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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” 2nd Anniversary

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I am so honored to be celebrating my 2nd Anniversary here at “Adaumbelle’s Quest.” It has been very exciting to have the continued opportunity to bring my love of entertainment and interviewing to so many people. I’m very humbled by the growth of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” in this second year and hope that this expansion continues.

I may be the face of this site, but “Adaumbelle’s Quest” would not be without each and everyone of you:

Every performer and artist I have had the opportunity to interview. The fact that you took time out of your lives to answer my questions is truly a dream come true for me.

Every press agent who has taken the time to help me get so many of my participants. I would not have been able to interview them without your assistance!

Each and every person who takes the time to read “Adaumbelle’s Quest,” whether it’s on a daily, weekly, monthly, or a whenever I can basis. I’m thrilled to have your support and the reality that I have fans is another dream come true for me.

My many friends who provide me with guidance and support, allow me to talk their ear off about ideas, always there to answer my infinite amount of computer questions, and those who help me with my logos, business cards, and buttons. How would I manage this all on my own? I’m so lucky to have you in my life!

ITBA for your support and giving me a place to meet other theater bloggers.

My family for their constant love and support.

    Photo by Ben Strothmann

So once again, thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the time, support, and love you give to me and this site. I’m amazed by these two years, not only of the growth of this site, but how this site has affected my personal growth. I’m so fortunate to have it and I don’t take anyone who has ever had an interaction with this site for granted. Thank you for sticking by me and I hope you all continue to do so!

    1. How do you decide who you want to interview? Initially it was artists and performers I have been a long time fan of, but it quickly became an outlet to also promote new talent I’m introduced to.

    2. Who has been your best and worst interview? You’ll have to wait for the book on this one! (hahahaha)…Seriously though, I just feel fortunate I’ve gotten to interview everyone I have because it’s been a dream of mine to be part of the entertainment community and I finally feel like I’m starting to move in.

    3. What are some of the most popular answers? That’s really tough because everyone is so individualized in their answers, but if I had to choose, many people answer Meryl Streep when I ask “Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to?”

    It’s pretty divided between Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts or they don’t like corporate coffee places when I ask “Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts?” It’s also pretty divided between “Superman” or “Wonder Woman,” though every now and then someone gets upset I only give choices for DC Comics. The reasoning behind that is growing up I wasn’t a big comic book fan, so when I watched superhero cartoons on TV, I didn’t know one was DC and one was Marvel. To me it was just a superhero. Plus, when I was thinking of these questions, I thought if two superheros were to have it out, it would be “Superman” and “Wonder Woman.”

    For “Boxers or Briefs”…most people answer boxer briefs, but briefs do seem to win out more over boxes, unless they go commando.

    4. Favorite place to write? My apartment and sometimes on vacation, but anywhere that can just allow me to be with my thoughts and little distraction.

    5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “The impossible is something that hasn’t been tried”–Ernst Bulova. “You can’t get a yes without asking the question.”–Bob Trautman.

    6. What’s your proudest moment? The moment I realized I am finally living the life I always dreamed for myself, just in a completely different way than I imagined.

    7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Sleeping in, going to the gym, catching up on TV shows, hanging with friends, taking a nap, going for a walk, or drinking a vanilla chai tea latte.

    8. Favorite skin care product? Origins…Perfect World Toner, Perfect World for Eyes, Matte Scientist (which they recently discontinued…please bring it back!), Never A Dull Moment, Skin Diver, Checks and Balances, and Firefighter. I also used to love Susan Lucci’s hair care products and her Youthful Essence Microdermabrasion.

    9. Favorite TV Show? I’m sure there are many more, but this is what I could remember. Now: “90210,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Modern Family,” “Glee,” “Cougar Town,” “Mike and Molly,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and “Raising Hope.” Then: “The Golden Girls,” “Family Ties,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Saved By The Bell,” “California Dreams,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “Donna Reed,” “Bewitched,” “Punky Brewster,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Silver Spoons,” “He-Man,” “She-Ra,” “GI Joe,” “Superfriends,” “Wonder Woman,” “Ellen” (TV sitcom), “The Class,” “Gobots,” “Jem and the Holograms,” “Bette,” “Sordid Lives: The Series,” “It’s All Relative,” “Strong Medicine,” “Any Day Now,” and “The Practice.”

    10. Favorite Comedian? Ellen DeGeneres, Wendy Liebman, Sandra Bernhard, Jessica Kirson, Leslie Jordan, Chelsea Handler, and Julie Halston.

    BONUS QUESTIONS:

    11. Favorite kind of sundae? Cookies & Cream ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

    12. Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? Smooth, so it spreads perfectly when I make my yummy peanut butter and cheese sandwiches!

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On Thursday, July 22, 2010, I saw the new Off-Broadway musical “Falling For Eve” at the York Theatre. Written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro with music by David Howard and lyrics by Bret Simmons, this brand new musical was entertaining, fun, and thought-provoking. Starring fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Adam Kantor and Jose Llana (posting coming soon) along with Krystal Joy Brown, Jennifer Blood, Nehal Joshi, and Sasha Sloan, “Falling For Eve” is a re-telling of Adam & Eve….what happens when Eve bites the apple and Adam doesn’t? How will the human race be created? Those questions and so many more are answered in the 90 minutes.

