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Adam Kantor is another one of our next generation actors on the up and up. Since he made his Broadway debut in “Rent,” Adam has continued to raise the bar to new heights. He produced the 2009 Fringe Festival hit “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959” (which starred fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Autumn Hurlbert and Lee Aaron Rosen) and is one of the founders of “Broadway in South Africa,” a non-profit organization comprised of actors, singers, dancers, directors, musicians, and producers from New York City to help affect change in the world through art. Adam (along with Autumn) can currently be seen in the Off-Broadway show “Killing Women” at The Beckett @ Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave) until June 5, 2010.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My grandparents and parents, thankfully and oddly enough. They took me to see Broadway shows starting at the age of 4!  As soon as I found a passion in performing, they were nothing but supportive. Their encouragement truly was a blessing for me.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Depends on the weather and my mood. Generally, a low F up to a B-flat in chest and up to a high F-sharp in falsetto.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are many. All of the old British farts who are the best actors in the world…Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, etc.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can move my tongue incredibly fast, like a lizard. I do it in Killing Women.  Check it ooouuuttt….

5. What’s the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for yourself? Shut up and dance.

6. What’s your proudest moment? My grandmother did a walk-on in RENT with me when I was playing “Mark”. She was in the life support scene; an 85 year-old woman wearing a tank top with a peace sign on it.  They put blue streaks in her hair, and she got to say her name coming up the stairs. “Steve, Pam, Lisa, LUCILLE!”. We bowed together at the end of the show, and then she signed autographs with me outside.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I love playing tennis. My entire family plays. I used to play a bit competitively, and there was a time I thought I’d either wanted to be a famous actor or a famous tennis player. Then someone beat me in a tournament and I was like “screw this, I hate this feeling of rejection, I’ll be an actor.” Oh, the things we think….

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers. I like celebrating my freedom.

9. Favorite website? broadwayinsouthafrica.org as my shameless plug.

10. “Gobots” or “Transformers”? I am embarrassed to say I have no idea what Gobots are. And, I’m not such a huge Transformers fan either….as a kid, I was much more entertained by the musings of my own imagination. I mostly sat alone in my room and spaced out. I do a lot of that now too…

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Ooh well, if the weather’s warm, I love going to Jones Beach with friends, and catching a concert there at night.  And if it’s cold, I’ll sleep ridiculously late and dream I’m doing that.

12. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Splash mountain. It has everything a great ride should….great characters, a compelling plot, catchy music….oh and the drop is pretty sweet too.

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I had the fortunate experience of having a one on one interview with Autumn Hurlbert after seeing her in Bobby Cronin’s concert “Not The Same: The Music and Lyrics of Bobby Cronin” on Sunday, March 28. With a big beautiful voice and stage presence to go with it, Autumn not only has the talent, but she is gracious, personable, and full of energy. From starring in the first national tour of “Little Women” to regional productions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Les Miserables,” and “Evita,” Autumn gained national attention as the runner up in MTV’s reality series “Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods.” Since then, she has continued entertaining audiences. She joined Broadway’s “Legally Blonde” until it closed in 2008, then starred in “Glimpses of the Moon” at the Algonquin Hotel, “On The Town” at Encores, “Beehive” at the Maltz Jupiter Theater in FL, and “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959” (which also starred fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Lee Aaron Rosen) at the 2009 NYC International Fringe Festival. Autumn has a few projects in the works, so stay tuned to find out when they come about and in the meantime be sure to visit http://www.autumnhurlbert.com for more on Autumn.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My dad because he was in a band when he was in college, but his dream of becoming a musician never came to fruition. He became a banker instead. My parents never pushed anything on me and just allowed me to explore the arts and it was very obvious very quickly that this is where I belonged. Growing up I loved Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters…all the curly haired girls.

1a. Is that where you get your big beautiful belt from, from loving Bette and Bernadette? You know where I get my big beautiful belt from, I had colic when I was a baby and my mom said I screamed every single day of the first year of my life. So I think I have a big voice because I got good training, screaming, as a baby.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? The lowest note I can sing is Low E below C, highest note I can belt is a high B flat or B, highest note I can sing is High F or G.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Too many names to pick, but I would really, really, love to  work with is Lin-Manuel Miranda. He has such great energy. I’ve seen “In The Heights” a bunch of times and he’s so smart, humble, and really innovative. I think he’s really fabulous.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Oh, I’ve never been asked a question like that. That’s scandalous! I would probably dream that Henry Krieger wrote a fierce song for me.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I am able to stick objects in my nose. I can make a q-tip disappear into my nasal cavity. If I stick 2 things in my nose, I can make them hang from my nostrils. Actually, everybody can do that because if you cut your nose off your face you just have two holes and I found mine. It’s disgusting, I know, but I love freaking people out.

6. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor & toppings)? If I got a Sundae with lots of toppings it would be vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate and strawberries. If I had just plain ice cream my favorite flavor is mint chocolate chip all the way.

7. Favorite kind of shoes? All Shoes.

8. Favorite skin care product? Burt’s Bees when I’m not working and Origins when I’m employed.

9. Favorite website? Etsy.com or Apartment Therapy.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. I was her for Halloween. Rope, cuffs, and starred undies included.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite quote? I have a lot of favorite quotes, but I will say “leap and the net will appear.”

12. Favorite play/musical? Play: “Lend Me A Tenor” or “August Osage County.” Musical: “Once on this Island.”

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Lee Rosen

Theatre, Film, and Television star Lee Aaron Rosen is delighting audiences in “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959 at the Actors Playhouse in Soho until September 27. Other New York theatre shows: “Wet” (Summer Play Festival, Samuel Beckett Theater) and “Frankenstein” (La MaMa ETC).  Regionally, Lee has been seen in “The Matchmaker” (CenterStage),  “Mary’s Wedding” (Westport Country Playhouse), “The Member of the Wedding” (Ford’s Theatre), “The Game” (Barrington Stage), “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Loot and G-d of Vengeance” (Williamstown Theatre Festival).  On television, Lee has been seem in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,”  and “Guiding Light.”  He has also lit up the big screen in such films “Company K,” and “Saving Private Ryan.”  You can hear his voice in several Rockstar Games titles, including “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” and “The Warriors.” When Lee is not performing, he can be found volunteer hist time at New York’s 52nd Street Project.  He received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Honestly, it’s impossible for me to pick one single person.  There are, of course, many famous people who’ve inspired me over the years, some more famous than others…and just as often, the people who inspire me are actors who aren’t famous at all, but stun me always with the quality and beauty of their work.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? That no one knows about…?  Not really, but people who don’t know me well may not know that I’m pretty good at crossword puzzles.  New York Times puzzles, no matter what day of the week, are almost never a problem, but I particularly love cryptic crosswords—they’re more of a challenge.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I’d probably be writing and/or drawing comic books.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve given someone,  but not taken for yourself? “Don’t buy trouble from the future.”  I got that one from Richard Feldman, one of my acting teachers at NYU.  Why worry about a problem that hasn’t even arisen yet?  It’s easy to say to other people, but not so easy to practice (for me, at least).  I tend to worry a lot about the future, though I try not to.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? I love rock climbing and yoga.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Actually, boxer briefs!

7. Starbuck’s or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks always…the words “tall skim chai latte” just roll off the tongue at this point.

8. Favorite website? www.avclub.com.  Comprehensive pop-culture criticism.  There’s a certain “house style” to their criticism…I love the way most of them write over there.  I don’t always agree with their reviews, but I respect, and can relate to, the way they think about their subjects.  They do great interviews, too.

9. Books or Magazines? Books!

10. “Gobots” or “Transformers”? Transformers!

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