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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.


    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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Congratulations go out to fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Andy Karl on winning Broadway.com’s “Broadway’s Sexiest Man Alive” contest! This hunk du jour is currently starring as “Fiyero” in “Wicked” at the Gershwin Theatre in NYC (222 West 51st Street, between Broadway & 8th Ave)!

If you are looking for a voice, talent, showmanship, and an all around great guy, then I suggest you check out Andy Karl!

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Ann Harada, Jenn Colella, and Andy Karl along with Howard McGillin singing the “Songs of Amanda Green” tonight, July 19 at 7pm at Birdland. $30 cover (general admission) or $40 cover (orchestra) + $10 food/drink minimum.

Amanda Green is a Mac, Bistro, Jonathan Larson, and Songwriter Hall of Fame Award winner. She co-wrote the music for Broadway’s “High Fidelity” and is currently co-writing the lyrics for “Bring It On”, collaborating with Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and collaborating with Doug Wright and T. Bone Burnett on the score for “Hands On A Hardbody.”

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Fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Andy Karl has joined the cast of Broadway’s “Wicked” playing the part of “Fiyero.” If you haven’t seen this show, now would be a great time as Andy will entice and enchant you like no other “Fiyero” has with his good looks, sexy and vibrant singing voice as well as his brilliant comedic timing. Take yourself down to the Emerald City at the Gershwin Theatre in NYC (51st Street between Broadway & 8th Avenue) for a “Wicked” good time!

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I had the pleasure of personally interviewing Leigh Ann Larkin during the Abingdon Theatre’s “Marathon ’33” benefit back in October. In person, Leigh Ann radiates kindness and joy with an energy that shines as bright as the sun. On Broadway she has starred as “Dainty June” in the Tony Award winning revival of “Gypsy” starring Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, and Laura Benanti, while Off-Broadway, she starred in “The Yellow Wood.” Leigh-Ann has toured with country in Walt Disney’s “On The Record” (which also starred fellow “Adaubmelle’s Quest” participant Andy Karl) and has been seen regionally at the Pittsburgh Musical Theatre (“Belle” in “Beauty and the Beast”), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (“Deborah Sue” in “Bye, Bye, Birdie”), West Virginia Public Theatre (as “Emma” in “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Lily” in “The Secret Garden,” and “Liesl” in “The Soud of Music”), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Featured Dancer in “Where’s Charlie”), and at the Cincinnati Conservatory (“Claudia” in “Nine” & “Jen” in “Jon & Jen”). Her TV roles include “Lipstick Jungle,” “The Flight of the Concords,” and recurring roles on “Guiding Light” & “All My Children.” Currently, Leigh Ann can been seen back on Broadway in the revival of “A Little Night Music” starring Angela Lansbury & Catherine Zeta-Jones. For more on Leigh Ann Larkin visit: http://www.leighannlarkin.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Patti LuPone and my mother who got me started and was very supportive.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low E, high C, and high E. I’m working on high E flat.

3. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage moment? When I punched a hole through the train in “Gypsy.”

4. Out of all the people you have worked with, who did you learn the most from? Arthur Laurents.

5. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Meryl Streep and Mary Louise Parker.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’ve got a “green” thumb–love to garden.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. one pump of soymilk in a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

8. Favorite skin care product? I’m an organic girl. I love Alba moisturizer and face wash. Actually, I love all their products.

9. Favorite website? http://www.steelers.com/ (Pittsburgh Baby!)

10. “Saved By The Bell” or “Beverly Hills 90210”? “Saved By The Bell.”

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Ann Harada in “Christmas Eve with Christmas Eve” on Monday, December 14. Watch Ann bring “Christmas Eve” (the role she originated in the Tony Award Winning Broadway Show “Avenue Q“) back for one night only in a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Showtime is 7pm at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space @ WNYC, 44 Charlton Street at Varick.

Special guests include: fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Andy Karl along with John Tartaglia (“Avenue Q” original “Rod/Princeton”), Raul Esparza, Christopher Sieber, and Norm Lewis.

