Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘“Candide”’

With one of the most beautiful and powerful voices, Jose Llana is a performer to go see! From Broadway to regional and national tours to film and television, Jose delights and mesmerizes audiences where ever he goes. He made is Broadway debut in the 1996 revival of “The King and I” and in 2005 he created the role of “Chip Tolentino” in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” His other Broadway credits include the revival of “Flower Drum Song” (with Lea Salonga), “Rent,” and “Streetcorner Symphony.” Off-Broadway, Jose has delighted audiences in “Adam Guettel’s Saturn Returns” and “On The Town.” He’s been seen in the national tours of “Martin Guerre,” “Ballad of Little Jo,” and “Candide,” while regionally he’s performed in “Wonderland” at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and The Alley Theatre. Jose’s film and television credits include “Hitch” (Ross) and “Sex and the City” (Damian).

Jose has also released his self-titled solo album “Jose” under the VIVA Philippines label. Other recordings Jose can be heard on are “Broadway Romances Manhattan,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and the revivals of “The King and I” and “Flower Drum Song.” Currently, Jose can be seen lighting up the stage in the York Theatre’s production of “Falling For Eve” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Adam Kantor, click here for my review) through August 8. For more on Jose, be sure to visit http://www.josellana.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I was obsessed with movie musicals as a kid. Gene Kelly, Julie Andrew, Fred Astaire. Then I moved onto the splashy mega-musicals of the 80’s, “Cats” and “Les Miserables.” But I’d have to say the moment that meant a great deal to me was when I watched Lea Salonga, a fellow Filipino, win the Tony when I was in high school. It was the first time I thought, “Hey, maybe I can do that.”

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I sing as low as I need to and as high as the part needs. If I’m lucky that means no higher than a high C.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Mr. Sondheim is still someone I would love to work with. I’ve sung for him a couple of times but have never done a show with him.

4. Do you have any rituals you have to do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? No weird rituals besides the normal warm up, etc. I do get a little superstitious before callbacks, sometimes I make sure I have the same breakfast or wear the same underwear as the first audition. To decompress after a show I usually veg out in front of the television with a cold beer.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Hmmm… strange and unusual? I’m a pretty good cook, especially Filipino food. Also, I possess a slightly manic need for organization passed down from my mother. I will organize a room, desk or closet to DEATH. I’m talking labels and color coding.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? Along with my normal 4 mile daily run and weight training, I’ve become hooked on P90x, but only the Plyometrics Training.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer Briefs. And usually in funny prints.

8. Books or Magazines? Both. I always try to have a good book on my nightstand and I can’t let the week go without the bibles Entertainment Weekly and New York Magazine.

9. Favorite website? Playbill.com, Huffington Post, CNN, and my sister’s Baby Blog for my Goddaughter.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Oh, easily Wonder Woman. My sister and I were hooked on the cheesy TV show from the 80’s. I actually own the DVD’s.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite play/musical? “West Side Story,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Company,” and “Violet.”

12. Favorite way to spend your day off? Gym, Food Network, movie date night, dinner with friends, couch time with my dog, Charlie.

Read Full Post »

Christina Bianco has a voice that when heard, takes you to another place where all is beautiful. It’s full, rich, and most of all soulfully powerful! From theatre to stage performances, Christina sings her heart out! Her Off-Broadway credits include: “Forbidden Broadway Goes To Rehab,” for which she received a Drama Desk nomination, “Forbidden Broadway: Dances With The Stars,” “Tony and Tina’s Wedding,” and the recent run of “NEWSical the Musical,” (produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora and co-starring fellow participants Christine Pedi and Rory O’Malley). Christina originated the title role in the national tour of “Dora The Explorer Live!” Her regional credits include: “Rent” (The Weston Playhouse), “Beehive” (Riverside Theatre), “Evita” (Westchester Broadway Theatre), “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Helen Hayes PAC), “Candide” (Cunegonde), “A New Brain,” “Finding Nemo” (workshop), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “Raffi on Broadway” (Gershwin Theatre). Christina also performs as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and sings with her band “Brother Joscephus.” For more on what’s happening with Christina be sure to visit: http://www.christinabianco.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Many artists! Bernadette Peters, Bobby Darin, Martina McBride, Keely Smith, Ann Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson. The original inspiration though, was definitely Judy Garland. I was one of those little girls who saw The Wizard of Oz countless times and sang “Over The Rainbow” every chance I got. Then I found out she was 4′ 11″ like me and my love for her only grew!!

