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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.


    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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I filmed a video for the “It Gets Better” project to let those out there who are struggling with their sexuality know “It Gets Better” and it’s okay to be who you are!

If you don’t have anyone to talk to, you can always call The Trevor Project hotline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) and speak with someone who understands what you are going through.

Here are some other “It Gets Better” video featuring various “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants:

(featuring Ann Harada, John Tartaglia, Marty Thomas, Jose Llana, Orfeh)

You can purchase this song “It Gets Better” at iTunes. Proceeds will support The Trevor Project.

(featuring Charles Busch)

(featuring LaQuet Sharnell)

(featuring Rory O’Malley)

(featuring Joey Taranto)

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Pure genius is how I would describe John Tartaglia’s “Imaginocean,” playing at the New World Stages in New York City (340 West 50th Street). This is one of the best pieces of theatre I have ever seen. From the concept to the show itself to the positive message it sends. Nominated for a 2010 Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience,” this live black-light puppet show is the perfect way for kids and adults alike to spend time together. “Imaginocean” takes you on an undersea adventure with three fish friends: “Tank,” “Bubbles,” and “Dorsel” as they discover the true meaning of friendship while learning how to help others, face their fears, and use their imagination.

Imaginocean” teaches these life lessons in a fun and innovative way using brilliant lyrics, music, and story along with humor and bubbles! Come see how all of these ingredients add up to one of the most memorable theatre experiences both you and the child you love will enjoy!

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No matter the medium, Tony Award Nominee, John Tartaglia is the guy you need to grab your audience. John originated the role of “Rod/Princeton” in “Avenue Q” which premiered Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre before moving to Broadway in 2003 (where it won the Tony Award for Best Musical and John received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Actor). He then went on to star in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway as “Lumiere” as well as “Pinocchio” in Broadway’s “Shrek The Musical.” He has been the host of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert as well as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ “The Leading Men Concert.” John’s one man show, “Ad-Liberty,” enjoyed a sold-out run at Joe’s Pub in 2005. Prior to theatre, John was one of the youngest puppeteers to perform on “Sesame Street,” starting at the age of 16 and continuing for the next 10 years. He has also starred in “Sesame English,” which currently airs worldwide, is an innovative workshop created by Sesame to teach non-English-speaking children conversational English in a fun, exciting, and interesting context. John created, produced, and starred in the popular children’s show “Johnny and the Sprites” on the Disney Channel as well as appearances on Disney’s “Bear in the Big Blue House,” “JoJo’s Circus,” and Discovery Channel’s “Animal Jam.”

Now John has taken his puppetry, theatrical, and producing skills to a new level of greatness as the writer, creator, and producer of “Imaginocean,” a brand-new live puppetry show for kids (and adults) of all ages. “Imaginocean” is a one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show which takes the audience on an undersea adventure. Join “Tank,” “Bubbles,” “Dorsel,” and their three best fish friends as they set out on a journey of discovery. What they discover on this magical adventure is the true meaning of friendship! “Imaginocean” plays at New World Stages in New York City (340 West 50th Street).

What makes this interview so special to me is that in 2005, I was fortunate enough to take John Tartaglia’s Master Puppetry Class (co-taught by Leo Diagnault). I literally signed up because I thought how great would it be to take a class taught by John Taraglia. What transpired was being taught by one (actually two, because Leo was so amazing) of the smartest, dedicated, and caring individuals I have ever met. Since starting this blog, John has been one of the people I wanted to interview and after months of planning, it finally happened! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did conducting it!

1.  Who inspired you to become a performer? There are a lot of things that inspire me, but the two strongest inspirations inspirations would be my mom and my grandma because they both are performers and I grew up going to see them in shows.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? In my regular voice it would be an “A” as far as the highest. As far as the lowest, I’m not exactly sure, but in school, I was trained for a while as a bass, so I know my lowest is pretty low. In my falsetto, I can go really, really high. We did some “Shrek” event and one of the people in the show double dared me to hit a note higher than I ever hit before and I hit it. He told me at the time what the note was, but I don’t remember now, but I know I have a really high rock falsetto and it’s come in handy a couple of times.

