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Jets QB Mark Sanchez is a Musical Theater Fan

Mark sanchez at tony awards

New York magazine's Vulture spoke with Mark Sanchez backstage at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, and discovered that the New York Jets quarterback is "an unabashed theater nerd."

Vulture's Jada Yuan writes:

When we cornered him backstage right before he went on to introduce a number from Memphis, his favorite show of the year, he told us his interest in Broadway originated with his mom taking him to see The Lion King in L.A. when he was 10. More recently, a family friend, Susan Evans, took him to see 9 to 5 and Rock of Ages, and ever since that he’s been hooked. “I kind of fell in love with it,” he said, “and I’m fortunate enough to play for the Jets so I’m taking advantage of every opportunity: The food, the fans, the Broadway shows. I respect everything they do.”

Sanchez was obviously in the Memphis camp, but he’s also enjoyed Promises, Promises, and has been catching up on last year’s musicals like In The Heights. He’s even trying to get his teammates into musicals.

Mark sanchez and jamie lynn sigler at tonys Sanchez's date to the Tonys was actress Jamie Lynn Sigler; he has also been spotted taking the Sopranos star to see Fences and David Mamet's Race, but says of the relationship that they are just "a couple of theater-lovers spending time together."

And last weekend, Sanchez was riding around New Jersey in his car belting the soundtrack from In the Heights, his older brother and agent, Nick Sanchez, told WSJ. “He sings all the songs, knows all the words – he really does enjoy it,” he said.

Move over, Broadway Joe Namath.

-- Daniel Lehman

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