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On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, I had the fortunate experience of attending the Tony Award Winning musical “Memphis” once again! Almost a year to the day of my last “Memphis” attending, I am proud to say the show is still fantastically SIZZLING HOT with energy, excitement, and fun. The principal cast members are still the original (Chad Kimball, Derrick Baskin, James Monroe Iglehart, Montego Glover, J. Bernard Calloway, Michael McGrath, and Cass Morgan) and still have the best chemistry together! I have been fortunate enough to interview Chad Kimball, Derrick Baskin, and James Monroe Iglehart…so I’m thrilled that they continue entertaining audiences night after night! I’m not just raving about “Memphis” because I interviewed them, but because I truly love this show and as a result of this love, I asked each of them to be part of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and they were kind of enough to participate.

With a book by Joe DiPietro and direction by Christopher Ashley, “Memphis” tells the story of a white DJ in 1950s Memphis who tries to get an African-American singer on the radio, but along the way falls in love. The success, hardships, and issues they face together is what keeps bringing audience members back over and over again. The music (by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan) is memorable and catchy with such hit songs as “Change Don’t Come Easy,” “Colored Women,” “Everybody Wants To Be Black On A Saturday Night,” “Memphis Lives In Me,” “The Music Of My Soul,” “Say A Prayer,” “Someday,” “Stand Up,” and “Steal Your Rock ‘n Roll,” while the choreography (by Sergio Trujillo) is energetic, mesmerizing, and electrifying!

Chad still has the vocals to score big in  “Hello, My Name Is Huey,” “Crazy Little Huey,” “The Music Of My Soul,” “Stand Up,” “Memphis Lives In Me,” and “Steal Your Rock ‘n Roll.” Derrick sends a hush over the audience every night with his spellbinding vocals on “Say A Prayer,” which then turns into rousing applause from the audience! James Monroe Iglehart tears up the stage not only with his astounding dance moves, but powerful, powerful vocals on “Big Love!” Cass Morgan lets it rip on “Change Don’t Come Easy,” letting the light shine brightly on her. J. Bernard Calloway lets it go in “She’s My Sister,” “Stand Up,” and “Change Don’t Come Easy,” always getting a cheer from the audience. Montego proves many times she’s got the vocals and talent in such songs as “The Music Of My Soul,” “Colored Women,” “Someday,” “Stand Up,” and “Steal Your Rock ‘n Roll.” The ensemble has a host of talent, but the one member that gets my attention every time I’ve seen this show is Hillary Elk. Between her terrific dance moves and skilled, big, and powerful vocals fill the house, even when singing amongst the entire company, Hillary will not be a chorus girl forever!

“Memphis” has lasted because the show still feels as fresh as when it first arrived on Broadway in September 2009 and it is continuing to shine ever so brightly and audiences are feeling it! The applause and cheers that came from the crowd were loud enough to raise the roof! If you have not seen this fantastical Tony Award Winning musical yet, then I highly suggest you “Stand Up” and make your way down to the Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street between Broadway & 8th Avenue) in New York City and get your tickets to “Memphis,” one of the most fantastical shows on Broadway!

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Congratulations to fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Jan Maxwell, Bobby Steggert, Chad Kimball, and Carolee Carmello, as well as to the cast of “Memphis” with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants James Monroe Iglehart, Derrick Baskin, and LaQuet Sharnell, the cast of “Yank” with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Nancy Anderson, and the cast of “NEWSical the Musical” with fellow “Adaubmelle’s Quest” participants Christine Pedi, Christina Bianco, Rory O’Malley, and their producer Tom D’Angora on their 2010 Drama Desk Nominations! The complete list of nominees is below:

Outstanding Play:

“My Wonderful Day”

“Circle Mirror Transformation”

“Happy Now?”

“Red”

“Next Fall”

“Clybourne Park”

Outstanding Musical:

“American Idiot”

“Everyday Rapture”

“Memphis”

“The Addams Family”

“The Scottsboro Boys”

“Yank!”

Outstanding Revival of a Play:

“A View From the Bridge”

“Brighton Beach Memoirs”

“Fences”

“Hamlet”

“So Help Me God!”

