Archive for May, 2010

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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