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Sometimes you just need a fun and comical musical to take you away and that is exactly what I found in the 2010 NYMF production of “Frog Kiss” featuring fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Curtis Holbrook and Kate Pazakis along with Hanley Smith, Terry Burrell, Joseph Dellger, Manna Nichols, Theis Weckesser, Jordan Barbour, Kenita Miller, Herman Sebek, Andrew Cao, and Lindsay Chambers.

“Frog Kiss” tells the story a princess who needs to marry a prince before the next full moon!  Curtis Holbrook really shines bright as “The Frog” in this hilarious and entertaining musical comedy. Using his impeccable comedic timing along with his pristine vocals and skilled dance moves, including a stupendous tap number in Converse sneakers, Curtis puts on quite a show for all to enjoy! Joining Curtis in the fun are Hanley Smith as “Princess Clemetine” who must find a prince to marry before the next full moon. With a beautiful singing voice and vocal inflection, Hanley brings out the laughs as she stays true to what she is looking for in a prince despite her parents wishes. Terry Burrell and Joseph Dellger play “Queen Margot” and “King Frederic,” each having their moment to shine. Manna Nichols plays “Hortense,” the younger sister of “Princess Clemetine.” Manna lights up the stage with her big, powerful vocals which echo beautifully throughout the theatre. She also uses her sly facial expressions to demonstrate her many devious moments. Theis Weckesser plays “Klaus,” the husband of “Hortense.”  Theis’ moment comes more towards the end of the show as he demonstrates his dance skills and good vocals. Andrew Cao and Lindsay Chambers play “Everyman” and “Everywomen” adding more comic relief to an already funny story. Andrew does have a solo dance moment in which he shows the audience just what he’s got! Jordan Barbour, Kenita Miller, Kate Pazakis, and Herman Sebek collectively stand-out as the “Tao Masters.” Each performer bringing their own special skill to their role. While I’ve highlighted individual moments, the cast as a whole works so well together, they all deserve the standing ovation they got!

With only 5 performances left, this is one NYMF show you’ll want to see!

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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 Kate Pazakis and upcoming participant Curtis Holbrook, along with Hanley Smith, Terry Burrell, Joseph Dellger, Manna Nichols, Theis Weckesser, Jordan Barbour, Kenita Miller, Herman Sebek, Andrew Cao, and Lindsay Chambers in “Frog Kiss” at NYMF (New York Musical Festival).

Produced by Brierpatch Productions and Tamara Tunie the Production Advisor, “Frog Kiss” is about a very scientific princess named “Clementine” who meets a frog she is determined to turn into a prince-with the help of a troupe of Celestial Tap-Dancing Taoist Masters. Will Clementine get the Prince of her dreams, or will she find herself in bed with just another horny toad? It’s a bedtime story with a bawdy twist! Based on the Stephen Mitchell novella “The Frog Prince.”

“Frog Kiss” plays the Theater at St. Clements (423 West 46th Street):

Thursday, Sept. 30: 8pm

Sunday, October 3: 7:30pm

Monday, October 4: 9pm

Wednesday, October 6: 5pm

Sunday, October 10: 7:30pm

Monday, October 11: 1pm

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