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Megan Reinking is another of Broadway’s rising performers who will be entertaining us for years to come! Along with the rest of the “The Tribe,” Megan shined brightly in “Hair” first at Shakespeare in the Park, then on Broadway, and then in London’s West End. Her other Broadway credits include “Lestat” and “Dracula the Musical.” She was also seen at City Center Encores! in “Bye, Bye Birdie” and performed to a sold-out crowd at Birdland in “On-Fire: Kate Pazakis and Megan Reinking.” Regionally, Megan has delighted audiences in “Lestat,” “Footloose,” and “The Three Musketeers.” On Television, Megan was seen in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” as “Annabelle.”

On February 13, Megan can be seen belting her beautiful vocals in “Spread The Love: The Songs of Rob Rokicki & Friends” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave) and this April, Megan will once again be seen on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s “The People In The Picture” at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street between 7th & 8th Ave) along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Chip Zien, as well as Donna Murphy, Alexander Gemignani, Christopher Innvar, Nicole Parker, Rachel Resheff, Hal Robinson, Lewis J. Stadlen, Brad Bradley, Rachel Bress, Jeremy Davis, Emilee Dupre, Maya Goldman, Louis Hobson, Shannon Lewis, Jessica Lea Patty, Jeffrey Schecter, Paul Anthony Stewart, and Stuart Zagnit.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I am inspired by many people, but I don’t remember any one specific person inspiring me to perform. Maybe that’s not an answer you are looking for, but it’s true. The first play I ever saw was at the Paul Bunyan Theatre in Minnesota. It was ELEEMOSYNARY. I was transfixed and spent the whole vacation spelling things like the girl in the play does.

People, though: My parents. Debra Brooks, who taught my 4th grade music class and pulled me aside one day and asked if I’d like to take private lessons. John Ryal, my middle school choir director. My high school show choir, and everyone involved with that..and would take forever to name. Broadway Theatre Project, the faculty at the University of Michigan, Anthony Vincent Bova and Bob Krakower here in NY who changed my life as an actor, my agents that I was blessed to find when I moved here 7 years ago, my incredible friends, and most recently, my beautiful family in HAIR…they are some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met..and MUSIC. All kinds. Music inspires everything.

And film. Don’t get me started on film..

2. What’s the highest and lowest note you can sing? I’m always stretching myself, so I don’t like to define this. And it’s all circumstantial sometimes. My lowest note is lower if I’m sick or just woke up..ha. All I know is I can’t sing “I’m Not That Girl” from WICKED.. Highest…in legit soprano, usually a high C or D if it’s a good day…belting or mixing, in the F/G range.

3. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? You. 🙂 Seriously, one person? There are countless.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I’d probably teach history. Or write fiction. I may still do those things yet in life 🙂

5. Do you have any rituals that you  must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? I used to listen to “Peace Frog” by The Doors. It got me excited. I don’t know when I stopped doing that. Now I like to listen to Bach. But right before going on stage is usually when I do last minute stretching or review lines that tie me up sometimes..so I’m not thinking about it on stage. Afterward, an occasional drink with friends, but I usually head home and watch whatever television I DVR’d during the show or write. I know…I’m an old lady at heart..

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? I’ve actually just started getting really serious about this. I get to the gym 5-6 times a week for 60-90 minute sessions, but I really try to mix up what I do there so I don’t get bored – and it’s good for your body to not get stuck always doing the same thing. If it’s a cardio day, I’ll stay on one machine if I’m in a zone…usually an elliptical or the treadmill. If I’m having an ADD day I will divide my cardio time between the two machines, and sometimes a stationary bike. The rest of my time there I focus on a different body-area with weight training or pilates. I do make myself take a day or two to rest each week, though. I think that is just as important. I also try to fit in a pilates class during the week if I can. I really want to add Bikram Yoga to what I’m doing…but I’m still a little intimidated by that. I’ll get over it soon, I’m sure.