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? The highest note I can sustain is a high E. (I can trill to an F) My lowest note is also an E, but it’s not pretty.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Hugh Jackman! Who doesn’t?

4. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I’m a Dunkin’ girl!! I get a medium iced coffee when it’s warm outside. If I cheat at Starbucks, I get a chai latte.

5. Favorite way to spend your day off? I love walking around the city with my husband and my dog. I love people watching, finding a restaurant or store we’ve never noticed before and meeting other cute dogs on the street! The outing would have to end at ‘Sundays and Cones’ on 10th st cause they’ve got the best ice cream around.

6. Favorite skin care product? Clean and Clear ‘acne spot treatment.’ I keep it with my at all times. It saves the day!

7. Favorite store to shop in? BCBG Max Azria!!! I call it ‘the official outfitter of Christina Bianco’ because I’ve worn a BCBG dress to every major event I’ve attended.I can’t shop there often cause we all now how much ‘the biz’ pays, but I absolutely love the styles, designs and fabrics.

8. Favorite play/musical? My favorite musicals are “Into The Woods,” “City of Angels,” & “Evita.” I also thought the revival of “Damn Yankees” was musical theatre perfection! My favorite plays are by Shakespeare.

9. Favorite website? Gofugyourself.com It’s so much fun! I could kill hours laughing at the strange things celebrities wear and the commentary is usually very clever.

10. “Saved By The Bell” or “Beverly Hills 90210”? “Saved By The Bell.” But I was never a total freak about it. At that age, I think I was busy watching “Perfect Strangers” & “Full House.” TGIF on ABC ruled!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite scented candle? You can’t get it anymore, but Illuminations ‘eggnog’ candle.

12. Favorite hobby? Reading (I particularly love Jane Austin novels and re-read them all the time) and cake decorating. I’m not great and have no training, but I just love it!

Read Full Post »

Singer, dancer, actor, and visionary are just a few words that describe LaQuet Sharnell, a performer who’s light is getting brighter. Beginning at age 14, LaQuet studied dance in her hometown of Dallas, TX at the Booker T. Washington HSPVA, The Dallas Powerhouse of Dance, and The Centre for Dance learning ballet, modern, African, compositional studies, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and contemporary.  After graduation from high school, LaQuet went on to study at the North Carolina School for the Arts and has been performing ever since. Her credits include Broadway’s “The Lion King” and “Sweet Charity,” regional productions of “Candide,” (New York State Theatre), “Chicago” (Riverside Theatre), “AIDA” (St. Louis MUNY), “Ain’t Misbeahvin'” (Gateway Playhouse), “Princess-A New Musical” (Goodspeed Opera House), “A Chorus Line” (Piano Repertory Theatre), “Nights on Broadway III” (Caesars Palace: Atlantic City), and “Footloose” (Carousel Dinner Theatre). Her television and film credits include “As The World Turns” and “Step Up 3-D” (which is currently in post-production). In addition to performing, LaQuet teaches master classes around the country in jazz, theater, lyrical, modern dance, vocal technique, and acting workshops, allowing students to learn from a true working professional. As a visionary, LaQuet is the founder of STEP Theater Company, a non-profit organization set out to bridge the gap between what is commonly seen in theater and dance companies with a collaborative work environment of Musical Theater artist. Their first production was a reading of Trey Tatum, Andrew Turtletaub, David Alpert, & Bobby Cronin’s work-in-progress “Caty Bridgewater.” Currently, LaQuet can be found dancing and singing up a storm in the Broadway smash hit “Memphis” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Chad Kimball, Derrick Baskin, and James Monroe Iglehart). For more on LaQuet, be sure to check out www.laquetsharnell.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would have to say that I was most inspired by the movie “A Chorus Line.” The “Bebe” character made such an impact on me. Also “The Lion King!” When I saw the show I knew that I could be on Broadway and become a concert dancer. The show made me feel like a I could do anything. Even still to this day when I see the movie and after doing “The Lion King” it makes me dream of the impossible and then it makes me want to accomplish the impossible.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Highest note F (all the time in my sleep) and a G on a super great day when the plants are aligned. Low note D.

3. What is your proudest moment? My proudest moment would have to be when we opened “Memphis The Musical” on Broadway!! Also when the first show for STEP Theater was complete! Both moments made me feel as though I could conquer the world.

4. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I would love to work with Mia Michaels! She is the the most talented woman I have ever seen. I use take her class and after every class I would want to cry with all amazing-ness that she would give the class.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can play the french horn. Most people think it’s a dorky instrument but I think its just the most amazing instrument. Also, I’m the most decorated African American cheerleader in the country.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? Taking as many classes as humanly possible and Bikram Yoga.

7. Favorite skin care product? Anything Neutrogena.

8. Favorite play/musical? “A Chorus Line” and “The Wiz.”

9. Favorite website? steptheatercompany.com and facebook.com.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, mostly cause her boobs look so freaking hot in that costume.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My Girlfriend, Lauren Pringle.

12. Who do you consider to be your hero? Adonis Thompson, Sumatra Thompson, and Doris Jean Evans.

Bookmark and Share

Read Full Post »

The Boys Upstairs

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

“The Boys Upstairs” has it all…Sex, Dating, Friendship, and all the blurry lines in between – A New York story that invites you upstairs to the fabulous living room of group of Hell Kitchen gay boys who handle relationships, careers, and the city with style, scandal, and specialty cocktails! For tickets and more information, be sure to visit: http://www.theboysupstairs.info.

Photo by Samantha Souza

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

Joel T. Bauer plays “Seth”

In New York, Joel has performed as part of the NYMF festival and Regionally he has been seen in “Candide” at Arden Theatre Company (Maximilian) & “A Christmas Carol” at The McCarter Theatre.  Joel is a Wisconsin native, University of Michigan Musical Theatre graduate, and former student of the Moscow Art Theatre. He is a proud member AEA. “The Boys Upstairs” marks Joel’s Fringe Festival debut.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My childhood neighbor. Saw her in a local performance of “Afternoon of the Elves,” and I signed up for theatre camp the next day.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I have a freakishly flexible back.

3. What has been your most embarrassing audition? Improvising two minutes of ballet. shirtless. for a hair product. and the best part is, I almost booked it.

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? Lifting, swimming, rockwall climbing, volleyball, anything and everything.  I work at a gym, and am a firm believer in mixing up the routine.

5. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs.

6. Favorite website? My vice is trashy pop-culture, so I admit I’m always up to date on perezhilton.com.

7. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman?

8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Jake Gyllenhall.

9. How old were you when you had your first “real” kiss? 7th grade

10. What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever had sex? Rooftop, overlooking 6th ave.

11. Describe your worst date? I plead the 5th, for fear they will read this…

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

Kristen-Alexzander Griffith plays “Ashley”

Kristen-Alexzander was most recently seen playing “Davis Roberts” on the popular web-series “DramaQueenz”. He has toured with “Rent” as “Angel” for which he received Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Award nomination, “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as “Judah/Calypso Soloist”  and regionally he has starred in “Pippin” (Leading Player), Lachuisa’s “Wild Party” (Phil), “Chicago” (Mary Sunshine), & “La Cage Aux Folles” (Jacob).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Many people, but I’ll just say three: Ben Vereen, Michael Jackson &  Diana Ross.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Nope.

3. What has been your most embarrassing audition? All of them.

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? Elliptical.

5. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

6. Favorite website? www.Dramaqueenztheseries.com.

7. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman, Hello!

8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Recently, its been Rob Pattinson as Edward Cullen.

9. How old were you when you had your first “real” kiss? 8.

10. What is the most unusual place you’ve ever had sex? Depends on what you mean by sex.

11. Describe your worst date? Any date that hasn’t ended in a marriage proposal.


Josh Segarra plays “Eric”

Josh SegarraJosh graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts about 1 year ago and can currently be seen as one of the stars of the all new “Electric Company” on PBS. (Hector Ruiz) At Tisch, he shot five feature films including: “the Ministers” alongside John Leguizamo and Harvey Keitel (scheduled to be released this year), “The Narrows”,  and “Tiny Dancer”. He performed in numerous NYU productions and made his Off – Broadway debut in “Fools in Love” as Demetrius (Manhattan Ensemble Theatre). This is his first production with the Fringe Festival .

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I was first inspired by all of the kid’s sports movies like the Mighty Ducks, The Big Green, the Little Giants, you know…all of those. But I got to high school and loved being on stage. My high school drama teachers were a huge inspiration and my chorus teacher just the same. But I knew I wanted to do this as a career when I saw Take Me Out on Broadway. Watching Denis O’Hare on stage delivering the most riveting piece of art I had ever seen until that point in my life, and still prob to this day, sparked the love for creativity and openness that I hope I can make others feel today. I saw that you could bring my two loves, sports and theatre into one realm with that production.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Not really. I’m good at sports which generally speaking surprises some people in the arts. I spend most of my time participating in some type of sporting event. Oh…And I can pogostick.

