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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!!!!


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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Broadway belter Kate Pazakis has been singing she could speak. From theatre to movies, Kate always hits the high notes! Theatre audiences know her from “Divas I’ve Done”, “A Broadway Diva Christmas”, “Newsical”, & “The Sexless Years”. She also performed in the Actor’s Fund Benefit “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” as well “Jerry Springer the Opera” at Carnegie Hall. Every Friday night at the Duplex in NYC Kate can be found co-hosting “Mostly Sondheim” a weekly open mic celebrating musical theatre with the best of Broadway & Broadway’s future. Kate just released her debut album entitled “Kate Pazakis Unzipped: Live at the Zipper” which is available at iTunes, PS Classics, or Amazon.com . Come meet Kate this Wednesday, August 19 at 6pm at Barnes & Noble in Lincoln Triangle as she performs selections from her CD. This fall catch Kate on the big screen in “The Big Gay Musical” and for everything Kate Pazakis visit: http://www.katepazakis.com/.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My Greek orthodox priest…When I was  a child I would stand on the back pew imitating him as loud as I could in imitation Greek. Finally my mother was nicely asked to bring me to day care…and she was told it might be a good idea to put me in the theater to focus my energies.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low note g, high note: Belted bflat, sustained A

3. What is the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for  yourself? Put 10% of your paycheck every week in a savings account!

4. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? The divine Miss M…..

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can play piano with my toes. Seriously.

6. Favorite color? Periwinkle.

7. Favorite Website? Youtube.

8. Favorite kind of shoes? Hot bitch shoes.

9. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks; tall skim no water four pump chai.

10. “Family Ties” or “Growing Pains”? Both. I had crushes on Michael J Fox and Kirk Cameron.


11. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. Of course.

12. What’s in your purse? Lip gloss, mascara, a book, iPhone, Wallet. Orange tic tacs, notebook.

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