BWW Interview: Daniel Quadrino Returns to Feinstein's/54 Below With His Friends In Tow
Let's be real: we're always here for a new Feinstein's/54 Below show by Broadway favorite Daniel Quadrino. Is there anything more entertaining than getting to watch this past NEWSIE belting his heart out to some of our favorite bops? At this point, he's basically the Broadway version of Shawn Mendes. Yes, he's seriously that good.
On June 12, Quadrino will make his return to Feinstein's/54 Below for a night of laughter, music, great times and, yes, even a song by Shawn Mendes. We took a few minutes to chat with him before the show to get all the details before the big night.
This interview has been edited for content and length.
GR: We're so excited for your show! Is there any theme or unifying message you've shaped it around?
DQ: I'd written two new songs that I wanted to do in the concert, so I kind of shaped them all around that. There's no real theme, but I just like getting together with everyone and just enjoying it all. And Benjamin Rauhala is my musical soulmate and we just create awesome stuff together and I'm super pumped for it.
GR: What are some of the songs you'll be singing?
DQ: I'm definitely super excited about one of the new ones that I've written and it's called "Moving On." I'm excited to sing "In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes, and then I have a really cool mashup that I'm going to do, but I'm not going to say what it is quite just yet.
GR: Will you be singing alone or will you have some guest appearances?
DQ: I have Jenn Damiano who is going to sing with me, and then I have my friend Ragan Pharris who is also going to sing a number with me. Then I have Nicholas J. Oliveri who's going to join me and Ragan for the number that we're doing and then Sean Doherty and my roommate, Tara Minogue, are singing backup the whole night. So, it's going to be a night of all close friends having a blast.
GR: You've performed at Feinstein's/54 Below a ton of times now. What is it about this venue that you love so much?
DQ: I just love that when I get there, everyone is so nice and so accommodating on the entire staff. They've kind of welcomed me and Ben in with open arms. I probably can't even count how many times I've sung at Feinstein's/54 Below now, but it's just always such a great night to see other people's music come together and new artist get to do their stuff. I just love that Feinstein's/54 Below supports every type of artist and every type of show. It's just a really good place to be.
GR: What do you want audiences to take away from your show?
DQ: I want people to come and have a great time. I have some new music out that I want people to hear and I have some stories about shows I've done and I'm singing some stuff from show's I've done that I haven't performed here before. I hope people can come and have a good time and, honestly, I always say that my shows are like a big party and I love having everyone up and dancing at the last number and that's just so fun.
Gianluca Russo is a New York based freelance writer whose words have appeared on BroadwayWorld, TheatreNerds.com, 518Life Magazine, The Albany Times Union, YesBroadway.com and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @G_russo1.