7. Favorite skin care product? L’Occitane – Fresh Face Water, Ultra Comforting Mask, and Gentle Face Buff.

8. Favorite store to shop in? Barnes & Noble/Borders, Bed Bath & Beyond, Victoria’s Secret, and…once upon a time…Virgin Megastore. They had an excellent variety of music t-shirts. I get most of my summer dresses at this place called Backwoods on 57th between 8th & 9th…great inexpensive dresses. Also, for boots…I love The Rose. Also on 57th.

9. Favorite website? www.loc.gov. Yes, that’s the Library of Congress. They have amazing digital collections..I’m a nerd.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Why do I only have options from DC Comics? I was always a Marvel girl.. 🙂 My favorite was always Phoenix. The Phoenix Saga was the best..until they ruined it in the X-Men 3 movie. Or Rogue. I loved Rogue, too.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Professional: The casting directors don’t necessarily know what they are looking for. I was told by a director I worked with that the second I walked through the door, he sat up and said…”That’s what I want. If she can sing, she’s got the job…” It was that simple. It has taken the pressure of auditioning away for me since hearing that, and left me more able to just do my work. Personal: “In the absence of information, never create a negative scenario.”

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? That no one knows about? No. If I have a cool unusual talent, I’m sharing it with everyone. I do this thing people call the “doll eye”. I can close either eye without moving another muscle in my face. It’s a little creepy, but OH so fun to do to people on stage sometimes 🙂

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Lindsay is yet another one of our next generation performers who’s fast on the rise. She was recently seen in Roundabout Theatre’s Tony Nominated Broadway production of “Everyday Rapture” (as well as 2nd Stage’s Off-Broadway run) and prior to that she was seen in Broadway’s “Grease.” Lindsay has also been seen in Off-Broadway’s “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Regionally, Lindsay  has been seen in productions of “Princesses,” “Footloose,” “Sounds of Plaid,” “Grease,” “Lucky Stiff,” “Gidget,” and “Call Me Madam.”  Lindsay is also a sought after performer for many industry readings, workshops, and concerts such as “Rated RSO,” “Tales of the City,” “Band Geeks,” “Go The Distance,” and “An Evening with Andrew Lippa.”

Next up, Lindsay will be lending her powerhouse vocals to Ryan Scott Oliver’s February 7 Songbook Release Concert at Joe’s Pub along with Andrew Keenan-Bolger! Monday, Feb. 7 would be a great time to come check out Lindsay and Andrew as they sing the music of Ryan Scott Oliver! For much more on Lindsay be sure to visit: http://www.lindsaymendez.net.

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Definitely Judy Garland. (yes, I did grow up basically as a gay man.) I loved watching her movies when I was a little girl, and I always wanted to sing just like her.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? The highest belt note would be an A flat, and soprano is probably a high E. Lowest note, comfortably…I’d say an F below middle C.

3. Who is the one person that you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I would LOVE to work with Bette Midler. I absolutely think she is brilliant, and has really made her own career…one that I extremely admire.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Run your career as a marathon…not a sprint.

5. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I would probably be a History teacher. I DO enjoy teaching, and I am a huge history buff.

6. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? My car….when I have a car…

7. Favorite way to spend your day off? A Manicure/Pedicure and a dinner at DINNER TIME with my husband.

8. Favorite skin care product? Mario Badescu Glycolic Cleanser.

9. Favorite website? ummm…Netflix.com.  It’s sort of my new obsession…rating movies, and seeing what it picks for me.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Duh…Wonder Woman.  Her outfit is FIERCE.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can flip my under eye-lids into my eyes and look extremely scary. But…it hurts.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My future child…I just made myself throw up a little.

