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Get to Know Broadway Star Derek Klena with These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

Get to Know Broadway Star Derek Klena with These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

Derek Klena is one of the brightest new stars on Broadway and we recently caught up with him to learn more about him!

The 29-year-old actor is currently starring in the musical Jagged Little Pill and he has previously appeared in shows like Anastasia, Wicked, and The Bridges of Madison County.

Derek also lent his voice for the world premiere recording of the musical My Marcello.

My Marcello is a romantic comedy about death (and a lot more). Set in a small Italian village where there is a scarcity of burial plots, shrinking by the month, particularly in light of a recent circus accident on the highwire. Marcello (Santino Fontana) makes it his personal mission to keep everyone in town alive for as long as possible. Why? His beloved wife, Roseanna (Laura Osnes), is gravely ill and wishes to be buried next to her daughter. For a tiny town cemetery running low on plots, this is a dubious possibility. Enter gangsters, falling church bells, evil landowners, bodies hidden amongst the frozen peas, a passionate couple – all creating the perfect recipe to discover the true meaning of love.

Want to know more about Derek?

Click inside to check out 10 Fun Facts about the actor…

Check out 10 Fun Facts below:

  1. I got into UCLA as a theater major, but ended up switching majors to pursue psychology, and playing baseball my freshman year, as a pitcher.
  2. I had a ventriloquist act I would perform, with my good friend “Danny O’Day,” in various talent shows during my elementary school days.
  3. I was on a swim and diving team every summer from when I was 8-17 years old.
  4. My wife and I met the first week of college.
  5. I have 2 younger siblings, Lauren (27) and Dillon (22), who both are very talented singers and dancers.
  6. I have a big fear of heights.
  7. Wicked was first Broadway show I saw, and also was my Broadway debut.
  8. I made it to Hollywood week on Season 9 of American Idol.
  9. Growing up, I wanted to be a sports caster. I would watch ESPN every morning before school, with a heaping bowl of Apple Jacks.
  10. I spin a mean Yo-Yo.

The My Marcello album is now available wherever digital music is sold.

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