Mark Nadler

Who Am I ?


October 2011

1: Who am I?

I am New York City’s top pianist/singer/tap dancer/comedian. Maybe the only one.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

I travel the world entertaining in clubs and concert halls from 100 seats to 14,000 seats. I’m currently working on a concert in which I will co-star with Bill Cosby and Chita Rivera at NYC’s Town Hall on Oct. 13th. This event is a fundraiser for Art Start–an organization that brings arts programs to children in homeless shelters. I’m on the board of Art Start and also a volunteer. After the Oct. 13 concert, I’ll be doing a show called CRAZY 1961, celebrating the semi-centennial of the songs and events of 1961.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

I’m from Waterloo, Iowa. Iowa is our Nation’s Pork State. For every human being in Iowa there are 4.3 pigs. And I’m Jewish. And that’s all I want to say about it. Where am I going? Anywhere there’s an audience and a paycheck in the same location.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

My dog, Banjo the Wonderdog.

5: What book is your bible?

The Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter. A close second is The Silver Palate Cookbook.

6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?

I love inspiring performances, open-hearted audiences, and cooking. I hate people who have had so much plastic surgery that they can’t laugh.

7: What is your raison d’être?

La joie de vivre c’est ma vie!

8: What is your favorite color?

The golden brown of a perfectly caramelized onion.

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

I’ve never looked at a comic book. Anyone want to write a comic book about Banjo the Wonderdog? Now that I would read!

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

Bikram yoga.

11: What turns you on?

Laughter, music, great food, and porn.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

Q: How can I get tickets to this FABULOUS event you’re doing with Bill Cosby and Chita Rivera?

A: Go to or go to the Box Office at Town Hall, which is located at 123 W. 43rd St. between 6th and 7th Aves.

Mark is a New York City-based cabaret performer, actor and comedic pianist. The New York Times has called him “a comic spark plug touched with brilliance” while The Village Voice said “Mark Nadler could be the most prodigiously talented entertainer working in America today.” He’s also a volunteer for and on the board of with ART START, a program that brings music and arts to children in homeless shelters, as well as other at-risk children around New York City. Mark goes into these shelters throughout the year to teach piano and sing with the kids.

Bill Cosby, Chita Rivera and Mark Nadler are all coming together to raise money for ART START by performing live at Town Hall on October 13th. One-hundred percent of proceeds go toward the organization’s mission of providing the underprivileged children of New York with confidence, creativity and hope through the arts.

Nadler was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. He took an interest in Broadway musicals from a young age, and was a fan of Danny Kaye, Mahalia Jackson, Jimmy Durante, the Marx Brothers and Bugs Bunny. At the age of ten, he began performing professionally at the Long Straw Saloon in Cedar Falls, Iowa. As the gay son of Jewish immigrants, he felt out of place in the conservative Midwestern town. He studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1981 before moving to Manhattan at age 17.

Nadler has performed with major Symphony Orchestras around the world, including the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and, most recently, the Pittsburgh Pops under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch. He has also frequently collaborated with singer KT Sullivan at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel. He has written and performed in dozens of touring, Broadway, and off-Broadway productions, as well as on television programs. Some of his more notable productions include American Rhapsody, an off-Broadway revue based on George Gershwin that won the Manhattan Association Of Cabarets Award for Outstanding Musical Revue and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and two Lucille Lortel Awards; Red Light, an “opera in honky-tonk” co-written with Dawn Hampton, which also won a MAC Award; Tschaikovsky (and Other Russians), performed at the Algonquin Hotel and the American Conservatory Theater, among other venues, which won the 2003 Bistro Award; and Russian on the Side, based on the Ira Gershwin/Kurt Weill patter song “Tschaikovsky (and Other Russians)”, which played the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco, California where it received the Bay Area Critics’ Circle Award.


Mark Nadler’s Website

Art Start

Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Meaghan Coffey

Photography Courtesy by Cassandra Mills

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Mark Nadler, 2011, Photography Courtesy by Cassandra Mills

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