Fontana performing Cinderella
March 21, 1982|
Stockton, California, United States
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program (BFA)|
|Spouse(s)||Jessica Hershberg (m. 2015)|
Santino Fontana (born March 21, 1982) is an American actor and singer, widely known for playing Greg on the television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and for voicing Prince Hans in the 2013 Disney animated film Frozen.
Fontana was born in California. He is of half Italian, one quarter Portuguese, and one quarter Spanish, descent. He has one sister. Fontana graduated from Richland High School in Richland, Washington in 2000. As a teenager he studied Theatre Arts at Interlochen Arts Camp at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 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 where he meets the cast of Sesame Street. Fontana also joined the cast of the CW romantic musical comedy-drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend that same year. On November 11, 2016, it was announced that Fontana was leaving the TV series after his one-year contract with the CW.
He is expected to star as Michael Dorsey in the stage musical version of the film Tootsie, which will premiere in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from September 11 to October 14, 2018. The musical is expected to open on Broadway in spring 2019. Direction is by Scott Ellis with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Robert Horn.
Fontana began dating actress Jessica Hershberg in mid 2011. The couple met backstage at the Birdland jazz club, where both were performing. They became engaged in September 2014 and married in October 2015.
|2008||Sunday in the Park with George||Alex/Bather/Soldier, George understudy||Roundabout Theatre Company||Broadway debut|
|2008||Billy Elliot the Musical||Tony Elliot||Imperial Theatre||Originated role on Broadway|
|2009||Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound||Stanley Jerome||Nederlander Theatre||Revival|
|2010||A View from the Bridge||Rodolfo||Cort Theatre||Left the show in previews due to a performance-related injury and was replaced by his understudy, Morgan Spector|
|2011||The Importance of Being Earnest||Algernon Moncrieff||American Airlines Theatre||Revival|
|2013||Cinderella||Prince Topher||The Broadway Theatre|
|2014||Act One||Moss Hart||Vivian Beaumont Theatre|
|2018||Hello, Dolly!||Cornelius Hackl||Shubert Theatre||Temporary replacement|
Other stage credits
|A Christmas Carol||Guthrie Theater|
|2003||Six Degrees of Separation||Guthrie Theater|
|La Traviata||Washington East Opera|
|Death of a Salesman||Guthrie Theater and Gaiety Theatre (Dublin Theater Festival)|
|As You Like It||Guthrie Theater|
|Once in a Lifetime||Chautauqua Theater Company|
|9/11 Project||Chautauqua Theater Company|
|On the Verge||Chautauqua Theater Company|
|Loves Labour's Lost||Chautauqua Theater Company|
|2005||Perfect Harmony||Philip Fellowes V||Studio Tisch ||Also Co-Writer|
|2006||The Fantasticks||Matt||Off-Broadway||Original Off-Broadway revival cast *cast recording|
|2007||Noël Coward's Hay Fever ||Simon Bliss||Old Globe Theatre, San Diego|
|2011||Sons of the Prophet ||Joseph||Off-Broadway, Laura Pels Theatre|
|2016||1776||John Adams||Encores! New York City Center|
|2016||Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater||Elliot Rosewater||Encores! New York City Center|
|2018||Tootsie||Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels||Cadillac Palace Theatre||Pre-Broadway regional tryout|
|2015||Keep Christmas With You||Mormon Tabernacle Choir & The Muppets from Sesame Street|
|2011||Newsworthy||Mr. Kerry||Short film|
|2014||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Running Banker|
|2014||Fade to White||Damon|
|2015||Frozen Fever||Hans (voice)||Short film|
|2018||Off the Menu||Joel Flanagan|
|2018||Impossible Monsters||Dr. Rich Freeman||Post-Production|
|2010||The Good Wife||Danny Willoughby||Episode: "Heart"|
|2011||Nurse Jackie||David||Episode: "Play Me"|
|2011–2014||Submissions Only||Aaron Miller||Series regular|
|2012||A Gifted Man||Gene Tipton||Episode: "In Case of Heart Failure"|
|2012||Royal Pains||Jason||Episode: "Dawn of the Med"|
|2012||Made in Jersey||ADA Van Pelt||Episode: "Ancient History"|
|2014||A Summer Celebration of Song||Himself/guest artist||2014 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Day Concert|
|2014–2018||Mozart in the Jungle||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||4 episodes|
|2015||Keep Christmas With You||Himself/guest artist||2014 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert|
|2015–2016||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Greg Serrano||Series regular (22 episodes)|
|2016||Shades of Blue||David Saperstein||10 episodes|
|2016||BrainDead||Kevin||Episode: "The Path to War Part One: The Gathering Political Storm"|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Brighton Beach Memoirs||Won|
|2011||Clarence Derwent Awards||Most Promising Male Performer||The Importance of Being Earnest||Won|
|2012||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Play||Sons of the Prophet||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|2013||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Musical||Cinderella||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|2014||Behind the Voice Actors Award||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film||Frozen||Won|
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- Cowan, Alison Leigh. "Jessica Hershberg and Santino Fontana: A Real-Life Fairy Tale" The New York Times, October 4, 2015
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- Hay Fever, Old Globe Theatre
- "Sons of the Prophet". Roundabout Theatre Company.
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- "IMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS | A Film by Nathan Catucci". IMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
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- Mozart in the Jungle (TV Series 2014– ), retrieved 2018-02-18
- "Sesame Street Muppets, Santino Fontana to join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Christmas concert". DeseretNews.com. 16 October 2014.
- Santino Fontana at the Internet Broadway Database
- Santino Fontana at Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Santino Fontana on IMDb
- 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