We Need to Discuss How Fierce AF Spamilton Star Nicole Vanessa Ortiz Is
May 22nd, 2017
by Josh Ferri
The off-Broadway musical Spamilton, which cleverly and lovingly harpoons the Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning megahit Hamilton, has a leading lady that needs to be seen to be believed. Newcomer Nicole Vanessa Ortiz makes her off-Broadway debut in the Gerard Alessandrini spoofical playing all the Schuyler sisters plus some iconic stage divas from yesteryear, and she slays the house down.
Nicole was a voice major at Arts High in Newark, NJ. She made it to the top 45 of American Idol season five; she won Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater four times; and she won Wendy Williams’ Next Great Voice competition back when she was working as an overnight security guard(!!!). Scroll on to lose yourself in Nicole Vanessa Ortiz’s insane vocals.
“You and I” by Lady Gaga
Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: You know it was 2:45-3:00—I nearly did a death drop.
“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: Yup, she’s doing it and she’s nailing it. THE epic moment you want comes at 1:30.
“Emotions” by Mariah Carey
Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: When Nicole did the full-out Mimi dog-whistle at 1:15, there was def a finger wave to the computer screen. Hold onto something sturdy for 2:55. Yas queen!
“I’m Here” from The Color Purple
Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: The gay gasp when this song began was nothing compared to what happened when Nicole got to 3:50…then you’re on a ride you can’t (and wouldn’t want to) get off.
“National Anthem” at the Knicks Game
Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: I know I felt more patriot than Baby June and her Newsboys when Ms. Nicole got to 1:02.
“I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls
Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: Cut to me just swaying with a praise hand from 1:58-2:15. Then the big notes arrive around 2:45, so stick around for that moment.
“Maybe” by The Chantels
Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: My jaw fell open from the jump and I stayed shook pretty much the whole song. 1:40-2:20…DAMN.
“Dream On” by Aerosmith
Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: I love that Nicole’s like, “Yeah I do Whitney and Mariah, but I do Aerosmith too.”
“I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston
Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: She had me from note one, but she slayed me at 3:01.
“Dirty Diana” by Michael Jackson
Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: It’s an Instagram video…so the whole time?
You know you need to hear Nicole Vanessa Ortiz sing a little ‘Satisfied’ now live in Spamilton off-Broadway.