SHONN WILEY is the consummate song and dance man and a gifted choreographer. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning revival of “42nd Street.” He was then asked to star in a groundbreaking production of “42nd Street” in Moscow, making Shonn the first American actor to perform in an English speaking musical in Russia. Shonn later returned to the Broadway stage in “Dracula the Musical,” during which time he also made his television debut on “Guiding Light.” He received a Lucille Lortel Award as well as a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Choreography for “My Vaudeville Man” and was featured in the Chicago cast of “Jersey Boys” as Bob Gaudio. Additional highlights include his debut as the title character in “Candide” at New York City Opera, costarring opposite Kristen Chenoweth in Stairway to Paradise for City Center “Encores!” and performing “Sweeney Todd” for Steven Sondheim. He holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. www.shonnwiley.com.
A love for the golden age of movie musicals is something that my dad and I shared. My dad was a tap dancer so we’d watch them and then break them down together. Gene Kelley. Fred Astaire. Frank Sinatra. Steve Lawrence. Sammy Davis, Jr. – especially Sammy Davis, Jr. I admire his ability to cross over between being contemporary and performing the standards embraced by older audience. Those guys were not only movie stars, but major recording artists. They were superstars. They could do it all.
Favorite Streetlamp Moment:
Meeting our fans at the end of each show blows my mind, particularly the veterans. I do a tribute in the show to my dad and our country. Hearing how much this means to the vets after the show is really touching. That’s been the greatest.
Favorite Song to Perform:
I love doing “Cry” since I really get to ham it up and I love putting my tap shoes on for “When You’re Smiling.” But honestly, I also like sitting at the table and watching everyone shine in their own way.