3. Who is the one person that you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Oooh, that’s a really great question. Ellen DeGeneres. I adore her. I think she’s brilliant. I’ve been told I have a very similar sense of humor to hers. I just respect her so much for so many things she’s done. I’d also love to work with Betty White.

4. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? If so, what career would you choose? I have thought about quitting at times. This business is wonderful and amazing and there are so many great parts, but when you are in the public eye, it can really be hard and hurtful when people say things that are really harsh or you just lose your confidence or something doesn’t work out the way you thought it would and you think you’ll never work again, so there’s definitely times I thought about quitting, but I’m glad I didn’t. If I wasn’t a performer, I think I’d be a teacher or work with animals because I’m very passionate about education for kids and I’m a huge, huge animal lover.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I have this weird thing I can do where I can put a plastic bottle cap in my mouth against my teeth and click it and by changing the space in my mouth I can make it sound musical.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Totally Starbucks. I’m kind of obsessed with Carmel Macchiatos, but during the winter my favorite thing is a Gingerbread Latte. I also love the Huevos Rancheros Wrap that they have.

7. Favorite item off the $1 menu? I’m such a sucker for fries. Even when I’m trying to eat healthy, I always find an excuse for fries.

8. Favorite way to stay in shape? I’m one of those people that need to find a reason to go to the gym because I’m just not naturally drawn to it, but the thing I get the most enjoyment out of is swimming because it doesn’t feel like a work out, it just feels like I’m having fun.

9. Boxers or Briefs? I like briefs, though I try to avoid the tighty-whities, but I’m a victim of those sometimes too, I will not lie. I’ve never been able to do the boxers. I think there’s a skill that goes with that.

10. Favorite website? I’m a huge fan of Disney and Disney Theme parks, so I find myself going to the Disney Theme Park nerd website a lot where everyone goes on message boards and talks about what’s going on at the theme parks. The website is called wdwmagic.com. I love it!

11. Superman or Wonder Woman? For the crush factor is Superman, but I kind of love the toughness and kick-ass style of Wonder Woman.


12. Favorite ride at an amusement park? All my Disney friends are going to hate me for this, but, it used to be Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios in Disney, but I just had the pleasure of going on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal. It’s the most unbelievable ride I’ve ever ridden in my life.

13. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve read about yourself and where did you read it? A friend of mine was writing a bio up for me for a show I was doing and he went to my Wikipedia page (I didn’t even know I had a Wikipedia page, but I guess someone made it for me) and he said I think you should go to your Wikipedia page because somebody wrote something about you that I’m not sure is true. I said okay…so someone had gone to my Wikipedia page and wrote that he and I were living together in Hell’s Kitchen and he was my boyfriend of like four years. First I was like “Oh my God” and then I thought that was kind of sweet, but it was very funny.

14. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “The person who you stand above today is the person you’ll stand below tomorrow.” My mom taught me very strongly and at an early age that you treat everyone the same and you treat everyone the way you want to be treated. I’m glad I learned that and that I apply that because there’s certainly been times where someone was an intern on a show and a few years later they’re producing something and I think Thank God I was kind to them and I wasn’t like oh you’re just an intern or a PA, because those are the people who are going to run the world. I see a lot of my peers not stay true to that and pay for it later.

15. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? It would be my partner Michael. He’s really amazing and been so good to me.

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This contest is now over and the winner is Kristen! Congratulations Kristen…tune in next week for an extra special “Win It Wednesday” and who knows the winner just might be you! This week’s “Win It Wednesday” is being sponsored by John Tartaglia’s “Imaginocean” playing at New World Stages on 50th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue. “Imaginocean” is a one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show which takes the audience on an undersea adventure. Join “Tank,” “Bubbles,” “Dorsel,” and their three best fish friends as they set out on a journey of discovery. What will they discover? To find out, answer the question below and one reader, at random, will be on their way to discovery…The winner will be announced at 5pm!

