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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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On Monday, November 1, I went to see Gavin Creel at Birdland and gave him a button for participating in my blog last year! He put it on and now it made it onto Broadwayworld’s photo coverage! I’m SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!

Thank you Gavin Creel for wearing my button for all your pictures! Thank you Jim Caruso for allowing me to attend last night’s show! Thank you Keith for waiting with me after the show & taking my picture! Most of all, Thank You to my friend Gail for making me my buttons! I’m so grateful to you all!!!

Here are the pictures singled out….All photos by Monica Simoes, except the one of me & Gavin.


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On Monday, November 1, I attended the first of three concerts from Two-Time Tony Nominee and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel‘s brand new show “Back To New York” at Birdland as part of Jim Caruso’s Broadway at Birdland Series.

Performing both new material, fan favorites and some fun surprises, Gavin is back home and NY couldn’t be happier. From the moment Gavin took the stage, he had the crowd captivated. Focusing primarily on songs from his new EP “Quiet” (which was released this past June), Gavin also performed a bunch of new material not on the album. Gavin’s new material shows his continued growth as a singer, songwriter (along with his amazing writing partner Robbie Roth), and performer. The new songs featured, but not on “Quiet” were “Doing It,” “Beautifully Wrong,” and “Favorite Chapter”  while some of the songs performed off of “Quiet” were “Love Fell Down,”  “Green To Grey,” “Lonesome,” and “Hot Ohio.”

No Gavin concert would be complete without a few surprises…for starters, Gavin brought fellow “Hair” cast members Caissie Levy and Steel Burkhardt up on stage to sing a song they all wrote together called “Flower Children” which is a song from their view of what’s going on in the world and what’s to become of the “Flower Children.” Another delight of the evening was when Gavin spotlighted his friendship Celia Keenan-Bolger (“Olive” from “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) and performed a song he wrote for her for her wedding called “You.”  It was a beautiful song about finding the one you love.

Gavin ended the night on quite a high with a new song called “Get Up” about standing up for what you believe in whether that be in a personal relationship with someone or in society. Gavin is many things: an actor, a singer, a songwriter, a performer, and most of all, a genuine, kind, and hard-working individual who values life and the people he has in it!

With only two more chances on November 8 and 15 to see Gavin performing his show “Back To New York” at Birdland, I highly suggest you call 212-581-3080 to see if there are any tickets left!

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Be sure to catch Two Time Tony Nominee and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel in his brand new show “Back To New York” at Birdland on Monday, November 1, 8, and 15 at 7pm as part of Jim Caruso’s Broadway at Birdland Series!

Gavin will be performing new material from his new EP “Quiet” which is an intimate collection of six original acoustic session songs as well as some favorites!

If you’ve never seen this dynamic performer on stage, now would be a good time to come see why he’s so great!

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Photo credit: Stephen Mosher

Whether he’s in front of the camera acting or behind the scenes as a film maker, Michael Stever, is making art for all to see. Michael has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment. As an actor Michael has performed in both theatre and television in such shows as “Super Force,” “Deadline,” and “Arsenic and Old Lace” starring the legendary Betty Garrett. He has filmed Debbie Reynolds induction into The Friars Club, Mary Bond Davis in her “The Next Food Network Star” video, Judy McLane at the Laurie Beechman theatre, musical virtuoso Janice Martin, various events for The Screen Actor Guild’s BookPals group, Barnes and Noble, and Playbill magazine columist Ellis Nassour. He also filmed and lent his voice to Broadway Impact’s “Defying Inequality” Broadway concert where he interviewed such performers as Lynda Carter, Gavin Creel, Jonathan Groff, and Tamara Tunie. He was the Unit Production Manager on the critically acclaimed documentary “Broadway: The Golden Age” while his short film “Ghosts of Zion & Michael Nyman” was featured on the Indie film website “Shooting People.” Michael also shot and edited the Actors Fund benefit reading of “Valley of the Dolls” as well as ABLE Rigging Contractors’ brand new website. He is the official camera man for “The Brini Maxwell Show” podcasts and most recently he completed filming and editing the new commercial for Boy Butter Personal Lubricant starring drag superstar and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Hedda Lettuce. Finally, in what will be his first independently produced short film, Stever is producing “Saturday Nightmares; The Ultimate Horror Expo of All Time!” No ordinary Horror Expo, this unprecedented event brings together the entire George A Romero family! Also features Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Savini, Roy Fumkes, Ken Foree, John Amplas, Joe Pilato & many more.  Coming soon to Amazon.com. For much more on Michael and all of his projects be sure to visit: http://www.michaelstever.net.

