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Be sure to catch the songs of fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Seth Bisen-Hersh featured in “Broadway Can” a benefit concert to help The Bowery Mission (their goal is to be the most effective provider of compassionate care and life transformation for hurting people in NYC) on Monday, December 14 at 7pm at Don’t Tell Mama in New York City (343 West 46th Street).

Audience members can expect to hear 17 songs from Seth’s catalog plus songs from his new musical “More To Love” sung by Broadway talents such as Andy Kelso (Mamma Mia), Bret Shuford (The Little Mermaid), Kate Rockwell (Legally Blonde), and many more. For reservations, visit: http://www.donttellmamanyc.com or call after 4pm: 212-757-0788. $22 cover + 2 drink minimum (save $2 if you bring a canned good).

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jeffrey Solomon in his one-man show “Santa Claus is Coming Out” in NYC at the Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave).

According to press notes: SANTA CLAUS IS COMING OUT, a theatrical mock-u-mentary, is about the worldwide scandal surrounding the outing of Santa Claus. Writer-performer Jeffrey Solomon traces the intensely personal struggle of the great holiday icon, as he tries to reconcile his love relationship with Italian toy maker Giovanni Geppetto with his passion for giving to the world’s children.

Performances are from November 29-December 20 only. Get your tickets now, before they sell out!

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Two-time Tony Award Winning Actress Christine Ebersole knows how to entertain whether it’s Broadway, cabaret, television, or  feature films. On Broadway, she has won two Tony Awards for “Lead Actress in a Musical” for “42nd Street” & “Grey Gardens” and was nominated for “Lead Actress in a Play” for “Dinner At Eight.” She made her Broadway debut in “Angel Street” in 1976. Other Broadway credits include “I Love My Wife” with Joanna Gleason & James Naughton, “On The Twentieth Century” with Kevin Kline and Imogene Cocoa, Agnes de Millie’s revival of “Oklahoma” (where she put her signature on the role of “Ado Annie”), “Camelot” with Richard Burton, Stephen Sondheim’s “Getting Away With Murder,” “The Three Sisters,” “Steel Magnolias,” and “Blithe Spirit.” Off-Broadway, Christine has been honored with an Obie, Outer Circle Critics, and Drama Desk Awards for “Best Actress” in a Musical” for “Grey Gardens” (before it moved to Broadway) as well as an Outer Circle Critics & Obie Award for her performance in “Talking Heads.”

In addition to theatre Christine has delighted audiences on television for over 20 years. During her one year tenure on ABC’s “One Life To Live,” Christine received an Emmy Nomination for her role as “Maxie McDermott.” She also starred on “Saturday Night Live” from 1981-1982. Her numerous guest starring and recurring roles include USA’s “Royal Pains,” “Samantha Who?,” “Cashmere Mafia,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Will & Grace,” “Related,” “Rachel Gunn, R.N.,” “Ally McBeal,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “Murphy Brown.” Her TV movie credits include “Mary and Rhoda”, “Gypsy” with Bette Midler, “Dying to Love You,” “The Dollmaker” with  Jane Fonda, USA’s “Unexpected Family” and “Unexpected Life”  (both with Stockard Channing) as well as “Double Platinum” with Diana Ross.

Her feature film credits include “Amadeus,” “Tootsie,” “Thief of Hearts”, Billy Cosby’s “Ghost Dad,” “Folks!,” “Dead Again,” “My Girl 2,” “Richie Rich,” “Black Sheep,” and ‘Til There Was You.”

As if theatre, television, and movies weren’t enough, Christine also entertains crowds with her sold-out cabaret shows (many times performing with the one and only Billy Stritch, who is also a fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant). She has performed in such legendary cabaret venues as Birdland, Feinstein’s At The Regency, The Metropolitan Room, and Cinegrill. Her CDs include: “Live at the Cinegrill,” “In Your Dreams,” and “Sunday In New York” (both with Billy Stritich).

You can catch Christine and Billy in concert together from December 2-5 at Birdland in New York City performing their holiday extravaganza “Town & Country Christmas,” featuring seasonal classics from their past shows as well as some brand-new material. They are sure to sell out fast, so get your tickets now! For more on Christine Ebersole, be sure to visit: http://www.christineebersole.com.

1. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Lowest is a D below middle C.  Highest is an E above high C.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I play the nose trumpet, but everyone knows that.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Alan Rickman.

4. Who do you consider to be your hero? Luke Rudkowski.

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Paris.

6. What was your first fan encounter like? I don’t remember.

7. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Wealthy.

8. Favorite play/musical? “Grey Gardens.”

9. Favorite website: www.wearechange.org.

10. “Mary” or “Rhoda”? They are both friends of mine.

