Archive for March, 2009

Dyllun Von Ritter

Dyllun Von RitterBehind every successful boss, is their ever so faithful and brilliant assistant. Without Dyllun Von Ritter, where would Cubby Bernstein be? For more info, visit www.cubbybernstein.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a personal assistant? Mr. B. Anyway to get in the door, as they say.

2. What do you hate most about your job? Sometimes my neck hurts from looking down so much. We operate on different plains. Literally.

3. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? One time when Cubby told me the Tony’s were canceled, I thought about quitting in protest. Sometimes Cubby’s pranks are little mean spirited…

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Yes. That’s all you get though.

5. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor and toppings)? Banana Split, duh!

6. Boxers or Briefs? Dance belt. Even for just a subway ride.

7. Favorite TV Show? I do love that “Three’s Company.”

8. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Man. Mr. Daniel Evans.

9. Favorite celebrity gossip website? I don’t have time for them. But sometimes I press my ear against a cup that I hold up to the wall that separates me from Mr. B.

10. What website do you get your news from? Playbill.com, Broadwayworld.com, Broadway.com.

Favorite Play/Musical? Xanadu.

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Cubby Bernstein

Cubby BernsteinA multiple Tony Award winner, 63 Tony Awards to be exact.  Cubby Bernstein is the man about Broadway to help your show win the coveted Tony award. Go to www.cubbybernstein.com to find out more. All answers are from Cubby Bernstein.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Performer? I don’t think of myself as a performer, now legend that I’ll take.

2. What was your first professional performance? (tapping microphone of his dictaphone) Hello, Dyllun, is this fachachta thing on? They think I’m a performer.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Liz McCann says David Merrick would love me.

4. What is your best and worst experience in a show? Best — when you first hear that overture! Worst — when they play the last note of “Bows and exit”.

5. What is your favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor and topping)? I like the Xanadu sundae at Serendipity. I savor it and try to imagine what town they’re in on their national tour. Chicago I think.

6. Animal Crackers or Oreos? Celery — oy the carbs.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Angus.

8. Favorite TV Show? Every year there’s a new series with Kristin Chenowith — I like that one.

9. Favorite Holiday? That Sunday in June when they do the Tony Awards. Gather the kiddies around the TV set, light candles, make cocoa, watch Jeffrey Seller and Kevin McCollum open their presents.

10. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Twyla Tharp.

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Jim CarusoJim Caruso recently made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in the smash hit Liza’s At The Palace!, singing, dancing and celebrating the music and arrangements of the late, great Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers.  For his nightclub work, Caruso has won four MAC and two BackStage Bistro Awards for his sold-out New York shows at Birdland, the Algonquin Hotel, and Arci’s Place; and has also performed in runs at the Gardenia and Cinegrill in Los Angeles, The Vic Theater in Chicago, Libby’s in Atlanta, the Colony Palm Beach Hotel and the Connaught Room in London.  He sang with the New York Pops in an all-star tribute to Kander & Ebb at Carnegie Hall, and returned to “The Hall” this year in a tribute to Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, hosted by Michael Feinstein.  On the small screen, Jim was seen co-starring with Kathie Lee Gifford on Showtime Television in “Personal Assistant,” and co-starred on the Nostalgia Network variety sit-com, “Café DuArt” for two seasons. Jim and his vocal trio, Wiseguys, were invited to sing at President Clinton’s First State Dinner at the White House, and celebrated Bing Crosby in concert at Carnegie Hall with Rosemary Clooney.  He guest-hosted “Broadway On Broadway 2000” in Times Square for a crowd of 100,000 theater fans, hosted the 2000 MAC Awards at Town Hall in Manhattan and has co-hosted the Drama Desk Awards webcasts for the past four years.  His debut recording, “Caruso Live and In Person” is available on the LML Music label.  For the past six years, he has hosted a Monday night showbiz bash called “Jim Caruso’s Cast Party,” which was honored with a New York Nightlife Award, as was his Broadway at Birdland concert series.  Check out www.Jim-Caruso.com or www.CastPartyNYC.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I was obsessed with Carol Burnett and Dick Van Dyke as a kid – their humor was right up my proverbial alley!

