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I had the fortunate experience of having a one on one interview with Autumn Hurlbert after seeing her in Bobby Cronin’s concert “Not The Same: The Music and Lyrics of Bobby Cronin” on Sunday, March 28. With a big beautiful voice and stage presence to go with it, Autumn not only has the talent, but she is gracious, personable, and full of energy. From starring in the first national tour of “Little Women” to regional productions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Les Miserables,” and “Evita,” Autumn gained national attention as the runner up in MTV’s reality series “Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods.” Since then, she has continued entertaining audiences. She joined Broadway’s “Legally Blonde” until it closed in 2008, then starred in “Glimpses of the Moon” at the Algonquin Hotel, “On The Town” at Encores, “Beehive” at the Maltz Jupiter Theater in FL, and “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959” (which also starred fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Lee Aaron Rosen) at the 2009 NYC International Fringe Festival. Autumn has a few projects in the works, so stay tuned to find out when they come about and in the meantime be sure to visit http://www.autumnhurlbert.com for more on Autumn.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My dad because he was in a band when he was in college, but his dream of becoming a musician never came to fruition. He became a banker instead. My parents never pushed anything on me and just allowed me to explore the arts and it was very obvious very quickly that this is where I belonged. Growing up I loved Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters…all the curly haired girls.

1a. Is that where you get your big beautiful belt from, from loving Bette and Bernadette? You know where I get my big beautiful belt from, I had colic when I was a baby and my mom said I screamed every single day of the first year of my life. So I think I have a big voice because I got good training, screaming, as a baby.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? The lowest note I can sing is Low E below C, highest note I can belt is a high B flat or B, highest note I can sing is High F or G.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Too many names to pick, but I would really, really, love to  work with is Lin-Manuel Miranda. He has such great energy. I’ve seen “In The Heights” a bunch of times and he’s so smart, humble, and really innovative. I think he’s really fabulous.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Oh, I’ve never been asked a question like that. That’s scandalous! I would probably dream that Henry Krieger wrote a fierce song for me.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I am able to stick objects in my nose. I can make a q-tip disappear into my nasal cavity. If I stick 2 things in my nose, I can make them hang from my nostrils. Actually, everybody can do that because if you cut your nose off your face you just have two holes and I found mine. It’s disgusting, I know, but I love freaking people out.

6. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor & toppings)? If I got a Sundae with lots of toppings it would be vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate and strawberries. If I had just plain ice cream my favorite flavor is mint chocolate chip all the way.

7. Favorite kind of shoes? All Shoes.

8. Favorite skin care product? Burt’s Bees when I’m not working and Origins when I’m employed.

9. Favorite website? Etsy.com or Apartment Therapy.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. I was her for Halloween. Rope, cuffs, and starred undies included.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite quote? I have a lot of favorite quotes, but I will say “leap and the net will appear.”

12. Favorite play/musical? Play: “Lend Me A Tenor” or “August Osage County.” Musical: “Once on this Island.”

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Tonight I attended “Not The Same: The Music & Lyrics of Bobby Cronin” at one of New York City’s most famous cabaret spaces, The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street). Debuting mostly new music, Bobby Cronin continues to shine as a songwriter/composer. Many of the songs tonight were from upcoming projects while a few classic Cronin songs were mixed in such as “8:01” and “Dear Daddy.” His music speaks to many different levels and touches upon a multitude emotions. From realizing you are in love to recounting all the losers you’ve dated to pushing through your own self discovery, Bobby’s got a song to match. Assembling some of the hottest young talent around: fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Erik Sisco, Kate Pazakis, Morgan Karr, the upcoming LaQuet Sharnell and Autumn Hurlbert as well as Andrew Samonsky, Celisse Henderson, Anne Fraser Thomas, Lisa Brescia, Marla Mindelle, Rachel Potter, Brian Gallagher, & George Psomas, these performers hit all the high notes with such skill & perfection. Definitely keep your eyes peeled and your ears perked because Bobby’s music is going to continue on and tonight’s performers are our future stars…so thank you Bobby for sharing your talent with the world and for having tomorrow’s future perform it today!

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Ann Harada tonight (March 28) at 7pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre along with Christine Toy Johnson, Raymond J. Lee, Deborah Lew, Jose Llana, and Ann Sanders as they help raise funds for the completion of the documentary film “Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story” Come hear songs from the 1946-47 Broadway season by some of today’s brightest Broadway stars. Tony Award winner Michele Pawk directs the evening. There is a $25 cover charge + $15 food/drink minimum.

“Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story” is a film about Japanese American basketball star Wat Misaka, who was the first person of color to be drafed into what is now the NBA by the 1957 Knicks. For more on the film, please visit: http://www.watmisaka.com

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Nancy Anderson is an Olivier, Helen Hayes, and Drama Desk nominated performer. She delights audiences with her beautiful voice as well as her brilliant acting, especially her comedic timing! She has played multiple roles in a single show and her stage presence reflects her strong skill set. On Broadway she has appeared in “A Class Act” and the revival of “Wonderful Town.” She has appeared on PBS’ Great Performances in the West End premiere of “Kiss Me Kate” as “Lois/Bianca” for which Nancy received an Olivier and Helen Hayes Award Nomination and “Annie Get Your Gun” starring Reba McEntire. Off-Broadway she received Drama Desk Award nominations for playing all the women in “Jolson & Company” and for the title role in “Fanny Hill,” both at the York Theatre. Regionally, Nancy has been seen in “Ordinary Days” (South Coast Rep), “White Noise” (New Orleans), “The Women” (Old Globe), Cape Playhouse’s “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine” and “Sylvia,” “By Jeeves” (Goodspeed, Geffin, & Kennedy Center), “The Black Monk” (Yale Rep), “Sweeney Todd” (Goodspeed), and “Crazy For You” (Pioneer Playhouse). She has also been seen in the Encores production of “No, No Nanette” starring Rosie O’ Donnell & Sandy Duncan as well as appearing with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall in his Valentine’s tribute concert “Hooray For Love Songs.” Nancy has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and is a regular at Town Hall in NYC in Scott Siegel’s “Broadway By The Year” series. Her debut album “Ten Cents A Dance” is available now. Nancy can currently be seen at the York Theatre in the hit Off-Broadway premiere of “Yank: A World War II Love Story” through April 4. For more on Nancy be sure to visit: http://www.nancyanderson.name.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? That’s a tough question, because I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a performer-but my guess is it’s a combination between my grandmother, who was a concert violinist, my sister, who was probably the first person i saw perform, and Judy Garland (from the Wizard of Oz on tv, of course..)

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? High B (high C on a good day). Low E (below middle C).

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

4. What is your proudest moment? oh, that’s impossible…maybe when I conducted an 80-voice choir of kids at the Summer Stars camp in Rochester, NY.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Well, most people know I play the Ukulele, but not many know that I can tumble-in fact, for the first time in my life I was asked to tumble in an audition for Peter Pan at Papermill-just last week!

6. Favorite skin care product? Elizabeth Arden’s anti-wrinkle serum.

7. Favorite kind of shoes? Platform boots.

8. Favorite play/musical? Sunday in the Park With George.

9. Favorite website? http://www.earthwatch.org.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? In NYC-walking the brooklyn bridge. In San Diego-Surfing.

12. Favorite quote: I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

– John Adams

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I was asked to participate in an article “10 Bloggers to Watch in 2010” by “Aurora Nights,” a full service promotions and event planning company. I feel so lucky, honored, and humbled to have been asked. I’m #9, check it out!

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Join fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Bobby Cronin, Chad Kimball, Kate Pazakis, Erik Sisco, Morgan Karr, and upcoming participant LaQuet Sharnell for ONE NIGHT ONLY in “Not The Same: The Music & Lyrics of Bobby Cronin” this Sunday, March 28 at 7pm at The Metropolitan Room. Joining them will be Autumn Hurlbert, Lisa Brescia, Andrew Samonsky, Celisse Henderson, Brian Gallagher, Maria Mindelle, Ravi Roth, George Psomas, Rachel Potter, and Anne Fraser Thomas.

Come hear some of your favorite Bobby Cronin music along with plenty of new material from many of his upcoming projects including: “The Beaten Path,” “Til Death Do Us Part,” “Caty Bridgewater,” “The Untitled Project,” “(Un)Lucky In Love.”

There is a $15 cover charge + 2 beverage minimum. Reservations can be made by calling 212-206-0440.

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GOT Talent ?

A New Star will Be Born! Will it be…?  The Teen Boy Band, The 7 Year Old Broadway Baby or The Michael Jackson Tribute Performer, The Pianist, The Ukulele Sensation, The Opera Divo, or The Modern Dance Troupe, The Singer/Songwriter or the Sultry Jazz Chanteuse Your Votes Decide:  WHO’S… GOT …TALENT?

QSAC’s GOT TALENT? a charity competition to benefit autism services will hold its first show on Monday, March 29, 2010. doors open at 6:00pm with food and drink service. Shows starts at 7pm.

The competition starts off with three “live auditions,” being held at the Times Square Arts Center (8th Ave. @ 42nd Street) leading up to the Grand Finale. Fifteen industry professionals have signed up to host and judge the preliminary rounds. After March 29th, dates include April 5 and April 26th.

The first evening’s host will be Jason B. Schmidt of The Paradovs. . Judges are Larry Burnett – President, NewFest and Founder of AOL Music; Bruce Robert Harris – Producer, GayfestNYC and My Trip Down the Pink Carpet and YouTube Sensation Britney Houston.

The audience and the judges will vote for their favorites. The top acts from each heat will then go through to the online Semi-Finals.

Visit http://www.qsac.com/talent for more information.

All proceeds will benefit Quality Services for the Autism Community!

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