“The Boys in the Band”

Outstanding Revival of a Musical:

“A Little Night Music”

“Finian’s Rainbow”

“La Cage aux Folles”

“Promises, Promises”

“Ragtime”

Outstanding Actor in a Play:

Bill Heck “The Orphans’ Home Cycle”

Jude Law “Hamlet”

Alfred Molina “Red”

Eddie Redmayne “Red”

Liev Schreiber “A View from the Bridge”

John Douglas Thompson “The Emperor Jones”

Christopher Walken “A Behanding in Spokane”

Outstanding Actress in a Play:

Ayesha Antoine “My Wonderful Day”

Melissa Errico “Candida”

Anne Hathaway “Twelfth Night”

Kristen Johnston “So Help Me God!”

Laura Linney “Time Stands Still”

Jan Maxwell “The Royal Family”

Outstanding Actor in a Musical:

Brandon Victor Dixon “The Scottsboro Boys”

Douglas Hodge “La Cage aux Folles”

Cheyenne Jackson “Finian’s Rainbow”

Chad Kimball “Memphis”

Nathan Lane “The Addams Family”

Bobby Steggert “Yank!”

Outstanding Actress in a Musical:

Kate Baldwin “Finian’s Rainbow”

Montego Glover “Memphis”

Jayne Houdyshell “Coraline”

Christiane Noll “Ragtime”

Sherie Rene Scott “Everyday Rapture”

Catherine Zeta-Jones “A Little Night Music”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play:

Chris Chalk “Fences”

Sean Dugan “Next Fall”

Santino Fontana “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

Adam James “The Pride”

Hamish Linklater “Twelfth Night”

Nick Westrate “The Boys in the Band”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play:

Victoria Clark “When the Rain Stops Falling”

Viola Davis “Fences”

Xanthe Elbrick “Candida”

Mary Beth Hurt “When the Rain Stops Falling”

Scarlett Johansson “A View from the Bridge”

Andrea Riseborough “The Pride”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical:

Kevin Chamberlin “The Addams Family”

Robin De Jesus “La Cage aux Folles”

Jeffry Denman “Yank!”

Christopher Fitzgerald “Finian’s Rainbow”

Jeremy Morse “Bloodsong of Love”

Bobby Steggert “Ragtime”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical:

Carolee Carmello “The Addams Family”

Carrie Cimma “Lizzie Borden”

Katie Finneran “Promises, Promises”

Angela Lansbury “A Little Night Music”

Kenita Miller “Langston in Harlem”

Terri White “Finian’s Rainbow”

Outstanding Director of a Play:

Jonathan Bank “So Help Me God!”

Jack Cummings III “The Boys in the Band”

Sam Gold “Circle Mirror Transformation”

Michael Grandage “Hamlet”

Michael Grandage “Red”

Ethan Hawke “A Lie of the Mind”

Outstanding Director of a Musical:

Warren Carlyle “Finian’s Rainbow”

Marcia Milgrom Dodge “Ragtime”

Igor Goldin “Yank!”

Terry Johnson “La Cage aux Folles”

Michael Mayer “American Idiot”

Susan Stroman “The Scottsboro Boys”

Outstanding Choreography:

Warren Carlyle “Finian’s Rainbow”

Marcia Milgrom Dodge “Ragtime”

Lynne Page “La Cage aux Folles”

Susan Stroman “The Scottsboro Boys”

Twyla Tharp “Come Fly Away”

Sergio Trujillo “Memphis”

Outstanding Music:

David Bryan “Memphis”

Michael Friedman “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

Joe Iconis “Bloodsong of Love”

John Kander and Fred Ebb “The Scottsboro Boys”

Andrew Lippa “The Addams Family”

Joseph Zellnik “Yank!”

Outstanding Lyrics:

Rick Crom “NEWSical the Musical”

Kevin Del Aguila “Click, Clack, Moo”

John Kander and Fred Ebb “The Scottsboro Boys”

Dillie Keane and Adele Anderson “Fascinating Aida Absolutely Miraculous!”

Andrew Lippa “The Addams Family”

David Zellnik “Yank!”

Outstanding Book of a Musical:

Joe DiPietro “Memphis”

Joe Iconis “Bloodsong of Love”

Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott “Everyday Rapture”

David Thompson “The Scottsboro Boys”

Alex Timbers “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

David Zellnik “Yank!”

