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Zachary is a nineteen year old rising sophomore at NYU Tisch School Of The Arts at CAP21. Pursuing a BFA in Drama (Musical Theater), it has always been Zachary’s goal to achieve personal and professional success in theatre and film. Having survived Stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 15, he continues to fight to reach his dreams and certainly hasn’t let anything hold him back. He’s a laid back kind of guy, ready to work, and ready to make lasting relationships with his colleagues. He began his career at the age of ten working on numerous commercials and voice overs. He made his big break at the age of eleven when he took on the role of Gordon in Paramount’s film “School of Rock” starring Jack Black and Joan Cusack. Most recently he was seen in fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Bobby Cronin’s new musical “The Beaten Path” as the role of Jake. The production directed by Jessica Redish and produced by Erica Ruff, premiered at the Laurie Beechman Theater this past January and proved to be a great success. Currently, Zachary can be seen at the Papermill Playhouse’s performance of “Peter Pan” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Nancy Anderson) as the lost boy Nibs running from June 2nd through the 27th. After that he will participate in CAP21’s first Annual Summer Stock in New York throughout the month of July. He continues work and educate himself as his career progresses, and believes the most important part of his journey has been the love and support of his family. He continues to remember that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”-Lao Tzu. Look out for Zachary, he is certainly looking out for you! You can check him out on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/theinfant2

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Truthfully, I’d have to say my mother and father. They gave me the outlet to begin working in New York and have stayed my biggest fans since birth. I’ll never forget seeing my parents dance together in the living room when I was a child. That sight was worth more than any Broadway ticket. I just knew I wanted to give others that same feeling of joy and happiness that my parents gave to me.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low-Bflat High-(most days) C!

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I have impeccable knowledge of state capitals. I think that qualifies as a talent. haha.

4. Who do you consider to be your hero? My father, there’s no one in my life or in this world who I’d rather be like. He’s the type of person who will talk to anyone and brighten up their day. He’s shown me to live life to the fullest and to show love to those who need it most.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Dance and the occasional run.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

7. Favorite musician/singer? John Legend and Josh Groban. Their music is a frequent on my ipod.
…OH and Lady Gaga of course!

8. Favorite play/musical? Definitely In the Heights! Being Hispanic and having family living in Washington Heights definitely made it an amazing show to experience (on my Birthday!). I’d love to play Sonny one day!

9. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman… I dig strong women.

10. Zach’s added question: Favorite Quote? “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind… don’t matter” -Dr.Seuss

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! It may be a holiday weekend, but here at “Adaumbelle’s Quest” we’ll still be working, so don’t forget to check back on Sunday the latest interview….

Enjoy your holiday, be safe, come back on Sunday, and thank you for taking time out to read “Adaumbelle’s Quest!”

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Television star, Gary Coleman, best known as “Arnold Drummand” on “Diff’rent Strokes” has passed away at the age of 42 due to a brain hemorrhage. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/37386129/ns/today-entertainment/

Thank you for making me laugh…Here are some of my favorite clips:

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The contest is now over. Today’s winner is Donald! Congratulations!! Tune in next week for another “Free Stuff Friday” and who knows the winner just might be you! It’s “Free Stuff Friday” at “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and today one lucky reader, at random, will have the chance to win a copy of Patti LuPone’s CD “Patti LuPone at Les Mouches” and as an added bonus, I’m throwing in a CD sampler from the revival of “Gypsy” for which Patti LuPone won a Tony Award for. The winner will be announced at 5pm today! Good luck…

Your question this week is: What is your favorite role that Patti LuPone has played (in any medium)?


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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” has received a Kreativ Blogger Award from the Clyde Fitch Report. This award is bestowed upon blog sites by fellow bloggers who think your site is something special. (For some background information on this award, click here and while this particular blogger suggested their own ideas for rules, I’m sticking with the original). Thank you Leonard Jacobs for considering my site to be worthy of this award!

