David Bonanno is a versatile actor who has appeared on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country. He moves easily from classic drama (Dancing at Lughnasa, Mill on the Floss, Arms and the Man, The Heiress), to broad musical comedy (Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Billis in South Pacific, Nathan in Guys and Dolls), and contemporary musical theatre (The Light in the Piazza, Ragtime, Floyd Collins).
Bonanno grew up on a farm in Methuen, Massachusetts. He studied theatre and philosophy at Villanova University, with postgrad studies at the Guildford School of Acting and Dance in Surrey, England. He also attended the prestigious National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Center where he studied with the famed Morris Carnovsky. Bonanno spent ten years living and working in Chicago, where he frequently performed at the Goodman Theatre, Drury Lane, Apple Tree Theatre as well as in national companies of Ragtime, directed by Frank Galati, and Lend Me a Tenor (appearing alongside John Astin, Jamie Farr, and Mickey Rooney over his year-long run with the production.)
In New York, Bonanno has appeared in several new musicals as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the premiere of The Joys of Sex, and was in the original Broadway cast of The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center with Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison.
Regional theatre credits include work at the Goodman Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, Indiana Repertory, Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook, Delaware Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Luna Stage Company, Shaker Bridge Theatre, and Northern Stage. He also appeared in the national tour of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.
Bonanno is a company member at the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Vermont. Over the past 30 years, he has performed in over 45 productions there, including the development and premiere of the chamber-musical version of The Light in the Piazza with composer Adam Guettel, and Death of a Salesman with Christopher Lloyd. He has also written and directed many of Weston's late-night comedy cabarets.
In Spring of 2016, Bonanno appeared in the 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert of The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center. Most recently, he has performed the role of Bruce in the acclaimed new musical Fun Home at the Weston Playhouse, and as Rick in Sarah Burgess’s Dry Powder at Shaker Bridge Theatre in New Hampshire.
David plays Hucklebee in The Fantasticks at The Weston Playhouse, directed by Susanna Gellert.
“Bonanno and Pretlow play the fathers. They let the struggles of fatherhood cloud their tired faces, but then they kick up their heels and dance in exuberant duets. Both their funny feud and their warm friendship are truly adorable.” - Seven Days VT
David performs the role of Rick in Dry Powder at Shaker Bridge Theatre.
“Bonanno has the right edge of anxiety, impatience and gnawing fear as Rick realizes everything can come tumbling down.” - Valley News
David stars as Bruce in FUN HOME at The Weston Playhouse.
"Bonanno boldly reveals his vulnerability in a song that left last Friday's audience in rapt silence." - Seven Days VT
"This is a voyage around her father Bruce, played by David Bonanno in one of his best performances." - Chester Telegraph
"Bonnano almost seems to be living Bruce rather than playing him." - Berkshire Bright Focus
"David Bonanno delivered a powerful and heart-wrenching performance." - Rutland Herald