2015 Best Supporting Actor in a Musical Nominee: Andrew Giordano as Edward Rutledge in The Company Theatre's "1776"

Before we announce our 2015 ArtsImpulse Award Winners, we are proud to present our 2015 ArtsImpulse Nominee Interview Series. 

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Photo Credit: Nikki Cole Photography.

Photo Credit: Nikki Cole Photography.

Andrew Giordano had the arduous task of rousing the other delegates during his defiant and triumphant "Molasses to Rum" in The Company Theatre's 1776 as Delegate Edward Rutledge.  Andrew's powerful presence, which is only matched by his robust vocal prowess, provided a stirring performance and making an otherwise exceptional production even more noteworthy and memorable. In his Interview, Andrew discusses the difficulties playing Edward Rutledge, his lucky outfit, and his upcoming projects (with another 2015 ArtsImpulse Theatre Award Nominee!). 

Thank you, Andrew, for joining us again for our 2015 ArtsImpulse Nominee Interview Series.  Can you remind our readers who you are, where you’re from, and your performing history?

Hi, Brian. It’s great to again be back for a second time/year in a row. Thank you!  I grew up outside of Boston and summered on Cape Cod. After high school, I traveled and performed with the International group Up With People.

After that year, I attended The Boston Conservatory.  Then, I moved to New York City, and I have been working professionally ever since: Broadway, regionally, as well as internationally.

Talk to us about 1776.  How did you get involved?  Who was your character?  What was his story?

1776 was my 3rd production at The Company Theatre, previously acting in Les Miserables (as Javert, earning a 2014 ArtsImpulse Theatre Award Nomination) and The Drowsy Chaperone (as Adolpho). In 1776, I played Edward Rutledge, the delegate from South Carolina. He is the reason slavery was upheld.  It was a bucket list role. I’m grateful for being able to play him.  What a great experience to play a person from our American history.  While prepping for the show, there was so much history and information to read about all the characters in the show.

What have been some of your most challenging or demanding roles?  Why?

Edward Rutledge in 1776 was challenging.  As a cast, you are on stage for pretty much the entire show, which is pushing 3 hours. You HAVE to be present, listen and react.  You have to keep up energy, both physically and mentally. Then, as Rutledge I had the show’s “11 o’clock number,” “Molasses to Rum,” which was one the most demanding and intense things that I have ever done. But also, the most rewarding. 

From day one at the auditions, the directors told me that in any production of 1776 that they had seen, the scene prior to the song a well as the song was never intense enough.  I loved “going there” in this production.  After sitting on stage for almost three hours, you have to dig deep to get the physical, mental, and vocal energy to really connect to and deliver that song, especially as intense as the directors wanted.

Edward Rutledge (Andrew Giordano*) singing "Molasses to Rum" in The Company Theatre's 1776 (Photo Credit: Zoe Bradford) (* Denotes a Member of Actors' Equity Association).

Edward Rutledge (Andrew Giordano*) singing "Molasses to Rum" in The Company Theatre's 1776 (Photo Credit: Zoe Bradford) (* Denotes a Member of Actors' Equity Association).

Les Miserables was also a demanding show (vocally, physically, and emotionally). Both are shows that I’d do again in a heart beat!

With which stories or characters do you identify most strongly?  Why?

Before answering this, I had to think about it:

It’s hard to put into words.  I have a “sixth sense” in regard to most roles/characters that I play/want to play. There is something that draws me to them. I’ll just “know.” It’s almost like when you meet someone with whom you have a strong connection.  I usually end up eventually getting to play the roles. 

How do you relax?

What does relax mean?

Do you have a favorite or lucky outfit?

I actually have a particular shirt that I bought to wear to an audition for a specific show.  I booked that show, and have since booked (or been put on file for future replacements), for every show for which I auditioned while wearing that shirt.

What is one of your first performing memories?

At the age of 5, I played Little Jack Horner in a Children’s Theatre production of a show.  It was my first show. Midway into the rehearsal process, I was given a song which opened the show.

If you could eat anything for the rest of your life (and not gain a pound!), what would you eat?

I have quite a list. Ice cream, cheeseburgers & fries, pasta/Italian food . . . I’ll stop there as I’m now hungry.

Do you have any upcoming projects?

Next up, I’ll be playing Vittorio in Sweet Charity at The Stoneham Theatre, directed and choreographed by Ilyse Robbins. She was also my director/choreographer in Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Stoneham Theatre. I can’t wait to again work with her . . . she is wonderful!

Do you have anything else to share with our ArtsImpulse readers?

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