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Morgan Karr is another one of our next generation actors to keep your eyes on. He has a powerful voice, personality and a great stage presence! From Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional shows to concert performances, Morgan Karr is the man about town.  He’s performed in Broadway’s “Spring Awakening,” Off-Broadway’s “Everyday Rapture,” and the Fringe Festival hit “VOTE! The Musical.” Regionally, he has been seen in “All Shook Up” at the Ogunquit Playhouse, “Green Eyes” at Theatre Building of Chicago, and American Music Theatre Project’s productions of “The Boy in the Bubble,” “The Boys Are Coming Home,” “Not Wanted On The Voyage,” Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party,” and “Edges.” His one-man show “Morgan Karr: An Awfully Big Adventure” sold out Joe’s Pub. Morgan was also part of fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant’s Ryan Scott Oliver’s sold out show “Rated RSO: The Music of Ryan Scott Oliver.” Catch Morgan rocking it out on Sunday, March 28 at 7pm at the Metropolitan Room in Bobby Cronin’sNot The Same: The Music of Bobby Cronin” (fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant) and with Anne Fraser Thomas on March 30 at 11pm at Bartini in New York City (642 10th Avenue, between 45th & 46th Street)! For more on Morgan, be sure to check out his website: http://www.morgankarr.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My grandfather continues to be my inspiration every day. I’m living the dream he wasn’t allowed to pursue. He was never encouraged to follow his dream. I’m so lucky to have my grandfather’s support, and every day I think about him and he inspires me. My family is a huge source of inspiration.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I’ve never really sat down to figure this out. I know it gets pretty ugly when I try to actually sing low. I get scared when I see a low note on a piece of music haha. And as for how high I can sing? I’m not scared to find out if I can or can’t sing a note… so I just go for it. And it usually works out. Sometimes, however… it CAN be a hit or miss game haha.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There is a laundry list of people I’d love to work with. I’m a sponge when it comes to soaking up wisdom and stories from seasoned veterans! Watching Sherie Rene Scott, for example, during EVERYDAY RAPTURE was a master class every day. I’m also just starting out with my career so the list of people I WANT to work with… is miles longer than the people I HAVE worked with.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I don’t dream about people. I dream about adventures.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Walking in NYC on a spring day.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer Briefs.

7. Favorite singer/musician? Stevie Wonder meets Ben Folds meets Luther Vandross meets Whitney Houston meets Dave Matthews Band.

8. Favorite quote? Be who you are and say what you feel…. because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind!

9. Favorite Website? http://www.iloveegg.com/egg_english.htm.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? SUPERMAN. If you know one thing about me… know that Superman has a big place in my heart.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite ride at an amusement park? The Superman ride at Six Flags. original huh???

12. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? Tanto Dulce Cafe up in Harlem. Best coffee in the world with RAW SUGAR!! OOOOOOHHHh so good!

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I saw “All About Me,” the new Broadway show at the Henry Miller Theatre starring Michael Feinstein & Dame Edna. Initially Michael was going to have his own solo show called “All About Me” and Dame Edna was going to have her own solo show “It’s All About Me,” but as time progressed, the powers that be felt they should combine forces because both shows have similar titles and theatregoers might get confused when purchasing tickets. Separately these two performers are magnificent, but together is a whole other story. Both are international treasures: Michael is a five-time Grammy nominee and one the greatest singers of the American Songbook while Dame Edna is a character/personality adored by many. Getting to see these two performers IS a treat! Each use their charisma & talent to drive the show forward, especially when alone on stage. Michael enjoys telling the story, history, & personal relation behind the song as much as he enjoys singing it. Dame Edna loves the joke to get the laugh. Together, they do a good job of combining forces, but I do believe this show should have remained as two separate entities. Each performer has so much to offer that the combination sometimes hinders the bright light that shines on them individually. Even though I wish this was two separate shows, it’s still worth the trip to “All About Me” because you will get to see two legends do what they do best.

