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Christina Bianco has a voice that when heard, takes you to another place where all is beautiful. It’s full, rich, and most of all soulfully powerful! From theatre to stage performances, Christina sings her heart out! Her Off-Broadway credits include: “Forbidden Broadway Goes To Rehab,” for which she received a Drama Desk nomination, “Forbidden Broadway: Dances With The Stars,” “Tony and Tina’s Wedding,” and the recent run of “NEWSical the Musical,” (produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora and co-starring fellow participants Christine Pedi and Rory O’Malley). Christina originated the title role in the national tour of “Dora The Explorer Live!” Her regional credits include: “Rent” (The Weston Playhouse), “Beehive” (Riverside Theatre), “Evita” (Westchester Broadway Theatre), “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Helen Hayes PAC), “Candide” (Cunegonde), “A New Brain,” “Finding Nemo” (workshop), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “Raffi on Broadway” (Gershwin Theatre). Christina also performs as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and sings with her band “Brother Joscephus.” For more on what’s happening with Christina be sure to visit: http://www.christinabianco.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Many artists! Bernadette Peters, Bobby Darin, Martina McBride, Keely Smith, Ann Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson. The original inspiration though, was definitely Judy Garland. I was one of those little girls who saw The Wizard of Oz countless times and sang “Over The Rainbow” every chance I got. Then I found out she was 4′ 11″ like me and my love for her only grew!!

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? The highest note I can sustain is a high E. (I can trill to an F) My lowest note is also an E, but it’s not pretty.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Hugh Jackman! Who doesn’t?

4. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I’m a Dunkin’ girl!! I get a medium iced coffee when it’s warm outside. If I cheat at Starbucks, I get a chai latte.

5. Favorite way to spend your day off? I love walking around the city with my husband and my dog. I love people watching, finding a restaurant or store we’ve never noticed before and meeting other cute dogs on the street! The outing would have to end at ‘Sundays and Cones’ on 10th st cause they’ve got the best ice cream around.

6. Favorite skin care product? Clean and Clear ‘acne spot treatment.’ I keep it with my at all times. It saves the day!

7. Favorite store to shop in? BCBG Max Azria!!! I call it ‘the official outfitter of Christina Bianco’ because I’ve worn a BCBG dress to every major event I’ve attended.I can’t shop there often cause we all now how much ‘the biz’ pays, but I absolutely love the styles, designs and fabrics.

8. Favorite play/musical? My favorite musicals are “Into The Woods,” “City of Angels,” & “Evita.” I also thought the revival of “Damn Yankees” was musical theatre perfection! My favorite plays are by Shakespeare.

9. Favorite website? Gofugyourself.com It’s so much fun! I could kill hours laughing at the strange things celebrities wear and the commentary is usually very clever.

10. “Saved By The Bell” or “Beverly Hills 90210”? “Saved By The Bell.” But I was never a total freak about it. At that age, I think I was busy watching “Perfect Strangers” & “Full House.” TGIF on ABC ruled!


11. Favorite scented candle? You can’t get it anymore, but Illuminations ‘eggnog’ candle.

12. Favorite hobby? Reading (I particularly love Jane Austin novels and re-read them all the time) and cake decorating. I’m not great and have no training, but I just love it!

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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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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Rori Nogee as “Maureen” in “Rent” in Charleston, South Carolina through February 14 playing at Charleston Music Hall (37 Jonh Street, Charleston, SC).

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The Boys Upstairs

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

“The Boys Upstairs” has it all…Sex, Dating, Friendship, and all the blurry lines in between – A New York story that invites you upstairs to the fabulous living room of group of Hell Kitchen gay boys who handle relationships, careers, and the city with style, scandal, and specialty cocktails! For tickets and more information, be sure to visit: http://www.theboysupstairs.info.

Photo by Samantha Souza

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

Joel T. Bauer plays “Seth”

In New York, Joel has performed as part of the NYMF festival and Regionally he has been seen in “Candide” at Arden Theatre Company (Maximilian) & “A Christmas Carol” at The McCarter Theatre.  Joel is a Wisconsin native, University of Michigan Musical Theatre graduate, and former student of the Moscow Art Theatre. He is a proud member AEA. “The Boys Upstairs” marks Joel’s Fringe Festival debut.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My childhood neighbor. Saw her in a local performance of “Afternoon of the Elves,” and I signed up for theatre camp the next day.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I have a freakishly flexible back.

