Personality Test: John Noble
For John Noble, all the world’s a stage.
The Hempfield attorney finds an element of performance in his day job, mediating civil cases across Pennsylvania and in neighboring states. At night, he takes to the literal stage, performing in musicals and in a Frank Sinatra tribute show.
“Where performing comes into mediation is that I’m the emcee for the process,” he says. “Every day is another one-act play and my part is completely improvised.”
One plus to mediation work is that there’s no paperwork to take home at the end of the day, leaving Noble’s evenings open for performing.
He’ll play King Triton in Stage Right’s production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” from Sept. 23 to 25 in Greensburg’s Palace Theatre. He sings his beloved Sinatra songs with the Murphy’s Music Center Big Band out of Leechburg.
In 1997, he founded Westmoreland Night of the Stars, an annual showcase of high school musicals that raises funds for musical theater programs in Westmoreland County school districts and for the county’s home-schooled students.
His children have followed him into the spotlight. Daughter Elly and son Alex, both Equity actors, also are in the “Little Mermaid” cast. While pursuing a law career, son Jonathan plays guitar in orchestras for Stage Right and other local theater companies.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:
Jack Nicholson; there are a bunch of young Australians traveling In Italy who actually think they have a selfie with “Jack.”
Childhood hero and why:
The superpower I wish I had in real life and why:
Supersonic flight, so I could make all of the too-many social events taking place in one night.
Favorite ethnic food:
My grandfather, Nick Noble, was born Nicola Noviello. Who knew I was Italian?
The song I want played at my funeral:
A medley of Broadway show tunes performed by Greensburg’s Stage Right Sensations, followed by my recording of “My Way”
What dessert matches your personality?
Anything you light on fire.
Which Disney character are you?
Aladdin’s Genie (you ain’t never had a friend like me!)
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
“Singin’ in the Rain” (still the best movie musical of all time)
If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:
The best concert I’ve ever seen:
Sinatra at the Civic Arena (four times)
Favorite guilty pleasure:
“The Bachelor” and high school musicals
Something I would do over if I could and why:
Accept the invitation of my Duquesne Law School classmate, Art Rooney II, to go to Super Bowl XIV (what was I thinking?)
Pick one: Pirates / Penguins / Steelers / Other / I hate sports:
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
Primanti’s unrivaled capicola and egg
The most dangerous thing I’ve ever done:
Lighting 6 to 12-inch mortars by hand with railroad flares (as a commercial pyrotechnic for 39 years)
Best vacation ever:
Disney World New Year’s Eve 2016/Italy 2014
In five years, I’d like to:
Be more healthy than I am now.
I wish I had more time to:
Be everywhere all of the time
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is:
Working here as a mediator. I love what I do and the people I work with.
Three people I’d love to have dinner (and drinks) with:
Sammy, Dean and Frank
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
A professional golfer.
My childhood nickname was:
Tattoo (I couldn’t say “thank you.”)
My first job:
Golf caddy at age 9.
My worst job:
Re-roofing 100-year-old farmhouses. Losing 17 pounds one August, I thought, “Maybe I should try law school…”
If I wasn’t a (lawyer), I’d be:
Performing in musicals and singing Sinatra with Murphy’s Music Center’s Big Band (wait – I am doing that!)
The last book I read:
Happiness is …
Blue water (pool or beachside) with Beth, family and friends
People would be surprised to know that I:
At Washington & Jefferson college, I once scored a touchdown on a 56-yard interception return, and that I was never in a high school musical.