By Kitty De Leon
From Cleveland, theater hottie Nick Varricchio is in the Philippines now to play the lead role of Gerry Goffin with co-star Kayla Rivera as Carole King in the upcoming jukebox musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Having appeared in several musicals such as A Chorus Line, Happy Days, Chicago, and Christmas Inn, Nick promises to deliver another outstanding performance as the legendary American songwriter in the Atlantis Theatrical Group production.
The actor studied at Baldwin Wallace’s Conservatory of Music and has always pursued his passion for performing in musical theater. He draws inspiration from leading men of Hollywood’s Golden Age such as Gene Kelly, Montgomery Clift, and Cary Grant.
Given the opportunity star in this award-winning musical, Nick gladly imbibes the role of songwriter and husband of music icon Carole King. This musical brings you the early life of Carole King and features hit songs written with Gerry, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman.” It’s an inspiring true story that pays homage to their contributions to pop music.
Having been cast as Gerry Goffin, Nick is honored to be able to share this story. He believes that music is universal and connects people together. Nick hopes to share this connection to the Filipino audience as he steps on that stage.
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Beyond theater, Nick's got knack for languages. Having arrived in the Philippines a month ago, he’s already learned Filipino terms and sentences. His fellow co-star Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante claims that Nick has picked up the language so fast and that he is more Filipino than almost anyone in the cast. “Ako ay si Nick at nag-aaral ako magsalita ng Tagalog,” he demonstrates.
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Guard your hearts as in a few days, Nick Varricchio goes up on that stage to deliver the soulful performance that will surely melt our hearts!
Catch the Tony, Olivier, and Grammy Award-winning musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical starting this Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Meralco Theater.
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