Will & Anthony provide acting and vocal technique, life lessons of building a strong work ethic and personal brand, and the confidence to never give up on your passions.
Born in Brooklyn, the brothers, along with their younger sister Annie, were raised just north of New York City in Pelham Manor, NY. Music continues to constantly play in the home of their parents, Fran & Joe. Sinatra, Ella, Sammy Davis, Jr., Streisand, Dean Martin, Pavarotti, Billy Joel, Gospel - this was the soundtrack of Will & Anthony’s childhood. Today, their musical mission is to keep "America’s classical music" feeling fresh and new.