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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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“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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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 all the 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award Winners, especially fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jan Maxwell and to the cast of “Memphis” on their multiple wins (which stars fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Chad Kimball, James Monroe Iglehart, Derrick Baskin, & LaQuet Sharnell)…the list of winners is below:

Outstanding New Broadway Play: “Red”

Outstanding New Broadway Musical: “Memphis”

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play: “The Orphans’ Home Cycle”

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical: “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” & “The Scottsboro Boys”

Outstanding New Score: “Memphis”

Outstanding Revival of a Play: “Fences”

Outstanding Revival of a Musical: “La Cage aux Folles”

Outstanding Director of a Play: Michael Wilson “The Orphans’ Home Cycle”

Outstanding Director of a Musical: Terry Johnson “La Cage aux Folles”

Outstanding Choreographer: Bill T. Jones “Fela!”

Outstanding Set Design: Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch “The Addams Family”

Outstanding Costume Design: Matthew Wright “La Cage aux Folles”

Outstanding Lighting Design: Kevin Adams “American Idiot”

Outstanding Actor in a Play: Denzel Washington “Fences”

Outstanding Actress in a Play: Viola Davis “Fences”

Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Douglas Hodge “La Cage aux Folles”

Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Montego Glover “Memphis” & Catherine Zeta-Jones “A Little Night Music”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Jon Michael Hill “Superior Donuts”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Jan Maxwell “Lend Me A Tenor”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical: Levi Kreis “Million Dollar Quartet”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical: Katie Finneran “Promises, Promises”

Outstanding Solo Performance: Carrie Fisher “Wishful Drinking”

John Gassner Award (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright): Geoffrey Nauffts “Next Fall”

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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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From Broadway’s “Memphis” & “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Derrick Baskin along with Daniel Watts (his castmate in “Memphis“) will be performing “WORDS!!! A FUNK’D UP EVENING OF SPOKEN WORD AND SONG!!!” this Monday, February 15 at the Clark Theater (Located in the Rose Building on the 7th Floor at Lincoln Center (65th Street & Amsterdam). Showtime is 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 (only can purchased at the door).

According to press notes: “It’s really going to be a special night of slam poetry and song.  What we’ve done with this material is stripped everything way.  The only things on the stage will be two mics and us.  NO MUSIC! I think we’ve got something special here. You will not be disappointed. I hope you can make it!”

Derrick is one guy to keep your eye on. With his voice and talent, this really should be an enjoyable evening!

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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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