Archive for April, 2010

Rachel Fox is another one of our next generation performers on the rise! It’s no wonder that she crosses many genres and generations with her television, film, music, theatre, and fashion talents! Rachel’s first break into television was playing the recurring character of “Buffy” on the hit Disney TV show “That’s So Raven” starring Raven Symone. Her gig on “That’s So Raven” lead to roles on Disney’s mega-hit “Hannah Montana” and the daytime Soap Opera “Passions.”  It wasn’t long after these gigs that Rachel made the leap into prime time television landing the roles of “Young Sydney” on “Alias” starring Jennifer Garner and Victor Garber and “Kayla Huntington” (the illegitimate daughter of “Tom Scavo,” played by Doug Savant) on ABC’s smash-hit “Desperate Housewives.”  In addition to television, Rachel has also starred in theatre productions of “Santa Goes Commercial,” “The Sound of Music,” “I Remember Mamma,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Currently, Rachel can be seen in the new movie “Spork” (directed by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant J.B. Ghuman Jr.) which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is running through May 1. Rachel is also working on her debut album and as well as hosting a Fashion Blog on her website, giving fashion advice while detailing the latest looks.  For much more on Rachel, be sure to visit: http://www.rachelgfox.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? When I was 5, I was in a play and it was love at first performance. I guess it was the act of acting that inspired me to become a performer. Each time I performed after that, whether it was for a photo shoot, a commercial, a voiceover, a tv show, or a movie, my passion for the acting grew and continues to grow. Along the way, there have been so many people who inspired me, but my first and strongest inspiration has come from performing itself.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many. I’ve gotta sneak in an a couple of extras. The actor I’d love to work with is Meryl Streep. She is pure brilliance. Every time I watch her, I forget about all her previous characters and about who she is as a person. She commands every moment, creates her characters so they’re real, and she stays in character. She was genius in “The Devil Wears Prada” and in “Julie & Julia.” The second person I’d like to work with is Garry Marshall, the director of my favorite movie, “Pretty Woman.” I’d also love to work with Rob Reiner, who directed “A Few Good Men” and  “Princess Bride,” among other amazing movies.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? This is my only choice. Acting, performing, playing music, dancing, and singing. It’s my only choice. If I have to choose something, which I’m saying I don’t want to but I will to answer this good question, my choice for another career if I wasn’t me is to be a venture capitalist. I’d like to take a look at different businesses that are really cool ideas and have great people running them, and invest money in those companies that I think are going to be very successful. I am not interested in owning any one single business, but investing in other ones. The stock market is interesting to me but it feels like I have to gamble and I don’t have control over a stock’s price. I’m not comfortable with letting other people decide if my money amount goes up or down.

4. What has been the best advice you’ve received? The best advice I’ve ever received is to become whatever I passionately want to become. My mom and dad have taught me to do what I was born to do, no matter what other people say or no matter what the obstacles are. Their advice has given me strength and laser focus.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. We don’t have many, if any, Dunkin’ Donuts here in LA. I always order sugar-free, non-fat hazelnut frappachino, without whipped cream. I love their lemon bread and their coffee cake.

6. Favorite meal? I am a food lover! I never met a meal I didn’t love, except maybe liver. I’d have to say sushi, crab cakes, Chunky soup, and Lean Cuisines are my favorite meals. My most recent best sushi experience was at an incredible Japanese restaurant named “Ki.” The sushi was the freshest and best tasting and they had different kinds. One had asparagus and shrimp in a rice paper and I could have eaten 10 of them.

7. Favorite skin care product? I have sensitive skin. I use Murad cleanser for sensitive skin, BeautiControl toner that they don’t make anymore so I buy all the still-existing bottles from ebay, St. Ives apricot scrub, and Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer.

8. Favorite TV Show? This question is impossible to answer because I love so many tv shows for different reasons and so they all tie for first because they’re all great. Here they are in no special order….That 70s Show, Desperate Housewives, Glee, George Lopez, Fresh Prince, American Idol.

9. Favorite website? My favorite website is www.ultimate-guitar.com. I go there to learn new songs on guitar. Can I give you my website in this answer?  www.rachelgfox.com. I have a Fashion Blog and I answer questions that people write to me on my Ask the Fox page.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Not my generation…I know a little about Superman and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Wonder Woman so I’ll wait to know more about them before I answer.


11. Favorite store to shop in? My favorite department store is Nordstroms. Their junior department has great clothes and shoes. My favorite store for dresses is bcbg. It stands for Bon Chic Bon Genre and it means good style, good taste. My SAG Awards dresses are from bcbg and the dress I wore to the Tribeca Film Festival (yeah!) is a bcbg dress. They have very unique dresses that fit me well.

12. Favorite quote?

I have two:

“Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs

“Pick a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Author unknown

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It’s 5pm, which means the contest is over…Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

The winners are:  Dan and James! Congratulations Boys!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated and stay tuned for next week’s “Free Stuff Friday

It’s “Free Stuff Friday” here at “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and 2 lucky readers (chosen at random) will win ONE CD EACH of the cast recording of smash-hit Broadway musical “Memphis.”

Just leave a comment with your answer to the below trivia question and you could be the lucky winner! The winners will be announced at 5pm. Good Luck….

If you could be any character in the Broadway show “Memphis,” who would you be?

