Archive for April, 2009

I’m gearing up for the opening of 9 to 5 this Thursday (April 30)!

To Bea Arthur: Even though you’re no longer here, you’ll always be just a click away on the remote control. Thanks for making us laugh…

“Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Glenn Weill is starring in a New Brain at Center Stage Playhouse in the Bronx this weekend and next weekend.

For ticket information visit: www.centerstageplayhouse.org

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Seth Bisen-HershFellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” Seth Bisen-Hersh will be reprising his cabaret show “Writer’s Block” next Sunday, May 3 and Monday, May 4 at Don’t Tell Mamma in NYC located at 46th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue.

For more info, visit: sethbh.com/writersblock.html

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Billy Porter

Billy PorterSinger, Actor, and Belter…Billy Porter is the man you are looking for when you need a big voice. On Broadway, Billy shined and showcased for us in “Five Guys Named Moe”, “Grease”, and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”. Off-Broadway his one-man hit show “Ghetto Superstar: The Man That I Am” ran for an unprecidented 6 weeks at Joe’s Pub in New York City.  Billy has been featured in benefit performances of “Dreamgirls” and “Hair” and on the big screen, in “The Broken Hearts Club”. Keep your eyes peeled because Billy is on the move…

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Jennifer Holiday singing “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” on the Tony Awards in 1981.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can crack my gum on rhythm!!!

3. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I don’t check those things. I just sing in both directions until I can’t.

4. Favorite meal? Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, Macaroni & Cheese. (No racist remarks please 🙂

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks!!! A Grande drip…

6. Animal Crackers or Oreos? Oreos

7. Favorite Musician/Singer? To many to name. At the moment however, I’m listening alot to Ledisi & Kierra Sheard.

8. Superman or Wonder Woman? BOTH!!! I think the reasons are obvious 🙂

9. Favorite kind of shoes? A cute PUMP!!!

10. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs

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Hedda Lettuce

Hedda LettuceIn addition to being awarded “Drag-Queen of the Year” six times by HX Magazine, Hedda Lettuce is the first self-proclaimed “Eco-friendly Drag Queen of the World.” From Stand-Up Comedy (“The Hedda Lettuce Show” and “Lettuce Rejoyce”) to TV (“Project Runway”, “Sex and The City”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”) to Movies (“Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar” and “The Look”), Hedda has been seen all over! Be sure to catch Hedda every Thursday at the Clearview Cinema in Chelsea, NY for her “Classic Movie Night”. Check out www.heddalettuce.com for all the latest and greatest on Hedda Lettuce.

1.  Who inspired you to become a performer? A very poor upbringing.  My mother, Shredda Lynn Lettuce, was from a small town called Pigeon Tit Tennessee.  She was unwed, a drinker and a bit of a floozy.  Men were always coming and going from our trailer, and she would often ask me to perform for them while she slipped into something more comfortable.  I would do a lille dance or recite a poem I had written and the men would give me a piece of hard candy for a job well done.  And when my mama would return they would give her something hard also.

2. When did you realize you wanted to be a performer? I would have to say when I saw the looks in the eyes of my new ‘uncles’ as I pranced around in pinafore.  It was then that I realized I had something that men wanted and at the time, in my little mind, it sure beat working as a waitress at the local Hooters.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can balance a drink on my boob.  My mama would often say to me-“What good is a boob if you can’t balance a drink on it.”

4. Favorite kind of shoes? Any thing in a clear lucite heel with an open toe.

5. What skin care products do you use? I just use a little sun block.  The good lord has blessed me with good skin.

6. What’s in your purse? A lipgloss, compact, mints, a gun, business cards and a picture of my granny, Bedda Lettuce.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I prefer neither, as I drink only Green Tea.

8. Favorite celebrity gossip website? TMZ.com.

9. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.

10. Books or Magazines? I am currently reading Obama’s book-Audacity Of Hope.  I love Life And Style Weekly.  Perhaps because I am one of the fashion commentators in the back.

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First Theater Blogger Social, Thursday April 23 at Planet Hollywood, 6pm-8pm. Click here for more details: http://www.theproducersperspective.com/my_weblog/2009/04/theater-bloggers-of-the-world-unite-1st-theater-bloggers-social-announced.html

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Gavin at Ars NovaTony Award nominee, Gavin Creel has conquered Broadway, the London stage, Music, and Television. Gavin made his Broadway debut as “Jimmy” in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (receiving the Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical). He then went on to star in the Broadway Revival of “La Cage Aux Folles”, followed by the premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Bounce” in Chicago and Washington DC and finally made his London debut in “Mary Poppins” as “Bert”. Gavin has also starred in the TV Movies “Eloise At The Plaza” and “Eloise At Christmastime”.  In 2006, Gavin released his debut record “GOODTIMENATION” and has been playing to sold out crowds at some of New York’s most famous venues such as Joe’s Pub, Irving Plaza, Arelene’s Grocery, and The Zipper Factory. Be sure to catch Gavin in the Broadway revival of “Hair” at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and for all things Gavin Creel, visit www.gavincreel.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? my nana, my sisters, my sixth grade teacher, my show choir director, my u of m professors, my costars, my dog.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? i can do that thing where you make a fart noise with your hand under your armpit. well, with MY hand under MY armpit.  not YOUR hand under– you know.

3. Boxers or Briefs? briefs. in colors.

4. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor and toppings)? i used to kill for a pint of chubby hubby. but, i realized that i am terribly lactose intolerant (like…REALLY intolerant…like, almost lactose racist) so, now i jam on SOY DELICIOUS or SOY DREAM or SOY GOOD or SOY whatever non-dairy.

5. Animal Crackers or Oreos? every time i check out at Bed Bath and Beyond….i wanna buy those damn animal crackers. they just look so gooooood!  i’ll go for them.  but if they’re double stuffed, then oreos.

6. Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? smuckers creamy natural.  wally (my dog) is a skippy smooth guy.

7. Books or Magazines? magazines.  i’ve got a sh*t attention span.  but i think EAST OF EDEN is one of the best books ever and that insanity is like 8574 pages long.  so, go figure.

8. Superman or Wonder Woman? both.  at the same time 😉

9. Favorite ride at an amusement park? the tallest, fastest, steepest, craziest roller coaster i can get.  Nobody does it like CEDAR POINT.  america’s rollercoast!  (wow, the dork police just knocked at my door).

10. Favorite kind of shoes? my new diesel boots that i just bought.  they were brand new and i wore them up onto the mountain with wally while i was at my parents for christmas and got them totally muddy and busted. now they make me feel like a poet or something way cooler than i am.

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