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If you are looking for a performer with strong vocals, good looks, and most of all talent, then Curtis Holbrook is your guy! A performer on the definite rise, Curtis has delighted Broadway audiences in “Xanadu,” “Follies,” “All Shook Up,” “The Boy From Oz,” “Taboo,” “Fosse,” and “Footloose,” and the current Broadway revival of “West Side Story.”  His Off-Broadway credits include “Saved!” at Playwrights Horizon and “Radiant Baby” at the Public Theater. Curtis has also lit up the screen in such films and television shows as “Hairspray,” “Across the Universe,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Sesame Street,” “All My Children,” and “As The World Turns.” Curtis can currently be seen in “Frog Kiss” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Kate Pazakis) produced by Brierpatch Productions as part of the NYMF festival from September 30-October 11 at the Theater at St. Clements (423 West 46th Street).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? First, I would have to say my mother…Because she put in me in tap class at the age of 2 🙂 But when I was old enough to know what being inspired was, I saw Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in Singin’ in the Rain. That moment was truly magical for me. I was hooked.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I don’t actually read sheet music…I do everything by ear. I try not to think about what notes I am singing because it can mess with your head, ya know?…But I think when we filmed Across the Universe I sang a high D.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Just one? There are so many!!! Well even though it isn’t possible…Bob Fosse. His way of storytelling is like no other.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Marine Biology.

5. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? Depends on the show… Usually, I listen to music that could be the soundtrack of the characters life… That helps to get me focused and fired up. How do you decompress after a show? An adult beverage.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Hand Farting.

7. Favorite ride at an amusement park? All of them! The X Factor @ Magic Mountain might be my favorite though.

8. Favorite way to stay in shape? Really just by doing what I do…and Yoga. I don’t do gyms.

9. Boxers or Briefs? Really??? If you must know…square cut boxer briefs. So both!

10. Favorite website? YouTube.

11. Superman or Wonder Woman? Batman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? My Grandfather always told me…”Think For Yourself.”

13. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My wife 🙂

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Julie Reiber at D-Lounge tonight, Thursday (April 15) at 10pm singing the songs of Carner & Gregor! With an incredible voice, this is surely going to be a fun time!

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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.

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An award winning actress, Julie Reiber has been on Broadway, Off-Broadway, as well traveling the country in National Tours and Regional productions.  She was the standby for “Elphaba” in Broadway’s “Wicked,” the understudy for “Natalie” in Broadway’s “All Shook Up” and the understudy for “Brooklyn” & “Faith” in Broadway’s “Brooklyn.” Off-Broadway she starred in “Ministry of Progress” and toured Nationally with  “Rent” and “Brooklyn” as well as the Korean Concert tour of “Jekyll & Hyde.” Regionally, Julie has been seen in productions of “Caroline or Change” at The Guthrie Theatre, “Wicked” at Pantages Theater, “Godspell” at The Paper Mill Playhouse, “Aida” at the Arvada Center where she won the 2006 Henry Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as received a 2006 Denver Ovation Nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as “Amneris.” Other regional productions include “Footloose” at the Merry Go Round, “Ragtime” at the Ogunquit Playhouse, “Carousel” at the North Shore Music Theatre, and “Sweeney Todd” at Theatre on the Hill. In addition to theatre, Julie has been in such films and television shows as “Guiding Light,” “Eclipse of the Heart,” and “Why Are We Here?” She also hosted the television show “Your LA.” Recently, Julie was featured in a reading of Bobby Cronin’sThe Beaten Path” and just finished a run of “The Full Monty” in North Carolina. To find out what’s up next for Julie, be sure to visit juliereiber.com!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Well…when I was little I was constantly singing Olivia Newton-John and Whitney Houston. I was obsessed with “Annie” as a little girl too and would act out the entire show outside my house in the street. I think it was a combination of singers and shows that got me hooked. I just knew I wanted to perform from a very young age.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Well…on a good day I’d say a high D or D# perhaps. Lowest probably low D on a low day. 😉

3. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Best: Hmmm…I have had so many great experiences in shows. I’ve been lucky to have many great casts. I would say that “Caroline or Change” at the Guthrie was a highlight. The cast was so incredibly talented and just such lovely people. We were a real family.
Worst…do I have to say? Well…this is a combination of worst and best in one. I did an off-bdway show at The Jane St. called “Ministry of Progress.” It’s a very long story, but in short, the director was a crazy woman and we had to get her banned from the theatre. It was a wild experience…but thru it all that madness gave me some of the best friends I have in this city. I guess a crazy experience like that can bring people very close. 😉

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I wish I had some crazy unusual talent. I can touch my tongue to my nose. Sorry..that’s boring.