P.S. There is one other performer in the show that deserves to be mentioned, Jodi Capeless, who is making her Broadway debut in “All About Me,” playing the “Stage Manager.” She gets to belt out a big show stopping number that had me wanting more! Keep your eye on her because her star will continue to shine.

So head on down to the Henry Miller Theatre (124 West 43rd Street, between 6th Ave & Broadway) and see two legends along with a Broadway debuter make her mark!

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Gina Green is an actress and singer with talent, humor, stage presence and an energy that’s electrifying! She has been seen in “Oliver” and “South Pacific” at Willows Stage in Concord, CA, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” in Sacramento, “Me & My Girl” at Marin Theatre Company, “The Last Five Years” at Playhouse West, “Promises, Promises” and  the world premiere of “Just Two Words” at Pacific Alliance Stage Company. Gina was also in the national tour of “Mame” as well as touring throughout Russia with the dance ensemble “Orlyata.” Gina performed her one woman show “Out of Context” in 2009 in Sacramento and now she is making her NYC cabaret debut at the Laurie Beechman Theatre! “Gina with a G” is a one night only show on March 30 at 7pm! Come see Gina live on stage as she sings her heart out along with some stories in between. For tickets, click here!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Sam Williams.  He was my first dance teacher and I worked with him until I was 16.  He is the greatest performer I have ever seen.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Eflat above high C (it’s not pretty though) and low note is G.

3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Don’t be too comfortable.

4. What is your most embarrassing on-stage moment? I was a chorus member in a production of My Fair Lady.  I’ve always had very short hair so I was given a wig.  Well there is crazy hard partnering in My Fair Lady and at one point, I did a handstand onto my partners shoulders.  One performance, I went to do my handstand and my wig got in the way.  My hand slipped and I fell off stage…into the pit.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Neither.  I’m a tea junkie and usually make it at home.

6. Favorite skin care product? NoMarks.  It’s a lotion that reduces dark spots. I love it.

7. Favorite singer/musician? Stevie Wonder.

8. Favorite play/musical? Chess. I could listen to it over and over.

9. Favorite website? Craigslist.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Smurfs.

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Tonight I had the distinct pleasure of seeing and interviewing country superstar Jo Dee Messina (click here for my interview).  She is performing from March 16-20 at Feinstein’s at The Regency as part of her Music Room Tour where she goes around the country playing intimate venues where she really connects with fans by taking questions and requests from the audience between songs. She opened the show with “Heads Carolina, Tails California” then went right into “I’m Alright.” Next she asked the audience for questions and I asked her to sing “Who’s Crying Now” (my personal favorite). She then went onto sing her latest single “That’s God” which lead into awesome cover of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt. She then sang the title cut to her new album “Unmistakable” and went into one of her favorite songs to perform live, a cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Jo Dee then took another fan request of “Burn” and “Bye Bye” with ” A Lesson in Leavin'” in between. Another fan requested “Because You Loved Me.” She ended the evening with “Bring On The Rain” and “My Give A Damn’s Busted.” Every show is a different set of songs because you never know what somebody will request (whether it’s her own song or someone else’s). Jo Dee Mesina is so kind and down to earth it makes sense to have a tour like this where she really gets to connect with her fans. Thanks Jo Dee for an unforgettable evening!

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Jo Dee Messina is a CMA and ACM award winner plus a two-time Grammy nominee. She has sold over five million albums, had nine #1 singles, and was the first female country artist to have three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album. Her many hits include: ” Heads Carolina, Tails California,” “You’re Not In Kansas Anymore,” “Bye Bye,” “I’m Alright,” “Bring On The Rain,” “That’s the Way,” “My Give A Damn’s Busted” & her latest “That’s God” from her upcoming album “Unmistakable” due out April 27. For more on Jo Dee Messina be sure to check out her website: http://www.jodeemessina.com.