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It has been said laughter is the best medicine and that certainly was the case on Friday, April 23 when I attended Award winning comedian and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Wendy Liebman’s stand-up comedy show at Comix in NYC. Using her signature “under the breath” technique, Wendy entertained the audience with a mixture of classic Liebman mixed with new/updated material which made the evening quite enjoyable. Some of the more classic material was such favorites as when Wendy talked about how she was a secretary and spent her days filing & filing (her nails) and how like most secretaries, she practically ran that company (into the ground). Another classic Wendy moment was when she talked about how her grandmother used to say the secret to a successful marriage is to never go to bed angry, so she’s been awake since 1937. On the updated side, Wendy updated her joke of being an insomniac & going to Kinko’s at night since they’re open 24 hours a day because their employees are so slow, to going to your local Duane Reade or CVS. What a way perfect way to take a classic joke & keep it modern. Laughter is the best medicine and when a comic can keep the laughs going for over an hour, you know they’ve got what it takes. In 1997 Wendy won the comedy award for Best Female Stand-Up Comedian and after seeing her Friday night, it was evident as to why that award still rings true! The next time you see Wendy Liebman is going to be at a comedy club near you, I suggest you go laugh the night away!

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This Friday, April 30, is the premiere of “Free Stuff Friday.” That’s right, “Adaumbelle’s Quest” will be hosting it’s first give away…

TWO lucky winners (at random) will receive one CD of the Broadway cast recording of  “Memphis.” Hock-a-doo…

Tune in Friday to find out what the question of the hour will be!

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My review of  “My Trip Down The Pink Carpet” made it onto the “Reviews” page of Leslie Jordan’s “My Trip Down The Pink Carpet” website! SO EXCITED!!!!! Thank you for including me, I really appreciate it!

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Zak Resnick at BarTini (10th Avenue between 45th & 46th Street) tonight, April 27 at 10:45pm for an evening of song you won’t want to miss! It’s FREE, he’s talented and I recommend this late night enjoyment!

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Congratulations to fellow and upcoming “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants on their Outer Critic Circle Award Nominations:

Carolee Carmello: “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical” for “The Addams Family”

Chad Kimball: “Outstanding Actor in a Musical” for “Memphis”

Jan Maxwell: “Outstanding Actress in a Play” for “The Royal Family” and “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play” for “Lend Me A Tenor”

Bobby Steggert: “Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical” for “Ragtime”

Congratulations to all my “Memphis” participants (Chad Kimball, Derrick Baskin, James Monroe Iglehart, LaQuet Sharnell) on the show’s nomination for “Outstanding New Broadway Musical” and “Outstanding New Score.”

A special congratulations to my former American Repertory Theatre colleague Catherine Zuber for her nomination of “Outstanding Costume Design” for “The Royal Family.” I’m always rooting for you!

For a full list of nominees, click here!

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Seth Bisen-Hersh’s new play, “Stanley’s Party” every Saturday and Sunday at 12pm & 2pm from April  24-May 31 at Manhattan Children’s Theatre (52 White Street, New York, NY) with a book by Caroline Cala and music/lyrics by Bisen-Hersh. “Stanley’s Party” is based upon the popular children’s book “Stanley’s Party” and “Stanley’s Wild Ride.” According to press notes, “Stanley is really a good dog. Really. He listens, does what he’s told and never makes a mess. Well, almost never – It’s just that he’s dying for excitement and temptation is around every corner. All ages will love to test the boundaries with Stanley and his friends as they realize that being on their own isn’t exactly what they thought it would be.” For tickets, click here!

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Photo credit: Rosemary Alexander

Hey Los Angeles, get ready to be engulfed by Award winning playwright and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Del Shores as he premieres his new play “Yellow” from May 29-July 25 at the Coast Playhouse (8325 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA). According to press notes, “Yellow” chronicles a year in the lives of what seems to be the perfect family, Bobby and Kate Westmoreland, their two teenage children Dayne and Gracie, along with Gracie’s young gay friend Kendall and his crazy, fundamentalist mother Sister Timothea Parker. Set in Vicksburg, Mississippi, YELLOW explores the perfect family confronted with tragedy and heartbreak when a deep, dark nineteen-year-old secret is exposed.

This is Del’s first new play since 2003, so get your tickets while you can because they are selling fast! For tickets, click here!

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On Wednesday, April 14, 2010, I attended the pre-screening of the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “Spork,” written & directed by J.B. Ghuman Jr. “Spork” tells the story of an outcast named “Spork” who trying to navigate her way through junior high school while suffering through the ridicule & humiliation of being different. When a school dance contest provides “Spork” with a chance to show everyone what she’s got, her trailer park neighbors step in to help. With some booty-shaking moves, “Spork” shows us that being who you are is better than fitting in.

With a stellar cast, “Spork” makes all the right moves. Savannah Stehlin (“The Family Stone” and “Hannah Montana”) is perfectly cast as frizzy-haired outcast “Spork.” With emotion, conviction, & a certain innocence, Savannah shows the many layers to “Spork,” especially her vulnerability. Playing “Spork’s” neighbor & friend “Tootsie Roll” is the dynamic Sydney Park (“That’s So Raven”), who adds her own sass & spunk to the roll. Whenever Sydney is on-screen, a laugh was not far behind. No stranger to portraying bitchiness is Rachel Fox, who is nicely cast as “Betsy Byotch” (best known for her conniving role on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” as “Kayla,” the illegitimate daughter of “Tom Scavo,” played by Doug Savant). Getting one continuous laugh after another is the always hilarious & enjoyable Beth Grant as “Principal Tulip,” (best known for her role of “Sissy” in Del Shores‘ “Sordid Lives”). Making a brief appearance in the film is one of “Spork’s” producers Chad Allen as “Loogie,” a friend of “Spork’s Brother” (best known from “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” “Our House,”and “St Elsewhere”).

Written with heart & humor, “Spork” leaves you feeling good and reminds you the most important person you have to be is yourself. Be sure to catch “Spork” from April 24-May 1. For tickets and showtimes, click here!

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