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Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher star in Rodgers and Hammerstein's take on the classic tale.

Make 'Em Laugh! Cinderella's Santino Fontana 'Wasn't Impressed' the First Time He Saw His Musical Obsession Live

Make 'Em Laugh! Cinderella's Santino Fontana 'Wasn't Impressed' the First Time He Saw His Musical Obsession Live
Santino Fontana
'Singin' in the Rain' sparked Santino Fontana's love of musicals.

Valentine’s Day is a yearly celebration of love—so what better way to mark the holiday than by asking stage stars to reminisce about the musical that sparked their love of theater? Read on for a treasure trove of musical memories and inspirational stories from your favorite Broadway actors.

SANTINO FONTANA (Prince Topher in Cinderella)

Musical that sparked my love of theater:
Singin' in the Rain. My grandfather would take me to Blockbuster and pick out his favorite movies he wanted to see; and then I'm pretty sure he'd just keep rewinding the tape and playing it, so I would stay glued to the TV and he could get stuff done. But I remember being obsessed with those short vaudeville scenes. I had never seen live theater, and it seemed so immediate and exciting.

My first memory of this musical was:
Sitting on my grandparents' living room carpet with my mouth open. Probably eating. Something I shouldn't have been.

The closest I came to performing in the musical was:
I think I saw a tour of the stage production of it with my family when I was 11. I wasn't impressed. Hahahaha! Gene Kelly is hard to beat. In college, we had to take a circus class, and I devoted a solid 10 minutes to learning how to do that Donald O'Connor backflip.

The most romantic song from the show Is:
I think "You Are My Lucky Star" is pretty great. And, of course, the title song ain't too bad either.

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