MILLBURN, NJ — Paper Mill Playhouse is mourning the loss of "a beloved member of [its] family to the deadly coronavirus” after Broadway and television actor Nick Cordero died on Sunday, according to Mark S. Hoebee, Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director.
Nick Cordero spent 95 days in the hospital fighting COVID-19, which included having a leg amputated in April. The 41-year-old actor, whose Broadway credits included "Rock of Ages" and "Waitress," leaves behind his wife, Amanda Kloots, and a one-year-old son.
“I met Nick for the first time two and a half years ago when we were working on A Bronx Tale here at Paper Mill,” said Hoebee. "Nick was hardworking, full of humor, sensitive and as powerful in performance as he was gentle offstage. I was so impressed with the talent and with the warmth he radiated; we were honored to add him to the Paper Mill family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his lovely wife, Amanda, his one-year-old son, Elvis, and his mother, Lesley.”
Millburn resident Samuel Dantowitz, who was an intern at Paper Mill during "A Bronx Tale's" run, remembered Cordero as follows on his Facebook page:
"Nick always stole the show, and was as authentic on stage as he was off. In the few times we crossed paths, he was genuine and made time for everyone, even the intern. Rest In Peace, Nick."