A Detroit native, Sal Viviano began his career opening for Comedy Greats of the last generation, in Chicago, and in Showrooms throughout the Midwest. After completing his degrees (Eastern Illinois University), he taught High School, while earning his Union cards as an actor in Chicago. Moving East, Sal made his Broadway debut in THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1984); followed-by co-starring roles in the Broadway hits ROMANCE / ROMANCE, CITY OF ANGELS, FALSETTOS, THE LIFE, and THE FULL MONTY. Off-Broadway, Mr. Viviano co-starred in the Revival of Maltby and Shire’s CLOSER THAN EVER* (BROADWAY WORLD AWARD - Best Actor, OFF-Broadway Alliance Award); as well as THE BIG TIME; GOLF, THE MUSICAL* (BACKSTAGE AWARD - Best Actor); BEAU JEST; CATHER COUNTY; WEIRD ROMANCE*; CATCH ME IF I FALL*, BROADWAY JUKEBOX, and HAMLET, THE OPERA for Joseph Papp; among others. . .
On-tour, he’s starred in EVITA, ANYTHING GOES!, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, HAIR; and received a HELEN HAYES AWARD (Best Actor) nomination for his title-role portrayal in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE(Washington, D.C.); having also appeared at more than two-dozen Regional Theatres, Nationwide. In New York, he also starred as lawyer Billy Flynn in the smash hit CHICAGO.
Viviano’s Film credits include LEGALLY BLONDE 2*, BLACK ROSES* (newly released on DVD), THE JITTERS, SPIKE OF BENSONHURST*, and LIFE WITH MIKEY’s* title song (for Disney).
His television guest appearances have included LAW AND ORDER, THE COSBY MYSTERIES, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, RYAN'S HOPE, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ALL MY CHILDREN; narration for THE WORLD OF FILM (PBS); his critically acclaimed portrayal of VanGogh on Disney’s OUT OF THE BOX; serving as 'Opener' for COMEDY CENTRAL'S FRIAR'S CLUB ROAST OF CHEVY CHASE; and guesting on PETER JACOBSON'S UNPLUGGED (for The Golf Channel). As a Concert Artist, over the last 15 years, Mr. Viviano has sung Pops Concerts with over 120 orchestras around the world (many several return engagements) including: The National Symphony, The San Diego Symphony, and The Philly Pops,
Sal's (over 70) recordings include: his most recent Solo CD entitled THE STANDARDS OF LOVE, a LIVE album recorded with full Orchestra on The FRIARecords Label; the new CLOSER THAN EVER Cast Recording (JAY Records); *'d titles above; several other Original Cast Recordings; over a dozen Compilations for the Varese-Sarabande Label: LOST IN BOSTON (series), UNSUNG MUSICALS (series), A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS, UNSUNG IRVING BERLIN, SHAKESPEARE ON BROADWAY, PRIMETIME MUSICALS, THE PAUL SIMON ALBUM; Richard Simmons’ BROADWAY SWEAT, TONE-UP ON BROADWAY, BROADWAY BLAST-OFF, PLATINUM SWEAT; Harbinger Record’s 'TIS THE SEASON, FAMILY, WHEN I GROW UP, and LATE NITE COMIC, BROADWAY BY THE YEAR - 1955; and JAY Records’ BRAVO BROADWAY II . . . among many others.
As a proud member of the legendary FRIAR'S CLUB, Viviano annually participates in many notable fundraising events for deserving charities. He has served as ‘the opener’ for THE FRIAR’S CLUB CELEBRITY ROASTs of The Smothers Brothers, and Friar’s Club Abbot, Jerry Lewis; and joined the ‘infamous Dais’ for Celebrity Roasts of Donald Trump, Pat Cooper, and Don King. He's sung our National Anthem (and God Bless America) at Sports Arenas across the continent; including 29 seasons for New York’s Mets (Shea Stadium and Citi Field). Sal Viviano resides in New York City with his wife, the extraordinary actress Liz Larsen, and their boys, AlessandroGian and Joseph Dante.