John Ricca is a theater enthusiast! We met this winter in New York City and had a blast chatting about various shows. We both share a love for AIDA and have strong opinions on what we think works and doesn’t work for theater; although we don’t always agree on what those things are. John is a sweet, outgoing, charming guy and he is someone you want to witness win the lotto at a show because I can tell you first hand, he screams and gets excited. Isn’t that the way we should be at the theater? Thrilled!
The Playbill Collector (TPC): How did you get involved in the theater world?
John Ricca (JR): In high school I wanted to do stage crew. The first show I saw was SUNSET BOULEVARD on Broadway. Then I knew I wanted to perform and be in the theater world. I started performing and did some commercials in New Jersey. In 1999 I did an Off-Broadway review.
TPC: Where are you working now and what’s your position?
JR: Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in New Jersey. I’m the Assistant House Manager there. The theater holds 1,300 people and I make sure everything is in place for the nights performance. We musicals, concerts, comedy shows and more that use our space. The patrons are number one in my opinion.
TPC: What’s your ideal job?
JR: I’d like to work in New York City and be an assistant in an agents office or to someone.
JR: I go to a show as much as twice a week, or when my schedule permits me. I love seeing new shows!
TPC: What do you think are the best shows on Broadway right now?
JR: PIPPIN, HEDWIG, JANIS JOPLIN (it’s moving Off-Broadway), THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY.
TPC: Who are your favorite actors?
JR: I’ve looked up to Ewan McGregor. Natasha Richardson was one of my favorites but she passed away. She was natural and always great. Patti Lupone and Heather Headly.
TPC: If you could work on one show what would it be?
JR: JEKYLL AND HYDE. My dream is to direct a production of that show because I have seen over 104 times.
TPC: Who is your favorite playwright?
JR: Edward Albee.
TPC: If you are in the mood to just belt out some show tunes, what are your “go-to” choices?
JR: The music from AIDA and JEKYLL and HYDE.
TPC: What is the worst show you have seen?
JR: I will never forget it. THOU SHALT NOT. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen on a Broadway stage. It had a clothes line ballet. I laughed throughout the entire show.
TPC: How many shows do you think you have seen?
JR: I have four boxes of Playbills. There have been so many!
Catch John in the lobby after a show sometime!