3. What has been your most embarrassing audition? I choose to block those out. There have too many to store away.

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? Work out. I love spin class. And play sports. Primarily basketball. But kickball is always a winner.

5. Boxer or Briefs? Boxer briefs.

6. Favorite website? ESPN.com. I can spend hours there. Or youtube. Lord…I spend too much time there.

7. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman…obviously. is that sexist? he can get any woman he wants. Thats awesome.

8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Mila Kunis. Done and Done. I’ve had the biggest crush on her since “Honey I Blew Up The Kids”. She’s amazing.

9. How old were you when you had your first “real” kiss? I was 15. My sophomore Homecoming during Kci and Jojo’s “All My Life” which was the last song of the night.

10. What is the most unusual place you’ve ever had sex? Can’t answer that one. I’d get grounded.

11. Describe your worst date? Any date that I spend more than $50 and I hated every second of it but I had to pay cuz I know my mother would have yelled at me if I didnt. Thats the worst. And when the girl doesn’t even offer to pay. You have to OFFER at least, and then I’ll be happy to pay. Basics people…basics.

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

Nic Cory plays “Josh”

Nic recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon’s musical theatre program. Favorite roles include “Brad Majors” in “The Rocky Horror Show” (Club El Flamingo), “Philip II” in “Don Carlos” (CMU) and “Captain Lancey” in “Translations” (Stanford Summer Theatre). “The Boys Upstairs” marks Nic’s debut with the Fringe Festival.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Benjamin Emerson Lopez, my best friend.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I make a man “steak n’ eggs”.

3. What has been your most embarrassing audition? Before the callback for “The Boys Upstairs,” I received an e-mail from my agents informing me that I had done well at the first round of auditions, but that the creative team wanted me to “dress hipper” and not be so “nebbish.” I’m working on those things with my life coaches.

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? Bikram Yoga.

5. Boxer or Briefs? Boxer briefs.

6. Favorite website? www.hotornot.com.

7. Superman or Wonder Woman? Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers.

8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Kristen Alexzander-Griffith.

9. How old were you when you had your first “real” kiss? 16.

10. What is the most unusual place you’ve ever had sex? MOCKBA.

11. Describe your worst date? There was this one time when Joel Bauer roofied me and made me sing the entire score of CABARET as Sasha Fierce at Don’t Tell Mama’s. I ended up homeless and pregnant.


Photo credit: Samantha Souza

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

David A. Rudd plays Multiple roles

David A. Rudd is an Actor, writer, director, model, designer, and teacher. He moved to NYC from the Midwest 6 years ago. His major film/television credits include “Persistence” – director (SWB Films), “Whirlwind” – Drake (Jupiter Box Productions/Wolfe Films), and “Growing Up Gotti” – himself (A&E). David’s stage credits include “King Lear” – Edgar (Michigan Shakespeare Festival), “Burn This” – Pale (BoarsHead Theatre), “Designers With Dirty Faces” – Klein Deutschland (Fashion Play Festival 2005), “Alcibiades the Athenian” – Alcibiades (Samantha Tella), “Murder Uncensored” – Sam (Wings Theater), “The Other Side of Darkness”- Steven Manners (NYC Fringe ’07), and the NYC Fringe 2008 hit “The Fabulous Kane Sisters in Box Office Poison”.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? The best and most direct answer to this question is my dad.  Cecil Rudd was and is my inspiration.  When I was a young boy he talked about his love of music and performing, he encouraged me and my bros and sis to learn to play an instrument.  I, myself, learned to play the trombone and started performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra when I was in High School.  My early years at university were at IU studying trombone as a performance major.

My dad was so proud of my hard work and would sit and listen to me play for hours.  We worked on my performances endlessly.  He was a wonderful critic and a very caring mentor.  I remember one time, specifically, when we were at state competition in the Solo and Ensemble contest when I was a junior in High School.  We had worked for 6 months on my solo – it was well known as one of the most difficult solos on the list for Level 1 competition in Indiana, Morceau Symphonique.  Dad had a habit of ingratiating himself to the judges, so that he could sneak a peek at the judges comments early… This particular year, we were both so nervous, but I played the best I had ever played.

