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Megan Reinking is another of Broadway’s rising performers who will be entertaining us for years to come! Along with the rest of the “The Tribe,” Megan shined brightly in “Hair” first at Shakespeare in the Park, then on Broadway, and then in London’s West End. Her other Broadway credits include “Lestat” and “Dracula the Musical.” She was also seen at City Center Encores! in “Bye, Bye Birdie” and performed to a sold-out crowd at Birdland in “On-Fire: Kate Pazakis and Megan Reinking.” Regionally, Megan has delighted audiences in “Lestat,” “Footloose,” and “The Three Musketeers.” On Television, Megan was seen in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” as “Annabelle.”

On February 13, Megan can be seen belting her beautiful vocals in “Spread The Love: The Songs of Rob Rokicki & Friends” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave) and this April, Megan will once again be seen on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s “The People In The Picture” at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street between 7th & 8th Ave) along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Chip Zien, as well as Donna Murphy, Alexander Gemignani, Christopher Innvar, Nicole Parker, Rachel Resheff, Hal Robinson, Lewis J. Stadlen, Brad Bradley, Rachel Bress, Jeremy Davis, Emilee Dupre, Maya Goldman, Louis Hobson, Shannon Lewis, Jessica Lea Patty, Jeffrey Schecter, Paul Anthony Stewart, and Stuart Zagnit.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I am inspired by many people, but I don’t remember any one specific person inspiring me to perform. Maybe that’s not an answer you are looking for, but it’s true. The first play I ever saw was at the Paul Bunyan Theatre in Minnesota. It was ELEEMOSYNARY. I was transfixed and spent the whole vacation spelling things like the girl in the play does.

People, though: My parents. Debra Brooks, who taught my 4th grade music class and pulled me aside one day and asked if I’d like to take private lessons. John Ryal, my middle school choir director. My high school show choir, and everyone involved with that..and would take forever to name. Broadway Theatre Project, the faculty at the University of Michigan, Anthony Vincent Bova and Bob Krakower here in NY who changed my life as an actor, my agents that I was blessed to find when I moved here 7 years ago, my incredible friends, and most recently, my beautiful family in HAIR…they are some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met..and MUSIC. All kinds. Music inspires everything.

And film. Don’t get me started on film..

2. What’s the highest and lowest note you can sing? I’m always stretching myself, so I don’t like to define this. And it’s all circumstantial sometimes. My lowest note is lower if I’m sick or just woke up..ha. All I know is I can’t sing “I’m Not That Girl” from WICKED.. Highest…in legit soprano, usually a high C or D if it’s a good day…belting or mixing, in the F/G range.

3. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? You. 🙂 Seriously, one person? There are countless.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I’d probably teach history. Or write fiction. I may still do those things yet in life 🙂

5. Do you have any rituals that you  must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? I used to listen to “Peace Frog” by The Doors. It got me excited. I don’t know when I stopped doing that. Now I like to listen to Bach. But right before going on stage is usually when I do last minute stretching or review lines that tie me up sometimes..so I’m not thinking about it on stage. Afterward, an occasional drink with friends, but I usually head home and watch whatever television I DVR’d during the show or write. I know…I’m an old lady at heart..

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? I’ve actually just started getting really serious about this. I get to the gym 5-6 times a week for 60-90 minute sessions, but I really try to mix up what I do there so I don’t get bored – and it’s good for your body to not get stuck always doing the same thing. If it’s a cardio day, I’ll stay on one machine if I’m in a zone…usually an elliptical or the treadmill. If I’m having an ADD day I will divide my cardio time between the two machines, and sometimes a stationary bike. The rest of my time there I focus on a different body-area with weight training or pilates. I do make myself take a day or two to rest each week, though. I think that is just as important. I also try to fit in a pilates class during the week if I can. I really want to add Bikram Yoga to what I’m doing…but I’m still a little intimidated by that. I’ll get over it soon, I’m sure.

7. Favorite skin care product? L’Occitane – Fresh Face Water, Ultra Comforting Mask, and Gentle Face Buff.

8. Favorite store to shop in? Barnes & Noble/Borders, Bed Bath & Beyond, Victoria’s Secret, and…once upon a time…Virgin Megastore. They had an excellent variety of music t-shirts. I get most of my summer dresses at this place called Backwoods on 57th between 8th & 9th…great inexpensive dresses. Also, for boots…I love The Rose. Also on 57th.

