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Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Halloween! In the spirit of the holiday here are some of my favorite Halloween themed things:

The Halloween episode from “Beauty and the Beast” (the CBS series starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton).

The Halloween episode from “Beverly Hills 90210” (when “Kelly” is dressed as a seductive witch, “Donna” is dressed as a Mermaid, “Brenda” and “Dylan” dress as “Bonnie and Clyde” while “Brandon” and “Emily” go trick or treating).

“Hands Off” from the movie “Once Bitten” (where “Mark,” “The Countess,” and “Robin” dance it out).

“Halloween” by Aqua (granted this not a video for the song, just the song with their “Aquarius” album as their backdrop, but still one I enjoy)

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Adam Rapp is an Obie-Award-winning playwright and director. His thought-provoking plays have kept audiences on the edge of their seats waiting for his next creation! In addition to an Obie Award, Adam’s playwriting has been honored with The Helen Merrill Award, The 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a Lucille Lortel Playwright’s Fellowship, and The Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

His plays include “Nocturne,” “Faster,” “Animals & Plants,” “Finer Noble Gases” (which earned Adam a 2006 Edinburgh Fringe First Award), “Stone Cold Dead Serious,” “Blackbird,” “Gompers,” “Essential Self-Defense,” and “Red Light Winter” (for which Adam received an Obie Award and was named finalist for a Pulitzer Prize). Adam recently directed Billy Crudup at the Vineyard Theatre in the world premiere of his own play “The Metal Children.”

Adam is also the author several novels including “The Year Of Endless Sorrows” and the more graphic novel “Ball-Peen Hammer.” His latest novel, “The Children And The Wolves,” is forthcoming from Candlewick Press. Adam wrote and directed two films “Winter Passing” and “Blackbird.” Catch Adam’s latest play “Ghosts in the Cottonwoods” at Theatre 80 St. Marks (80 St. Marks Place between 1st and 2nd Avenue in NYC) presented by The Amoralists from November 11-December 6. Click here for tickets!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright? John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation,” which I saw when I moved to New York.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Daniel Day Lewis.

3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Don’t stop writing plays” – Marsha Norman

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I would coach high school basketball and teach English.

5. Favorite place to write? My office and bed (a close second).

6. Favorite way to spend your day off? Reading, playing basketball, playing music.

7. Books or Magazines? Books.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Both. I alternate.

9. Favorite website? Goodreads.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Juliette Binoche.

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I’ve only thrown up twice in my life. Well, three times, actually.

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It’s pretty amazing to be sitting at show literally watching the next generation performing before your eyes. That is exactly how I felt tonight when I saw “Nine” at Tisch School for the Arts Produced by Micky Chorny, Directed by Shanna Richey, and Choreography by Katie Hill.

“Nine” tells the story of filmmaker “Guido Contini’s” struggle with his creative process as he looks for artistic inspiration to make his next movie while walking the fine line between his reality and his art.

Starring fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Zachary Infante as “Little Guido” along with Noah Shalom as “Guido Contini,” Su Hendrickson as “Luisa Contini,” Gillian Munsayac as “Carla Albanese,” Rachel Duddy as “Claudia Nardi,” Christina King as “Guido’s Mother,” Amanda Savan as “Lilliane La Fleur,” Gina Salvia as “Stephanie Necrophorus,” Mariel Blatt as “Sarraghina,” Sara Tazari as “Our Lady of the Spa,” Melissa Lehman as “Diana/British Reporter,” Molly Blodgett as “Maria/German Reporter,” Tiger Brown as “Annabella/American Reporter/Dance Captain,” Charlie Kolarich as “Francesco/American Reporter/Dance Captain,” Ricky Saunders as “Renato/British Reporter,” and Traver Tischio as “Giulio/Cardinal/German Reporter.”

I am a big fan of this show, especially the music. Watching these students was pretty amazing because I kept thinking, one of these performers could be the star of a future Broadway production. One just never knows. The cast’s chemistry was great and everyone worked well together! Hitting all the right notes, Noah Shalom was able lead the show as “Guido” while Zachary Infante shined as “Little Guido,” particularly his body language and facial expressions which he need to rely on heavily. When Zachary sang, the audience was more than focused! Su Hendrickson was perfectly cast as “Luisa” using her big booming voice to really communicate the betrayal she felt from “Guido.” She commanded the stage during “Be On Your Own.”  Rachel Duddy did a great job with “Unusual Way” as “Claudia,” while Christina King really hit the high notes as “Guido’s Mother.” Amanda Savan gave quite a performance as “Lilliane La Fleur,” especially during “Follies Bergeres,” which garnered her quite the round of applause. Mariel Blatt made her mark as “Sarraghina” during her triumphant “Ti Voglio Bene/Be Italian.” While I’m only highlighting a few of the cast members, everyone really did a great job and when this cast dances all together, boy do they shine!

With a very limited run and wait-list for tickets, do try to catch “Nine” at Tisch School for the Arts The Shop Theater (721 Broadway, 2nd Floor) through this Saturday, October 30.

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Be sure to catch Two Time Tony Nominee and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel in his brand new show “Back To New York” at Birdland on Monday, November 1, 8, and 15 at 7pm as part of Jim Caruso’s Broadway at Birdland Series!

Gavin will be performing new material from his new EP “Quiet” which is an intimate collection of six original acoustic session songs as well as some favorites!

If you’ve never seen this dynamic performer on stage, now would be a good time to come see why he’s so great!

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This week’s contest is now over and the winner is Andrew! Congratulations Andrew!

It’s another edition of “Win It Wednesday” here on “Adaumbelle’s Quest!” This week one lucky reader, at random, will have the chance to win a copy of “Fabulous! A Loving, and Lighthearted Look at Film From The Gay Perspective” by answering the question below. The winner will be announced at 5pm!

What’s your favorite gay-themed movie?

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This past Sunday (October 24), I participated in “Out of Darkness: The Walk To Prevent Suicide,” walking with “The Beaten Path” team. Along with 800 other walkers, we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge and back to Manhattan. Our team raised over $1900 and the walk itself raised over $125,000 with no corporate sponsorships. All of that money was raised by the participants!

It was truly a day of coming together and getting the word out about how suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Bobby Cronin performed two songs (“Daybreak” sung by the amazing Ray Lee and “The Best Is Yet To Come” sung by the equally amazing and upcoming participant Jenn Furman). Both songs of hope were the perfect fit and both Ray and Jenn really hit the mark!

It’s not too late to help support this great cause…donations are being accepted until December 31. Please give what you can…

http://afsp.donordrive.com/participant/adaumbelle

 

 

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Catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Zachary Infante in “Nine” the musical at Tisch School for the Arts (721 Broadway) from October 26 – October 30, playing “Little Guido.”

Come see this rising star live on stage…

For tickets send an e-mail to 9boxoffice@gmail.com. There is a $5 donation at the door when you pick-up your tickets.

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