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Be sure to catch one of Broadway’s powerhouse vocalists & fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tituss Burgess live at NYC’s famed Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street, between 5th & 6th Ave) this Sunday, January 31 & next Sunday, February 7 at 9:30pm. Tituss is offering fans a stripped down concert of new material intermixed with old favorites. If you’ve never seen Tituss  outside of a Broadway show, you are in for a real treat!

$20 cover + 2 drink minimum. For reservations call 212-206-0440.

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Tituss BurgessI had the pleasure of sitting down with Tituss Burgess tonight at the “Cutting-Edge Composers II” concert to interview him for “Adaumbelle’s Quest.” Tituss has been singing since childhood. From church to hometown establishments to the Broadway stage. Tituss’ vocals has been entertaining & wowing audiences in such shows as “The Little Mermaid,” “Jersey Boys,” “Guys & Dolls,” and “Good Vibrations.” Regionally he has been seen in “The Wiz” as the “Cowardly Lion” and “Songs For A New World” with Jason Robert Brown, Brian D’arcy James, and Alice Ripley. Tituss just released his debut solo CD entitled “Here’s To You.” To find out more on this powerhouse performer, be sure to visit: http://www.titussburgess.com/

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I’ve had many influences, but from really from the moment I was born, I had things I wanted to say and a feeling that people should listen.

2. Who is the one  person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Meryl Streep & Renee Flemming (who I will be getting to perform with on November 21 as part of “Sing For Hope Gala: Songs for Our Future).

3. Is there ever time you thought about quitting? If so, what did you consider doing? Yes there was a time and I thought I’d be a therapist–psychologist because I give great advice and have a great ears.

4. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Dunkin’ Donuts regular coffee.

5. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor and toppings)? Brownie sundae with chocolate chip cookie dough. I know that’s ghetto, but it’s good.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? The treadmill.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. I like everything to be held in place.

8. Favorite website? The Randy Rainbow Bloggity BLAHg-BLAHg & of course “Adaumbelle’s Quest.”

9. Favorite musician/singer? Singers: Renee Flemming, India Arie, Adele. Musicians: Jamie Cullum & John Mayer.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman and would they make a live-action film version already!

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J. Robert SpencerTony Award Nominated actor J. Robert Spencer has had quite a career. He has been seen lighting up the stage in “Side Show,” “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Heartland,” “Tommy,” “Cats,” and “Lady Duck.” He also originated the role of “Nick Massi” in the Tony Award Winning Musical “Jersey Boys.” In addition to theatre, J. Robert Spencer is also an Independent Film Director, Producer, and Writer, heading up his own Independent Film Company “7 Spencer Productions.” His first independent feature film was “Farm Girl in New York” which was the official selection of the Sacramento International Film Festival (receiving nominations for Best Comedy and Best Actress), Big Apple, Atlanta, Buffalo Niagra, and the Seattle True Independent Film Festivals. “7 Spencer Productions” is currently in post-production of their second Independent Feature titled “Heterosexuals” featuring J. Robert Spencer, Ashley Williams, Tovah Feldshuh, and Natasha Lyonne. J. Robert Spencer has been the lead voice in two Japanese Animated Features, “Nightmare Campus” and the award winning “Grave of the Fireflies.” He also received a Best Supporting Actor Nomination at the SMMASH Film Festival for his role as Psychopathic Killer “Bob” in the Independent Feature Film “Night of the Dog.” In addition to his nomination, the film won “Best Feature Audience Awards” at Palm Beach, Santa Barbara, SMMASH, and PBIFF Film Festivals. Currently, J. Robert Spencer can be seen in the Tony Award Winning Musical “Next To Normal” as “Dan”, a role for which he received a 2009 Tony Award Nomination as well as the one night only  “Rockers on Broadway” concert this Monday, November 2 at B.B. Kings and in the CD/DVD release of “Handel’s Messiah Rocks.” For more on J. Robert Spencer including photos, videos, and merchandise, visit: http://www.jrobertspencer.com/

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? The Audience inspired me…. I was in fourth grade and I auditioned for the role of Alligator from Really Rosie. I did something funny, spur of the moment kinda thing, and all the kids and teachers starting laughing. And I went… (pause) “Hmmmm…”

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? All the greats. All of them. I wanna work with them all…in front and behind the camera/scenes. And….I so wish I could have worked with the late John Cassavetes.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Strange or unusual…..well, before 40, I used to be able to put both legs behind my head.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I’M MARRIED! We don’t dream of anyone else except our loved ones!! ANGELINA JOLIE.

5. What’s the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for yourself? To stop doing questionnaire’s.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? In my dressing room I like to work out with my yoga and medicine ball.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Usually Boxers, but recently purchased some briefs by accident….and I’m enjoying them.

8. Favorite musician/singer? Group – RUSH

9. Favorite TV Theme Song? Three’s Company.

10. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I love Chocalate Glazed, Coconut, and Eclair.

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