BY: PHEOBE HORIBE
Broadway actor, Nick Cordero, lost the long battle to COVID-19 earlier this month. He is remembered by the Broadway community fondly, and will very much be missed. Today, his wife, Amanda Kloots, announced that their friend Michael Moritz Jr. and 54 Below have teamed up to release an album of Nick’s one-man cabaret show, Live Your Life: Live At Feinstein’s/54 Below, which he debuted last April.
Michael Moritz Jr. is a Tony Award-winning producer and Emmy Award-winning music director. He was the Music Director and pianist for Nick Cordero at his one-man show last Spring. This was Cordero’s 54 Below debut.
“I’ve never seen my husband work so hard on a show and boy was he nervous,” said Kloots. “It was the first one man show he created and he wanted to give the audience something to remember. Nick created a night of music and storytelling that was extremely personal too. It is a mix of Broadway, Rock ‘n’ Roll, standards and original music and, if you knew Nick, it was perfect!”
Cordero was best known for his role as Cheech in Bullets Over Broadway, which earned him a Tony Award nomination, as well as for originating roles in A Bronx Tale and Waitress. His cabaret show featured special guests and friends including, Zach Braff (Bullets Over Broadway), Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill), Drew Gehling (Waitress), and Sara Chase (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).
Before Cordero was diagnosed with COVID-19, he and Moritz Jr. were planning on releasing the recording, but the project was put on hold. His family has given the go-ahead to release the album to honor and celebrate his life. The album will be available on September 17th, 2020 on what would have been Cordero’s 42nd birthday and proceeds will go to benefit his wife, Amanda, and their 1-year-old son, Elvis.
Moritz Jr. told Broadway records, “Nick and I had so much fun putting this show together. Until now, only 250 people heard this show live. While nothing will fill the loss that Nick leaves in the world, I’m so thankful we recorded the concert. I’m incredibly honored to help preserve Nick’s memory for those who love him, and to share his extraordinary talent and warmth with the world.”