As a recipient of this award, there are some rules to follow:

1. Post an announcement on  your site and include the Kreativ Blog Logo (see above)

2. You must acknowledge the site who nominated you (see above)

3. You must list 7 things readers might not know about you

  • I took John Tartaglia’s Master Puppetry Class in 2005.
  • I like to make people laugh and put a smile on their face.
  • I’ve swam with dolphins.
  • I’ve climbed to the top of Angel’s Landing in Utah.
  • I’ve dressed up as a moose on my first day of work in radio promotion and tripped over my feet and fell into the store racks knocking everything over.
  • I’ve gotten to spend my birthday with both Olivia Newton-John and Joan Rivers.
  • One of my favorite meals is a peanut butter and cheese sandwhich.

4. You must nominate, with links, 7 other sites you feel are worthy of a Kreativ Blogger Award.

There are so many blogs out there and to just choose 7 is very difficult, but here are the 7 blogs I’m choosing:

The Temptation of Mel, inspired by Mel B’s idea to give up Facebook for 40 days during lent, here is her journey written with humor, insight, and just a bit of irony.

Just Jared, created by Jared Eng, this site gives you everything you need from pop culture gossip, fabulous celeb photo galleries and breaking entertainment news…

Stage Rush, founded by Jesse North, gives tips and insight how to enjoy theatre on a limited budget, along with interviews and reviews, Jesse has taken a topic wondered by many and propelled into a knowledgeable and lively forum.

Best of Gay New York, started by Michael Snell and Derrick Sorles, this site gives you comprehensive information regarding everything Gay and Gay-Friendly in New York, including  news, entertainment, and events with a few rare gems thrown in.

The BestArts.com, born from the brilliance of Kevin Ireland, this site compiles the best information and videos from performers in the world of theatre, music, and dance. If there is an artist or performer you like, check out this site to find video performances of them and if there is an artist or performer you like, send Kevin a link to see if he can include so others can be entertained as well.

The Aurora Nights, formed by Jackie Orlando, this event planning and promotions site lets you know everything happening in NYC nightlife!

Boxers or Briefs, developed by Johnny Underscore, this is the site for those of you who love to find out what your favorite celebrity is wearing underneath…from models to actors to athletes and those in between, Boxers or Briefs divulges it all!

Congratulations to everyone…your site deserves this award!

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Hey L.A. fans…be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Bobby Cronin in “The Music and Lyrics of Bobby Cronin” this Thursday (May 27) at 9pm at Show at Barre in Los Angeles. If you’ve never heard Bobby’s Music, be sure to check out these clips on TheBestArts. He is truly one of the most invigorating, inspiring, and passionate new composers of our time. His music can make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. Always getting top notch performers, it’s really the music and lyrics that will move you. Treat yourself to an unbelievable night of music and talent with Bobby Cronin this Thursday, May 27!

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I attended the 2010 Drama Desk Awards and it was very exciting, especially when fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jan Maxwell won for Best Actress in a Play for “The Royal Family.” It was so exciting to be there in person when she won and then to be able to personally congratulate Jan after the show was that much more exciting! I also got to meet Brooke Sheilds who was kind, gracious, and absolutely stunning. Before the evening got underway I got to hang out with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora who’s show “NEWSical the Musical” was nominated for “Best Musical Revue”, but unfortunately didn’t win. We still had a wonderful time as always!

To find out who won awards check out the list of winners below…

Outstanding Play: John Logan, “Red”

Outstanding Musical: “Memphis”

Outstanding Revival of a Play: “A View from the Bridge” & “Fences”

Outstanding Revival of a Musical: “La Cage Aux Folles”

Outstanding Actor in a Play: Liev Schreiber, “A View from the Bridge”

Outstanding Actress in a Play: fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jan Maxwell, “The Royal Family”

Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Douglas Hodge, “La Cage Aux Folles”

Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Montego Glover, “Memphis” & Catherine Zeta-Jones, “A Little Night Music”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Santino Fontana, “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Viola Davis, “Fences”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical: Christopher Fitzgerald, “Finian’s Rainbow”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical: Katie Finneran, “Promises Promises”

Outstanding Director of a Play: Michael Grandage, “Red”

Outstanding Director of a Musical: Michael Mayer, “American Idiot”

Outstanding Choreography: Twyla Tharp, “Come Fly Away”

Outstanding Music: David Bryan, “Memphis”

Outstanding Lyrics: John Kander & Fred Ebb, “The Scottsboro Boys”

Outstanding Book of a Musical: Alex Timbers, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

Outstanding Orchestrations: Daryl Waters & David Bryan, “Memphis”

