Broadway Community Remembers Tony Nominee Nick Cordero
Nick Cordero was one of the great ones. The Broadway star and Tony nominee died on the morning of July 5, after spending 95 days in the intensive care unit dealing with complications from Covid-19. He was 41.
Nick’s wife Amanda Kloots announced on Instagram: “God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”
Cordero was a beloved member of the theatrical community. He made his Broadway debut in Rock of Ages, and he was performing with the Los Angeles company of the show when the Covid-19 shutdown happened.
He earned a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of the lovable gangster Cheech, the role originated Chazz Palminteri in the film, in the musical adaptation of Bullets Over Broadway, and he followed in Palminteri’s footsteps again, when he took on the role of Sonny in the musical of Palminteri’s auto-biographical A Bronx Tale. He also starred as Earl in the original Broadway cast of Waitress.
“It’s fun to play villains, but what I like to do is tell a bit of a story about why they’re that way,” he said in 2017 interview. “No one’s really born that way—life and circumstance create the character—I like to kind of show a little humanity, a little bit of a softer side if I can, because people don’t really expect that.”
While Cordero’s resume boasted a lot of “bad” guys, he was known as a kind and generous friend and colleague and a loving father to one-year-old Elvis and husband.
The theatrical community shared their grief and love over Cordero’s passing on Sunday. Here are what some of his friends and colleagues had to say.
The Grammy winner and Waitress composer posted a tribute to her colleague and friend on Instagram. “He was light. Kind and gentle. Talented and humble. Funny and friendly. The best laugh. Sending so much love to the love warrior @amandakloots and little Elvis, and an immense hug to any one who is feeling the loss of this giant heart. Rest In Peace dear Nick. We love you.”
Braff made his Broadway debut alongside Cordero in Bullets Over Broadway, and in his tribute, he promised to look out for Cordero’s wife and son.
“I have honestly never known a kinder person. But Covid doesn’t care about the purity of your soul, or the goodness in your heart. The last thing he ever texted me was to look out for his wife and one year old son, Elvis. I promise the world they will never want for anything. I feel so incredibly grateful I got to have Nick Cordero enter my life.
Rest In Peace.
Rest in Power.”
The Frozen star and fellow Canadian grew up with Cordero in Hamilton, Ontario, and the long-time friends performed in school shows together and reunited again when they both made it to New York. Levy posted some throwback images on Instagram and a beautiful tribute to Cordero’s family.
The Hamilton writer sent out his love to Cordero’s wife and son on Twitter on Sunday night.
The How I Met Your Mother Star posted a tribute thread on Twitter to his friend, who he worked with onstage in Little Shop of Horrors at The Kennedy Center in DC.
“He was a big guy but so immediately disarming, hilarious and lovable when you met him. The reason he worked so much in the theater, aside from his astonishing can-do-it-all talent, was that he was the guy you want next to you in the trenches.”
Ariana Grande’s half brother was starring with Cordero in Rock of Ages in Los Angeles, when theaters shut down, and he mourned his friend on Instagram.
“Onstage, backstage, offstage Nick Cordero was one of the finest people I have ever had the chance to meet, work with or just call a friend. He was taken too soon. He deserved more time to be here with his family and more time to continue to share the gift of his life with the world. But I know he will live on in me, for I remain forever changed for having known him.”
The Emmy winner relished the opportunities he got to see Cordero onstage.