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Christine Pedi is an award winning performer who will crack you up with her dead-on impersonations and impressions, while dazzle you with her vocals. Her cabaret shows have earned Christine a MAC Award, New York Nightlife Award, a Backstage Bistro Award as well as being named one of the “Top Ten Memorable Theatre Moments of the Year” by Broadwayworld.com and Show Business Weekly named her “Best Female Cabaret Performer.” In addition to her cabaret work, Christine is a well known theatre performer who has performed in multiple incarnations of “Forbidden Broadway,” earning herself a Drama Desk nomination and LA Ovation award. Her Broadway credits include “Talk Radio” and “Little Me.” Her other stage credits include “The A Train Plays,” “The 24 Hour Plays,” Edith Wharton’s “Xingu,” “Dalliance in Vienna,” “Fanny Brice,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “A Broadway Diva Christmas,” and “Carlotta the Gypsy Cow.” Christine just finished up a run in the Off-Broadway’s “NEWSical the Musical” produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora along with Fred M. Caruso. Stay tuned because Christine is planning her next move…but for more on Christine, in the meantime, visit http://www.christinepedi.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Nobody specifically just the love of music and theatre. Probably the composers.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? One? Are you kidding? Let’s start with Stephen Sondheim….

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I AM strange and unusual but not for any particular reason.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for yourself? RELAX!

5. What is your proudest moment? A toss up between a few well received performances I did at Gypsy of the Year and Avery Fisher Hall and some wonderful compliments given to me by a few of my theatre idols.  Those are my most cherished possessions.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks: (get ready) Tall, Decaf, espresso frappuccino with mocha chips. Use HALF the Frappucino mix and extra ice. (This baffles many a barrista but I don’t give up till they get it right since this gives me a super thick less caloric coffee experience.)  Bill Mahers “New Rules” states “You’re an asshole IF: it takes more than two words to order your coffee”…color me ASSHOLE.

7. Best holiday gift ever? Mom & Dad gave me a star shaped brass paperweight engraved with “Never give up love Mom & Dad”

8. Favorite comedian? I love many for many different reasons Dame Edna, Don Rickles, Fran Drescher, Carol Burnett, Robert Klein, Lucille Ball…

9. Favorite website? iTunes Music Store, IMDB.com & Zappos.com (they deliver shoes for FREE!)

10. “Mary” or “Rhoda”? Rhoda.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite store to shop in? Lord & Taylor, Bed Bath and Beyond (The happiest place on earth).

12. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I can hit a high C (maybe a note or 2 higher tho seriously when am I ever gonna have to?)I have a little over 3 octaves with a pretty low range.  Call me before 11am and you can hear what I mean.

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NEWSical The Musical

Tonight I saw the revival of the Off-Broadway show “NEWSical the Musical” and let me just say it hits all the right notes! Produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora and Fred M. Caruso (“The Big Gay Musical” & “I Love You Because”), the show is a musical revue making fun of all things current from news stories to TV personalities to celebrities. With its cast of four amazingly talented performers, Christine Pedi, Michael West, Christina Bianco, and Rory O’Mally, each one not only impersonates their personality, but embodies them, as if they were on stage with them.

The cast takes on such news stories as the Obamas moving into the White House (“1599 Pennsylvania Avenue”), wondering who you have to shag to get a flu shot (“Flu Shot”), and how the world stopped for “The Boy in the Balloon.”

Each cast member lends their comedic talents of impersonation to a roster of personalities. Christine Pedi blossoms as she transforms into Joan Rivers, Nancy Grace, E Harmony girl, and Suze Orman. Christina Bianco brings Nancy Pelosi, Carrie Prejean (former “Miss California”), and Sarah Palin to life with her on target facial expressions and hand gestures. Rory O’Mally reminds us about “Restless Leg Syndrome” as well as being the E Harmony guy whereas Michael West hits the nail on the head as our fearless leader Barack Obama. One of the many highlights of “NEWSical the Musical” is the “Celebrity Unemployment” skit, when all the performers shine brightest. Christine Pedi rocks it out as Liza Minnelli while Rory O’Mally captures the essence of Susan Boyle with his perfect facial expression and vocals. When “Liza Minnelli” interviews “Susan Boyle,” the laughs keep coming. Christina Bianco tears the house down with her amazingly spectacular powerhouse vocals as Celine Dion while Michael West shows us, with such perfection, what it’s like to be John McCain working at Walmart.

The true brilliance of “NEWSical the Musical” is that it’s identifiable for everyone. It’s up to date topics are change as quickly as life itself, so be sure to come back often to see what’s new at “NEWSical the Musical.”

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NEWSical The Musical

Fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora and Fred M. Caruso (“The Big Gay Musical,” & “I Love You Because”) present “NEWSical The Musical” at the 47th Street Theatre. The Drama Desk Nominated musical reveue is back and making fun off all the current events, celebrities, newsmakers, and politicians. The show stars Award Winning actress and singer Christine Pedi along with her fellow “Forbidden Broadway” alums Michael West, Christina Bianco, & Amy Griffin. The cast also includes Rory O’Malley from the smash it movie “Dreamgirls.” Come on down to the 47th Street Theatre in NYC (47th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue) for an evening of laughter, comedy, and musical fun!

 

 

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