Fontana performing Cinderella
March 21, 1982 |
Stockton, California, United States
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program (BFA)|
|Occupation||Stage actor, film actor|
|Spouse(s)||Jessica Hershberg (m. 2015)|
Santino Fontana (born March 21, 1982) is an American actor, singer, director, and composer, best known for playing Greg on the television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and for voicing Prince Hans, the primary antagonist of the 2013 Disney animated film Frozen.
Fontana was born in California. He is of half Italian, one quarter Portuguese, and one quarter Spanish, descent. Fontana graduated from Richland High School in Richland, Washington in 2000. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, class of 2004.
In 2005, as a member of the Essentials, Fontana co-wrote the musical comedy Perfect Harmony, and originated the role of Philip Fellowes V. In 2006 he starred as Matt in the Off-Broadway revival of The Fantasticks. His Broadway debut was Sunday in the Park with George in 2007. Fontana originated the role of Tony in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot from October 1, 2008 to July 4, 2009. He was awarded the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his work in Brighton Beach Memoirs. He starred as Prince Topher in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.
In 2015, Fontana became the first guest artist to perform three times in the space of one year with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Fontana also joined the cast of the CW musical dramedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend that same year, starring alongside Rachel Bloom.
- "Moss Hart" in Act One (2014)
- "Prince Topher" in Cinderella (2013)
- "Algernon Moncrieff" in The Importance of Being Earnest (revival) (2011)
- "Rodolfo" in A View from the Bridge (2010--left the show in previews due to a performance-related injury and was replaced by his understudy, Morgan Spector)
- "Stanley Jerome" in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound (revival) (2009)
- "Tony Elliot" in Billy Elliot the Musical (2008) (first to play the role on Broadway)
- "Alex/Bather/Soldier", "George" understudy Sunday in the Park with George Roundabout Theatre Company (2008) (Broadway debut)
Other stage credits
- "John Adams" in "1776" Encores! New York City Center (2016)
- "Joseph" in Sons of the Prophet (2011) 
- "Philip Fellowes V" in Perfect Harmony (Also Co-Writer) Studio Tisch (2005)
- "Matt" in The Fantasticks original Off-Broadway revival cast (2006) *cast recording
- "Hamlet" in Hamlet Guthrie Theater (March 4-May 7, 2006)
- "Simon Bliss" in Noël Coward's Hay Fever Old Globe Theatre, San Diego (July 14 – August 19, 2007) 
- Loves Labour's Lost Chautauqua Theater Company
- On the Verge Chautauqua Theater Company
- 9/11 Project Chautauqua Theater Company
- Once in a Lifetime Chautauqua Theater Company
- As You Like It Guthrie Theater
- Death of a Salesman Guthrie Theater and Gaiety Theatre (Dublin Theater Festival)
- La Traviata Washington East Opera
- Six Degrees of Separation Guthrie Theater (2003)
- A Christmas Carol Guthrie Theater
|2010||The Good Wife||Danny Willoughby||Episode "Heart"|
|2012||Royal Pains||Jason||Episode "Dawn of the Med"|
|2014||A Summer Celebration of Song||Himself/guest artist||2014 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Day Concert|
|2014||Mozart in the Jungle||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Episode "You Have Insulted Tchaikovsky"|
|2015||Keep Christmas With You||Himself/guest artist||2014 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert|
|2015-present||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Greg Serrano||Series regular|
|2016||Shades of Blue||David Saperstein||13 episodes (forthcoming)|
|2013||Frozen||Prince Hans||Singing and speaking voice|
|2014||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Running Banker|
|2015||Frozen Fever||Hans||Short film|
Awards and nominations
- 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for Brighton Beach Memoirs (won)
- 2011 Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male Performer for The Importance of Being Earnest (won)
- 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Sons of the Prophet (nominated)
- 2012 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Sons of the Prophet (nominated)
- 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (nominated)
- 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (nominated)
- "NYC New Member Events | Actors' Equity Association Membership". Actorsequity.org. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
- "Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Santino Fontana Headline Pioneer Day Concerts". www.mormonnewsroom.org. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
- "Richland School District About". rsd.edu.
- Fontana Lands Lead Role
- "The Essentials for Perfect Harmony". SamuelFrench.com.
- "Santino Fontana biography at Lincoln Center Theater". LCT.org.
- "The Fantasticks Revival Opens Off-Broadway". Playbill.com.
- "Santino Fontana to Perform with the Choir for the Third Time in a Year". mormontabernaclechoir.org.
- "Cinderella, Starring Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, Sets Dates at the Broadway Theatre". Broadway.com.
- "Sons of the Prophet". Roundabout Theatre Company.
- "Perfect Harmony". SamuelFrench.com.
- "The Fantasticks (New Off-Broadway Recording)". SH-K-BOOM RECORDS.
- Hay Fever release, Old Globe Theatre
- R. Scott Lloyd (18 July 2014). "Guest artist Fontana tells stories through song at Tabernacle Choir concert". DeseretNews.com.
- "Sesame Street Muppets, Santino Fontana to join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Christmas concert". DeseretNews.com. 16 October 2014.
- Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY 4:11 p.m. EDT June 17, 2013 (2013-06-17). "'Frozen' defrosts Kristen Bell's Disney dreams". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
- Lee, Michael (March 12, 2015). "'Cinderella' Review". movieviral. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
- "Santino Fontana on Twitter". Twitter.
- Santino Fontana at the Internet Broadway Database
- Santino Fontana at the Internet Movie Database
- Santino Fontana biography for The Neil Simon Plays
- Off Off Broadway Online interview, 2006
- A new prince takes the 'Hamlet' throne MNDaily.com, 2006
- "Who Knew? Hamlet graduated from CLA" on page 9, Reach magazine, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
- Santino Fontana's thread on Friends of Billy Elliot