1. Who inspired you to be both an actor and a film maker? That’s a hard question, but as a filmmaker, I would say “King Kong” and Fay Wray were my first muses in that sense. I started playing with my mom and dad’s 16mm video camera from the time I was 7 or 8 years old and was a big fan of “King Kong” and Fay Wray and I basically wanted to re-create King Kong.  All I had at my disposal was a “Planet of the Apes” doll which I used as my King Kong then stuck him on this round plastic garbage can, and got a plane and put that on a string and that was my King Kong, it was very simple. As an actor I would have to say Jessica Lange. I was a big fan of the 1976 remake of “King Kong” which she was in, but the movie itself got ripped to shreds and she didn’t get a lot of respect for it, but she worked really hard and gravitated to really challenging things as an actor and she got an Oscar nomination for her role as “Frances Farmer” in “Frances.” To me that was pretty great.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I’d love to work with the amazing Jan Broberg who I worked with years ago. She has had some great opportunity’s as an actor, specifically in the WB series Ever wood. Jan also published a book a couple years ago called Stolen Innocencewhich chronicles her kidnapping when she was 12 years old at the hands of a trusted family friend. We have discussed shooting a documentary together that centers around her and her ordeal, but nothing is finalized on that, though she was recently in Los Angeles to see if Lifetime would produce her story into a film, which is pretty exciting. I’d also love to work with Margot Kidder, who I’m a big fan of and Angelica Torn (the daughter of Geraldine Page and Rip Torn). Angelica’s been out on tour with “August: Osage County.” She’s brilliant. She is also the person who murders the little girl in “Sixth Sense.” Would love, love, love to work with her.

3. What’s your proudest moment both as an actor and as a filmmaker? As an actor that would definitely be “Arsenic and Old Lace” with Betty Garrett and Carole Cook. It was one my first straight plays I did and Betty Garrett is a legend. My other proudest moment is when I made my TV debut in a sci-fi series called “Super Force” and I had a fight scene with Traci Lords, which afterward I became a big fan of hers.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “To do your homework” and “Try not to project expectations onto other people.”

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I can tell you who I have dreamt about. I actually had the fortunate experience of meeting Fay Wray, who of course was the original star of “King Kong” who was also a silent film icon. I kind of had a thing for Fay Wray as a kid and I never thought I’d actually meet her, but fate intervened and I got to meet her when I was working on “Broadway The Golden Age” and I learned we had so many things in common. When Fay passed away, I finally read her autobiography learned there were more things we had in common. I had this vivid dream about us, but I really think she was a muse and guiding force for me on many levels.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. Their coffee is stronger. I used to do coffee all the time, but now I do espresso. I get 2 shots of espresso, with a pump of cherry syrup and chocolate.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Since I’ve been editing, that’s been really difficult, but over the past few years, my favorite way to stay in shape has been yoga and bike riding.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Both…it depends on what I have.

9. Favorite website? Youtube and Rottentomatoes.com.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Both, with a lean to Wonder Woman, though I do think the original “Superman” movie is one of the best movies ever made. The scene where “Lois Lane” crashes into the Daily Planet in the helicopter, I think is probably next to King Kong my favorite scene in all of movie history.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite TV Show Theme Song? There’s been so many. I was one of those kids who wanted to capture everything from the television so I would just stick my parents tape recorder up to the television and record things.

