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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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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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With stage presence, a big booming voice, and good comedic chops, Andrew Kober puts on a show! “Koberet” is an evening of pure delight! Andrew takes the audience on a journey into the amazingness that is his life…from not fitting in in high school because he was overweight to singing in his glee club type group in high school (which somehow allowed this lucky guy to not have to take gym class) to losing his dad while in college to losing weight to finally figuring out who he was, Andrew draws the audience in. Mixing showtunes and rock music, his song choices move the evening along allowing the audience to be guzzled up by his strong, powerful, booming vocals!

Whether it’s singing or telling stories, Andrew Kober uses his talent, both vocal and spoken, to welcome you in and make you want to stay. The next time Andrew Kober performs “Koberet,” I hope you heavily consider attending. It’s a night you won’t forget!

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After selling out Joe’s Pub this past February, Broadway star & fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Andrew Kober brings his one man show “Koberet” to Le Poisson Rouge this Monday, October 18 at 10pm (158 Bleecker Street)! Andrew is going to belt out new songs, plus some favorites, and maybe even a surprise or two!

If you saw his show this past February or if you saw him in the recent revival of “Hair ” on Broadway or in the West End in London, then you know what a stellar performer he is. If you did not catch him, then come on down to Le Poisson Rouge this Monday October 18 at 10pm (158 Bleecker Street in NYC) and find out! Click here for tickets!

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This contest is now over. Congratulations go out to Craig on being this week’s winner! Tune in next week for another edition of “Win It Wednesday” because you never know, the winner just might be you! It’s another edition of “Win It Wednesday” here on “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and this week one lucky winner, at random, will have the chance to win 2 tickets to this Monday’s (Ocotber 11) Robert Rokicki (“Love, NY,” “Relativity,” “Polly Want A Mortgage?”) concert at The Palace Theatre at 8pm in Danbury, CT by answering the question below. The winner will be announced at 5pm!

Produced by TheStage Repertory Theatre, come hear fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Anne Brummel (“Wicked,” “Evita”), along with Michael Scott (“Hair,” “Tarzan,” “Elf”), Megan Reinking (“Hair,” “Lestat,”), Amanda Flynn (“Wicked,” “Mamma Mia”), Brian Gallagher (“Wonderland”), and Nick Dalton (“Legally Blonde,” “Hairspray”) sing Robert’s music!

If you could write a song Robert’s style, what would you title it?

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“On Fire” is exactly what Megan Reinking and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Kate Pazakis were this past Monday night at Birdland! As part of Jim Caruso’s “Broadway in Birdland” (another fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant), Kate and Megan performed their show “On Fire: Kate Pazakis and Megan Reinking.”

Together and separately, they sung and belted their hearts out with a mixture of music! From Alanis Morissette’s “So Unsexy” to Extreme’s “More Than Words,” these two powerhouse vocalists really strutted their stuff! My favorite moment of the evening came when these two geniuses interwove Alanis Morissette’s “Your House” and Brooke Fox’s “Breathe The Same Air.” These two songs have similar themes and worked perfectly together, just like Kate and Megan.

With a sound so fierce and so powerful, Kate and Megan are two performers destined for continued greatness and success! Here’s hoping this show becomes a recording…hint, hint.

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Max von Essen is one of those performers who has it all…the voice, the talent, and most of all the personality. When Max von Essen sings, you never want it to end and when he’s on stage, he’s the focal point of the action. Starting his career off with a boom, he was a back-up singer on tour with the one and only Liza Minnelli and his star has continued to shine brightly. On Broadway, Max has starred in both the original and revival of “Les Miserables,” “Dance of The Vampires” starring Michael Crawford, and the 2000 revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He also starred in “Jerry Springer: The Opera” at Carnegie Hall, “Finian’s Rainbow” at the Irish Repertory Theatre, and “The Fantasticks” at the Sullivan Street Playhouse. Max has been in regional productions of “The Baker’s Wife” at the Paper Mill Playhouse and “Mame” at The Kennedy Center. Other theatre credits includes productions of “Girl Crazy,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Dorian,” “Pirates of Penzance,” “My Fair Lady,” “Hair,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” When Max is not performing in a show, he’s dedicating his time to many charities close to his heart including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Matthew Shephard Foundation. Currently, Max is skating around the country in the national tour of “Xanadu” as Sonny Malone, so be sure to check him out when he rolls into your town. For more on Max, be sure to check out his website http://www.maxvonessen.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? All my teachers (and old movie musicals!!!)

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Haha, my range? Well, I’m a baritone so I have like a low G and then I can sing up to an A above middle C. But I have an odd falsetto and have played “Mary Sunshine” in “Chicago” and “Tremont” in “Jerry Springer The Opera,” so I’ve had to go up another octave and sing high A’s and B’s in the soprano range.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Oh god, there are so many! I’d love to work on broadway with Brian D’Arcy James in something and in a movie someday with Meryl Streep. I mean, could you imagine?

4. What’s the best advice someone ever gave you? “Follow your bliss.” An older friend told me that when I was a teenager, and it guides me constantly.

5. What is your proudest moment? That is such a difficult question. My proudest moment is simply every time I feel like I’m living my life as a decent human being. That may seem cliché but it’s true. It’s not about booking the next big job or anything for me, but at this point in my life, I just strive to be a good friend, son, brother and uncle.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? Eight shows a week. Other than that, I hardly work out. I hate it!!!!

7. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer Briefs. Although now that I mostly wear skinny jeans, I usually wear briefs. 🙂

8. Favorite skin care product? Haha, good old Cetaphil cleanser, Kiehl’s Eye Alert, and Mac Studio Fix! Must haves!

9. Favorite website? None that I can tell you about. Well, other than Facebook and Twitter. (I’m slightly obsessed).

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? SUPERMAN all the way!!!!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Books or Magazines? I love magazines. But I really should read books more. Grrrrr.

12. Favorite TV Show Theme Song? Easy…The Nanny!!!!! Love it!

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From Broadway’s “Hair” & “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Andrew Kober is making his solo concert debut this Monday, February 15 at 7:30pm at Joe’s Pub in “Koberet.” Andrew is going to ponder about his life with anecdote and song. If you haven’t heard Andrew’s booming voice, now would be a great time to treat yourself to what is going to be an unforgettable evening!

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Be sure to catch “The Untitled Sex Project”, a new play by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Billy Porter this Monday, January 11 at 7:30pm at The Gay and Lesbian Center in New York City on 14th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenue).

According to press notes, “The Untitled Sex Project” focuses on Thomas, an African-American, gay, filmmaker with a condemnable sexual history that threatens to render him emotionally destitute and bankrupt forever. In an effort to move beyond the shame of his battle-scared past; he decides to enlist the help of his four best friends to participate in a documentary-style experiment to try to unlock the key to closing the unspoken chasm of the modern day gay man’s relationship towards sex and intimacy. Finding the courage to navigate through this tumultuous, emotional terrain that is his fractured life, and learning to face and then embrace his demons, sets him on the path to forgiveness, redemption and the ultimate human need – LOVE.”

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