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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Donna Reed Festival alumnus adds the small screen to his credits

Rachel Bloom and Santino Fontana in "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Santino Fontana has his hands full

Santino Fontana, a 2000 Donna Reed Festival acting scholarship finalist, currently has two shows airing on television. He is playing a sarcastic, slightly bitter bartender in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a quirky new CW comedy/musical featuring Fontana as Greg Serrano, a guy who gets dragged into the topsy-turvey world of young lawyer Rebecca Bunch (played by Rachel Bloom), who dropped everything to follow an ex-boyfriend from New York to West Covina, Calif.

He is also appearing with Jennifer Lopez in Shades of Blue, an NBC drama that follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it come to lining their pockets and protecting their own.

Fontana got his first taste of working for television while on Broadway in the stage version of Moss Hart's theater memoir, Act One. Lincoln Center filmed the performance for a PBS special that is set to air in November.

Fontana's film credits include Disney's 2013 hit musical film, “Frozen,” voicing Prince Hans, and the upcoming Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy, The Nest.   

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