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Happy Anniversary! I am really excited and honored to be celebrating my one year anniversary! “Adaumbelle’s Quest” is a dream come true for me. I would like to take this opportunity to send a big, huge “THANK YOU” to  everyone that has given their time to “Adaumbelle’s Quest” over this past year…from my participants to the press agents who helped get some of my participants to my dedicated and wonderful fans to those who helped get “Adaumbelle’s Quest off the ground which I could not have done on my own. I have thoroughly enjoyed this first year of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and look forward to the coming year.

To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to interview myself for this special day and let my fans and participants learn a little bit more about me.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer/blogger? Every actor, artist, and performer I’ve ever been a fan of, plus every participant of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” (after all if they didn’t inspire me, I probably wouldn’t have interviewed them). Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to entertain people. I never really knew how I would do that, I just thought it would happen, but eventually I learned. I always enjoyed making people laugh with my stories and parody lyrics. The comedians that inspired my style of comedy were Ellen DeGeneres, Sandra Bernhard, and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Wendy Liebman. It wasn’t until an open mic night while volunteering with AIDS Action in Boston in 1999 that I thought about pursuing comedy as a potential career. That night was magical with all of us volunteers performing, including fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant CeyJay Jumo-as. After 7 years of trying to make it as a comedian, I took what I thought was going to be a hiatus, but instead turned out to be a retirement. During that time I sure did miss entertaining people on-stage and thought very hard about what my next move would be. It wasn’t until I attended fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel’s concert at The Zipper Factory and heard him sing “The Upperhand,” that I knew something was going to come my way. The song is all about letting “The Upperhand” guide you and that is just what I did. You see, as a theatre lover, I would read all the interviews on Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, and Broadway.com and thought to myself, I would love to interview the artists and performers I admire and ask them what I consider to be the everyday burning questions. One day at work, I was sitting in the lunch room with some of my coworkers and we were talking and I was telling them my thoughts and next thing I knew we were rattling off questions and potential titles to call my blog. I immediately thought of “Adaumbelle” because of the history behind the name (which you can read by clicking on the “Adaumbelle’s Origin” tab) and “Quest” came out of the fact that I’m on a quest to get answers to my burning questions.  With the help of a lot of people, I started researching blog sites and decided to settle here at WordPress.com. With the popularity of Myspace and Facebook, I started “friending” the artists and performers I wanted to participate, sent them e-mails asking to them be part of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and next thing I knew, I started getting responses and “Adaumbelle’s Quest” was born into reality.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t interviewed that you would like to? That’s not fair to make me single out just one person I still want to interview, so I will list a few…Dolly Parton, Liza Minnelli, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Rivers, Cheyenne Jackson, Lynda Carter, Cher, Chelsea Handler, RuPaul, John Tartaglia, Tyler Maynard, Kathy Griffin, Stephanie J. Block, Betty White, and so, so, so, so many others that I could spend all day listing names.

3. Who do you consider to be your hero? My parents and grandparents.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My grandparents, so I can spend more time with them and update them on what’s been happening since they’ve been gone.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Vanilla Chai Latte with Skim Milk. Most of the time it’s Starbuck’s, but if I could go to an independent coffee shop I would. Oh how I do miss The Factory (they used to be in the West Village in NYC), not only did they make the BEST vanilla chai latte, it was just a great place to hang out.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? By watching what I eat, and by watching I mean watching it go from my plate to my mouth. When that doesn’t work, I enjoy going for a walk to get a vanilla chai latte and lifting the cup to and from my mouth for that extra bit of exercise.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs because they accentuate the positive.

8. Favorite website? Besides, “Adaumbelle’s Quest,”  Olivia Newton-John.comDollymania.net, Amazon.com, and Facebook.

9. Favorite TV Show Theme Song? “Wonder Woman,” “Patty Duke,” “Mr. Ed,” “Punky Brewster,” “Jem and the Holograms,” “Beauty and The Beast,” “Family Ties,” “Silver Spoons,” “Sister Kate,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Facts of Life,” “Saved By The Bell,” “California Dreams,” and “Sordid Lives: The Series.”