Outstanding Orchestrations:

Larry Hochman “The Scottsboro Boys”

Tom Kitt “American Idiot”

Tom Kitt “Everyday Rapture”

John Oddo “All About Me”

Daryl Waters and David Bryan “Memphis”

Outstanding Musical Revue:

“Fascinating Aida Absolutely Miraculous!”

“Million Dollar Quartet”

“NEWSical the Musical”

“Simon Green: Traveling Light”

“Sondheim on Sondheim”

Outstanding Music in a Play:

Adam Cochran “A Play on War”

Adam Cork “Red”

Gaines “A Lie of the Mind”

Phillip Glass “The Bacchae”

Hem “Twelfth Night”

Brandford Marsalls “Fences”

Outstanding Set Design:

Sandra Goldmark “The Boys in the Band”

Phellm McDermott, Julian Crouch, and Basil Twist “The Addams Family”

Derek McLane “Ragtime”

Christopher Oram “Red”

Jay Rohloff “Underground”

Karen Tennent “Hansel and Gretel”

Outstanding Costume Design:

Antonia Ford-Roberts and Bob Flanagan “The Emperor Jones”

Clint Ramos “So Help Me God!”

Bobby Frederick Tilley II “Lizzie Borden”

Matthew Wright “La Cage aux Folles”

David Zinn “In the Next Room or the vibrator play”

Outstanding Lighting Design:

Nell Austin “Hamlet”

Nell Austin “Red”

Christian M. DeAngelis “Lizzie Borden”

Maruti Evans “John Balls’ In The Heat of the Night”

Natasha Katz “The Addams Family”

Dane Laffrey “The Boys in the Band”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play:

Acme Sound Partners “Ragtime”

Jonathan Deans “La Cage aux Folles”

Ashley Hanson, Kurt Eric Fischer and Brian Ronan “Everyday Rapture”

Peter Hylenski “The Scottsboro Boys”

Scott Lehrer “Finian’s Rainbow”

Brian Ronan “Promises Promises”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play:

Dan Blanchi and Wes Shippee “Frankenstein”

Dale Bigall “Underground”

Adam Cork “Enron”

Lindsay Jones and Jamie McElhinney “Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers”

Fitz Patton “When the Rain Stops Falling”

Elizabeth Rhodes “John Ball’s in the Heat of the Night”

Oustanding Solo Performance:

Theodore Bikel “Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears”

Jim Brochu “Zero Hour”

Colman Domingo “A Boy and his Soul”

Carrie Fisher “Wishful Drinking”

Judith Ivey “The Lady With All The Answers”

Anna Deavere Smith “Let Me Down Easy”

Unique Theatrical Experience:

“Charles L. Mee’s Fetes de la Nuit”

“Hansel and Gretel”

“John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean”

“Love, Loss, and What I Wore”

“Stuffed and Unstrung”

“The Provenance of Beauty”

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Congratulations to fellow and upcoming “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants on their Outer Critic Circle Award Nominations:

Carolee Carmello: “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical” for “The Addams Family”

Chad Kimball: “Outstanding Actor in a Musical” for “Memphis”

Jan Maxwell: “Outstanding Actress in a Play” for “The Royal Family” and “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play” for “Lend Me A Tenor”

Bobby Steggert: “Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical” for “Ragtime”

Congratulations to all my “Memphis” participants (Chad Kimball, Derrick Baskin, James Monroe Iglehart, LaQuet Sharnell) on the show’s nomination for “Outstanding New Broadway Musical” and “Outstanding New Score.”

A special congratulations to my former American Repertory Theatre colleague Catherine Zuber for her nomination of “Outstanding Costume Design” for “The Royal Family.” I’m always rooting for you!

For a full list of nominees, click here!

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Join fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Bobby Cronin, Chad Kimball, Kate Pazakis, Erik Sisco, Morgan Karr, and upcoming participant LaQuet Sharnell for ONE NIGHT ONLY in “Not The Same: The Music & Lyrics of Bobby Cronin” this Sunday, March 28 at 7pm at The Metropolitan Room. Joining them will be Autumn Hurlbert, Lisa Brescia, Andrew Samonsky, Celisse Henderson, Brian Gallagher, Maria Mindelle, Ravi Roth, George Psomas, Rachel Potter, and Anne Fraser Thomas.

