Monday, March 25, 2024

Star-to-Be: John Cardoza

Although I love seeing the complete original cast when I see a new show, many times for one reason or other actors are out at the particular performance I attend. I can't think of a single time I was disappointed when I saw what the understudy had to offer. One time this was the case was when I saw the guy who was on as Phoenix in Jagged Little Pill. I knew almost immediately that this young man was going to have a future on the stage. So far, I've been correct about John Cardoza. With charisma to spare, matinee idol looks and the voice of an angel, he has that "it" factor that eludes a specific definition. Now, he's back on Broadway in the featured role of Younger Noah in The Notebook. He's definitely on his way.

The Notebook's John Cardoza

After earning his BFA in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory of Music, he has worked quite a bit. Regional credits include the Stephen Schwartz musical revue, Snapshots at ACT of CT, and Gabe in Next to Normal at TheaterWorks Hartford. Then came Jagged Little Pill at A.C.T and then Broadway where he played the drug dealer/ensemble track while understudying the role of Phoenix. He originated the role of Daniel in the Broadway-aimed The Karate Kid: The Musical, then took over the part of Christian in the 1st National Tour of Moulin Rouge! In the midst of all that, he also created the role of Younger Noah in the world premiere of The Notebook, and came with the production to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on W. 45th Street.

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook

Next to Normal

Jagged Little Pill

The Karate Kid: The Musical

Moulin Rouge!: The Musical

The Notebook

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