3. What has been your most embarrassing audition? Improvising two minutes of ballet. shirtless. for a hair product. and the best part is, I almost booked it.

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? Lifting, swimming, rockwall climbing, volleyball, anything and everything.  I work at a gym, and am a firm believer in mixing up the routine.

5. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs.

6. Favorite website? My vice is trashy pop-culture, so I admit I’m always up to date on perezhilton.com.

7. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman?

8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Jake Gyllenhall.

9. How old were you when you had your first “real” kiss? 7th grade

10. What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever had sex? Rooftop, overlooking 6th ave.

11. Describe your worst date? I plead the 5th, for fear they will read this…

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

Kristen-Alexzander Griffith plays “Ashley”

Kristen-Alexzander was most recently seen playing “Davis Roberts” on the popular web-series “DramaQueenz”. He has toured with “Rent” as “Angel” for which he received Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Award nomination, “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as “Judah/Calypso Soloist”  and regionally he has starred in “Pippin” (Leading Player), Lachuisa’s “Wild Party” (Phil), “Chicago” (Mary Sunshine), & “La Cage Aux Folles” (Jacob).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Many people, but I’ll just say three: Ben Vereen, Michael Jackson &  Diana Ross.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Nope.

3. What has been your most embarrassing audition? All of them.

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? Elliptical.

5. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

6. Favorite website? www.Dramaqueenztheseries.com.

7. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman, Hello!

8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Recently, its been Rob Pattinson as Edward Cullen.

9. How old were you when you had your first “real” kiss? 8.

10. What is the most unusual place you’ve ever had sex? Depends on what you mean by sex.

11. Describe your worst date? Any date that hasn’t ended in a marriage proposal.

Josh Segarra plays “Eric”

Josh SegarraJosh graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts about 1 year ago and can currently be seen as one of the stars of the all new “Electric Company” on PBS. (Hector Ruiz) At Tisch, he shot five feature films including: “the Ministers” alongside John Leguizamo and Harvey Keitel (scheduled to be released this year), “The Narrows”,  and “Tiny Dancer”. He performed in numerous NYU productions and made his Off – Broadway debut in “Fools in Love” as Demetrius (Manhattan Ensemble Theatre). This is his first production with the Fringe Festival .

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I was first inspired by all of the kid’s sports movies like the Mighty Ducks, The Big Green, the Little Giants, you know…all of those. But I got to high school and loved being on stage. My high school drama teachers were a huge inspiration and my chorus teacher just the same. But I knew I wanted to do this as a career when I saw Take Me Out on Broadway. Watching Denis O’Hare on stage delivering the most riveting piece of art I had ever seen until that point in my life, and still prob to this day, sparked the love for creativity and openness that I hope I can make others feel today. I saw that you could bring my two loves, sports and theatre into one realm with that production.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Not really. I’m good at sports which generally speaking surprises some people in the arts. I spend most of my time participating in some type of sporting event. Oh…And I can pogostick.

3. What has been your most embarrassing audition? I choose to block those out. There have too many to store away.

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? Work out. I love spin class. And play sports. Primarily basketball. But kickball is always a winner.

5. Boxer or Briefs? Boxer briefs.

6. Favorite website? ESPN.com. I can spend hours there. Or youtube. Lord…I spend too much time there.

7. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman…obviously. is that sexist? he can get any woman he wants. Thats awesome.

8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Mila Kunis. Done and Done. I’ve had the biggest crush on her since “Honey I Blew Up The Kids”. She’s amazing.

9. How old were you when you had your first “real” kiss? I was 15. My sophomore Homecoming during Kci and Jojo’s “All My Life” which was the last song of the night.

10. What is the most unusual place you’ve ever had sex? Can’t answer that one. I’d get grounded.

11. Describe your worst date? Any date that I spend more than $50 and I hated every second of it but I had to pay cuz I know my mother would have yelled at me if I didnt. Thats the worst. And when the girl doesn’t even offer to pay. You have to OFFER at least, and then I’ll be happy to pay. Basics people…basics.

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

Nic Cory plays “Josh”

Nic recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon’s musical theatre program. Favorite roles include “Brad Majors” in “The Rocky Horror Show” (Club El Flamingo), “Philip II” in “Don Carlos” (CMU) and “Captain Lancey” in “Translations” (Stanford Summer Theatre). “The Boys Upstairs” marks Nic’s debut with the Fringe Festival.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Benjamin Emerson Lopez, my best friend.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I make a man “steak n’ eggs”.

