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Talented, vocal powerhouse, and booming stage presence are just some ways to describe Helen Hayes Award Winner Heidi Blickenstaff. Beautiful, kind, and personable are a few more. Heidi has brightened up the Broadway stage in “[title of show],” “The Little Mermaid” and “The Full Monty” while Off-Broadway audiences have seen her shine in “[title of show],” “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” at NYMF 2005. Regionally, Heidi has dazzled audiences in “Meet John Doe” (Ford’s Theatre) for which she won the Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of “Ann Mitchell,” “The Girl in the Frame” (Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre), “Bat Boy: The Musical” (Theatreworks in Palo Alto), and “Prairie” (New York Stage and Film). Heidi has also delighted audiences around on tour in “The Full Monty,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Steel Pier,” “The Who’s Tommy,” and “Dreamgirls.” In addition to theatre, Heidi is also part of the voiceover cast for the PBS kids series “Word World.” If you’ve never seen Heidi on stage, be sure to catch her in “I Love My Wife” from October 22-24 as part of the York Theatre’s Mufti Series.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I’m gonna give this one to Judy Garland. When I was a like 6 or 7, we had one of the first VCRs in the neighborhood because my uncle owned a video store, and I remember my mom sat me in front of old Hollywood movie musicals and I saw Judy in Meet Me In St. Louis, and thought, “Wait a minute, you can do this as a job?” It was over then and there.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I get asked this all the time and the answer is I have no idea. In either direction.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? EASY! Brian Darcy. James. End of meeting.

4. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? I stretch the bod a bit. I warm up the voice a little. And sometimes I drill certain parts of the show that make me nervous. (I’m trying to do better with that though, because drilling is the Devil’s work.) How do you decompress after a show? I usually eat a bowl of cereal. And it’s usually a sugar cereal disguised as a healthy cereal like Peanut Butter Puffins or Peanut Butter Pows. I like peanut butter cereal… It takes the edge off after a hard day.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts?  What do you order? Neither lately. But if I have to pick, I pick Starbucks and I’ll have a grande soy misto, please.

6. Favorite skin care product? This is a hard core indulgence for me. I use La Mer face wash, moisturizing cream, and eye concentrate. Stop judging. That shiz works.

7. Favorite store to shop in? I can loose my mind in Saks, but the customer service at Nordstom is a force to be reckoned with. I also heart Rag and Bone.

8. Favorite play/musical? I was just talking about this today. I will happily never be free from The Light In The Piazza. Oddly, I don’t listen to many musicals, with the exception of Piazza. Can’t explain it. Seeing it live wrecked me forever and listening to the cast album makes me cry every time

9. Favorite website? Lately, I’ve been addicted to the NYTimes real estate website, but I just found a new apartment, so I’m going to need a new obsession. What’s a good decorating website?

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Can I pick Wolverine? Wait, can I pick Hugh Jackman?

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I’d love to spend a little more time with my Grandma.

12. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? From my friend Andre Ward about me having a lot of performance anxiety – “Remember. You’re not saving France.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I think about it all the time when I’m taking things too seriously. It always makes me calm down and smile.

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Nominated for a 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his role in the Broadway revival of “Ragtime,” Bobby Steggert is another next generation performer whose star is shining brightly! He has also starred in the Broadway productions of “110 in the Shade” (for which he received a Outer Critics Circle nomination) and “‘Master Harold’…and the boys.” Bobby just completed a triumphant run in the York Theatre’s production of “Yank: A World War II Love Story” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Nancy Anderson). Other Off-Broadway credits include his Drama Desk nominated performance in “The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island” at the Vineyard Theatre, “columbinus” at NYTW, and the New Group’s production of “The Music Teacher.” Bobby has also performed with the NY Philharmonic in “Camelot” and “Sondheim: The Birthday Concert” both filmed for PBS. In addition to theatre, Bobby has lit up the screen in film and television including “All My Children” (Sam Grey), “The Namesake,” “Game Six,” “Night Swimming,” and “Kinsey.” Keep your eyes peeled because Bobby’s gearing up for his next endeavor…until that’s announced, be sure to follow him on Twitter!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My parents, who admittedly have zero artistic talent, were ultimately my inspiration, because they instilled in me the true belief that I was capable of succeeding at what I loved. They had nothing but trust in my potential, and in my dedication to theater, and I carry that confidence with me wherever I go.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I have no low notes..probably a B on a good day, or when I’m sick.  But I can get up there – B flat in full voice, much higher in falsetto.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Denis O’Hare and Brian D’Arcy James. I couldn’t choose.

4. What is your proudest moment? The first preview of 110 in the Shade. I simply couldn’t believe my dreams had come true in such a vivid and exciting way.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m a surprisingly good bowler. My friends in college named me Turkey Bob because I would consistently get Turkeys (3 strikes in a row) when we’d play.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? I’m pretty lax about that. But if I’m thinking about it, it’s more about avoiding really crappy food.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs always.

8. Favorite play/musical? Caroline, or Change and Streetcar Named Desire.

9. Favorite website? www.overheardinnewyork.com – hilarious.  And my best friend loves reading missed connections on Craigslist which I think is really fascinating as well.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I am not a comic book kind of guy. So I’d say neither. But Superman if you held me at gunpoint.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite TV show? “Mad Men.”

12. Favorite quote? Appropriate during Sondheim Appreciation Month……”Anything you do, let it come from you, then it will be new.  Give us more to see.”  Sunday in the Park with George.

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