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Lance Horne, the Emmy Award winning composer, musician, vocalist, and producer just released his long-awaited debut recording “First Things Last” on the Yellow Sound Label. “First Things Last” is one CD you need to add to your collection. Combining pop, rock, theater, and jazz, “First Things Last” features a host of stage and screen stars singing several songs from his upcoming musicals “The $trip” and “The Center.”

With mostly emotionally charged lyrics, Lance knows how to draw a listener in and make them stay with a perfect mixture of lyrics, music, and talented performers. Along the way, Lance intertwines a few comedic songs which helps recharge you for the next wave of emotions that are about to come through.

“American”

Alan Cumming open this CD with a bang on “American.” Using his beautifully skilled vocals, Alan sings with feeling about everything that makes him be an American. Lance’s lyrics and melody combined with Alan’s vocals are entrancing and make you want more.

“In The Name of the Father”

Bryce Ryness continues making “First Things Last” a must have with his rock-style voice being wonderfully matched to “In The Name of The Father,” all about struggling through rough times and eventually rising up to conquer through them.

“Orpheus”

Continuing to ignite this CD is two time Tony-Award Nominee and fellow “Adaubmelle’s Quest” participant Daphne Rubin-Vega singing to her love “Orpheus” from the world beyond, hoping he’ll see her and know how much she loved him. Daphne’s voice perfectly exposes the emotion, passion, and yearning her character in this song is experiencing.

“Leap”

Emma William’s rich vocals shine brightly on “Leap,” a song all about taking chances and pushing through your fears, discovering the strength and courage hidden underneath.

“Strange Bird”

Cheyenne Jackson’s golden voice makes “Strange Bird” a song you could listen to over and over again. The song is about a couple that have split, but remember the strong love and bond they once had, though each are hoping to get over the hurt and move on.

“January”

Between Meow Meow’s sultry voice and Lance’s music, “Janaury” is a sexy jazzy song about a woman trying to move on, but recounting her relationship after her lover leaves.

“Every Moment”

Julie Atherton beautiful voice brings “Every Moment” even more alive as she too struggles through her weak days and strong days in the after-math of breaking up with her boyfriend, remembering “Every Moment” together.

“Haircut”

To help break up the seriousness of the album is none other than former talk-show host Ricki Lake who sings “Haircut,” all about a woman so excited about all aspects of getting a “really good haircut.”

“Last Day On Earth”

Hannah Waddingham’s powerfully strong vocals bring a chill and deep connection to “Last Day On Earth” in which she sings about her character’s final day of being alive.

“Little White Asparagus Blues”

Adding the next wave of comic relief is Lance Horne himself on “Little White Asparagus Blues” which was written for T.R. Knight to sing in the documentary “Asparagus! Stalking The American Life” all about the issues white asparagus have living amongst the dominant green asparagus.

“Anyone Who’s Ever Been In Love”

Alexandra Silber’s luscious vocals bring much emotion to “Anyone Who’s Ever Been In Love” about a woman who longs to be in love, but as she gets older, she finds dating just as hard and daunting as in her younger years.

“Hurry Up And Take Your Time”

Lea Delaria brings her expert jazz vocals to “Hurry Up And Take Your Time,” about a woman trying to lure her lover away from her current flame and be with her.

“6 Hours”

Paul Spicer’s enjoyable voice makes “6 Hours,” how long you wish you had to listen to him, though one could listen longer. “6 Hours” tells the tale of a guy who has 6 hours to make the girl he meets on an airplane to fall in love with him.

“The Little Prince”

The final comedic song, “The Little Prince” is sung by Amanda Palmer, former front woman and keyboardist of the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret band The Dresden Dolls. A cute song about how she hates “The Little Prince.”

“Tell Me The Truth”

Aneurin Barnard closes “First Things Last” with “Tell Me The Truth” about a man wondering when love will find him. Aneurin’s soothing voice helps bring the out the emotion and universally relatable topic most everyone wonders about.

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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” 2nd Anniversary

Photo by Ben Strothmann

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.

    BONUS QUESTIONS:

    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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Lucille Lortel Award winner and Drama Desk Nominee Keith Nobbs is back on stage and audiences couldn’t be more thrilled!

