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Whether he’s using his soulfully powerful voice to belt out tunes, or his fine acting skills that whisk you away, or dazzling an audience with his dance moves, Marty Thomas is a performer to go see!

Growing up in Missouri, Marty’s star has been shining from an early age. From local talent shows to regional theatre, Marty climbed the ranks, making quite a name for himself. In 1992, Marty won the title of Junior Vocalist on “Ed McMahon’s Junior Star Search.” From there, Marty was featured in many television programs and commercials which led to him to be cast as one of the leads in the Broadway musical “The Secret Garden.” After the Broadway run, Marty headed back home to pursue his singing career by joining a young country pop band called “The Young Branson Stars” who eventually became the opening act for several country stars such as The Oak Ridge Boys, Glenn Campbell, and Steve Warner.

Marty ultimately returned to New York to continue his dream of performing. From Broadway’s “Wicked” and “Xanadu” to solo concerts, Marty has worked non-stop. In 2001, Marty made his Billboard debut with “Resurrect Me (Lift Me Up)” on Westend Records which led him to receive a Billboard award for “Song of the Year” in Gospel/Contemporary Christian Category as well as several Grammy nominations. In 2004, Marty released his solo CD “Marty Thomas” which is a collection of his most popular cover songs. Marty can also be heard on The Broadway Boys CD “Lullaby of Broadway.” Come party with Marty at The Monster (80 Grove Street, NYC) on Sunday, September 12 at 8:30pm at “Glitterball 2010.” Stay to enjoy Marty perform at 10:30pm along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Katie Thompson, Kate Pazakis, and Tituss Burgess. For much more on Marty, be sure to visit http://www.martythomas.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Many people, my oldest sister Amy was a pageant gal in her day, probably the most influential in my wanting to be on the stage. I also found a video cassette at a garage sale when I was 10 of all Linda Eder’s Star Search episodes. I think that video both inspired me to want to be a belter and began my obsession with the divas. I also had a strange obsession with Jennifer Holiday at 6. Do the math.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Hmmm…I can sing down to B Flat..and can belt Ds, Es on good and hyper days. :). Or if Kate Pazakis is in the room, it’s limitless.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Jane Lynch. Love her. I have a feeling we would have very funny things to say to each other.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I don’t think I have any secret talents..I’m such a show off…lord knows if I was good I at it, I’d probably die making sure the whole world knew about it…lol.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Roller skating! Duh.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs, my jeans are far too tight to fit anything else under them.

7. Favorite meal? All you can eat crab legs and peel and eat shrimp at the casino. Mmmmm….Nothing beats White Trash Casino night!

8. Favorite play/musical? Hmmmm…I’m totally into Memphis right now, but I’m an old school Dreamgirls fanatic.

9. Favorite website? Facebook, I have a problem.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Absolutely Wonder Woman!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s your proudest moment? When I won the Mr. Broadway Pageant…I worked really hard for it, and had a great time, all for a great cause.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Do you, let everybody else figure out how fierce you are in their own time.” (Got that from Billy Porter, my hero.)

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Tonight I attended “Not The Same: The Music & Lyrics of Bobby Cronin” at one of New York City’s most famous cabaret spaces, The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street). Debuting mostly new music, Bobby Cronin continues to shine as a songwriter/composer. Many of the songs tonight were from upcoming projects while a few classic Cronin songs were mixed in such as “8:01” and “Dear Daddy.” His music speaks to many different levels and touches upon a multitude emotions. From realizing you are in love to recounting all the losers you’ve dated to pushing through your own self discovery, Bobby’s got a song to match. Assembling some of the hottest young talent around: fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Erik Sisco, Kate Pazakis, Morgan Karr, the upcoming LaQuet Sharnell and Autumn Hurlbert as well as Andrew Samonsky, Celisse Henderson, Anne Fraser Thomas, Lisa Brescia, Marla Mindelle, Rachel Potter, Brian Gallagher, & George Psomas, these performers hit all the high notes with such skill & perfection. Definitely keep your eyes peeled and your ears perked because Bobby’s music is going to continue on and tonight’s performers are our future stars…so thank you Bobby for sharing your talent with the world and for having tomorrow’s future perform it today!

