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Robert Cuccioli

Robert Cuccioli
Born (1958-05-03) May 3, 1958
Hempstead, New York, United States
Alma mater St. John's University
Occupation Stage and television actor
Awards Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (1997)
Website .com.robertcuccioliwww

Robert Cuccioli (born May 3, 1958) is an American actor and singer born in Hempstead, New York. He is best known for originating the lead dual title roles in the musical Jekyll and Hyde, for which he received a Tony Award nomination and won the Joseph Jefferson Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Fany Award.

After beginning his career Off-Broadway in the 1980s, Cuccioli starred as Lancelot de Lac in national tours of Camelot in 1987 and first appeared on Broadway later that year as Javert in Les Misérables. He has appeared in numerous New York and regional productions since then, including Jekyll and Hyde (1997) and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, from 2012.

Contents

  • Life and career 1
    • Broadway and national tours 1.1
    • Off-Broadway and regional theatre 1.2
    • Television and film 1.3
    • Directing 1.4
  • Notes 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Cuccioli attended St. Mary's High School in Manhasset, New York and college at St. John's University in Jamaica, New York, earning a degree in Finance. Before moving into theatre as a career, he worked as a financial consultant at E. F. Hutton for three years. Cuccioli has been in a relationship with actress Laila Robins since 2000.[1][2] Cuccioli is working on his first solo album, The Look of Love, a collection of standards from the 1930s and 1940s, in January, 2012.[3]

Broadway and national tours

Cuccioli starred as Lancelot de Lac in U.S. and Canadian national tours of Camelot in 1987, with Richard Harris. He first appeared on Broadway as Javert in Les Misérables in 1987 and continued to appear in the musical as a replacement until early January 1995, when he began rehearsals for the pre-Broadway national tour of Jekyll and Hyde. In 1997, Cuccioli received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the dual title roles in the musical Jekyll and Hyde, also winning the Joseph Jefferson Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Fany Award for that role. On September 26, 2005, he starred as Dr. Johnson in the special benefit performance of On the Twentieth Century at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

Cuccioli returned to Broadway beginning August 7, 2012, when he took over from Patrick Page in the dual role of Norman Osborn and his alter ego Green Goblin in the rock musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.[4]

Off-Broadway and regional theatre

Early in his career, Cuccioli spent several years learning the ropes off-Broadway at the Light Opera of Manhattan, starting out in the chorus, quickly moving up to smaller featured roles and then playing leading roles, such as Count Danilo in The Merry Widow, the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, and Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore.[5] His other notable off-Broadway appearances include Nathan in the long-running revival of The Rothschilds (1990); the highly successful 1991 Kander and Ebb revue, And The World Goes 'Round, which garnered him the Outer Critics Circle Award in 1991; and he played the title role of in the Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit musical, Phantom, at the Westchester Broadway Theater in 1992-93, a role that he has repeated. In 2000, he played Macheath in The Threepenny Opera.[6] He was also seen as Karl Streber in Temporary Help in 2002 and in Mirette (a new musical by Harvey Schmidt) with York Theatre Company in 2005.[7]

Cuccioli's U.S. regional theatre credits include Ankles Aweigh at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1988, Jud Fry in Oklahoma! at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 1992,[6] Archibald Craven in the Sacramento Music Circus production of The Secret Garden (1999), The Actor in Enter the Guardsman at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (1999 and again off-Broadway in 2000),[7] King Marchan in Victor/Victoria at the Paper Mill in 2000,[8] Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl (musical) at the Paper Mill in 2001, Antony in Antony and Cleopatra at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (2002), Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music at the Paper Mill in 2003, and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at the Paper Mill in 2004, with Karen Ziemba and Kate Baldwin.[6] His 2005 theatrical credits include Alexander di Medici in Lorenzaccio at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, and Capt. von Trapp in The Sound of Music at the Bendedum Theatre in Pennsylvania. He has also starred in shows at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (where he has played the title role in Macbeth (2004), Brutus in Julius Caesar (2005) and Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (2008), among others), at the New York's Equity Library Theatre and in regional theatres around the United States.[7]

Cuccioli's recent stage appearances include the off-Broadway revue, Jane Alexander, and played John Dickinson in 1776 at the Paper Mill Playhouse.[11]

Television and film

Cuccioili's television appearances include Sliders (1999) and Baywatch Hawaii (1997). He played Chief Franklin on The Guiding Light. He also appeared on All My Children and One Life to Live. His has appeared in several films, including in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998), Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target (1999), Heroic Times and an independent film entitled The Stranger.

Directing

Cuccioli directed The Glass Menagerie in 2003 at The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. He has also directed productions of Jekyll & Hyde at Houston's Theatre Under The Stars, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and The Westchester Broadway Theatre.

Notes

  1. ^ Simonson, Robert. in NJ March 28"Fiction"Robins and Cuccioli Play Marrieds in Dietz Premiere, . Playbill.com, March 28, 2003, accessed April 29, 2011
  2. ^ Saltzman, Simon. Macbeth. CurtainUp, 2004, accessed April 29, 2011. See also Nash, Margo. "Jersey Footlights". The New York Times, March 30, 2003, accessed April 29, 2011.
  3. ^ Cuccioli, Robert. "The Look of Love"Robert Cuccioli: , RobertCuccioli.com, accessed December 22, 2011
  4. ^ Gioia, Michael. , Beginning Aug. 7"Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark"Robert Cuccioli Is Broadway's Green Goblin in , Playbill, August 7, 2013
  5. ^ Kenrick, John. Photo of Cuccioli as the Pirate King at LOOM, c. 1885, Musicals101.com, accessed June 4, 2009; numerous Playbills, East Side Playhouse
  6. ^ a b c Robert Cuccioli at BroadwayWorld.com Theatre Credits, accessed June 4, 2009
  7. ^ a b c d Robert Cuccioli biography at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, accessed June 4, 2009
  8. ^ Kenrick, John. "Victor/Victoria: Paper Mill Playhouse, NJ", Musicals101.com November 2000, accessed June 4, 2009
  9. ^ Crossley-Marra, Benjamin. "The Other Phantom: Robert Cuccioli", BroadwayWorld.com interview with Cuccioli, January 29, 2008
  10. ^ album, dated November 20, 2007The New PicassoBroadwayWorld.com article about
  11. ^ Past Performances at RobertCuccioli.com

References

  • Biography of Cuccioli

External links

  • Robert Cuccioli at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Robert Cuccioli at the Internet Movie Database
  • Official website
  • Profile of and interview with Cuccioli
  • Information and listing of Cuccioli credits
  • in 2006Jacques BrelExtensive interview with Cuccioli during the run of
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