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Star Bar Spotlight: Nick Charles Madson

April, 2015: Nick is a performance veteran who travels the country by going from show to show.  We're glad to have him on our stage during this visit home.

How long have you been doing theatre? Going on about 17 years.

What was your first role? My first actual leading role was Georgio in Stephen Sondheim's PASSION. One of those shows that no one does and I was just praying that I could make it into the ensemble.

What was your most difficult role? Prunier in Puccini's opera La Rondine. Sometimes it's difficult enough to act a part thinking about lyrics to songs and staying in the moment of what they mean in that particular situation... but then taking that and putting it in Italian for 2 and a half hours become a challenge.

What was your most rewarding role? Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty. It was a role that I had wanted to play one day ever since the show debuted on Broadway. Once again, went to an audition hoping to land a part in the ensemble... got the lead. Then played Jerry in a second production starting 2 days after the 1st one closed.

Worst Onstage Mishap: While doing a Cirque-esque show on Norwegian Cruise Lines, the opening dance number had the guys in Hawaiian grass skirts. We come running on and 10 feet on stage my grass skirt goes straight to the ground, and because of all the partnering and lifts I was involved in I had to finish the number in a very thin, silk, flesh colored g-string.

Most Terrifying Moment: In a musical review I'm supposed to sing "Dancing' Through Life" from Wicked. We were 3 months in to the run and people were starting to go on auto pilot from time to time. Comes time to do my song, I open my lips to start singing the first lyrics (which are 'Dancing' Through Life') and by the time I got done with the word "through" I realized I couldn't remember the lyrics. So, I ended up singing those first 3 words for about the next 20 seconds of the song.

Funniest performance anecdote: Some actors develop pre-show superstitions that become so regular they have to be done night after night. Growing up playing baseball I have a tendency to find each member of the cast at places, give them a quick pat on the butt (or lower hip) and say "good game". One night, unbeknownst to me, decided to give me a quick, yet hard, little tap in the nuts throughout the course of the show. Well played cast... well played!

Theatrical High point: In college, I was part of a dance show where I got to do a short tap duet with the legendary Donald O'Connor. Years later (after he passed away) I got to play Don Lockwood in a production of Singin' in the Rain. Playing that Gene Kelly part with the memory of dancing with the original Cosmo always put a smile on my face.

You as a performer in three words: Consistent yet unpredictable

What do you want the audience to know about the current show? Keep an open mind. It's a great story, don't stay fixated on the things that you might not be used to seeing onstage.

Tell us three things about you that have nothing to do with theatre:

I get very upset when I have to miss watching a Bronco's game. Even if it's because I'm in a show.

I played a lot of baseball growing up, and I wish I still had to opportunity to play sometimes.

I hate to cook food like Ramen, or Mac&Cheese. Anything that takes 10 minutes. But I love to cook food that takes time to prepare and allows me to cook for 45 minutes or so.

What's your Actor's Nightmare? I have a reoccurring dream that I arrive late to a show, someone has moved all my costumes, a new song was added that I don't know the words to, and I can't remember the choreography to one of the numbers. No one else seems to be bothered by anything, even though all of their careers seem to depend on what I do during that show.