Spanish hunk Antonio Banderas was far from calm before taking to the stage in his Broadway, New York, debut last night (10APR03) - in fact he was fraught with nerves.

The actor husband of WORKING GIRL star Melanie Griffith is performing in the musical NINE in the legendary theatre district.

But despite finding the experience daunting, he insists as soon as he starts singing the nerves disappear.

He says, "You just get into it, and you just want to communicate what you're saying," adding, "fear doesn't have a place" on stage.