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I had the pleasure of seeing Robert Klein perform live tonight at Comix in New York City.  Combining music & comedy, Robert commanded the stage & our attention. While most of his routine was politically fueled, he also interjected with some Jewish & Hollywood humor. He started off with a song about President Obama, begging him not to screw up his presidency by thinking with the wrong head (a la President Clinton). He continued with his political humor joshing on the likes of Sarah Palin, Eliot Spitzer & Larry Craig. He wondered what exactly intrigued Larry about the men’s room to make him want to have his affairs with men in there. Robert said there are a lot of places to have an affair, but he never considered the men’s room, even though there was plenty of toilet paper. He didn’t talk too much about Sarah Palin just that she was like the second coming of Dan Quayle. He also talked about filming a scene in his upcoming movie with Jennifer Lopez that comes out in January 2010. He plays Jennifer’s gynecologist & he said it was so weird filming because her husband, singer Marc Anthony, would stand behind the camera & watch as he examined her. One of the best moments came when Robert talked about his early days as a comedian; working with Johnny Carson and following Rodney Dangerfield around the comedy circuit. Robert’s impression of Rodney Dangerfield is magnificent, so much so that when I closed my eyes I thought Rodney was on stage. He ended the evening with 2 songs. The first one about colonoscopies and how it has opened up a whole new world for him but couldn’t imagine having this done in the earlier days with a full fledged camera crew up there. The second song was an ode to the Bronx. Since I talk a lot about theatre in my blog, I couldn’t help but enjoy when Robert referenced he days of working in theatre. The evening was full of enjoyment. Robert Klein shows no signs of slowing down. He performs again tomorrow night at Comix at 8pm.  If you are able to catch him, I would recommend it!

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I attended fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Erik Sisco’s one man show “Sing What I Wanna Sing” at The Duplex last night in NYC. Sing what he wanted to sing he did! Erik has the unique gift of having a voice that rocks the house no matter what he sings. From covering Dolly Parton’s “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” to “Old Man River” to a tribute to Bea Arthur, Erik captivated the nearly sold-out crowd. With personal stories and humorous anecdotes in between, Erik knows how to put on a show and keep your attention. One of the best moments came when Erik brought his very special guest, the gifted, talented, and sexy Katie Thompson (also a fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant) up to the stage. Separately, these two powerhouse voices are dynamite, but together, it’s unreal! There are moments in one’s life when you feel so fortunate to be at a particular moment in time and this was one of those moments! For those of you who weren’t there or want to relive this amazing evening, check out my amateur video footage below:

Old Man River:

Do I Ever Cross Your Mind:

Bea Arthur Tribute:

For You:

I Like Christmas For The Food:

Your Side:

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NEWSical The Musical

Fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora and Fred M. Caruso (“The Big Gay Musical,” & “I Love You Because”) present “NEWSical The Musical” at the 47th Street Theatre. The Drama Desk Nominated musical reveue is back and making fun off all the current events, celebrities, newsmakers, and politicians. The show stars Award Winning actress and singer Christine Pedi along with her fellow “Forbidden Broadway” alums Michael West, Christina Bianco, & Amy Griffin. The cast also includes Rory O’Malley from the smash it movie “Dreamgirls.” Come on down to the 47th Street Theatre in NYC (47th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue) for an evening of laughter, comedy, and musical fun!

 

 

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Drew Brody is an independent NYC singer/songwriter. In 2006 & 2007, Drew hosted and curated the Baskethouse Accoustic Folk Series, a free weekly summer music festival at the Bitter End in NYC’s Greenwhich Village. He also created the Baskethouse Song-A-Week-Challenge podcast, which challenged 12 independent singer/songwriters to record a new song every week. By the end of the podcast run, 185 songs were recorded. In 2007, Drew founded Baskethouse Records and released his acoustic solo album, “Drew Brody.” The album is a mix of original folk songs along with two of his favorite covers, John Prince’s “Angel from Montgomery” & Michael P. Smith’s “The Dutchman.” On the theatrical front, Drew composed the music for five BannerNY Productions, including “Lightning Field,” the 2005 Fringe Festival Winner for “Outstanding Play” as well as “Cutman” from the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Drew also co-produced, recorded, and mixed fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest participant Jay Brannan’sIn Living Cover.” Drew’s rock band M-LAB just released their CD “From Baser Elements” and Drew is currently working on his second solo album. For more on Drew Brody & M-LAB visit: http://www.drewbrody.com & http://www.m-labmusic.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a musician? I don’t think this is a “who” so much as a “what.” I’ve felt connected to music for as long as I can remember. I loved to sing and dance as a child, though I couldn’t sing well until my voice changed. The earliest influences I can think of were musicians that my parents always played around the house–Billy Joel, Elton John, those classic artists. But I’d say every musician I’ve ever come across has inspired me, successful and unsuccessful alike.

2. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage moment? This one’s pretty embarrassing: One time I was doing a show and it was really hot in the venue. I didn’t want to sweat through my shirt before I got on stage so I put tissue under my arms. But I forgot to remove it before I got on stage, so of course when I started moving it fell out from my shirt. It was pretty confusing for everyone; people were wondering what I was stuffing up there.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I make sure everyone knows about my strange and unusual talents.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Theoretically, I can dream about anyone while I sleep, can’t I? I like it when my dreams mimic reality, when I have really banal conversations so I’m confused when I wake up whether it happened or not. That doesn’t really answer the question, but it’s on the same theme.

5. Who do you consider to be your hero? I think I have a lot of heroes, but I especially admire people who are able to combine doing what they love in life with making some sort of positive difference in the world. Ani Difranco is a good example: self-made, hard-working, successful, but gives back to her community and society in enormous ways.

6. What was your first face to face fan encounter like? I don’t think I remember when the first was, but I’m always surprised when people want me to take a picture with them or sign a CD. The first time I opened for Jay, I remember someone coming up after the show and asking for a picture–I thought they wanted me to take their picture with Jay. In any case, I’m always grateful to anyone who listens and enjoys the music.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I’m a fastidiously healthy eater and I’m also big on exercise; I find it helps me focus and works out a lot of anxiety.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

9. Favorite website? Failblog.org. I’m a current events junkie so I also track a lot of political feeds on my Bloglines pages; I like to sample from all sides of the political spectrum.

10. Books or magazines? Both. But no newspapers.

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