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Rory O’Malley is a performer on the rise…He is best known for  playing “Dave” in the motion picture “Dreamgirls,” stealing the song “Cadillac Car” from Eddie Murphy. Rory made his Broadway debut in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and just made his Off-Broadway debut in “NEWSical the Musical.” (which was produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora and starred fellow participant Christine Pedi as well as upcoming participants Christine Bianco & Michael West). Regionally, he created the role of “Richie Cunningham” in Garry Marshall’s “Happy Days: The Musical” at the Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse and recorded the original cast album. Rory is also the co-founder of “Broadway Impact” (along with two-time Tony Award Nominee and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel), a coalition of the theatre community fighting for marriage equality. To keep up with Rory and all he has going on, be sure to follow him on Twitter!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My Aunt Peggy when I was eight.  She cast me as Saint Joseph in our church’s Christmas pageant. Probably my only opportunity to take advantage of nepotism in the business 🙂

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Audra McDonald.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can make my hands look like they are made of rubber by shaking them fast. It’s on my resume. RUBBER HANDS!

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? Love to run, but fellow “NEWSical” cast member Michael West has gotten me into P90X.  So hard!

5. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

6. Favorite TV Show? “MAD MEN” on AMC and “THE UNIVERSE” on The History Channel.

7. Books or Magazines? Magazines.

8. Favorite meal? Mac and Cheese.

9. Favorite website? I read Andrew Sullivan’s blog “The Daily Dish” almost hourly. I’m a political junkie 🙂

10. “Family Ties” or “Growing Pains”? “Growing Pains.”

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Movie Marathons.

12. Summer Resort or Winter Retreat? Summer Resort even though I need sunscreen with an SPF of 100.

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On Tuesday, April 6, 2010, I had the honor and privilege of interviewing powerhouse vocalist Linda Eder after seeing her opening night performance at one of New York’s legendary nightclubs “Feinstein’s at the Regency.” Gracious and personable, Linda gave the audience an evening to remember singing many songs from her new CD “Soundtrack” as well as an array of songs from her career, including “Someone Like You” and “Vienna.” It was one of Linda’s original songs, “Nice Day for Flying” that really had the audience cheering. With one of the biggest voices in contemporary music, Linda Eder is a performer to see! She truly has the voice of an angel and a belt that no one can rival. Linda’s music reaches across many genres, pop/folk, standards, Broadway, and original compositions. Her concerts have been broadcast on PBS & Bravo and she was the creator and host of “Trail Mix,” a primetime television special for Animal Planet. Linda continuously tours the country performing to sold-out crowds and often teams up with Michael Feinstein for “Two For the Road.” Her powerful rendition of “Gold” was selected for the 2002 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies. Linda also starred on Broadway in “Jekyll & Hyde” for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Award. Linda also starred in the Goodspeed Opera House’s production of “Camille Claudel.” Linda will be at “Feinstein’s at the Regency” until April 17, so if you are able to make it, it’s a night you won’t forget! For more on Linda, be sure to visit http://www.lindaeder.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Judy Garland first and as far as style it was opera singer Eileen Farrell, then as a young teenager it was Barbra Streisand. These three ladies are the real reason I sing.

2. What is the highest note you can sing? I don’t know if I can hit it anymore since I’ve had my son, but the highest note is F above double high C.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I’d have to say two…In the pop/country style, I’d love to sing with Bryan Adams and in the standard style I’d love to sing with Michael Buble. I think we could go head to head pretty good.

4. What’s your proudest moment? Personally my proudest moment is the birth of my son and professionally my proudest moment would be the first time I played Carnegie Hall.

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Right now it would be my boyfriend, which is a good thing. He’s amazing!

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? Horseback riding.

7. Favorite skin care product? My lotions and potions are usually given to me in gifts baskets, but I recently got a coconut/almond hand cream that is the most amazing thing I’ve ever smelled in my life; you just want to eat it.

8. Books or Magazines? Books.

9. Favorite website? Youtube.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite hobby? Horses.

12. Favorite scented candle? Vanilla.

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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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