Over nearly forty years, Genoa native Bill Nolte has brought his talents to twelve Broadway shows, including the original runs of Cats, The Producers, Me and My Girl, The Secret Garden, Jane Eyre, Amour and Waitress as well as revivals of 1776, La Cage aux Folles and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He’s starred around the country in roles like Tevye in Fiddler On the Roof, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Tony in The Most Happy Fella, Doolittle in My Fair Lady and the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance. Bill has headlined his solos shows, Billsville, All of Me, and On Broadway at venues like New York City’s Birdland and on the Seaborn Cruise Line.
Bill is thrilled to return to Genoa to share his music and his story. His parents Bob & Charlene ran “Bob’s Sohio” service station for 30 years, along with grandparents William and Irma who still appear in his dreams of home. It was Irma who saw a spark of talent in young Billy, but not as a performer, as a visual artist. Starting in fourth grade, they shuttled him every Saturday morning to art lessons at the Toledo Museum of Art. Bill excelled as a painter and started college with a Fine Arts major. But soon he discovered he loved singing even more and was given a scholarship to the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. There, he honed his skills and became part of a “Family of Friends” who moved to New York together and are still in his life today. And though he’s maintained a busy performing career, he’s never stopped painting.
In 2000, Bill and his older brother Dick created the IRMA NOLTE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for local students heading to BGSU (majoring in the arts or education).
What are Bill’s Homecoming memories? Kiwanis French fries with vinegar, the Bingo Tent, dances at the Quarry, and trips to the DQ. Now, with All of Me at the theater in the Genoa Town Hall, Bill gets to make his own unique contribution to the unique celebration that is Homecoming! For him, it’s a dream come true! He hopes to see you there!
For more info on Bill, visit his website at Bill Nolte.