3. What has been your most embarrassing audition? Before the callback for “The Boys Upstairs,” I received an e-mail from my agents informing me that I had done well at the first round of auditions, but that the creative team wanted me to “dress hipper” and not be so “nebbish.” I’m working on those things with my life coaches.

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? Bikram Yoga.

5. Boxer or Briefs? Boxer briefs.

6. Favorite website? www.hotornot.com.

7. Superman or Wonder Woman? Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers.

8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Kristen Alexzander-Griffith.

9. How old were you when you had your first “real” kiss? 16.

10. What is the most unusual place you’ve ever had sex? MOCKBA.

11. Describe your worst date? There was this one time when Joel Bauer roofied me and made me sing the entire score of CABARET as Sasha Fierce at Don’t Tell Mama’s. I ended up homeless and pregnant.

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

Photo credit: Samantha Souza

David A. Rudd plays Multiple roles

David A. Rudd is an Actor, writer, director, model, designer, and teacher. He moved to NYC from the Midwest 6 years ago. His major film/television credits include “Persistence” – director (SWB Films), “Whirlwind” – Drake (Jupiter Box Productions/Wolfe Films), and “Growing Up Gotti” – himself (A&E). David’s stage credits include “King Lear” – Edgar (Michigan Shakespeare Festival), “Burn This” – Pale (BoarsHead Theatre), “Designers With Dirty Faces” – Klein Deutschland (Fashion Play Festival 2005), “Alcibiades the Athenian” – Alcibiades (Samantha Tella), “Murder Uncensored” – Sam (Wings Theater), “The Other Side of Darkness”- Steven Manners (NYC Fringe ’07), and the NYC Fringe 2008 hit “The Fabulous Kane Sisters in Box Office Poison”.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? The best and most direct answer to this question is my dad.  Cecil Rudd was and is my inspiration.  When I was a young boy he talked about his love of music and performing, he encouraged me and my bros and sis to learn to play an instrument.  I, myself, learned to play the trombone and started performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra when I was in High School.  My early years at university were at IU studying trombone as a performance major.

My dad was so proud of my hard work and would sit and listen to me play for hours.  We worked on my performances endlessly.  He was a wonderful critic and a very caring mentor.  I remember one time, specifically, when we were at state competition in the Solo and Ensemble contest when I was a junior in High School.  We had worked for 6 months on my solo – it was well known as one of the most difficult solos on the list for Level 1 competition in Indiana, Morceau Symphonique.  Dad had a habit of ingratiating himself to the judges, so that he could sneak a peek at the judges comments early… This particular year, we were both so nervous, but I played the best I had ever played.

My dad came out of the room behind me after taking a moment to look at the judges scorecard.  He was beaming.  I had scored a perfect score of 1 in each of the 7 catagories.  It was the most thrilling moment of my young life.  My mom was there too and we laughed and cried and embraced right there outside of the room.  I think about this memory every time I go on stage.  It just cycles through my mind right before I leave the dressing room.  My dad can’t always make it to see my shows, but I know he’s there with me in spirit.  I know he’s thinking of me before I perform.  And I know he’s beaming at me from wherever he is.  He’s watching me earn my perfect 7 and it thrills me.  I know that before I go on stage on the 15th, I’ll be thinking about Papa Rudd and thinking, “This one’s for you, dad.”

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m an awesome cook – nay – chef (if I do say so myself).  My specialty is Asian-Latin (think Peruvian).  I love playing with flavors and really making something that will impress my guests.  I also make a really mean pizza – I recommend the Seared Tuna and Seaweed.

3. What has been your most embarrassing audition? Easily it was the first time I auditioned for one of NYC biggest musical theater casting directors.  I knew him socially, sort of, through an ex of mine and I was called in on my reputation – I’m an actor – a decent actor, but….not really a singer.  I don’t know what I was thinking, but I took the audition and went in for, god knows what show, but it was a serious singing show.  I didn’t know how to prepare a real “musical” audition and so I winged it.  NOT A GOOD IDEA.  I asked the pianist to start over twice after accidentally missing the start of the song I sang.  After trying to laugh it off, and muddle my way through the piece, I was shocked to learn that I wasn’t going to stay around to read excerpts from the script.  I was bummed because I knew “the read” was my forte, but I hadn’t made “the cut”.  I decided to stick around and pretend that I didn’t realize I had been released – hoping that the CD would also forget.  Right.  Instead he got the idea that I had an interest in him that wasn’t related to work, if you get my drift.  I wound up having to finish this totally embarrassing day by awkwardly talking my way out of a few casual drinks at the bar down the street.  WTF?!?  Totally not his fault, I should have stayed home to begin with…

