It’s the third Broadway show for Cao. He was in the 2011 revival of “Anything Goes” with Sutton Foster and Joel Grey at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre a stone’s throw from
Broadway is, indeed, nice work if you can get it for a performer.
Family friend and performer Emily Paulsen of De Pere says, “It is mainly the drive, determination, thick skin, skill set and passion that takes people – who are talented – to the top. It is a commitment. If you are a great singer and actor and you want to be on Broadway, you need to take dance classes. If you are a trained dancer and you love to sing and want to dance on Broadway, you should take singing and acting lessons. There are so many people pursuing a spot – you need to be what they want or they will look right past you.”
Cao is a graduate of De Pere High School and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
In a 2011 interview with me, he kidded about his ’Point experience.
He said, “I had never had any dance classes before college, and I felt that
Bigger sharks followed his college days.
Among Cao’s credits is a 2009 engagement at the prestigious Stratford Shakespeare Festival in
Locally, Cao acted in at least one community play, Evergreen Theatre’s 1998 production of “Here’s Love,” generating “thunderbolts of energy” (my review).
He is from a musical family, including his older brother, Anthony (piano); twin brother, Aaron (bassoon); uncle (college music professor); mother,
“I sometimes see Andrew and his wife, Sophie, when they are in town,” Paulsen says. They connect on Facebook mainly.
As “Anything Goes” was about to open, Andrew Cao was thrilled by another event, the impending birth of his daughter, Lua. Last year, Andrew and Sophie created a brief video, “Lua’s Big Holiday Adventure,” that is pure delight. Check it out at http://youtu.be/AuK6XgbOKDo. It’s just right for this time of year.
Next year will be a phenomenal year for De Pere on Broadway, with two actors (so far) in notable productions. West De Pere High School graduate Chris Henry Coffee will play baseball’s iconic Joe DiMaggio in “Bronx Bombers,” from the producers of “Lombardi,” which played on Broadway.
“As a performer in
If the stars align, Broadway can be wonderful, and so can
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