Corey Cott Biography
Corey Cott is an American actor and singer best known for playing Jack Kelly in the Broadway musical Newsies, replacing Jeremy Jordan. He is alos known for originating the role of Donny Novitski in the Broadway musical Bandstand.
He attended Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and he graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He grew up with fellow Newsies co-star Ben Fankhauser. They also performed together in several local youth theatre productions.
He began his professional acting career while attending Carnegie Mellon, booking shows with Pittsburgh’s professional theater company Pittsburgh CLO. Cott has had roles in their productions of Miss Saigon, Jekyll and Hyde, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Corey Cott Age | Corey Cott Birthday
Corey Michael Cott was born on 30 March 1990 in Columbus, Mississippi, United States. He is 29 years old as of 2019.
Corey Cott Family
Cott was born the oldest of three children of Rick, an investment manager and former Air Force fighter pilot, and Lori Cott. Corey grew up in Spring Arbor, Michigan and Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Corey Cott Casey Cott
He is the older brother of actor Casey Cott. Casey is known for his role as Kevin Keller on The CW series Riverdale.
Corey Cott Meghan Woollard | Corey Cott Wife
In January 2013, he married Meghan Woollard. The couple had met while singing in church in Pittsburgh. The couple welcomed their first child a son, Elliot Michael Cott on May 1, 2017.
Corey Cott Newsies | Corey Cott Jack Kelly
He moved to New York City soon after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. Shortly after his relocation, he booked the role of the Jack Kelly alternate in the Broadway musical Newsies and took over that role permanently on September 5, 2012.
Newsies is loosely based on the New York City Newsboys’ Strike of 1899 and featuring twelve original songs by Alan Menken and an underscore by J.A.C. Redford, it stars Christian Bale, David Moscow, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall and Ann-Margret.
Corey Cott Broadway
He appeared in the musical Bandstand as WWII veteran Donny Novitski, which opened on Broadway on April 26, 2017. Cott also
starred in the musical’s premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse in October 2015.
Corey Cott Height
Cott’s height is not yet disclosed.
Corey Cott Film
2012 – What You Get as Benjamin Armand
2015 – The Intern as Customer Service Representative #2
2016 – Mutt as Michael
Corey Cott Shows
2017–18 – The Good Fight as Tom C. Duncan
2016 – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Ellis Griffin
2016 – My Mother and Other Strangers as Lieutenant Barnhill
2016 – The Interestings as Jonah Dey
2016 Z: The Beginning of Everything as Townsend Martin
2015 – Public Morals as Ryan
2014 – Madam Secretary as Scott Welland
Corey Cott and Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens gets along with Corey very well, she also admitted that Cott is much talented than Zac Efron in musicals.
Corey Cott Bandstand
Corey stars alongside Laura Osnes, and Beth Leavel in the original musical composed by Richard Oberacker with book and lyrics by Oberacker and Robert Taylor, Bandstand. The musical premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn in October 2015 and opened on Broadway on April 26, 2017, closing on September 17, 2017.
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Corey Cott Interview
Interviewer: What is your favorite line that you get to say?
Corey Cott: There’s a speech I have at the end where I say, “Let’s tell the truth and let the guys who made it home know that somebody out there has got their backs.” A lot of times I get a really good response from the audience. It feels like we’re connecting with people.
Interviewer: Everyone loves inside jokes. What is the best one from your show?
Corey Cott: There was an article or press release that called our show Bandsand without a “t.” So Nate Hopkins and I, for the past four months, have done an improv every night and we’ve gone on to write almost an entire kids’ television show about what Bandsand the Musical would be. The tagline is just: “There’s lots of sand.”
Interviewer: Every show experiences technical difficulties. What was the worst technical difficulty experienced during your show, and how was it handled?
Corey Cott: I play a keyboard onstage, so there have been a few times when my keyboard hasn’t come on. So that’s been interesting because there’s this 10-second dialogue that goes on between me and the pit that’s like, “One of you guys has to come in and accompany me right now because this keyboard just went out.”
Interviewer: What was the most “interesting” present someone gave you at the stage door?
Corey Cott: I took piano lessons for three or four years when I was a little kid. The woman who taught me piano came to the show, and I had not seen her since 1998 or ’97. The last song that we played together was “The Entertainer,” and she brought a little tin statuette that played “The Entertainer.” That was a really cool blast from the past.
Interviewer: Who is the coolest person that came to see your show? (You can’t say your family!)
Corey Cott: We had four-star general George Casey at the show. He is now chairman of the board of the USO. Any veteran that’s come to our show and expressed their gratitude — that’s been the coolest thing for me. Because we’re telling their stories, and they’ve been so overwhelmingly effusive and supportive and congratulatory. I’ll never ever forget meeting those people.
Interviewer: What has been the most moving story you’ve heard from a veteran that’s come to see the show?
Corey Cott: One man said that he lost 25 friends of his in Vietnam and felt like our show captured everything that he had gone through for the past 40 years. I don’t know how you can hear that and not immediately start weeping. Another guy who was a Vietnam vet said he’d never felt proud to be a vet until he saw our show. There are endless stories like that. I don’t know how to process it all the time because it’s really intense, but I’m thankful for it.
Interviewer: You and your wife had your first child this past spring. What are you most looking forward to doing with your son once the run is over?
Corey Cott: He’s really young — he’s only four months old. But I am very much looking forward to just playing with him every day — going on walks with him and my wife and going and visiting family and taking him to meet people he hasn’t met yet. I’m a morning person, so I’m excited to have early mornings and just hang with him, talk to him, and sing to him.
Interviewer: Having brushed up your piano skills for this show, what was the hardest song to learn to play for the show?
Corey Cott: The one I practiced the most was “Love Will Come and Find Me Again,” which is Laura’s song. I wanted Laura to sound good. I didn’t want to screw up one of her big songs.
Interviewer: You and Laura have been with the show since its premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse. How has your rapport evolved over the past two years?
Corey Cott: I view her as someone that I will always be friends with and someone that I connect with on a much deeper level than just a fellow actor. We’re both super goofy in a lot of ways, and we both are able to let go of the seriousness of being on Broadway and just play.
Interviewer: Donny Novitski was the first role you originated on Broadway. What has been your favorite part of developing a brand-new character?
Corey Cott: This role is exclusively my thing forever, and that’s really liberating. There are choices in the show and in the script and in the music that are mine — that came from my DNA and my creative process and are tailored to fit me. I feel like I put my stamp on theater history in a way. It’s overwhelming and amazing and thrilling. I feel very full — like I ate a massive turkey dinner over the past two years and it’s almost over.