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? …or just gone to a kickboxing class.  I love kickboxing and other MMAs.  I’ve really enjoyed learning different styles of martial art and hold it near and dear to my heart.  From Jujuitsu to Krav Maga, I think that its a great workout for your mind and body.  I haven’t mastered any of them, by far, but I like to try.  I cross train as well with dance classes, rock climbing, different forms of cardiovascular exercise, and strength training.

5. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers in the winter, but not in the summer.  😉

6. Favorite website? It’s a toss up between www.themusicninja.com and www.hypemachine.com.  I love new music and I’m constantly searching the web for new stuff that you won’t find on the radio or in the store.  Lately I’ve been a big fan of a new genre of music that blends hip-hop with a uniquely American form of music, Bluegrass.  It’s called Ghettograss and it’s f’ing hot!!!

7. Superman or Wonder Woman? For real?  I have no idea.  I never really followed the superhero thing…I guess I’d have to say Superman.?  Yeah, I guess so.  He’s, like, really a good guy and stuff…

8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Could I dream about being somebody else?  If you say yes (the rules seem ambiguous enough that I could get away with making them up), then I would say I’d like to dream that I’m the guy that invented ice cream.  I think people must’ve been so nice to this guy.  I mean….come on.  Way better than either Ben OR Jerry, and HaagenWhoeverHisNameIs has nothing on this guy.  I’d like to imagine being in 1840-something with this cool, creamy treat as my very own – imagine all the cool stuff you could trade for a double dip of mint chip????  Got an extra wagon axle?

9. How old were you when you had your first “real” kiss? Sarah Hudson was my first real kiss.  And she made no bones about telling me that I was no good and then proceeded to give me a lesson.  That girl TAUGHT me how to kiss.  For, like, 3 hours at the playground next to her house one night.  I was a freshman, so I was, what, 14?  I never forgot, Sarah, I’m doing so good!!!

10. What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever had sex? Oh man, that is so personal!  I have to say that I’ve been pretty much a standard “Do-it-in-the-bed” kind of guy, but there have been the occassional Front seat/Back seat Adventures.  Of course, there are the Shower Situations.  I think, though, that the most unusual place I’ve experienced The Deed has to be the stairwell up to the roof of my first apartment building in NYC.  It was a great time.  I still remember it vividly…sigh.

11. Describe your worst date? My worst date?  I’ve never had a bad date.  Who are you talking to?

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Rori NogeeFrom starring as “Dorothy” in the National Tour of “The Wizard of Oz” to the Broadway revival of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to the starring role in the current Off-Broadway smash hit “Pinkalicious”, Rori is a girl to watch! Check out: www.rorinogee.com for more information.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Bernadette Peters and Joanna Gleason in the PBS airing of “Into the Woods,” which I watched hundreds of times, before the age of 9.

2. What’s your most embarrassing audition? A friend recommended me to audition for “Millie” with a company she used to work for. I crashed a day of appointments via name dropping. I was not informed that we were supposed to prepare “Gimme, gimme.” I didn’t know it, didn’t own it…but I showed up and went in anyway. I had to explain the situation, apologize, and do the random song I had prepared. They said, “You’re great and had you shown up a few days ago, we may have just used you for our season. But you’re not a Millie.” I said, “I know, thank you.” and walked out. Or maybe it was the audition when I wasn’t wearing underwear…and forgot until I got down on the floor…and suddenly remembered when i realized I would have to stand up again…in my dress…

3. What’s the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low F to high D.

4. Favorite Musical? Rent.

5. Favorite Play? Anna in the Tropics and Red Light Winter.

6. Favorite Actor? Raul Esparza. Actress? Daphne Rubin-Vega.

7. Favorite Talk Show Host? Conan O’ Brien.

8. What’s in your purse? Wallet, ipod, keys, cellphone, eyeglasses, receipts, pens, makeup, and dirty tissues.

9. Favorite kind of shoes? Big ol’ clunky platformy lace up knee high boots.

10. Books or magazines? Books…when I have the time. I especially love reading “How to…” books on writing screenplays and plays. They have kept me productive.

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