If you could discover anything in your “Imaginocean,” what would it be?

For those of you who do not win, you can take advantage of this great discount below by clicking here:

BroadwayBox Special discount ticket offer for John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean!
Save up to 25%!

$29.50 Tickets (reg. $39)
For Wednesday performances.

$35 Tickets (reg. $39)
For Saturday and Sunday performances.

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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” has received a Kreativ Blogger Award from the Clyde Fitch Report. This award is bestowed upon blog sites by fellow bloggers who think your site is something special. (For some background information on this award, click here and while this particular blogger suggested their own ideas for rules, I’m sticking with the original). Thank you Leonard Jacobs for considering my site to be worthy of this award!

As a recipient of this award, there are some rules to follow:

1. Post an announcement on  your site and include the Kreativ Blog Logo (see above)

2. You must acknowledge the site who nominated you (see above)

3. You must list 7 things readers might not know about you

  • I took John Tartaglia’s Master Puppetry Class in 2005.
  • I like to make people laugh and put a smile on their face.
  • I’ve swam with dolphins.
  • I’ve climbed to the top of Angel’s Landing in Utah.
  • I’ve dressed up as a moose on my first day of work in radio promotion and tripped over my feet and fell into the store racks knocking everything over.
  • I’ve gotten to spend my birthday with both Olivia Newton-John and Joan Rivers.
  • One of my favorite meals is a peanut butter and cheese sandwhich.

4. You must nominate, with links, 7 other sites you feel are worthy of a Kreativ Blogger Award.

There are so many blogs out there and to just choose 7 is very difficult, but here are the 7 blogs I’m choosing:

The Temptation of Mel, inspired by Mel B’s idea to give up Facebook for 40 days during lent, here is her journey written with humor, insight, and just a bit of irony.

Just Jared, created by Jared Eng, this site gives you everything you need from pop culture gossip, fabulous celeb photo galleries and breaking entertainment news…

Stage Rush, founded by Jesse North, gives tips and insight how to enjoy theatre on a limited budget, along with interviews and reviews, Jesse has taken a topic wondered by many and propelled into a knowledgeable and lively forum.

Best of Gay New York, started by Michael Snell and Derrick Sorles, this site gives you comprehensive information regarding everything Gay and Gay-Friendly in New York, including  news, entertainment, and events with a few rare gems thrown in.

The BestArts.com, born from the brilliance of Kevin Ireland, this site compiles the best information and videos from performers in the world of theatre, music, and dance. If there is an artist or performer you like, check out this site to find video performances of them and if there is an artist or performer you like, send Kevin a link to see if he can include so others can be entertained as well.

The Aurora Nights, formed by Jackie Orlando, this event planning and promotions site lets you know everything happening in NYC nightlife!

Boxers or Briefs, developed by Johnny Underscore, this is the site for those of you who love to find out what your favorite celebrity is wearing underneath…from models to actors to athletes and those in between, Boxers or Briefs divulges it all!

Congratulations to everyone…your site deserves this award!

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This is surely going to be a fun night…the talent, the celebrity judges all the while helping QSAC continue to bring services to those with and affected by autism.

QSAC’s GOT TALENT? A Competition to Benefit Autism will hold its Grand Finale Monday, May 24, 2010 at the Times Square Arts Center (8th Ave. @ 42nd Street).

After three sold out live performances and online semi-finals, the Top 12 will compete one last time. Celebrity judges include Emmy Award winner & fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Leslie Jordan, (aka “Beverly Leslie” from “Will and Grace” and “Brother Boy” from “Sordid Lives”), the sexy Dr. Ruth (cultural icon), Broadway and TV Star/Puppet Master John Tartaglia and Telsey & Co casting director, Rachel Hoffman, CSA with a special performance by legendary diva Martha Wash (“It’s Raining Men”). The audience and the judges will vote for their favorite.

Buy tickets now at http://www.qsac.com/talent

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