2. What was your first professional performance? When I was in high school, I entertained and annoyed children of all ages as Jimbo the Clown with music, magic and ventriloquism. I also did a mean balloon animal giraffe. Happily, I have taken ‘Birthday Parties’ off of my business card.

3. What is your best and worst experience in a show? The best experience has to be the opening night of “Liza’s At The Palace” on Broadway. It’s a night I’ll never forget as long as I live. To sing Kay Thompson’s brilliant vocal arrangements with one of the best bands in the world, on the Palace stage along with my best friends and LIZA MINNELLI? Are you kidding? It just can’t get better than that! The worst experience has to be performing as a singing/dancing tampon for the Kimberly Clark convention in Dallas, Texas. You can’t make that up.

4. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to?
Carol Burnett. Come on…it has to happen!

5. Favorite Musicals? “Dreamgirls” and “The Light In The Piazza”

6. Favorite Play? “Full Gallop”

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks! Fred Ebb even co-wrote a parody of “Coffee In A Cardboard Cup” with me and Johnny Rodgers, thanks to my obsession with the Grande Skim Cappucino!

8. Boxers or Briefs? Spanx

9. Favorite Day of the Week? Monday – thanks to the Broadway at Birdland series and Cast Party!

10. Favorite Holiday? I’m forced to admit that my birthday is something I always look forward to. I was an only child, so a big deal was always made. I do everything but send out a press release when it’s about to happen…which is clearly kind of pathetic. And it’s February 5, if you’re wondering.

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Mark Price PerformingMark Price lights up Broadway with his brilliant comedic timing. From “Riff Raff” in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, to “Pepper” in “Mamma Mia” to a “Cadet” in “Wonderful Town” to  “Denis” in “All Shook Up”, Mark leaves the audience in stitches and always wanting more. Currently Mark can be seen tearing up the stage and house as “Robertson Ay” in “Mary Poppins” at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Drama teacher in Junior High who introduced me to speech and drama competitions and my high school teacher who was a mentor of mine.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Oh lord….depends on the day, but on a good one, I can sing up to a c….not sure about the low part.

3. What’s your most embarrassing audition? Pick one…one that I’ve fallen in, one that I could barely sing, or just a handful of bad choices. Go large or go home, I say.

4. If you couldn’t do what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I ask myself that daily….

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? No….wish I had the gay decorating gene.

6. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor and topping)? Coffee Ice cream, or just plain vanilla with a little chocolate on top.

7. Books or Magazines? Right now, I’m reading the Screwed Up Life of Charlie The Second, and Carrie Fisher’s new book. Magazines? O.K., I’ll admit, a subscription to Metropolitan Home (what?)

8. Animal Crackers or Oreos? Monkeys and Tigers loop de loop

9. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Tie between the Yeti Monster ride at Animal Kingdom Disney, or Tower of Terror….I’m a sucker for any rollercoaster, but no teacup ride, I’ll puke.

10. What skin care products do you use? Monkey Placenta…..just kidding, Khiel’s

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Eddie CapuanoEddie Capuano was born and raised in Carlstadt, NJ. He currently works for the corporate devil and prays one day he will be famous….for anything. He’ll even take Paris Hilton famous…for no fucking good reason. In 2005 he took the persona of Naked Eddie. He currently resides in Jersey City with his wife Billy and child Atlas the cat.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Two very stereotypical women, Madonna and Lily Tomlin.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to become a performer? Age 5, when I could recite every line from 9 to 5.

3. What was your most embarrassing on-stage moment? It was actually at an audition for Take Me Out in Brooklyn.. I froze. Nothing came out.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can be naked in 2 sec flat.

5. What’s your favorite ride at an amusement park? Any roller coaster.

6. Animal Crackers or Oreos? Animal Crackers.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Neither, My Myspace name is…Naked Eddie!

8. Favorite way to keep in shape? Gym every day.

9. Favorite Celebrity Gossip Website? None, I have enough problems. I don’t want to read about others.

10. Best Holiday Gift ever? As long as their still is a Christmas every year…that is gift enough for me.

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