Nunziata brothers bring Manhattan charm to Lancaster

Joie Formando
Arts & Culture Editor

Theatre Scene Magazine compared Will and Anthony Nunziata’s performance to “the way that Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra bounced off one another in those irreverent Rat-Pack days of another era.” The Nunziata brothers bring the Rat-Pack era to the present day – providing a young, fresh look to classic Broadway tunes.

Will and Anthony Nunziata brought a Manhattan vibe to the city of Lancaster.

The attractive 28-year-old twin brothers have headlined concerts in theaters, nightclubs, symphonies, performing art centers, and private events around the world. They have been on the Rachael Ray show, Good Morning America, and NBC-TV’s Columbus Day Parade. Their album, “Make Someone Happy,” has been featured in Barnes and Noble stores across the country. On Friday, October 19, they performed in the Grand Salon at the Ware Center in Lancaster City for the first time.

The Grand Salon is a small, intimate space that overlooks Prince Street, and on a cold night with a slow rainfall, it was just like being in a New York City jazz club.  The Nunziata brothers brought old school jazz, theater show tunes, and contemporary songs to their repertoire and performed each piece with flawless enthusiastic passion. From the look on their faces to their movements and charming personalities, it was obvious that these men love what they do.

The brothers joked about the Lancaster stigma of the Amish, thinking that the director of the Ware Center, Harvey Owen, was going to pick them up from the airport in a horse and buggy. They were disappointed when he didn’t.

Accompanied by Brad Gardner on piano, Will and Anthony paused between songs to regale the audience with tales of their youth and even teased each other with a playful, brotherly banter. They cracked jokes and not only made the audience laugh, but each other as well.

Will and Anthony interacted with the audience throughout their performance. Alternating between duets and solo performances, Will and Anthony sang to various audience members and incorporated them into their songs. In “Make Someone Happy,” they singled out a couple, asking the husband if he was really making his wife happy.

The Nunziata brothers perform Broadway and jazz tunes.

For as similar as the brothers are, their unique personalities were brought to life through their beautiful voices and pleasing harmonies. When they were young, their father taught them their first two-part harmony to “When the Saints Go Marching In.” As they sang this familiar tune, they transitioned to a commercial jingle for Cheerios, which they recorded when they were much younger.  Will joked, “The Nunziata Brothers, brought to you by General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios!”

Will and Anthony attended Boston College where they were active in the theater department. Anthony played Jesus in “Godspell” and Will, of course, played the role of Judas. They launched into a rivalry tune from the musical, demonstrating their friendly, brotherly competition.

They concluded the evening with a story about their grandmother. When she was in the hospital, she requested the nurses to keep a CD player under her bed. The only CD she listened to was one by her grandsons and she listened to their version of Josh Groban’s “The Prayer” every night before she fell asleep. Will and Anthony gave a sincere performance – when Anthony began to sing the Italian, the room was absolutely still. They captivated the audience and gave a beautiful rendition of Groban’s classic piece.

“Smile” by Charlie Chaplin was their final piece. They performed this tune “sans mic” – without the use of the microphones. Their voices were just as powerful – they could have done their entire set without the added technology. The audience heard their natural, powerful voices and even joined in when Will said, “Everyone together now – pick your harmonies!”

The Nunziata brothers brought the classic vibes of New York City to Lancaster. These young men were perfect examples of what it means to be passionate about your hobbies and talents. They communicated their love of singing and performing and encouraged the audience to follow their own passions.

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