Come hear some of your favorite Bobby Cronin music along with plenty of new material from many of his upcoming projects including: “The Beaten Path,” “Til Death Do Us Part,” “Caty Bridgewater,” “The Untitled Project,” “(Un)Lucky In Love.”

There is a $15 cover charge + 2 beverage minimum. Reservations can be made by calling 212-206-0440.

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For the past 11 years, James Monroe Iglehart has been entertaining audiences in theatre and television. His theatre credits include: “The Cowardly Lion” in “The Wiz” (Encores!), Broadway’s “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Be,” “Porgy and Bess” (Oakland EB Symphony), “It Ain’t Nothing but the Blues” (Theatreworks, CA), and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” (AMT San Jose). James is also part of the Hip Hop Improv group “Freestyle Love Supreme” and he is the “Silent E” soloist on “The Electric Company.” Currently, James can be seen in Broadway’s smash hit “Memphis,” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Chad Kimball and Derrick Baskin) with his show-stopping opening Act 2 dance number! For more on James, be sure to check out http://www.jamesmonroeiglehart.webs.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My parents.  Prince and Michael Jackson.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I have a low G and high B.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Chuck Cooper.

4. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? The best experience was the opening of Memphis and the worst  was this horrible understudy I had in the Bay Area.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. I love their Carmel Apple cider.

6. Books or Magazines? Both. I’m a nerd.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Depends on the mood.

8. Favorite musician/singer? Prince, Stevie Wonder.

9. Favorite website? WWE.com and Broadway.com.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Neither Batman all the way!

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On Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, I had the unique opportunity to go backstage after seeing the matinee performance of “Memphis.” (Click for my review and re-review). I was invited by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Derrick Baskin, who is one of the principal actors in the show, playing the role of “Gator.” My family and I felt privileged to walk onto a real Broadway stage and see the theatre from a different perspective. Although Derrick must have been tired and he still had another show to perform, with great enthusiasm, he showed us the magic of how the set works. That greatly added to the enjoyment of the magnificent show I had just seen. The set designers should really be applauded for their remarkable work. While it seems effortless from the audience’s perspective, we got a glimpse of the hard work and detailed coordination that goes into bringing the set to life at each performance.

Derrick also introduced us to two of the other principle cast members, Montego Glover who plays “Felicia” and James Monroe Iglehart who plays “Bobby.” They were very gracious and warm when speaking to us. In addition to these cast members, I also had the opportunity to speak to two of the producers of the show, Chase Mishkin and Randy Adams…What a treat to meet two of the masterminds behind this show. As we were leaving the stagedoor, we also spoke to another principal cast member, fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Chad Kimball, who plays “Huey.” It was great to catch up with him and I appreciated the time he took to talk with me. It’s apparent by the enthusiasm of the cast that they are enjoying the show. So treat yourself and someone you enjoy and go see “Memphis!”

THANK YOU Derrick and the rest of the cast for a wonderful and unique experience! See you soon…

Enjoy a picture story of my time backstage:

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Hock-A-Doo! I had the pleasure of going to see the Broadway musical “Memphis” for a second time today, playing at the Shubert Theatre on 44th Street in New York City (between Broadway & 8th Avenue). I hope everyone gets to experience this amazing show. From the music to the dancing to the fantastical actors who bring this show to life eight times a week, “Memphis” really is a fresh new original musical! The show is much, much tighter than the first time I saw it during previews. There are many moments where a hush comes over the audience because they are mesmerized by the action on stage.

“Memphis” tells the story of “Huey,” a white DJ from “Memphis” whose love of music ignites a revolution. He discovers “Felicia,” an African-American singer who not only captures his heart, but his soul as well. As their stars rise together “Huey” & “Felicia” break down walls, defy rules, and risk their lives while the music of their souls play over the airwaves. It maybe the 1950s inside the Shubert Theatre, but the essence of “Memphis'” still rings true today. A timeless and timely tale, this show is on Broadway at the perfect time.

There is so much talent on that stage, it’s a must see! Included in this extraordinary cast are fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Chad Kimball and Derrick Baskin, as well as Montego Glover, James Monroe Iglehart, J. Bernard Calloway, and Hillary Elk.

With a variety of shows on Broadway to choose from, this is one show I would highly recommend!

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