Outstanding Musical Revue: “Sondheim on Sondheim”

Outstanding Music in a Play: Branford Marsalis, “Fences”

Outstanding Set Design: Phelim McDermott, Julian Crouch, & Basil Twist: “The Addams Family”

Outstanding Costume Design: Matthew Wright, “La Cage Aux Folles”

Outstanding Lighting Design: Neil Austin, “Red”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical: Acme Sound Partners, “Ragtime”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play: Fitz Patton, “When the Rain Stops Falling”

Outstanding Solo Performance: Jim Brochu, “Zero Hour”

Unique Theatrical Experience: “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”

Outstanding Ensemble Performance: “Circle Mirror Transformation” & “The Tempermentals”

Special Awards:

To the cast, creative team, and producers of Horton Foote’s epic “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” “We salute the breadth of  vision which inspired exceptional direction, performances, sets, lighting, costumes, music, and sound that made it the theatrical event of this season.”

To Jerry Herman, “For enchanting and dazzling audiences with his exhuberant music and heartfelt lyrics for more than half a century.”

To Godlight Theatre Company for “consistent originality and excellence in dramatizing modern literature, and especially for the vibrant theatricality of its innovate productions.”

To Ma-Yi Theater Company for “more than two decades of excellence and for nurturing Asian-American voices in stylistically varied and engaging theater.”

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With the talent and personality, it’s no wonder Jan Maxwell is a 4-time Tony Award nominee, with her two most recent nominations this current season for “The Royal Family” and “Lend Me A Tenor.” She is also a Drama Desk Award winner (updated: Jan won her 2nd award tonight for “The Royal Family”) and 5-time nominee as well as a 2-time Outer Critics Circle Winner & 5-time nominee. Jan is one of the few performers with the most impeccable comedic timing of our times. When Jan is on stage, the audience is paying attention. She can make your theatre experience one you will never forget! Her other Broadway credits include “Coram Boy” (Tony & Drama Desk Nominee), “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (Drama Desk Award Winner, Tony & Outer Critics Circle Nominee), “Sixteen Wounded” (Drama Desk Nominee), “A Doll’s House” (Outer Critics Circle Nominee), “The Sound of Music” (Outer Critics Circle Nominee), “The Dinner Party” (Outer Critics Circle Award Winner), Brian Friel’s “Dancing At Lughnasa” and “City of Angels.” Off-Broadway, Jan has delighted audiences in Howard Barker’s “Scenes From An Execution” (Drama Desk Nominee) and “Camille,” Anton Dudley’s “Substitution,” “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” (Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Nominee), Tina Howe’s translation of lonesco’s “The Bald Soprano,” Jules Feiffer’s “A Bad Friend,” Israel Horovitz’s “My Old Lady” (Lortel Award winner, Drama Desk Nominee), “Opening Doors,” Alan Ayckbourn’s “House and Garden,” and “The Seagull.”  Jan’s television credits include PBS’ “AIDS: Changing the Rules,” “Law & Order,” and “Gossip Girl.” Jan can currently be seen in the 2010 Tony Nominated revival of “Lend Me A Tenor.”

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Both my mother and father. My father is quite the ham. He did community theatre in Fargo, ND, where I was born and also wrote sketches and plays. My mother, though, did the leg work for the few opportunities there were for me to experience the arts in the area. She would find theatre and dance programs and tell me about them; then call, sign me up, and drive me back and forth.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I don’t know. Christopher Guest, Steve Buscemi, Edward Albee . . . too many to list.

3. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? If so, what career would you choose? Umm . . . I think this business quits you before you quit it.  But I’ve always wanted to be in a lot of different professions. I think that’s why I act, so I can be all those things I want to be:  marine biologist, veterinarian, junkie . . .

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Shakespeare – I like epic dreams.

5. What’s the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for yourself? Don’t go into acting.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can tie a cherry stem into a knot in less than 15 seconds.

7. Favorite skin care product? I wish I could find one. I keep trying different ones, which is probably the worst thing you can do.

8. Favorite play/musical? Too hard to choose.

9. Favorite website? Google.

10. “Mary” or “Rhoda”? Mary . . . Hartman, though.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Neither. Caffeine is banned after noon. Once, my stage manager, Matthew Melchiorre at Coram Boy, wouldn’t allow me to have it at all. Especially if I have a smaller part. I become a bit obnoxious start trouble backstage.

