by Melissa Griegel . . .
Anthony Nunziata graced the Feinstein’s/54 Below stage on Thursday, October 21st along with a bevy of friends who joined him on stage and in the audience. His parents were among the adoring fans, in addition to many of the singer-songwriter’s collaborators.
The Brooklyn-born recording artist (The Love Album) is now based in Nashville where he has been working on his first Christmas album. Together for Christmas will be released this November 11th. Anthony has fond memories of the holidays with his family and wrote original songs for the album. He shared three songs from the upcoming release: “God Bless This Home”, “The Greatest Wish”, and “New York on New Year’s Eve”. Many of his original songs are collaborations with Victoria Shaw, Jim Brickman, Jeff Franzel, Maria Christensen, Nina Ossoff, and others.
His earliest collaborator is his twin brother Will Nunziata. The two started off singing jingles as kids and have been singing together ever since. Will joined Anthony on stage to share stories and sing. They jumped back in time and sang the Honey Nut Cheerios jingle for us (“that paid for college!” they laughed), and then did a mash-up of “Who Can I Turn To?” and “What Kind of Fool Am I?” Will was happy to be back on the Feinstein’s stage. He and husband Joseph Amodeo tied the knot at Feinstein’s in March of 2019, just before the big shutdown.
“I love working with Will,” Anthony said. “We are each other’s biggest fans. I am grateful for the friendship I have with me brother.” He is also grateful to have other performer friends, several of whom joined him for the evening. Haley Swindal (Chicago) sparkled on stage as she performed “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” and “When You’re Smiling.” Award-winning cabaret artist Marieann Meringolo sang “I’ll be with You Again” and Dani Apple (Over Here!) belted out “One More Star”. Marissa Rosen (vocalist with Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls), sang Anthony’s original song (with co-writers Nina Ossoff and Maria Christensen) “Good Face.” “This is my first time singing this song,” Marissa said. Anthony told the crowd that he was happy to have “friends who can sing better than me!”
Anthony was being humble, as his vocal chords were in tip-top shape singing his way through a bevy of original songs and his own-stylized covers of favorites such as “New York State of Mind” and “Somewhere”. A seasoned performer with over 400 shows under his belt, Anthony was very much at ease on the stage and engaged the crowd with his warm story-telling and his beautiful tenor voice. In a nod to his Italian grandma, Anthony wholeheartedly sang “O Sole Mio” to the delight of the room. Anthony and his guests were accompanied by Musical Director Eugene Gwozdz on piano.
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Photos by Melissa Griegel