9. Favorite website? www.loc.gov. Yes, that’s the Library of Congress. They have amazing digital collections..I’m a nerd.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Why do I only have options from DC Comics? I was always a Marvel girl.. 🙂 My favorite was always Phoenix. The Phoenix Saga was the best..until they ruined it in the X-Men 3 movie. Or Rogue. I loved Rogue, too.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Professional: The casting directors don’t necessarily know what they are looking for. I was told by a director I worked with that the second I walked through the door, he sat up and said…”That’s what I want. If she can sing, she’s got the job…” It was that simple. It has taken the pressure of auditioning away for me since hearing that, and left me more able to just do my work. Personal: “In the absence of information, never create a negative scenario.”

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? That no one knows about? No. If I have a cool unusual talent, I’m sharing it with everyone. I do this thing people call the “doll eye”. I can close either eye without moving another muscle in my face. It’s a little creepy, but OH so fun to do to people on stage sometimes 🙂

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Christine Ebersole (Two-Time Tony Award winner) and Billy Stritch (Award winning composer, arranger, vocalist, and jazz pianist) in their brand-new holiday show “A Most Wonderful Time” on Sunday, December 19 at 8:30pm and 11pm at Birdland in NYC (315 West 44th Street, bet. 8th & 9th Ave).

“A Most Wonderful Time” will comprise of seasonal material from Christine and Billy’s past holiday shows together, plus a few new tunes such as “Tennessee Christmas” and “The Man With The Bag.”

If you’ve never seen Christine Ebersole or Billy Stritch perform, Sunday, December 19 would be “A Most Wonderful Time” to do so! Separately, these two performers are enchanting, dynamic, and powerful, but together they could light up the sky with their combined talent! This holiday season, treat yourself and someone you love to an evening of delight with Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch!

For tickets click here: 8:30pm and 11pm!

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On Monday, November 1, I went to see Gavin Creel at Birdland and gave him a button for participating in my blog last year! He put it on and now it made it onto Broadwayworld’s photo coverage! I’m SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!

Thank you Gavin Creel for wearing my button for all your pictures! Thank you Jim Caruso for allowing me to attend last night’s show! Thank you Keith for waiting with me after the show & taking my picture! Most of all, Thank You to my friend Gail for making me my buttons! I’m so grateful to you all!!!

Here are the pictures singled out….All photos by Monica Simoes, except the one of me & Gavin.


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Have you ever wanted to sing alongside some of Broadway’s brightest…Fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Bobby Cronin is holding “The Rising Star Contest” to find one male and one female singer to perform alongside him at Birdland on November 29 featuring a host of Broadway performers.

To be chosen as a “Rising Star” submit a video of you performing the song of your choice on youtube. E-mail the link to risingstarcontest@gmail.com.

It can be any song, but make sure it’s in the style of Bobby’s music and that you send him a PERFORMANCE, meaning not just your vocals, but your connection to the material. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2010

Winners may NOT have been in a first class production (Broadway, National Tour)

Winners must be available to attend two to three rehearsals in NYC before the 11/29 concert

Winners must provide their own transportation and housing in NYC

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Be sure to catch four time Mac Award Winner and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Julie Halston this Sunday, April 11 at 6pm at one of New York City’s most famous jazz clubs Birdland for an all new show of stand-up comedy entitled “The Cocktail Hour/A Reality Show.” Joining Julie as a special guest will be two-time Tony Award nominee & fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Alison Fraser! This is surely going to be a night of laughter and fun, so be sure to call 212-581-3080 for reservations!

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Be sure to catch powerhouse vocalist and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Katie Thompson for her triumphant return to Birdland on Monday, February 22 at 7pm in “Private Page.” She’ll be joined on stage by another “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Erik Sisco (“Sing What I Wanna Sing“), along with Matt Doyle (“Spring Awakening,” “Bye, Bye, Birdie”), Tom Lenk (“Rock of Ages,” “Buffy”), Dee Roscioli (“Wicked”),  Anne Fraser Thomas (“The Grinch” at The Old Globe), and Mariand Torres (“Giant” at Signature). Come celebrate with Katie & her friends as she independently releases her album. Two tracks a month! Past tracks include “Your Side,” “I Like Christmas For The Food,” “Heaven Is A Place,” and “Slow.” To find out what she’s releasing next, come on down to Birdland on Monday, February 22 at 7pm.

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Remember to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch at Birdland through December 5 at 8:30pm and 11pm in their holiday spectacular “Town and Country Christmas.”

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