12. Favorite way to spend your day off? I love to watch movies, take yoga, or ride my bike.

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Ryan Scott Oliver is an award winning lyricist and composer to keep watching! He is the recipient of the 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant as well as the winner of the 2007 Margo Lion Award for Excellence in Adaptation (along with Kirsten Guenther who wrote the book) and the 2008 Richard Rogers Award for writing the music and lyrics to “Mrs. Sharp,” which ran at Playwrights Horizons in July 2009 starring Tony Award Winner Jane Karkowski. His other awards include the first ever ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award for Excellence in Lyric Writing, the John Denver New Composers Award, and the Looking Glass Theatre Favorite Award for “Out of My Head” (Book by Kirsten Guenther). He wrote the Music and Lyrics to “Darling” (Book by B.T. Ryback), “A Day in Space (Book by Brian Paul Mendoza), the Music to “Angus Oblong’s The Debbies” (Book/Lyrics by Gordon Leary), the Book and Lyrics to “Circle Nine” (Music by Brian Valencia), the Book, Music, and Lyrics (along with B.T. Ryback) to “Quit India,” which was commissioned by UCLA. Ryan’s  work has also been heard on the hit YouTube TV show “The Battery’s Down” as well as in showcases presented by Summer Play Festival (SPF), The York Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, New York Theatre Barn, Monday Nights New Voices (produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Scott Alan), and the Festival of New American Musicals in Los Angeles. Most recently, Ryan Scott Oliver presented evenings of his work, with a host of Broadway talents at Los Angeles’ Boston Court Performing Arts Center,  Joe’s Pub in New York City, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He is currently working on “35mm,” a multimedia musical exhibition based on photographs by Matthew Murphy, as well as “We the People” which has been commissioned by Broadway Across America for TheatreWorks USA and is supposed to be presented Off-Broadway in 2010. To find out more on Ryan Scott Oliver be sure to visit: http://www.ryanscottoliver.com or TheBestArts for Ryan’s dedicated page with footage of his music being performed by Broadway’s talent.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? All my teachers in middle school and high school, especially the ones that are in jail now.

2. When did you realize you wanted to become a songwriter/composer? It started in vitro, but I couldn’t bring the piano out with me during birth—so I didn’t come back to it till middle school, but seriously began working when I was a Junior in high school when I began work on the epic musical of The Crucible. In college, I realized that I would never get the rights over Arthur Miller’s dead body, but then fortunately, he died.  Unfortunately, I still don’t have the rights.

3. Who is the one person you’d like to have sing your songs that hasn’t already? Gavin Creel.  I need his voice like you need to try the Black and White cake at Amy’s Bread in the West Village.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can flick my tongue freakishly fast.  Too bad that’s completely of no use to me.  And I know morse code, dit-dah-dit.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? I keep my “shape” (and I use the term loosely) by going to the gym 4 times a week, for roughly 4 months out of the year.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs!  Duh!

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks because Dunkin’ Donuts I associate with being careless and fat.  Starbucks I associate with being careless and rich.  Clearly the latter is more attractive.  Unless I’m at the airport, in which case I visit Dunkin Donuts, because if you’re going to propel yourself 36,000 miles in the air where it’s better to be whetted than wealthy.

8. Favorite musician/singer? Awfully fond of Rufus Wainwright, Jason Mraz, and The Killers.  Among so many others!

9. Favorite website? I like StraightDope.com a lot.  Chockfull of useless, intriguing information that makes any dumb person feel brilliant.  Also great for long nights of insomnia (it tires your mind OUT).  And of course I’m also particularly fond of the brand new writer’s blog crazytownblog.com. 🙂  Wink.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I choose BATMAN!  I love Batman. 🙂

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Tonight’s installment of the “True Colors Cabaret” at Feinstein’s at The Regency will feature two-time Tony Award Nominee & fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel. Gavin will be joined by Helen Hayes Award Winner & “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Natascia Diaz along with Jerry Dixon, Joey McIntyre, and Sutton Foster. What makes tonight even more special is Natascia, Jerry, and Joey will be delighting audiences with selections from the Off-Broadway smash hit “Tick, Tick…Boom” which the trio starred in together in 2001. Get ready to celebrate love tonight!

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