Adam Kantor and Sasha Sloan star as “God,” Jose Llana as “Adam,” Krystal Joy Brown as “Eve,” Jennifer Blood as “Sarah,” and Nehal Joshi as “Michael.” Overall the cast works well together. Jose and Krystal have great chemistry, stage presence, and dynamite powerhouse vocals. When they are singing, the audience is listening. Adam and Sasha also work well together, playing the same part (a very interesting idea). Both had great comedic timing. Jennifer and Nehal played well off of each other as the Angels assisting God while wanting to bring “Adam” & “Eve” together. All the characters contemplated right from wrong according to what worked best for them.  “Eve,” desperate to find out what life was like outside of Eden, took the risk and bit the apple, resulting in her being banished from the Garden of Eden. “Adam,” struggled with wanting to obey God, but also longing to be with “Eve” and knowing the only way to get there is to bite the apple, but he kept resisting. “Michael” and “Sarah” waived back and forth wanting to obey God, but also wanting to explore the romantic feelings for each other. With all this drama, the show played it out well, making one think, is it better to take the risk and get hurt, but grow stronger, or play it safe and remain inside the security of what you know?

The musical numbers had their strong points. “I Like You,” when “Adam” and “Eve” realized they were falling for each other, a beautiful love song. “Where Will I Sleep Tonight” where “Eve” doesn’t know where she is going now that she is gone from Eden. I could tell Krystal had the vocals in the earlier songs, but this was the song where she really let loose and blew the audience away! This song made me think of the many times I felt lost, but knew I’d find my footing. “Now What?” had “Michael,” “God,” “Sarah”, and “Adam” wondering what will happen now that “Eve” is gone, though it made met think of several scenarios in my life where I wondered “Now What?” is coming. “There’s A Space Next To Me” was a beautiful song about “Adam,” “Eve,” “Sarah,” and “Michael” sending the message out that they all long for each other. “Eve” sung by “Adam” has him missing “Eve” and wondering if she’s alright. Both “There’s A Space Next To Me” and “Eve” made me think of the many friends and family I long to be near again. “Once A Life Ago” has “God,” “Eve,” and “Adam” singing about the life they used to have and their life gone by which made me think of my past and life gone by. “Something Just Happened To Me” is where “Adam” realizes he has to take the step forward and bite to apple if he’s ever going to get to “Eve.” There were several songs where Jose’s voice shined, but this was the one that took the gold! The song made me think of all the steps and risks I’ve taken in my life to get to where I am. I’m happier I took the risks rather than sat on the sidelines, for if I didn’t take the risk, this blog and joy I get from it would not be.

If you’re looking for a show that is thought-provking, yet fun and enjoyable, check out “Falling For Eve” at the York Theatre (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC) through August 8. Showtimes are Tues at 7pm, Wed-Saturday at 8pm, Sat at 2:30pm, Sun at 2:30pm. Click here for tickets!

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This contest is now over…Congratulations to Mike on winning 2 tickets to “Falling For Eve.” So tune in next week because you never know, the winner just might be you…

This week’s “Free Stuff Friday” is being sponsored by the new Off-Broadway show “Falling For Eve.” One lucky reader, at random, will win a pair of tickets to see this new musical which starts July 6 at the York Theatre! To win, answer this question: If you could go back in time and change Broadway history, how would you change it? Winner will be announced at 5pm today!

“Falling For Eve” stars fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Adam Kantor (“Rent”), along with Jose Llana (“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”), Jennifer Blood (“Susan and God”), Krystal Joy Brown (“Hair”), Nehal Joshi (“Les Miserables”), and Sasha Sloan (“Ragtime”). According to press notes, “Falling For Eve” offers a second look at the world’s first love story. Creation is going perfectly. Eve, curious about what lies beyond the Garden of Eden, and obsessed with the notion that something is forbidden, bites the infamous apple. Then Adam doesn’t. How exactly they’ll get together to create the human race is anybody’s guess. Falling for Eve is a fresh and unconventional retelling of the most famous romance of all time, filled with unexpected twists and turns as Eve and Adam realize that “paradise” may not be a place after all!

For those of you who do not win, you can take advantage of this discount ticket offer and enter code HHCEVE!

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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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AContemporaryAmericansGuidetoaSuccessfulMarriage3234I went to see “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959” at the NYC Fringe Festival, produced by Sean Bradford (“Simba” cover in Broadway’s “The Lion King”) & Adam Kantor (final “Mark” in Broadway’s “Rent”) in association with The Present Company. What a fun show…Robert Bastron has written a show that is cleaver, funny, and enjoyable by all. The show takes you on the journey of two couples from their initial meeting to dating to marriage and ultimately their own self-discovery of what a marriage is. The ups and downs that follow are wonderfully acted by this cast. Autumn Hurlbert & Lee Aaron Rosen are marvelous as “Abigail & Mason Lawrence”. Whether it’s through a gesture, a look, or her inflection, Autumn’s impeccable comedic timing is really shown. Lee demonstrates “Mason’s” enthusiasm as he falls love with “Abigail” and then his realization that marriage or this relationship might not be for him. Meredith Forlenza & A.J. Shively are perfectly cast as “Ruth Grundly & Daniel Henry”, she trailer-trash turned millionaire and he a child prodigy med student. Meredith gets to show off her sultry and independent woman sides with conviction while A.J. get to reveal his innocence, dedication and wisdom with power. The cast is rounded out by Chris Henry Coffey as “The Narrator” who moves the show along with humor and wit. Colin Israel plays “Michael Henry (the brother of Daniel) &  Jeremy (the gay male nurse)”  whose . Miranda Jackel is precious as “Evelyn Henry” the daughter of “Ruth & Daniel”.  Adding zingers both on stage and during scene changes are Francis Mercanti-Anthony & Monica West who play “Abigail’s” mother & sister “Dorothy Peck” & “Sheryl Howard” as well as Anna Stone who plays “Burnhilde Henry” (mother of “Daniel”) & “Ellen” (the nurse). Finally, Rob Sheridan gives a fine performance as “Henry Henry (“Daniel’s” father) & “Dr. Osborne”.

If this show comes back around (which I hope it does), go enjoy an evening of laughter!

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