Recently seen performing with The Boy Band Project in Michael Mott & Friends Fourth Annual Holiday Show at The Green Room 42 and the Jane Elissa Extravaganza benefit for leukemia research at the Skylight Room of the Times Square Marriott Marquis, Nic Metcalf has been an active member of the rotating group of musical theater stars paying tribute to the popular songs, moves, and feelings of the Boy Bands of the ‘90s and beyond with their outstanding vocals, authentic choreography, and tongue-in-cheek humor.
The Bowling Green, Kentucky native and NYC resident, who’s been singing since the age of nine, first joined The Boy Band Project in 2018, and has since toured the US and the world with them, including recent stops in Greece, Italy, Turkey, and Mexico, spreading their fun and fame. In addition to the steady BBP concert gigs, he has appeared as a principal singer on Holland America and Princess Cruises, visiting more than 60 countries in the past few years (with Stockholm, Auckland, and Tokyo numbering among the cities he most enjoyed) and has been seen in regional theater productions of Mamma Mia!, [title of show], Once Upon a Mattress, Parade, and many other hit musicals and plays.
Nic’s super-hectic schedule didn’t stop him from making some time to talk about the holidays, his favorite things, and the Boy Band Brunch Holiday Edition concert at NYC’s City Winery on December 16, so our readers can get to know him a little better off the stage and get a preview of the upcoming show.
- What do you love most about the holidays?
Nic: The feelings of nostalgia that come with the cold and snow, and also the food at this time of the year.
- What’s on your Christmas list this year?
My Dad still lives in Kentucky, and he asked me what I wanted him to send me – and I had no idea. I think a really nice, curved neck pillow. Sleep becomes more and more important the older I get!
- If you had a pet reindeer, what would you name it?
- Do you have a favorite Boy Band?
Aside from The Boy Band Project, definitely Backstreet Boys.
- Which song do you most look forward to performing in the Holiday Edition concert?
“This Gift.” It’s really just a short blip, one verse, with big harmonies and cluster chords. And my favorite in all the shows is One Direction’s “Story of My Life.”
- Which Boy Band type are you most like in real life – the Sensitive One, the Sporty One, the Boy Next Door, or the Bad Boy?
I’m definitely not into sports, so not the Sporty One. I’m probably a mix of the Boy Next Door and the Sensitive One; if you need a friend, I’ll do anything to help – I’m there.
- Is there one move in the show that you always enjoy doing?
In “Get Behind My Love” we do a line, run our hands up each other’s thighs, and do a butt slap. It always gets a great reaction from the audience.
- What’s the most memorable reaction you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
When we pull people up on stage and sing to them, they’re either terrified or excited. But in Milton, Delaware, the woman told us after the show that she was just in the hospital and wanted to come to see us again, so she got her ticket right away. She begged her doctor to clear her, with the agreement that she would stay seated. She didn’t, she came up on stage, and later told us that we were the driving force for her recovery. That was so sweet!
- Have you made a New Year’s resolution for 2024?
Not a set one but I’m thinking of two new computer tech projects in the next year, diving into another coding language and cyber security. I’ve gotta beat AI.
- Have you ever kept a New Year’s resolution?
Yes, I have! My longest standing one was from 2011 – not to add salt to anything, unless the recipe calls for it, and then just a tiny pinch, so I can appreciate the actual taste of the food.
- What’s your drink of choice for toasting the holidays?
Eggnog, spiked with bourbon.
- Who, or what, has been the biggest inspiration in your career?
That’s a tough one. One of my all-time favorites is Jason Mraz. I was a big fan even before his first album came out – I loved the quirky, dorky, nerdy feel – and then it blew up! His songs and music are unique and he’s so real. I’m trying to do the same thing.
- What’s your first creative memory?
I have an identical twin brother and when we were playing and things didn’t go the way we wanted, we would always say to each other, “No, that’s not in the script.” It was kind of like brother improv.
- What do you do for fun when you’re not performing?
I love to travel, so luckily that comes with performing with The Boy Band Project. I also love to cook, especially baking; my Mom and Grandmother did great bread. And I love to do nerdy music stuff – arranging, playing piano, making up songs – and tech, learning new things.
- If you could have one wish come true for the New Year, what would it be?
Even though it comes across as being selfish, I would love to win the lottery! Not just for me to have the money, but for all the ways I could make a difference and help other people and my family; that would make me so happy. I want to win the lottery selflessly.
Thanks, Nic, for sharing a fabulous 15 minutes with us – always a pleasure! Best wishes for the holidays; looking forward to seeing you and the Boys jingling your bells at City Winery!
The Boy Band Project’s Boy Band Brunch Holiday Edition plays Saturday, December 16, 2023, at noon (doors open at 11 am), at City Winery, 25 Eleventh Avenue, NYC. For tickets (priced at $25, $30 day of show, plus fees), call (646) 751-6033, or go online.