My dad came out of the room behind me after taking a moment to look at the judges scorecard.  He was beaming.  I had scored a perfect score of 1 in each of the 7 catagories.  It was the most thrilling moment of my young life.  My mom was there too and we laughed and cried and embraced right there outside of the room.  I think about this memory every time I go on stage.  It just cycles through my mind right before I leave the dressing room.  My dad can’t always make it to see my shows, but I know he’s there with me in spirit.  I know he’s thinking of me before I perform.  And I know he’s beaming at me from wherever he is.  He’s watching me earn my perfect 7 and it thrills me.  I know that before I go on stage on the 15th, I’ll be thinking about Papa Rudd and thinking, “This one’s for you, dad.”

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m an awesome cook – nay – chef (if I do say so myself).  My specialty is Asian-Latin (think Peruvian).  I love playing with flavors and really making something that will impress my guests.  I also make a really mean pizza – I recommend the Seared Tuna and Seaweed.

3. What has been your most embarrassing audition? Easily it was the first time I auditioned for one of NYC biggest musical theater casting directors.  I knew him socially, sort of, through an ex of mine and I was called in on my reputation – I’m an actor – a decent actor, but….not really a singer.  I don’t know what I was thinking, but I took the audition and went in for, god knows what show, but it was a serious singing show.  I didn’t know how to prepare a real “musical” audition and so I winged it.  NOT A GOOD IDEA.  I asked the pianist to start over twice after accidentally missing the start of the song I sang.  After trying to laugh it off, and muddle my way through the piece, I was shocked to learn that I wasn’t going to stay around to read excerpts from the script.  I was bummed because I knew “the read” was my forte, but I hadn’t made “the cut”.  I decided to stick around and pretend that I didn’t realize I had been released – hoping that the CD would also forget.  Right.  Instead he got the idea that I had an interest in him that wasn’t related to work, if you get my drift.  I wound up having to finish this totally embarrassing day by awkwardly talking my way out of a few casual drinks at the bar down the street.  WTF?!?  Totally not his fault, I should have stayed home to begin with…

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? …or just gone to a kickboxing class.  I love kickboxing and other MMAs.  I’ve really enjoyed learning different styles of martial art and hold it near and dear to my heart.  From Jujuitsu to Krav Maga, I think that its a great workout for your mind and body.  I haven’t mastered any of them, by far, but I like to try.  I cross train as well with dance classes, rock climbing, different forms of cardiovascular exercise, and strength training.

5. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers in the winter, but not in the summer.  😉

6. Favorite website? It’s a toss up between www.themusicninja.com and www.hypemachine.com.  I love new music and I’m constantly searching the web for new stuff that you won’t find on the radio or in the store.  Lately I’ve been a big fan of a new genre of music that blends hip-hop with a uniquely American form of music, Bluegrass.  It’s called Ghettograss and it’s f’ing hot!!!

7. Superman or Wonder Woman? For real?  I have no idea.  I never really followed the superhero thing…I guess I’d have to say Superman.?  Yeah, I guess so.  He’s, like, really a good guy and stuff…

8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Could I dream about being somebody else?  If you say yes (the rules seem ambiguous enough that I could get away with making them up), then I would say I’d like to dream that I’m the guy that invented ice cream.  I think people must’ve been so nice to this guy.  I mean….come on.  Way better than either Ben OR Jerry, and HaagenWhoeverHisNameIs has nothing on this guy.  I’d like to imagine being in 1840-something with this cool, creamy treat as my very own – imagine all the cool stuff you could trade for a double dip of mint chip????  Got an extra wagon axle?

9. How old were you when you had your first “real” kiss? Sarah Hudson was my first real kiss.  And she made no bones about telling me that I was no good and then proceeded to give me a lesson.  That girl TAUGHT me how to kiss.  For, like, 3 hours at the playground next to her house one night.  I was a freshman, so I was, what, 14?  I never forgot, Sarah, I’m doing so good!!!

10. What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever had sex? Oh man, that is so personal!  I have to say that I’ve been pretty much a standard “Do-it-in-the-bed” kind of guy, but there have been the occassional Front seat/Back seat Adventures.  Of course, there are the Shower Situations.  I think, though, that the most unusual place I’ve experienced The Deed has to be the stairwell up to the roof of my first apartment building in NYC.  It was a great time.  I still remember it vividly…sigh.

11. Describe your worst date? My worst date?  I’ve never had a bad date.  Who are you talking to?

Bookmark and Share

Read Full Post »