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Christine Pedi is an award winning performer who will crack you up with her dead-on impersonations and impressions, while dazzle you with her vocals. Her cabaret shows have earned Christine a MAC Award, New York Nightlife Award, a Backstage Bistro Award as well as being named one of the “Top Ten Memorable Theatre Moments of the Year” by Broadwayworld.com and Show Business Weekly named her “Best Female Cabaret Performer.” In addition to her cabaret work, Christine is a well known theatre performer who has performed in multiple incarnations of “Forbidden Broadway,” earning herself a Drama Desk nomination and LA Ovation award. Her Broadway credits include “Talk Radio” and “Little Me.” Her other stage credits include “The A Train Plays,” “The 24 Hour Plays,” Edith Wharton’s “Xingu,” “Dalliance in Vienna,” “Fanny Brice,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “A Broadway Diva Christmas,” and “Carlotta the Gypsy Cow.” Christine just finished up a run in the Off-Broadway’s “NEWSical the Musical” produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora along with Fred M. Caruso. Stay tuned because Christine is planning her next move…but for more on Christine, in the meantime, visit http://www.christinepedi.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Nobody specifically just the love of music and theatre. Probably the composers.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? One? Are you kidding? Let’s start with Stephen Sondheim….

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I AM strange and unusual but not for any particular reason.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for yourself? RELAX!

5. What is your proudest moment? A toss up between a few well received performances I did at Gypsy of the Year and Avery Fisher Hall and some wonderful compliments given to me by a few of my theatre idols.  Those are my most cherished possessions.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks: (get ready) Tall, Decaf, espresso frappuccino with mocha chips. Use HALF the Frappucino mix and extra ice. (This baffles many a barrista but I don’t give up till they get it right since this gives me a super thick less caloric coffee experience.)  Bill Mahers “New Rules” states “You’re an asshole IF: it takes more than two words to order your coffee”…color me ASSHOLE.

7. Best holiday gift ever? Mom & Dad gave me a star shaped brass paperweight engraved with “Never give up love Mom & Dad”

8. Favorite comedian? I love many for many different reasons Dame Edna, Don Rickles, Fran Drescher, Carol Burnett, Robert Klein, Lucille Ball…

9. Favorite website? iTunes Music Store, IMDB.com & Zappos.com (they deliver shoes for FREE!)

10. “Mary” or “Rhoda”? Rhoda.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite store to shop in? Lord & Taylor, Bed Bath and Beyond (The happiest place on earth).

12. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I can hit a high C (maybe a note or 2 higher tho seriously when am I ever gonna have to?)I have a little over 3 octaves with a pretty low range.  Call me before 11am and you can hear what I mean.

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Broadway belter Kate Pazakis has been singing she could speak. From theatre to movies, Kate always hits the high notes! Theatre audiences know her from “Divas I’ve Done”, “A Broadway Diva Christmas”, “Newsical”, & “The Sexless Years”. She also performed in the Actor’s Fund Benefit “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” as well “Jerry Springer the Opera” at Carnegie Hall. Every Friday night at the Duplex in NYC Kate can be found co-hosting “Mostly Sondheim” a weekly open mic celebrating musical theatre with the best of Broadway & Broadway’s future. Kate just released her debut album entitled “Kate Pazakis Unzipped: Live at the Zipper” which is available at iTunes, PS Classics, or Amazon.comCome meet Kate this Wednesday, August 19 at 6pm at Barnes & Noble in Lincoln Triangle as she performs selections from her CD. This fall catch Kate on the big screen in “The Big Gay Musical” and for everything Kate Pazakis visit: http://www.katepazakis.com/.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My Greek orthodox priest…When I was  a child I would stand on the back pew imitating him as loud as I could in imitation Greek. Finally my mother was nicely asked to bring me to day care…and she was told it might be a good idea to put me in the theater to focus my energies.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low note g, high note: Belted bflat, sustained A

3. What is the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for  yourself? Put 10% of your paycheck every week in a savings account!

4. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? The divine Miss M…..

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can play piano with my toes. Seriously.

6. Favorite color? Periwinkle.

7. Favorite Website? Youtube.

8. Favorite kind of shoes? Hot bitch shoes.

9. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks; tall skim no water four pump chai.

10. “Family Ties” or “Growing Pains”? Both. I had crushes on Michael J Fox and Kirk Cameron.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. Of course.

12. What’s in your purse? Lip gloss, mascara, a book, iPhone, Wallet. Orange tic tacs, notebook.

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Reach The Sky A host of talent will be taking part in “Reach The Sky” concert this Monday, August 3 at 7pm & 9:30pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street) celebrating the songs of Bobby Cronin including:

Caissie Levy (“Hair”), Jared Gertner (“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” & upcoming “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant), Kate Pazakis (“Jerry Springer Opera”, “Divas I’ve Done”, “A Broadway Diva Christmas”, solo CD “Unzipped: Live at the Zipper”, & upcoming “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant), Katie Thompson (“Giant”), Natalie Weiss (“Wicked”), & Ben Cameron (“Wicked”).

Tickets are $15 at the door. For reservations call: 212-695-6909.

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Tom D'Angora An award winning actor and producer for his one man show “Divas I’ve Done,” Tom has also starred in and produced such shows as “Naked Boys Singing” and “A Broadway Diva Christmas.”  He is also one of the c0-producers of the upcoming film “The Big Gay Musical” coming out in 2009. Check out his website for more information: www.tomdangora.com

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I really just liked the attention LOL, however I do find Liza to be very inspiring.

2. What’s your favorite musical? “Jane Eyre” and “Caroline or Change.”

3. What’s your favorite play? “August Osage County” and “I Am My Own Wife.”

4. Who’s your favorite actor? Most consistently Erika Sleyzak from “One Life to Live” every day since 1986!

5. Favorite celebrity gossip website? Hillbuzz.wordpress.com (Hillary Clinton blog site).

6. Favorite Talk Show host? ELLEN!

7. Today Show or Good Morning America? Today show.

8. Superman or Wonder Woman? OMG Wonder Woman not even a contest.

9. Best holiday gift ever? A Broadway diva Christmas 🙂

10. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks, I love it, I worked there for years when i was a teen. I am just a venti coffee.

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