Stranger Sings! An unauthorized parody musical (Jonathan Byers)
Stranger Sings! (An unauthorized parody musical) of the hit Netflix show "Stranger Things" returned to Feinstein's 54 Below on January 10, 2019 -- 9:30 PM. The show first premiered on October 13, 2018 at 54 Below to a sold out audience! This time around the cast was led by Christina Bianco playing the "Winona Ryder" character. I had the wonderful opportunity to originate the role of "Jonathan Byers / Mrs. Wheeler / Scientist".
"To say the vocals were on-point is putting it mildly. Sometimes parodies put more emphasis on the humor than the actual music, making them one-sided performances. However, every single member of this cast had a chance to shine and every time I was convinced that "this" song had to be the showstopping number, another would follow. Nothing sums it up better than the messy notes I scribbled in the darkened theater: vocals = fire."
- Xandra Harbert, BWW (Click here for the full review)
Thousand Faced Theatre: New Theatre, New Faces
The Green Room 42 presented Thousand Faced Theatre: New Theatre, New Faces on November 28, 2018. The night featured dual writers showcase presenting new works from both Zachary Decker, making his playwrighting debut; And brother/sister writing duo Cristina/Robbie Farruggia featuring songs from their three musicals. I was featured in Zachary's half performing two original monologues -- one that was written specifically for me. Along with performing, I also helped produce the event. Check out portions of my performance at the video tab!
Sprouted! (Jack's Father/Giant)
I had the wonderful opportunity to spend my late July and early August performing in Sprouted! at The Black Box Performing Arts Center of Teaneck, NJ. This original musical aimed to teach children the importance of accepting differences and thinking before you act. After most performances a workshop was held where the performers would play games, color leaves (to be added to the beanstalk), and try to further the love for theatre in the kids!
Actor Therapy Showcase (Featured Singer)
I returned to Feinstein's 54 Below with Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver's Actor Therapy. It was a night honoring alumni of the program and only featuring group numbers. I was featured in "Damn it, Janet" from Rocky Horror Picture Show, and "Unworthy of Your Love" from Assassins.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius)
I appeared as Demetrius in Little Foxes Theatre Company's inaugural production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at UNDER St. Marks. In true Shakespeare-n fashion sometimes you could find us running scenes in the middle of Central Park. It was my first time ever being in a Shakespeare production and I absolutely loved it! It was such a different experience being able to dive into the text as a whole instead of just the monologue work I had done with Shakespeare in the past.The show ran from July 11-15.
Songs From a Coffee Shop
On June 11, 2018 at Don't Tell Mama I had the privilege to perform as a featured soloist in the new musical Songs From A Coffeeshop by Kelsey Kindall. The musical is inspired by real conversations heard within coffee shops and helps show the interconnectedness between humans through shared social spaces. I helped produce the event with my production company Thousand Faced Theatre Company.
I made my NYC theatre debut in METRO with JM Physical Theatre at Dixon Place on May 10th.
A note from the director: "We are all small dots in this city. We can feel this especially when we’re on the subway. As different people get off at different stops, it can seem that we have nothing in common. However, there are some magical moments when we feel we are connected. ‘METRO’ will tell you about these moments."
Metro explored various types of theatrical elements by changing scene. It started with a movement piece and then progressed through to a scene, a musical scene, puppetry, and ending with an immersive interactive portion
Spamalot (Not Dead Fred / Historian)
'“Not Dead Yet,” features Smith with his plague-infected chorus ratcheting up the hilarity to tear-producing laughter levels, an oft-repeated condition."- John Busbee, The Culture Buzz
"Particularly good was Playhouse newcomer Nathan David Smith, a Drake theater student, he commanded attention in a variety of roles, especially as the bubbliest, beaming almost-corpse of Not Dead Fred." - Don McLeese, The Des Moines Register