Tonight I had the distinct pleasure of seeing and interviewing country superstar Jo Dee Messina.  She is performing at Feinstein’s at the Regency from March 16-20 as part of her “Music Room Series Tour” where she goes around the country playing intimate venues where she really connects with fans by taking requests & questions from the audience between songs.  I have been a fan of Jo Dee’s for many years and to have this as my first time seeing her live is truly wonderful! (Click here for my review of Jo Dee at Feinstein’s).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Dolly Parton, The Judds, Bonnie Raitt, and James Taylor. In my full show (we only got to see 70 minutes of what is normally a 2 1/2 hour show) there is a lot of wild craziness that goes on and it’s great to be able to pull off a Dolly Parton or Reba McEntire influence show which is all of the big woo-ha-who and do a James Taylor kind of laid back, let’s just hear about the music. It’s a huge spectrum of influences in my career. I just love music. Even now on my iPod I have everything from James Taylor to Miley Cyrus to Casting Crowns to Maroon 5. It’s all over the place. Okay, I gave you way more than you wanted.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? James Taylor, James Taylor, James Taylor!

3. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage moment? It actually was not on stage, but this morning on national television. I thought we were doing something really quick and local and I wasn’t paying attention to my paperwork so I had the worst outfit to wear on “Fox and Friends.”

4. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? If so, what career would you choose? Recently. I thought about it recently because I could not get this record out. If I weren’t singing, I would love to do something with TV, like hosting. Any kind of interactive TV show would be hysterical because it’s all about the fans and listeners. I’d also like to write, which as I mentioned in my show, I’ve been working on a book forever and ever.

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My husband. He’s a hottie!

6. What’s your proudest moment? Every time I can get on stage and perform, I’m proud. It’s about having fun and sharing that experience with the person who cared enough to give up their evening and come.

7. Favorite hobby? Singing, writing.

8. Favorite way to spend your day off? Ah, hanging with you! I’m going to go run in Central Park tomorrow and I’m totally stoked about that.

9. Favorite website? Yours of course! Also weather.com because I’m always checking the weather where ever I’m going.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Who do you consider to be your hero? The single mom’s out there that are pulling it off because I have the help of my husband and it’s amazing how much that can take.

12. What is the best advice you’ve given, but not taken for yourself? Don’t care what anybody else thinks.

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Fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jason Dottley & Debby Holiday’s smash hit song “Party Round The World” has been tearing up the charts! In a time when artists and performers can really connect with their fans, Jason has whole-heartedly embraced this by asking his fans and “Sordid Lives” cast members (including fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Del ShoresLeslie Jordan, & Ann Walker) to submit a 20 second video of them dancing to “Party Round The World.” He took those clips and compiled them into this video.

I feel so honored to have been part of it! Now feast your eyes on the debut of “Party Round The World” Sordid Fan Video (I’m :59-1:11):

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For the past 11 years, James Monroe Iglehart has been entertaining audiences in theatre and television. His theatre credits include: “The Cowardly Lion” in “The Wiz” (Encores!), Broadway’s “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Be,” “Porgy and Bess” (Oakland EB Symphony), “It Ain’t Nothing but the Blues” (Theatreworks, CA), and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” (AMT San Jose). James is also part of the Hip Hop Improv group “Freestyle Love Supreme” and he is the “Silent E” soloist on “The Electric Company.” Currently, James can be seen in Broadway’s smash hit “Memphis,” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Chad Kimball and Derrick Baskin) with his show-stopping opening Act 2 dance number! For more on James, be sure to check out http://www.jamesmonroeiglehart.webs.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My parents.  Prince and Michael Jackson.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I have a low G and high B.

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

4. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? The best experience was the opening of Memphis and the worst  was this horrible understudy I had in the Bay Area.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. I love their Carmel Apple cider.

6. Books or Magazines? Both. I’m a nerd.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Depends on the mood.

8. Favorite musician/singer? Prince, Stevie Wonder.

9. Favorite website? WWE.com and Broadway.com.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Neither Batman all the way!

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