Published on June 25th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Broadway Actor Jared Zirilli On Current Projects, Acting Within Professional Wrestling & More

Last seen on Broadway originating the role of Bruce Sudano, Donna Summer’s husband, in SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, Jared Zirilli is an in-demand, New York-based actor. Beyond appearing in Broadway’s Lysistrata Jones and as part of touring productions of Wicked and We Will Rock You, Zirilli has been seen on television’s Law And Order: SVU, Blindspot, and Blue Bloods. The prolific actor — who is married to fellow Broadway star Whitney Bashor, who will be appearing in the forthcoming MJ The Musical — has also found time over the years as a coach and guiding force to budding actors.

Jared Zirilli, who was the subject of my recent feature for The Hype on the aforementioned Bruce Sudano, has also become a friend as of late via social media. Those who follow Zirilli on Twitter may quickly pick up on his fandom of professional wrestling, which is one of the beats I often cover. I had the pleasure of interviewing Zirilli on June 24, 2020 on Zoom about a variety of topics, including:

– Life during COVID-19
– Upcoming projects for himself and his wife
– Meeting DDPY founder Diamond Dallas Page
– Growing up around Zack Ryder (a.k.a. Matt Cardona)
– Whether there are other Broadway actors who like wrestling
– Coaching aspiring professional actors
– Important causes to him outside of work

The full interview with Jared Zirilli is embedded below for your viewing pleasure, while more on Zirilli and his various projects can be found online by visiting, and/or

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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