Santino Fontana (2017)
- Pioneer Day Concert (2014)
- Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (2014)
Music & the Spoken Word Broadcast
- Broadcast #4448 (December 2014)
Twice in one year—2014—highly acclaimed Broadway star Santino Fontana took to the stage in the Conference Center in Salt Lake as a guest artist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It is a first for a performer to sing in both of the Choir’s two biggest concerts of the year—July’s Pioneer Day and Christmas! He and the lovable cast of Sesame Street characters captivated the 80,000 attending the four gala Christmas concerts.
At the announcement of the Christmas artists Fontana said in a radio interview, “I was hoping at some point I’d be able to come back but I never imagined it would be this soon, or with characters that I grew up with as a kid, so that’s thrilling.”
Fontana is fondly remembered by the summer audiences for taking a selfie on stage with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Fontana took out his smartphone, snapped a couple photos, and made history. Later, Fontana posted the photos to Twitter and Instagram.
Fontana has been on a fast track to stardom. He is known for his recent roles playing Prince Hans in Disney’s hit movie Frozen and his Broadway performance as Prince Topher in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which garnered him a Tony Award nomination. He also received the 2010 Drama Desk Award for his role in Brighton Beach Memoirs and received accolades for originating the role of Tony in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot. His Broadway debut was Sunday in the Park with George in 2007. He also has been seen on television and film and performed in prestigious concert settings across the country including Carnegie Hall and Chautauqua, favorite venues of the Choir.
Born in in California, Fontana graduated from Richland High School in Richland, Washington in 2000 and graduated from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program in 2004. He quipped with the July audience that some of his friends were in the audience and had they contacted him “he could have gotten them better seats.”