The Nunziata twins know how to put on a show.
They’ve been touring across the country with their “Broadway, Our Way,” show, which is half improv and half musical performance.
They’ve also got a few sitcoms in the works, they’re in a Netflix original with Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss and they’ve got a new album set to come out in the coming weeks. They’ll be heading up to Rock City Falls on Thursday, Sept. 20, for a show at The Mansion Inn, as part of the 801 Supper Club.
Though they’re twins, Will and Anthony credit their differences for their success.
“Even though we’re twins, we’re very different. It’s what makes what we do work,” Will said.
On stage, Anthony tends to go for the straight man character while Will is more of the comedic one. As most siblings do, they bicker, only their banter is entertaining rather than annoying.
Growing up in Westchester, New York, the pair started performing at a young age.
“According to my mother we were singing in the womb,” Will said.
Will started singing in elementary school and Anthony, who was shy, started a little while after.
“[Our teachers] really saw something within Anthony and I. They really helped foster our talent and gave us that encouragement,” Will said.
In their senior year of high school they snagged the two leading roles in the musical “The Secret Garden,” but it wasn’t until college that they really began to realize they were on to something.
“While we were both at Boston College we were on our way to try out for the tennis team our freshmen year and we walked by the theater and we saw a casting call for the musical 'Godspell' and we were freshmen so we thought, ‘What the heck. We’ll audition.’ We got called back and we were cast, Anthony got Jesus and I got Judas,” Will said.
From there, they focused on performing and eventually attended the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center, an improv and comedy school co-founded by Amy Poehler. But they never stopped singing either. Together they developed their shows, a mix of classic Broadway tunes and songs from the likes of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra and a bit of comedy.
But they’ve also been developing their individual careers. Anthony is a songwriter, while Will is a theater director.
“I’ll be honest, when I [focused on] my directing career a few years ago, I was nervous. I was like “How is this going to affect the Will & Anthony brand?” Will said.
Instead, it’s helped to strengthen their shows.
“In letting go of the notion of how it might negatively affect Will & Anthony it's actually helped us and I think it’s made it [richer],” Will said.
Since then, they’ve released a record and played sold out shows at Carnegie Hall, with the New York Pops.
“For me, [as a singer] it was never Broadway. It was always Carnegie Hall,” Will said. “I’m not saying that we’re going to put up our hats and retire but that was definitely a dream come true.”
Their show at The Mansion Inn will be a mix of music and humor and the intimate setting will allow them to better connect with the crowd.
“We tailor each and every show to our audience. We have a lot of friends, families, and fans in the Saratoga area who are going to be seeing us for the first time. So we don’t take that lightly,” Will said.
Their mantra is “entertaining to inspire,” so they plan to get a little personal and vulnerable with the audience. They might share the story of how their song “The Gift is You,” which they wrote shortly after their mother was diagnosed with cancer or another time in their lives where they were struggling, to hopefully inspire audience members and connect with them beyond simply entertaining them.
They’re also hoping to bring the first copies of their latest record, which they’re officially releasing later this fall, to The Mansion Inn.
“It’s really special to us that this is our Saratoga debut. We’re going to be on our a game. Of course, as a director, I’m going to give Anthony some notes and the audience can tell whether or not he’s abided by them,” Will said.
Will & Anthony
WHEN: 6 p.m. Thu. Sep. 20
WHERE: The Mansion Inn, 801 Route 29, Rock City Falls
TICKETS: $75 (includes three-course meal)
MORE INFO: themansionsaratoga.com