Frozen. Photo: Deen van Meer
Noah Ricketts, a rising star in theater, made his 2018 Broadway debut in a supporting role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Now he’s starring as Kristoff in the hit Disney musical Frozen, at the St. James Theatre. Ricketts recently sat down with us to discuss his career, his favorite spots in NYC and his experience as an out and proud LGBTQ+ performer.
Noah Ricketts. Courtesy, Disney Theatrical Productions
It was with 18 other actors in a small college showcase for industry professionals seeking new talent. It was at the Alvin Ailey Theater, and it was that performance that landed me my first agent. Woo-hoo!
The City has an energy unlike any other. Every single person here is on a mission to make their dreams come true. It’s that kind of nonstop hustle that keeps the pulse of the City going 24/7. I love it.
I’d begin with brunch on the Upper West Side at
. Then I’d hop on a
and head straight to gorgeous
, riding around and stopping to listen to the bands and performers. I’d then head down to
to take a gander at the skyline via the brand-new
. I’d do some shopping at the stores and head to the roof for lunch (with a view) at
. If it’s a weekend, I’d snag some tickets to a Broadway matinee at
before heading to dinner at
. After that, I’d head to the hotel’s rooftop for a nightcap at the
, a gorgeous bar that has incredible music and the best tequila cocktails.
During a matinee of
the suspenders on my pants broke. I was in the middle of my number, dancing down a moving staircase when I realized it. But by then it was a bit too late! My pants were at the ground. I did a spin, snatched them up and altered all my dance steps to keep them on! The audience cheered. Ah, live theater.
The theater world has always been a community of acceptance, especially when it comes to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Because of this, some of the most incredible works of art come from LGBTQ+ artists—shows like
Falsettos, Choir Boy
Seek out shows created by and starring LGBTQ+ artists—they are everywhere in NYC. Send a note backstage if you like it. You’d be surprised at how much the performers appreciate support from the community. We all succeed when we lift each other up.
I like to listen to the cast album before I see a show. When I’m familiar with the lyrics of the show, it’s easier for me to relax and have even more aha moments. Try it!