Tony nominated actor Nick Cordero spent months fighting the virus.
Nick Cordero, a Broadway star who died this month following a three-month hospitalization from coronavirus complications, will have a posthumous album of his work released later this year.
Cordero’s wife, celebrity fitness trainer Amanda Kloots, shared the news Wednesday on her Instagram. According to Kloots, the album will include songs from Cordero’s one-man show, which he performed in April 2019 at Feinstein’s/54 Below, a well-known restaurant and cabaret in New York City.
Kloots wrote that her late husband “would be absolutely thrilled to hear this news.”
“I’ve never seen my husband work so hard on something and be so nervous to perform,” she continued. “I was so proud of him and absolutely loved watching him onstage these two nights. He created this show from scratch, choosing songs to tell a story… his story.”
The album is called “Live Your Life,” a nod to Cordero’s rock song of the same name, which became an anthem for Kloots and his fans who blasted the song while cheering for the actor’s recovery. It comes out on Sept. 17, what would have been Cordero’s 42nd birthday.
“There’s some Broadway tunes with fun guest stars, some pop, standards, a little Latin and of course the encore is Live Your Life,” Kloots added.
Guest performers on the album include Kathryn Gallagher, Drew Gehling, Sara Chase and Zach Braff. Proceeds will go to benefit Kloots and their 1-year-old son, Elvis.
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Cordero died July 5 after a 95-day hospital stay with a series of complications from the coronavirus, including a leg amputation, infections in his lungs and the insertion of a temporary pacemaker. Kloots kept her Instagram followers updated at every turn.
Since Cordero’s death, Kloots has posted on Instagram that she’s doing a “#ak10daysofhappy” challenge, with the goal of doing one thing a day that makes her happy. On Wednesday, she posted to her Instagram story videos of herself baking a chocolate cake as part of the challenge, and on July 17 she wrote that she went swimming in a kiddie pool with her son and niece.
On July 16, Kloots wrote on Instagram that she discovered the Geico gecko logo on the back of the People magazine issue featuring Cordero on the cover. Kloots said Cordero had put this logo on his vision board this year and that she saw this as a sign.
“The spiritual meaning of a gecko, in case you are wondering, it represents incredible healing and cleansing due to its regenerative powers,” she wrote. “The appearance of a gecko in your life means you are strong, fearless and can overcome anything!
She continued: “I believe this was a sign from Nick! It was his cheeky way of saying, ‘Hi honey. I’m here still! I’m with you.’ “
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Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY; Associated Press
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