In our second installment of Tour Guides Up Close we shine our spotlight on our very own John Scacchetti. John has been on our staff for two years now and is constantly performing both in NYC and around the country. You may have seen him in his Broadway debut tapping up a storm in the acclaimed revival of 42nd Street or dancing behind Patti Lupone in the Gypsy Revival at the St. James Theater. John filled out our BUC questionaire so we can get to know him a little better.
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Tour Guides Up Close: John Scacchetti
Full name: John James Scacchetti
Where you were born: Youngstown, OH
Siblings: 1 brother. Jarrett, age 23
How long you've lived in NYC: 12 years
Favorite place in NYC: The Conservatory Gardens in the north east corner of Central Park.
Special Skills: Surviving show business!
First Broadway show you ever saw: The original 42nd Street in 1988. I remember telling my parents during intermission that I am going to be in this show when I grow up.
Favorite Broadway show: Gypsy. It was the first show I ever did in community theatre. There is no better all around musical.
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be: Anything with Fred Astaire.
Current show you have been recommending: A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder at the Walter Kerr Theater
Favorite showtune of all time: "The Lullaby of Broadway" from 42nd Street
The one performance attended that you will never forget: I saw Chaplin a few days before it closed. It was the most amazing experience I've ever had at the theatre.
Favorite Theater: The St. James
Tours You Guide: Act I
Moment you knew you wanted to be involved in theater professionally: 1994 when I played Tommy Djilas in a community theatre production of The Music Man. It was my first time playing a role, and I loved it.
Where you went to college: Bradley University in Peoria, IL
Most challenging show you’ve ever worked on: Singin' In The Rain at Gateway Playhouse. I played Cosmo Brown, my dream role. It was summer stock, so we only had ten days to put up the show. We restaged the original choreography from the movie; I would stay up late studying the dvd and practice in my room.
Worst show mishap: I was in a production of How To Succeed... and at one point I had to cross the stage pushing a hand truck with boxes stacked on it. I kept getting a note to be quicker with the cross, so in an effort to take the note, I attempted to dart across the stage as quickly as I could. I ended up losing control of the hand truck, crashed into (and damaged) the set, fell onto and crushed the boxes. And, of course, my parents were in the audience!