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Join fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Bobby Cronin, Chad Kimball, Kate Pazakis, Erik Sisco, Morgan Karr, and upcoming participant LaQuet Sharnell for ONE NIGHT ONLY in “Not The Same: The Music & Lyrics of Bobby Cronin” this Sunday, March 28 at 7pm at The Metropolitan Room. Joining them will be Autumn Hurlbert, Lisa Brescia, Andrew Samonsky, Celisse Henderson, Brian Gallagher, Maria Mindelle, Ravi Roth, George Psomas, Rachel Potter, and Anne Fraser Thomas.

Come hear some of your favorite Bobby Cronin music along with plenty of new material from many of his upcoming projects including: “The Beaten Path,” “Til Death Do Us Part,” “Caty Bridgewater,” “The Untitled Project,” “(Un)Lucky In Love.”

There is a $15 cover charge + 2 beverage minimum. Reservations can be made by calling 212-206-0440.

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Stonewall Sensation Winner & fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Erik Sisco returns to The Duplex this Friday, February 26 at 7pm for another installment of “Sing What I Wanna Sing.” If you haven’t heard Erik sing, I suggest you come down to The Duplex this Friday night and find out for yourself just how amazingly wonderful he is. He will be joined by stage by 2 other equally amazing talents & fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Kate Pazakis & Bobby Cronin. Come de-stress with good drinks, great friends, and an evening you won’t forget! For a sample of Erik’s talent, click here!

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Need help finding videos of your favorite artists or that up and coming performer you just saw. Check out “The BestArts.com,” a website dedicated to bringing together artists and performers from the world of dance, music, and theatre by compiling the best online videos of them performing. Have a suggestion of someone they should add to their collection, send them an e-mail with a link to your artist’s video and see if they can post it. Are you an artist or performer who needs someone to design that cutting-edge new website for you? Visit “The BestArts.com” and find out how they can help!

Current performers include: fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Scott Alan, Tituss Burgess, Gavin Creel, Bobby Cronin, Jonathan Reid Gealt (upcoming), Eric Michael Krop, Kate Pazakis, and Katie Thompson, as well as Judy Garland, Audra McDonald, Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, Bernadette Peters, Patrick Wilson, Seth Rudetsky, “Broadway Boys,” Cheyenne Jackson, Marty Thomas, Tony Yazbeck, Adam Lambert, Danny Calvert, Stephanie J. Block, Shoshana Bean, and Nick Adams.

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Happy Anniversary! I am really excited and honored to be celebrating my one year anniversary! “Adaumbelle’s Quest” is a dream come true for me. I would like to take this opportunity to send a big, huge “THANK YOU” to  everyone that has given their time to “Adaumbelle’s Quest” over this past year…from my participants to the press agents who helped get some of my participants to my dedicated and wonderful fans to those who helped get “Adaumbelle’s Quest off the ground which I could not have done on my own. I have thoroughly enjoyed this first year of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and look forward to the coming year.

