CTL’s Evening with a Star to feature Santino Fontana

The Community Theatre League, Williamsport’s leading community theatre, has announced its fourth annual Evening with a Star fundraising concert and master class will feature Tony Award-winner Santino Fontana on Feb. 22.

Fontana has cemented himself as one of Broadway’s foremost leading men, as well as a formidable screen talent. In 2019, Santino won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his groundbreaking performance as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels in “Tootsie.” His dual-role also garnered him a Drama Desk and an Outer Critics Circle Award. He is widely known for lending his voice to the villainous Prince Hans in Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated feature, “Frozen.” He was also seen in Universal Studio’s “Sisters,” opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

On television, Santino starred on The CW’s critically acclaimed hour-long musical comedy series, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” as Greg. He also appeared on NBC’s drama series “Shades of Blue,” opposite Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta. Other television credits include “Singularity,” an FX pilot from producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and guest stars on “Fosse,” “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Brain Dead,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” and “Royal Pains.” He can also be seen in the popular web series “Submissions Only.”

His other Broadway credits include “Cinderella” (Tony nomination), “Hello Dolly!,” “Act One,” “Billy Elliot,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (Drama Desk Award winner), and “Sunday in the Park with George.”

Santino has won a Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and Drama League Award for his acclaimed performance in Stephen Karam’s “Sons of the Prophet.”

As a vocalist, Santino has performed in jazz venues such as Lincoln Center’s Appel Room and Birdland. As an orchestra soloist, he has sung at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and other top tier venues with symphonies, big bands, and smaller ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the New York Pops and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

In addition to the 7:30 p.m. concert, Fontana will also host a Broadway Master Class at 12 p.m. on Feb. 22. This All-Ages Master Class is an opportunity for artists and fans to observe Mr. Fontana working with select participants, learning techniques, tips, and tricks of a Broadway performer, focused on auditioning and bringing “your best self” into the audition room.

Since 2017, the Community Theatre League has held the Evening with a Star fundraising concert as a chance for many people to get an up-close and personal experience with one of Broadway’s biggest stars. And in CTL’s 167-seat thrust-stage theatre, it’s an intimate and relaxed environment, without the hassle of traveling to New York City. Previous Star performers have been Lindsay Mendez (2019), Laura Osnes (2018), and Stephanie J. Block (2017).

Concert tickets start at $40 and are available at ctlshows.com/EWAS, or by phone at 570-327-1777. Master Class tickets are $25. Post-concert reception tickets are $15.


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