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Wow…you like to get personal eh Adam? 😉 Well…my boyfriend…of course. Johnny Depp ain’t bad either.

6. Favorite skin care product? Sugar Face Polish and Sugar lip balm by FRESH.

7. Favorite store to shop in? Anthropologie.

8. Favorite musician/singer? Only one?! I can’t. Here’s a few…Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Eva Cassidy…on and on and on.

9. Favorite website? Facebook…of course. 😉

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Dude…I had a Wonder Woman undies when I was a kid. ALL Wonder Woman!

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OrfehOrfeh, a Tony Award nominee, is a voice to be heard. She started her career in the 1990s as the lead singer of the dance group “Or-N-More”. The group’s self-titled album went gold and their single “Everyotherday” climbed to #1 on the club music charts. Orfeh made her Broadway debut in 1998 in “Footloose” as the understudy to every female role in the show. She then went on to star in the ten-member company of “The Gershwins’ FascinatingRhythm” in which Orfeh belted out modern interpretations of Gershwin classics, alongside Adriane Lenox, Sara Ramirez, & Patrick Wilson. Even though it closed after 17 performances, Orfeh’s next shining moment was just around the corner in Broadway’s “Saturday Night Fever”, not only did she receive rave reviews from critics, she also won the rave review her co-star and now husband, Andy Karl. After “Saturday Night Fever”, Orfeh and Andy both starred in quite a few of shows together: “Me & Mrs. Jones”, “Bright Lights, Big City” (both at the Prince Theater in PA), and “Legally Blonde” which garnered Orfeh a Tony Award nomination for Beast Featured Actress. Off-Broadway, she has starred in “Janis Joplin in Love” & “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” as well as the Actor’s Fund of America benefit concerts of “Dreamgirls” & “Hair”. In addition to theatre, Orfeh has found time to guest star on such TV shows as “Sex and the City”, “Chappelle’s Show”, & “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. Her latest project is the release of her solo debut album “What Do You Want From Me” which can be found online and in record stores around the country. Be sure to catch Orfeh this Wednesday, August 12 in New York City at 8pm, at Ars Nova in in “Remember The Time: The Music of Michael Jackson”. For tickets visit: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/7404395 and for all the latest and greatest on Orfeh, check out www.orfeh.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I don’t know if it was a specific performer that inspired me, there were many in all genres. Going to the movies, or listening to the radio, that inspired me and I knew that whatever it was that those people were doing (making movies, making records), that’s what I wanted to do. I have had a life long devotion to Prince, if I had to mention someone by name specifically.

2. When did you realize you wanted to become a performer? I think I was about 6 years old and started to sing every song I heard anywhere. Taking a road trip with me was always an interesting experience for my family because there was the car radio and then there was ME 🙂

3. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I’m not sure what the lowest note is but I have been told by Seth Rudetsky that I have belted an F# 2ce over middle C.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I am apparently a good make-up artist. In addition to having done my own, at times rather garish “beat” for all the Broadway and off Broadway shows I’ve been in, I’ve done much subtler and more appropriate make-up for a bunch of my friends on several important occasions. I learned the skill from some excellent make-up artists throughout the years and my friend and make-up artist Isabel. If all else fails…

5. What defines good theatre? That’s a more involved answer than a sentence or two can give it justice but to put it simply, I think if you leave the theatre feeling better/moved/different in any way than when you came in, you’ve had a good theatrical experience. Especially with regards to musical theatre.

6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My dreams are really lucid and complicated as they are so I don’t even want to guess.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I don’t drink coffee, never have but I love, love Dunkin’ donuts toasted coconut donuts.

8. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, of course!

9. What skin care products do you use? Foaming cleanser, astringent, eye cream and a really great face cream with SPF.

10. Describe your worst shopping experience? I don’t think you can have a bad shopping experience, at least I haven’t.

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