Keith made his Broadway debut in “The Lion Winter” starring Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing. He has since gone on to star in “Stupid Kids,” “Hope is the Ting with Feathers” (Drama Dept.), “Free to Be…You and Me” (at Drama Dept., along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Daphne Rubin-Vega ), “Four” (for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award and received a Drama Desk Nomination), “Fuddy Meers” (MTC), “Dublin Carol,” “Dog Sees God,” “The Hasty Heart,” and the world premiere of David Mamet’s “Romance” (Atlantic Theatre). Keith’s television credits include “The Pacific,” “The Black Donnellys,” “In Treatment,” “The Sopranos,” “In Plain Sight,” and “Fringe.” On the big screen, Keith has been seen in “Double Whammy,” “Phone Booth,” “25th Hour,” and the independent films “The Briefcase,” “Weakness,” and “Premium.” Now this dynamic actor is taking center stage in the new Broadway play “Lombardi” starring Judith Light and Dan Lauria along with Bill Dawes, Robert Christopher Riley, and Chris Sullivan. “Lombardi” plays at the Circle in the Square Theatre on 50th Street between Broadway & 8th Ave.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Barry Dean. He’s a director/visionary/mad man of this theater company Centre Stage in Texas where I grew up. He had crazy ideas to do full length Broadway shows (with harmony and full on choreography) with six year olds. 1986- You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. We rehearsed for six months. During tech, he would keep us there until 2 am and somehow our parents were okay with it. That’s what started it for me.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? So many people. And so many people I want to work with again.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A bastardized Anais Nin quote: “And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud became greater than the risk it took to bloom.”

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I would love to write fiction.

5. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Nitro at Six Flags. Gotta be in the first car.

6. Favorite meal off the $1 menu? I skip out on McDonald’s but I do give Wendy’s some love every now and then. The spicy chicken nuggets. Oh yes.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Running, yoga, pilates.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Best of both worlds: boxer briefs.

9. Favorite website? Huffington Post– informative yet trashy. Still not on the facebook- after seeing Catfish and Social Network, I am very happy not to be.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman. I have no time for invisible airplanes.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Probably my relatives that have passed away.

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I’m actually 6’4″.


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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

BONUS QUESTIONS:

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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Cutting Edge Composers III had the pleasure of attending the “Cutting-Edge Composers II” concert tonight at the Canal Room presented by Josh Young and Laura Pietropinto. It was an evening of joy…listening to both established and up and coming artists perform songs by a new crop of theatrical songwriters. There was a lot of talent in the house tonight including Tituss Burgess (whom I had the pleasure of sitting down with for an interview) singing and belting his soul out to “I’ll Be Alright,” a song Tituss wrote about getting through the rough times of an ended relationship. Also Brooke Moriber rocked it out to “Live Free or Die” a song written by Creighton Irons & Sean Mahoney. Let me tell you, Brooke has some big pipes! The audience was also enchanted by powerhouse vocalist Katie Thompson (fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant) who sang “No Reason At All,” a song by the very talented Jonathan Reid Gealt about a woman wanting to break free of her hardships. The evening ended with the one and only Daphne Rubin-Vega (also a fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant) bringing down the house to “The Goodbye Song” written by Joe Iconis about the ending of relationship that didn’t want to end, but still knowing the two partners would always be by each other’s side. I have to say the evening was a success and it’s refreshing to see that musical theatre will continue on and tonight was just a sampling of who’s out there writing the news songs and who’s going to be dazzling and continuing to dazzle audiences by performing them. For more information on Cutting Edge Composers, visit them at: http://www.cuttingedgecomposers.com/

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Daphne Rubin-VegaKatie ThompsonBe sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Katie Thompson performing with a slew of up and coming composers at “Cutting Edge Composers II” at Canal Room tomorrow, Monday, November 9 at 8pm.

 

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Lance HorneDaphne Rubin-VegaDon’t forget to catch Daphne Rubin-Vega (“Adaumbelle’s Quest” Participant) at Joe’s Pub in NYC this Friday, September 18 at 9:30pm as part of “Lance Horne & The Smart Set”. Also scheduled to appear are Cheyenne Jackson, Michael Urie, Alan Cumming, & Lea Delaria. This will be a great night with wonderful musicians! Go see it, if you can!

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