To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to interview myself for this special day and let my fans and participants learn a little bit more about me.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer/blogger? Every actor, artist, and performer I’ve ever been a fan of, plus every participant of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” (after all if they didn’t inspire me, I probably wouldn’t have interviewed them). Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to entertain people. I never really knew how I would do that, I just thought it would happen, but eventually I learned. I always enjoyed making people laugh with my stories and parody lyrics. The comedians that inspired my style of comedy were Ellen DeGeneres, Sandra Bernhard, and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Wendy Liebman. It wasn’t until an open mic night while volunteering with AIDS Action in Boston in 1999 that I thought about pursuing comedy as a potential career. That night was magical with all of us volunteers performing, including fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant CeyJay Jumo-as. After 7 years of trying to make it as a comedian, I took what I thought was going to be a hiatus, but instead turned out to be a retirement. During that time I sure did miss entertaining people on-stage and thought very hard about what my next move would be. It wasn’t until I attended fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel’s concert at The Zipper Factory and heard him sing “The Upperhand,” that I knew something was going to come my way. The song is all about letting “The Upperhand” guide you and that is just what I did. You see, as a theatre lover, I would read all the interviews on Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, and Broadway.com and thought to myself, I would love to interview the artists and performers I admire and ask them what I consider to be the everyday burning questions. One day at work, I was sitting in the lunch room with some of my coworkers and we were talking and I was telling them my thoughts and next thing I knew we were rattling off questions and potential titles to call my blog. I immediately thought of “Adaumbelle” because of the history behind the name (which you can read by clicking on the “Adaumbelle’s Origin” tab) and “Quest” came out of the fact that I’m on a quest to get answers to my burning questions.  With the help of a lot of people, I started researching blog sites and decided to settle here at WordPress.com. With the popularity of Myspace and Facebook, I started “friending” the artists and performers I wanted to participate, sent them e-mails asking to them be part of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and next thing I knew, I started getting responses and “Adaumbelle’s Quest” was born into reality.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t interviewed that you would like to? That’s not fair to make me single out just one person I still want to interview, so I will list a few…Dolly Parton, Liza Minnelli, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Rivers, Cheyenne Jackson, Lynda Carter, Cher, Chelsea Handler, RuPaul, John Tartaglia, Tyler Maynard, Kathy Griffin, Stephanie J. Block, Betty White, and so, so, so, so many others that I could spend all day listing names.

3. Who do you consider to be your hero? My parents and grandparents.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My grandparents, so I can spend more time with them and update them on what’s been happening since they’ve been gone.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Vanilla Chai Latte with Skim Milk. Most of the time it’s Starbuck’s, but if I could go to an independent coffee shop I would. Oh how I do miss The Factory (they used to be in the West Village in NYC), not only did they make the BEST vanilla chai latte, it was just a great place to hang out.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? By watching what I eat, and by watching I mean watching it go from my plate to my mouth. When that doesn’t work, I enjoy going for a walk to get a vanilla chai latte and lifting the cup to and from my mouth for that extra bit of exercise.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs because they accentuate the positive.

8. Favorite website? Besides, “Adaumbelle’s Quest,”  Olivia Newton-John.comDollymania.net, Amazon.com, and Facebook.

9. Favorite TV Show Theme Song? “Wonder Woman,” “Patty Duke,” “Mr. Ed,” “Punky Brewster,” “Jem and the Holograms,” “Beauty and The Beast,” “Family Ties,” “Silver Spoons,” “Sister Kate,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Facts of Life,” “Saved By The Bell,” “California Dreams,” and “Sordid Lives: The Series.”

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Best holiday gift ever? My signed and framed picture of me and Olivia Newton-John swimming with dolphins.

12. Favorite play/musical? To pick one is very, very difficult, but I will say the one musical that really changed me was “Tommy” because it was a show I had no desire whatsoever to see and afterwards I left the theatre singing and dancing. That experience is what I consider to be “The Power of Broadway.”

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Reach The Sky A host of talent will be taking part in “Reach The Sky” concert this Monday, August 3 at 7pm & 9:30pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street) celebrating the songs of Bobby Cronin including:

Caissie Levy (“Hair”), Jared Gertner (“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” & upcoming “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant), Kate Pazakis (“Jerry Springer Opera”, “Divas I’ve Done”, “A Broadway Diva Christmas”, solo CD “Unzipped: Live at the Zipper”, & upcoming “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant), Katie Thompson (“Giant”), Natalie Weiss (“Wicked”), & Ben Cameron (“Wicked”).

Tickets are $15 at the door. For reservations call: 212-695-6909.

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