Posts Tagged ‘2010 NYMF’

Jesse Gage is singer-songwriter who’s making his musical theatre debut in the 2010 NYMF Festival with “Oklahomo,” writing the book, music, and lyrics. “Oklahomo” started as just a rough idea and a couple of songs, but when Jesse saw the ad for the New York Musical Festival, he put his pen to paper and this first incarnation was born. “Oklahomo” follows Dave and Gary, two Midwestern mall food court employees and partners in love, who, after a freak accident involving Superman, an overdose of hallucinogenic drugs, a port-a-potty, and a Journey concert, embark on an epic adventure of revenge and love, discrimination and acceptance, and ultimately the most magnificent superpower ever created. “Oklahomo” plays Thursday, October 14 at 10:30pm, Friday, October 15 at 11pm, Saturday, October 16 at 10:30pm at Urban Stages (259 West 30th Street).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I’ve always loved writing music more than anything and performing really came about as an offshoot of that.  But as a piano player and singer, Ben Folds, Billy Joel and Elton John would be my top three.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? John Cameron Mitchell.

3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Cut it.  No matter how good you think something you’ve written is, if it doesn’t work in the piece, you have to be willing to cut it.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Nope. If I’ve got a talent, no reason to hide it.

5. Favorite meal off the $1 menu? I’m a veggie, so don’t really do McD’s.  But dollar shots at any happy hour sounds good to me.

6. Favorite place to write music? I like to keep moving, walking around while I’m writing.  However, always have to be near a piano and a recording device.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Let’s just say it ain’t in the gym.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Usually commando.

9. Favorite website? Huffingtonpost.com.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman looks great in a unitard, but I would love to have Wonder Woman’s invisible plane.


11. Favorite ride at an amusement park? The roller coaster. The bigger and faster the better.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Any family or friends who have left this lovely planet.

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Sometimes you just need a fun and comical musical to take you away and that is exactly what I found in the 2010 NYMF production of “Frog Kiss” featuring fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Curtis Holbrook and Kate Pazakis along with Hanley Smith, Terry Burrell, Joseph Dellger, Manna Nichols, Theis Weckesser, Jordan Barbour, Kenita Miller, Herman Sebek, Andrew Cao, and Lindsay Chambers.

“Frog Kiss” tells the story a princess who needs to marry a prince before the next full moon!  Curtis Holbrook really shines bright as “The Frog” in this hilarious and entertaining musical comedy. Using his impeccable comedic timing along with his pristine vocals and skilled dance moves, including a stupendous tap number in Converse sneakers, Curtis puts on quite a show for all to enjoy! Joining Curtis in the fun are Hanley Smith as “Princess Clemetine” who must find a prince to marry before the next full moon. With a beautiful singing voice and vocal inflection, Hanley brings out the laughs as she stays true to what she is looking for in a prince despite her parents wishes. Terry Burrell and Joseph Dellger play “Queen Margot” and “King Frederic,” each having their moment to shine. Manna Nichols plays “Hortense,” the younger sister of “Princess Clemetine.” Manna lights up the stage with her big, powerful vocals which echo beautifully throughout the theatre. She also uses her sly facial expressions to demonstrate her many devious moments. Theis Weckesser plays “Klaus,” the husband of “Hortense.”  Theis’ moment comes more towards the end of the show as he demonstrates his dance skills and good vocals. Andrew Cao and Lindsay Chambers play “Everyman” and “Everywomen” adding more comic relief to an already funny story. Andrew does have a solo dance moment in which he shows the audience just what he’s got! Jordan Barbour, Kenita Miller, Kate Pazakis, and Herman Sebek collectively stand-out as the “Tao Masters.” Each performer bringing their own special skill to their role. While I’ve highlighted individual moments, the cast as a whole works so well together, they all deserve the standing ovation they got!

With only 5 performances left, this is one NYMF show you’ll want to see!

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I have been very fortunate to get a lot of press tickets (and interviews) from the many wonderful press reps I’ve come to work with since starting “Adaumbelle’s Quest.”

So while this is not my first press ticket, it is my first “signed” reserved press seat to a show and SO I’m very excited by it! It was waiting for me on my seat when I attended Anthony Rapp’s “Without You” at the 2010 NYMF.

Thank You Keith Sherman, Scott Klein, and Dan DeMello at Keith Sherman and Associates for being my first!

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