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Check out the pictures and video below from the new musical “Alice” written, composed, and directed by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant, Andrew Barbato, along with Lesley DeSantis and in collaboration with Cellar Door Stage. It premiered this past summer in Stoneham, MA and for those of you who didn’t get a chance to see it, the video and pictures will allow you to see the amazingness that is Andrew and Lesley’s creation! Here’s hoping a second run will come our way…

VIDEO CLIPS:

PRODUCTION PHOTOS:

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Be sure to catch two concerts of rising super-star composer & fellow “Adaubmelle’s Quest” participant Bobby Cronin this September:

The first concert will be on September 13 in Connecticut at The Palace Theatre (1265 Main Street, Danbury, CT), produced by TheStage Repertory Company as the kickoff to an ongoing series. Joining Bobby will be fellow participant LaQuet Sharnell (“Memphis”), Andrew Kober (“Hair”), Jared Gertner (“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Ordinary Days”) along with Allison Case (“Hair”), Jenn Furman (“Wicked”), Brian Gallagher (“Wonderland”), Brett Teresa (“B.R.A.T.T. CAMP”), Robyn Lee (“B.R.A.T.T. CAMP”), Jennifer Dinoia (“Wicked”), and Brad Simanski (“Wicked”).

The second concert will be on September 19 in Chicago at Davenport’s (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL). Joining Bobby will be Dee Roscioli (“Wicked”), Brad Simanski (“Wicked”), Emily Rogers (“The Beaten Path”), and Brett Teresa (“B.R.A.T.T. CAMP”).

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Joshua Rivedal is a man of many talents: he’s an actor, a playwright, and a producer. As an actor he has been seen as “Radames” in “Aida” and “Richard Loeb” in “Thrill Me” as well as on such television shows as AMC’s “FilmFakers,” “The Maury Povich Show,” and the Biography Channel’s “Celebrity Ghost Stories.” As a playwright, Joshua wrote (and co-produced) “The Gospel According To Josh” which was accepted into the Emerging Artists OMT Series and most recently featured in the 2010 Midtown International Theater Festival. Joshua’s new play, “It’s Good to be Home” was also independently workshopped in 2009. For those of you who missed “The Gospel According To Josh” at MITF, here’s your second chance to see this dynamic performer when “The Gospel According To Josh” comes to The Media Theatre in Media, PA for one night only on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30pm. For more on “The Gospel According To Josh” be sure to visit http://www.thegospelaccordingtojosh.com and for more on Joshua be sure to check out http://www.joshuarivedal.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would say my parents and the greats, like Elvis and the Beatles. I saw them on television and thought these people are the best I’ve ever seen play, I’ve got to do what they are doing. I also knew I was going to be a performer when hand-held recorders were first in use, I was about 6 and I saw the video of this when I was about 10, but what I saw was that when I didn’t know the recorder was on, I was quiet, but when I noticed the recorder on, I’d become big and vibrant and acting up because I knew the light was on me.

2. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Al Pacino and James Earl Jones.

3. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? Before the show, I do a 10-minute breathing exercise, it’s called the Chuck Jones Method.  I do some stretching and yoga. Afterwards, I like to have a drink.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can smack my cheeks and make music.

5. Favorite item off the $1 menu? I love those nuggets or if I’m on the road, the McDouble.

6. Favorite way to spend your day off? I would love to go to The Met, have a couple of drinks out on the patio, and kind of just relax and socialize and then go to a botanical garden.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Taekwondo.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-Briefs. I combine the both for one powerful piece of underwear.

9. Favorite website? The Gospel According To Josh or CNN.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, she’s way hotter than Superman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Be yourself, who else are you going to be.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I would say Angelina Jolie.

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2010 Emmy Awards!

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”

Outstanding Comedy Series: “Modern Family”

Outstanding Drama Series: “Mad Men”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Al Pacino, “You Don’t Know Jack”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Claire Danes, “Temple Grandin”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Neil Patrick Harris, “Bryan Ryan” in “Glee: Dream On”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: John Lithgow, “Arthur Mitchell” in “Dexter: Road Kill”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Betty White, Host, “Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet, “Cameron Tucker” in “Modern Family”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul, “Jesse Pinkman” in “Breaking Bad”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: David Strathairn, “Dr. Carlock” in “Temple Grandin”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Jane Lynch, “Sue Sylvester” in “Glee”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Archie Panjabi, “Kalinda Sharma” in “The Good Wife”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Julia Ormond, “Eustacia” in “Temple Grandin”

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: Anne Hathaway, “Princess Penelope” in “Once Upon A Time In Springfield”

Outstanding Made For Television Movie: “Temple Grandin”

Outstanding Miniseries: “The Pacific”

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: “Top Chef”

Outstanding Reality Program: “Jamie Olvier’s Food Revolution”

Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show With John Stewart”

Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special: “The Kennedy Center Honors”

Outstanding Animated Program: “Disney Prep & Landing”

Outstanding Short-format Animated Program: “Robot Chickent: Full-Assed Christmas Speical”

Outstanding Nonfiction Series: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”

Outstanding Nonfiction Special: “Teddy: In His Own Words”

Outstanding Art Direction For a Miniseries or Movie: “The Pacific”

Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music, or Nonfiction Programming: “82nd Annual Academy Awards”

Outstanding Children’s Program: “Wizards Of Waverly Place: The Movie”

Outstanding Directing For a Comedy Series: Ryan Murphy, Director, “Glee-Pilot-Director’s Cut”

Outstanding Directing For a Drama Series: Steve Shill, Director, “Dexter: The Getaway”

Outstanding Directing For a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Mick Jackson, Director, “Temple Grandin”

Outstanding Directing For a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series: Don Roy King, Director, “Saturday Night Live: Host Betty White”

Outstanding Directing For a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special: Bucky Gunts, Director, “Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony”

Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming: Barak Goodman, Director, “My Lai”

(For a complete list of winners visit: http://www.emmys.com)

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Whether it’s comedy or drama, Benjamin Holmes is the performer for your show. His many theatre credits include: “Villian: DeBlanks,” “The Pillowman,” “The Athlete, Princess, Pirate, Fairy, Welder, Deep-Sea Diver Club,” “Anonymous, Unknown, and Grimm,” “Bartholomew Fair, NJ,” “A Christmas Carol,” “All in the Timing,” and “Urinetown.” Most recently, Benjamin was seen in “10 Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You” written by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Kelly Nichols, directed by fellow participant Billy Mitchell and included songs by fellow participant Bobby Cronin, one of seven contributing composer/lyricists (click here for my review). This fall Benjamin can be seen in the Attic, Jr series at the Attic Ensemble in New Jersey (which was also written, directed, and produced by Billy).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Well, this will sound a little conceited, but here’s the story: Sophomore year in high school, I went to see the school production of Guys and Dolls. The police inspector (the character’s name escapes me at the moment) was played by this kid named Dan S. Now, Dan didn’t forget his lines or screw up his blocking or anything at all–he was just so incredibly wooden onstage that all I could think as I watched was, I could do that so much better. So I auditioned for the play the next fall, got in, and I’ve been doing it ever since. So thanks, Dan.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many people I haven’t worked with that it’s hard to narrow it down to one. Since I am the worst theatre person ever and pay so little attention to what’s going on in the theatre world, I guess I’ll just go with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He’s incredible in Brick and Mysterious Skin, and, really, everything else he’s in. (Well, the jury’s still out about G.I. Joe.)

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Um…hmm, I’m usually pretty open with my strange and unusual talents. I guess I’m a pretty fair juggler. I can play the ukulele passably. And I can flex a muscle in my palm that I shouldn’t be able to voluntarily flex. So there’s that.

4. Do you have any rituals you have to do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? Not at all. The most I’ll do is go over my lines, but even then it’ll usually only be monologues or long speeches or the like. I’ve never been someone who likes to do any warm-up exercises or anything; they always tended to wear me out instead of pump me up. I prefer to just plunge in. And as for decompressing afterward, again, there isn’t much I’ll do. I just kind of like getting out of the theatre as quickly as possible. It’s really nice to see people outside after the show and talk to them a little, but I’m actually quite shy when I don’t know someone, so if none of my friends are there, I’ll just try to fade into the background or leave.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My dad told me before I went to college never to let anyone pressure me into doing something I didn’t want to do. That’s been pretty helpful.

6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Probably my sister. She passed away five years ago; it’d be nice to see her again.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Skiing, absolutely. Second favorite is soccer. Or, really, running around kicking a ball, since I really only play with one or two of my friends.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers.

9. Favorite website? Um…probably the Onion A.V. Club. Such a snarky hipster I am.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Green Lantern. Or maybe The Flash.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite ride at an amusement park? I’ll ride pretty much everything, so it’s hard to pick just one. I used to like riding the Zipper at the fair in the town where I grew up, even though you really took your life into your own hands when you rode that thing. Various nuts and bolts flew off of it all the time. Fond memories…

12. Books or Magazines? Books. Every time.

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Many continued Thanks to Bryan White for posting my review of his album “Dustbowl Dreams” on Bryanwhite.com, Facebook, and Twitter!

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This contest is now over and today’s winner is Ryan! Be sure to tune in next week for another edition of “Win It Wednesday” because you never know, the winner just might be you! It’s another edition of “Win It Wednesday” here on “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and this week, one lucky reader, at random, will have the chance to win a mug from the 2002 Revival of “Oklahoma!” by answering the question below. The winner will be announced at 5pm!

If you could sing “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'” with any celebrity, who would you sing it with?

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