12. Favorite hobby? Staring at an empty wall (unless I have coffee, and then it’s bouncing off that wall . . . )

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Congratulations to fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Jan Maxwell, Bobby Steggert, Chad Kimball, and Carolee Carmello, as well as to the cast of “Memphis” with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants James Monroe Iglehart, Derrick Baskin, and LaQuet Sharnell, the cast of “Yank” with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Nancy Anderson, and the cast of “NEWSical the Musical” with fellow “Adaubmelle’s Quest” participants Christine Pedi, Christina Bianco, Rory O’Malley, and their producer Tom D’Angora on their 2010 Drama Desk Nominations! The complete list of nominees is below:

Outstanding Play:

“My Wonderful Day”

“Circle Mirror Transformation”

“Happy Now?”

“Red”

“Next Fall”

“Clybourne Park”

Outstanding Musical:

“American Idiot”

“Everyday Rapture”

“Memphis”

“The Addams Family”

“The Scottsboro Boys”

“Yank!”

Outstanding Revival of a Play:

“A View From the Bridge”

“Brighton Beach Memoirs”

“Fences”

“Hamlet”

“So Help Me God!”

“The Boys in the Band”

Outstanding Revival of a Musical:

“A Little Night Music”

“Finian’s Rainbow”

“La Cage aux Folles”

“Promises, Promises”

“Ragtime”

Outstanding Actor in a Play:

Bill Heck “The Orphans’ Home Cycle”

Jude Law “Hamlet”

Alfred Molina “Red”

Eddie Redmayne “Red”

Liev Schreiber “A View from the Bridge”

John Douglas Thompson “The Emperor Jones”

Christopher Walken “A Behanding in Spokane”

Outstanding Actress in a Play:

Ayesha Antoine “My Wonderful Day”

Melissa Errico “Candida”

Anne Hathaway “Twelfth Night”

Kristen Johnston “So Help Me God!”

Laura Linney “Time Stands Still”

Jan Maxwell “The Royal Family”

Outstanding Actor in a Musical:

Brandon Victor Dixon “The Scottsboro Boys”

Douglas Hodge “La Cage aux Folles”

Cheyenne Jackson “Finian’s Rainbow”

Chad Kimball “Memphis”

Nathan Lane “The Addams Family”

Bobby Steggert “Yank!”

Outstanding Actress in a Musical:

Kate Baldwin “Finian’s Rainbow”

Montego Glover “Memphis”

Jayne Houdyshell “Coraline”

Christiane Noll “Ragtime”

Sherie Rene Scott “Everyday Rapture”

Catherine Zeta-Jones “A Little Night Music”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play:

Chris Chalk “Fences”

Sean Dugan “Next Fall”

Santino Fontana “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

Adam James “The Pride”

Hamish Linklater “Twelfth Night”

Nick Westrate “The Boys in the Band”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play:

Victoria Clark “When the Rain Stops Falling”

Viola Davis “Fences”

Xanthe Elbrick “Candida”

Mary Beth Hurt “When the Rain Stops Falling”

Scarlett Johansson “A View from the Bridge”

Andrea Riseborough “The Pride”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical:

Kevin Chamberlin “The Addams Family”

Robin De Jesus “La Cage aux Folles”

Jeffry Denman “Yank!”

Christopher Fitzgerald “Finian’s Rainbow”

Jeremy Morse “Bloodsong of Love”

Bobby Steggert “Ragtime”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical:

Carolee Carmello “The Addams Family”

Carrie Cimma “Lizzie Borden”

Katie Finneran “Promises, Promises”

Angela Lansbury “A Little Night Music”

Kenita Miller “Langston in Harlem”

Terri White “Finian’s Rainbow”

Outstanding Director of a Play:

Jonathan Bank “So Help Me God!”

Jack Cummings III “The Boys in the Band”

Sam Gold “Circle Mirror Transformation”

Michael Grandage “Hamlet”

Michael Grandage “Red”

Ethan Hawke “A Lie of the Mind”

Outstanding Director of a Musical:

Warren Carlyle “Finian’s Rainbow”

Marcia Milgrom Dodge “Ragtime”

Igor Goldin “Yank!”

