Noah Ricketts, a rising star in theater, made his 2018 Broadway debut in a supporting role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Now he’s starring as Kristoff in the hit Disney musical Frozen, at the St. James Theatre. Ricketts recently sat down with us to discuss his career, his favorite spots in NYC and his experience as an out and proud LGBTQ+ performer.
When did you first perform in New York City? Noah Ricketts: It was with 18 other actors in a small college showcase for industry professionals seeking new talent. It was at the Alvin Ailey Theater, and it was that performance that landed me my first agent. Woo-hoo!
How is NYC different from other places you’ve lived? NR: The City has an energy unlike any other. Every single person here is on a mission to make their dreams come true. It’s that kind of nonstop hustle that keeps the pulse of the City going 24/7. I love it.
What are some places that inspire you as an artist? NR: The Whitney Museum is definitely a favorite. I love experiencing world-class art in such an incredible space. The Public Theater is another. They present incredible plays and new musicals that challenge our ideas of theater. I always leave inspired after walking out of those two buildings.
What’s your perfect day in NYC? NR: I’d begin with brunch on the Upper West Side at Good Enough To Eat. Then I’d hop on a Citi Bike and head straight to gorgeous Central Park, riding around and stopping to listen to the bands and performers. I’d then head down to Hudson Yards to take a gander at the skyline via the brand-new Vessel. I’d do some shopping at the stores and head to the roof for lunch (with a view) at Queensyard. If it’s a weekend, I’d snag some tickets to a Broadway matinee at TKTS before heading to dinner at Simon and the Whale at the Freehand Hotel. After that, I’d head to the hotel’s rooftop for a nightcap at the Broken Shaker, a gorgeous bar that has incredible music and the best tequila cocktails.
What’s your most embarrassing moment as a performer? NR: During a matinee of Beautiful the suspenders on my pants broke. I was in the middle of my number, dancing down a moving staircase when I realized it. But by then it was a bit too late! My pants were at the ground. I did a spin, snatched them up and altered all my dance steps to keep them on! The audience cheered. Ah, live theater.
What impact has the LGBTQ+ community had on the theater world in NYC? NR: The theater world has always been a community of acceptance, especially when it comes to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Because of this, some of the most incredible works of art come from LGBTQ+ artists—shows like Falsettos, Choir Boy and Rent.
How can LGBTQ+ travelers support LGBTQ+ performers and shows in the City? NR: Seek out shows created by and starring LGBTQ+ artists—they are everywhere in NYC. Send a note backstage if you like it. You’d be surprised at how much the performers appreciate support from the community. We all succeed when we lift each other up.
What show do you want to see during Broadway Week? NR: If I wasn’t seeing Frozen (hint, hint), I’d love to pop over to Ain’t Too Proud. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the dancing and singing. I’m dying to see it in person!
Do you have any tips for people coming to see a Broadway show for the first time? NR: I like to listen to the cast album before I see a show. When I’m familiar with the lyrics of the show, it’s easier for me to relax and have even more aha moments. Try it!