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman


11. Best holiday gift ever? My signed and framed picture of me and Olivia Newton-John swimming with dolphins.

12. Favorite play/musical? To pick one is very, very difficult, but I will say the one musical that really changed me was “Tommy” because it was a show I had no desire whatsoever to see and afterwards I left the theatre singing and dancing. That experience is what I consider to be “The Power of Broadway.”

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Andy KarlOriginally from Baltimore, Maryland, Andy Karl has made his mark in the Broadway community. He originated the roles of “Luke” in the Off-Broadway smash hit “Altar Boyz” and “Adam” in the Off-Broadway show “Slut”. He’s starred on Broadway in “Saturday Night Fever”,”The Wedding Singer” and “Legally Blonde” and toured the country with “Disney On The Record”, “Cats”, and “Tommy”. You can now see Andy in the hit musical “9 to 5” playing the character of “Joe”, the love interest for “Violet”, played by Allison Janney. For more on Andy Karl, visit: www.andykarl.com

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Well it’s really a two part answer.  My very 1st inspiration (to perform) came from my chorus teacher back at Towson High.  He asked me to audition for the summer musical “Oklahoma”.  I didn’t expect to be offered a role in the show but was cast as the shows’ villain, Judd Fry.  That same week I broke my foot skate-boarding (oops).  I staggered into rehearsal with crutches and a cast.  Though this could have stopped the average High School performer from making opening night, a unique blend of tenacity and creativity took over as I designed attachments to my cast that looked astoundingly similar to a real boot and nixed the crutches.  I went on for all 3 performances to triumphant applause from parents.

The first person to inspire me to take theatre seriously as a career was a director at my college musical.  I was majoring in music, and paving my way to teaching, but still took part in musicals.  Now there are some people you work with that have that sort of innate artistic vision that you can sense right away.  Everything they do is for the crafting of the show and its success to tell a story…Todd Pearthree back in my hometown was ‘that guy’.  Everyone in the community new that he was one of the best directors to work with.  One day in tech rehearsal he was talking to me and asked what I wanted to be.  I told him I would probably teach music…he looked at me a little oddly and said “I think you may want o give the performing a go because you’d be a success at it.”

That was the first time I remember knowing I had to really give it my everything.

2.  Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I have been very fortunate to work with some people I’ve never dreamed I would.  Directors like Joe Mantello & Jerry Mitchell, actors like Allison Janney & Mark Kudish.  And since I’ve already performed in over 5 shows with my Orfeh, I will   have to tell you someone else. I guess to answer this question I must go back to the previous question of “who inspired me”.  The one musical I would listen to day in and day out before I came to Broadway was ‘The Who’s Tommy’. That CD and production changed my idea of musical theatre all together.  I knew I had to get to NYC and fast.   Michael Cerveris filled my ears with the holiest of Rock Opera, and has since been an idol of the Broadway stage.  He is the one true person I would be honored to work with.  I’ve also met him in gatherings and he’s just a really cool dude as well.

3.   Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Though Orfeh would say I have an unusually tremendous talent to mess up a clean apartment in record time, I personally disagree.

I do, however, have a unique ability to burp long and loud on Que.  I’ve actually used this ability in performances across America when I was on tour with ‘The Who’s Tommy’ and I was Uncle Ernie’s off-stage belch.  100’s of performances and I never missed a beat.

4.  Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? What, and miss all the fun?   Never!!!!!

5.  Who do you consider to be your hero? Obama, Dolly Parton, Scarlett the Cat that pulled her kittens out of burning house, and the people of NYC.

6.  Favorite way to stay in shape? Be in a profession that requires you to look good in tight brown shorts.  Legally Blonde kept me going to the gym.  Since that show ended I’ve decreased my gym time but still try to maintain.

7.  Boxers or briefs? Fitted boxers or briefs that don’t squeeze 🙂

8.  Favorite kind of shoes? Casual sneakers-no laces-black. (Adidas has great ones)

9.  Favorite ride at an amusement park? “Gravitron Starship 2000″  …”The Zipper” is a close 2nd.

10.  Favorite Actor? Phillip Seymour Hoffman is such a kicka** actor, amazing in everything he does…even ‘Twister’. I also think Brendan Fraser is very underrated these days.  His work in Bedazzled is very versatile and very funny.

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