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Spotlight On: Nathan Clift


Connecticut Theatre Company’s “Spotlight On…” series continues with a look into our talented cast and crew of Guys and Dolls. Get to know Nathan Clift!




Introduce Yourself to Our Audience:

Hi! My name is Nathan Clift. I’m a CT/NY-based actor currently located in Trumbull, CT. 


What character do you play?

I play Nicely-Nicley Johnson.


What makes you most excited about returning to the stage after the pandemic?

It’s not just the performance aspects that I am excited for again. I am excited to hear the rumble of the audience before the show begins. I’m excited for the pre-show jitters, and the company bonding in the wings. I’m also excited to hear thunderous applause, roaring laughter, and other forms of audience interaction. 


Who is your favorite character in Guys and Dolls?

Is it cheating if I say Nicely? Haha. But in all seriousness, I have always loved the character. I’ve also always wanted to play him, so this is kind of a dream come true. “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat” is such an incredible song, and it’s an honor to put my spin on it. I do have to say that Adelaide is a very close second. 


What are you most excited for our audience to experience while watching our first production in over a year? 

I think that a comedy is just what everyone needs right now. Guys and Dolls has plenty of that, but it also has a lot of choreography and wonderful singing. It’s also a love story, and after over a year of isolation, I think stories about connections are going to become more and more important. 


Who inspired your love of the theater? And why?

My family has been very supportive of my career in theater, and I am eternally grateful for that. I think, on some level, it was between watching The Wizard of Oz hundreds of times as a toddler and my grandmother playing cast albums such as Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera when I was a baby. I also remember watching The Sound of Music at my Nana and Grandad’s house, among other classic films. Musical Theatre sort of has always been in my life one way or another, and I have my entire family to thank for that. 


With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls opens June 11th and runs through June 27th at Connecticut Theatre Company. Tickets on sale now!