Mario Cantone — comedian, singer and Broadway and television actor — is best-known for his recurring role as a flamboyant wedding planner on the HBO series “Sex and the City.”
As a frequent guest and co-host on the daytime TV talk show “The View,” he's also known for his rapid-fire quips and zany impersonations of Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland.
Still, that's just a sample of what the versatile performer can do. Cantone has 20 years of Broadway experience, and he received a Tony Award nomination in 2005 for his one-man show, “Laugh Whore,” which later aired on Showtime.
It's Cantone the Broadway performer that fans will see at 8 May 9 at Santa Rosa's Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, in his first show there.
Even though he lives in New York with his husband, stage actor and director Jerry Dixon, Cantone has become a familiar face in Sonoma County, vacationing in Healdsburg several times a year.
Cantone took time recently to talk by phone from New York about his career, his current touring show and his love of Northern California:
Q: You spend quite a bit of time in Sonoma County, don't you? There have been sightings in Healdsburg.
A: Sightings, yes, at Flying Goat Coffee and the Downtown Bakery. I'm there a lot. I used to go to Napa a lot with my husband. I knew (celebrity chef and restaurateur) Charlie Palmer from Dry Creek Kitchen, and I met his wife (Lisa) at a dinner. She said, “You've got to come to Healdsburg.”
Q: How long have been coming to Sonoma County?
A: We started going to Napa in the early '90s, but I would say we started going to Healdsburg in about 2008.