Terry Johnson “La Cage aux Folles”

Michael Mayer “American Idiot”

Susan Stroman “The Scottsboro Boys”

Outstanding Choreography:

Warren Carlyle “Finian’s Rainbow”

Marcia Milgrom Dodge “Ragtime”

Lynne Page “La Cage aux Folles”

Susan Stroman “The Scottsboro Boys”

Twyla Tharp “Come Fly Away”

Sergio Trujillo “Memphis”

Outstanding Music:

David Bryan “Memphis”

Michael Friedman “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

Joe Iconis “Bloodsong of Love”

John Kander and Fred Ebb “The Scottsboro Boys”

Andrew Lippa “The Addams Family”

Joseph Zellnik “Yank!”

Outstanding Lyrics:

Rick Crom “NEWSical the Musical”

Kevin Del Aguila “Click, Clack, Moo”

John Kander and Fred Ebb “The Scottsboro Boys”

Dillie Keane and Adele Anderson “Fascinating Aida Absolutely Miraculous!”

Andrew Lippa “The Addams Family”

David Zellnik “Yank!”

Outstanding Book of a Musical:

Joe DiPietro “Memphis”

Joe Iconis “Bloodsong of Love”

Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott “Everyday Rapture”

David Thompson “The Scottsboro Boys”

Alex Timbers “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

David Zellnik “Yank!”

Outstanding Orchestrations:

Larry Hochman “The Scottsboro Boys”

Tom Kitt “American Idiot”

Tom Kitt “Everyday Rapture”

John Oddo “All About Me”

Daryl Waters and David Bryan “Memphis”

Outstanding Musical Revue:

“Fascinating Aida Absolutely Miraculous!”

“Million Dollar Quartet”

“NEWSical the Musical”

“Simon Green: Traveling Light”

“Sondheim on Sondheim”

Outstanding Music in a Play:

Adam Cochran “A Play on War”

Adam Cork “Red”

Gaines “A Lie of the Mind”

Phillip Glass “The Bacchae”

Hem “Twelfth Night”

Brandford Marsalls “Fences”

Outstanding Set Design:

Sandra Goldmark “The Boys in the Band”

Phellm McDermott, Julian Crouch, and Basil Twist “The Addams Family”

Derek McLane “Ragtime”

Christopher Oram “Red”

Jay Rohloff “Underground”

Karen Tennent “Hansel and Gretel”

Outstanding Costume Design:

Antonia Ford-Roberts and Bob Flanagan “The Emperor Jones”

Clint Ramos “So Help Me God!”

Bobby Frederick Tilley II “Lizzie Borden”

Matthew Wright “La Cage aux Folles”

David Zinn “In the Next Room or the vibrator play”

Outstanding Lighting Design:

Nell Austin “Hamlet”

Nell Austin “Red”

Christian M. DeAngelis “Lizzie Borden”

Maruti Evans “John Balls’ In The Heat of the Night”

Natasha Katz “The Addams Family”

Dane Laffrey “The Boys in the Band”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play:

Acme Sound Partners “Ragtime”

Jonathan Deans “La Cage aux Folles”

Ashley Hanson, Kurt Eric Fischer and Brian Ronan “Everyday Rapture”

Peter Hylenski “The Scottsboro Boys”

Scott Lehrer “Finian’s Rainbow”

Brian Ronan “Promises Promises”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play:

Dan Blanchi and Wes Shippee “Frankenstein”

Dale Bigall “Underground”

Adam Cork “Enron”

Lindsay Jones and Jamie McElhinney “Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers”

Fitz Patton “When the Rain Stops Falling”

Elizabeth Rhodes “John Ball’s in the Heat of the Night”

Oustanding Solo Performance:

Theodore Bikel “Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears”

Jim Brochu “Zero Hour”

Colman Domingo “A Boy and his Soul”

Carrie Fisher “Wishful Drinking”

Judith Ivey “The Lady With All The Answers”

Anna Deavere Smith “Let Me Down Easy”

Unique Theatrical Experience:

“Charles L. Mee’s Fetes de la Nuit”

“Hansel and Gretel”

“John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean”

“Love, Loss, and What I Wore”

“Stuffed and Unstrung”

“The Provenance of Beauty”

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