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Check out this hilariously brilliant video of Douglas Hodge “Passing The Torch” to Harvey Fierstein who is now playing the role of “Albin” in the Tony Award Winning revival of “La Cage Aux Folles” on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street)

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Wow, wow, wow is what I have to say after attending the opening night of T. Oliver Reid’s show “This Love I Know” at the Metropolitan Room in NYC. I have never heard T. Oliver Reid sing prior to tonight, but I now see why he was the winner of the 2010 “MetroStar Talent Challenge.” Beating out the other 51 contestants during the 8-week jury and audience-voted elimination-round competition, T. Oliver dazzled throughout.

“This Love I Know” takes the audience on a journey of love. T. Oliver chose songs that have helped him through many loves, both the “falling-in-love” and “on-to-the-next” variety. T. Oliver’s voice is powerful, skilled, and most of all wide-ranged! His voice shined and sparkled throughout the whole set with such classics as “Hooray For Love,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “Autumn In New York,” “This Can’t Be Love,” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”  If you are looking for a show to attend with that special someone or someone you love, then “This Love I Know” at the Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street, between 5th & 6th Ave) is the place to be through February 14 at 7pm! $25 + 2 drink minimum.

T. Oliver Reid has spent the past 12 years entertaining audiences on Broadway in “Chicago,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Follies,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Never Gonna Dance,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Damn Yankees,” and “Mary Poppins.” He has also had the privilege of working onstage with Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jane Krakowski, Karen Ziemba, Blythe Danner, Judith Ivey, Marin Mazzie, Sutton Foster, and Robert Goulet. He’s worked with some of the best directors, choreographers, and musical directors including Kathleen Marshall, Rob Marshall, Rob Ashford, Jerry Zaks, Ann Reinking, and Jerry Mitchell.

Over the past decade, he has donated his time and resources to The Actor’s Fund, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS where he’s served on several fund raising and grant committees as well as committees to help with the distribution of funds to food banks across the country. He is also a charter member of G4G/NYC (Gay for Good, a non-profit service organization). For more on T. Oliver Reid be sure to visit http://toliverreid.com/

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? It would be what. Literally every Saturday morning growing up I watched Turner Classical Movies and the MGM movie musicals. I would sing along to them and get different cast recordings and sing to those. I had the “Annie” cast recording and would sing to it everyday until my mother finally took me to see the road show which was in Charlotte. We went there and that’s where it all started for me.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? That’s a good question. The highest is a Soprano B flat. I used to be able to sing higher, like high E flats, but somewhere along the way, I lost a few notes. The lowest note I can sing is the low F.

3. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I’d love to have David Foster produce something for me. It really goes back and forth between musical theatre and standard pop music composer/lyricists. There are a lot of new composer/lyricist’s I’d like to work with. Me: Which ones? T: I like Scott Alan’s work. I think he’s fantastic.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “You should be singing and not dancing.”

5. What do you get from performing in a solo show that you don’t get from performing in a Broadway show? It’s all about me. Whatever choices I make and songs I choose is about the journey I want to take as opposed to me just being there for someone else’s journey or me filling a part for someone else. It’s a great thing to be able to shape a show myself and to choose all the numbers and sing all the songs and sort of figure out what I want to do. It really becomes more part of you than being part of someone else’s idea.

6. How did you come up with the concept and song selection for your show “This Love I Know?” I had a list of about 40 songs and I would just listen to every song everyday and after a while I was like I don’t want to listen to this one anymore and then take it off the list until I got the list down to a smaller number and then put them in an order that made sense. Me: You did achieve that. I think there was a story that went with the songs and that came through to the audience. T: Thank you, thank you very much.

7. Favorite place to practice/rehearse on your own? When a train is coming into the subway platform that is when I do my loudest singing because I don’t like singing loud around people. When I’m on the train I’m always humming or thinking of songs. I also like to practice in a cafe somewhere because I can’t concentrate well in my apartment, so I’ll go to a cafe and brainstorm my ideas.

8. Favorite way to stay in shape? The gym. Summers I like to ride my bike.

9. Boxers or Briefs? I’ll say briefs, but they are somewhere in between. They are not the usual tighty whities. They are a little bit looser.

10. Favorite website? Facebook.com. I feel like I’m on it all the time.

11. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman definitely!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite place to go on a date in NYC? It would be my favorite restaurant which is actually in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn called Buttermilk Channel. They have the best food on the planet. You really feel like you’re in Brooklyn and the food is amazing.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My best friend who I lost in April 2010.

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On Monday, November 1, I attended the first of three concerts from Two-Time Tony Nominee and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel‘s brand new show “Back To New York” at Birdland as part of Jim Caruso’s Broadway at Birdland Series.

Performing both new material, fan favorites and some fun surprises, Gavin is back home and NY couldn’t be happier. From the moment Gavin took the stage, he had the crowd captivated. Focusing primarily on songs from his new EP “Quiet” (which was released this past June), Gavin also performed a bunch of new material not on the album. Gavin’s new material shows his continued growth as a singer, songwriter (along with his amazing writing partner Robbie Roth), and performer. The new songs featured, but not on “Quiet” were “Doing It,” “Beautifully Wrong,” and “Favorite Chapter”  while some of the songs performed off of “Quiet” were “Love Fell Down,”  “Green To Grey,” “Lonesome,” and “Hot Ohio.”

No Gavin concert would be complete without a few surprises…for starters, Gavin brought fellow “Hair” cast members Caissie Levy and Steel Burkhardt up on stage to sing a song they all wrote together called “Flower Children” which is a song from their view of what’s going on in the world and what’s to become of the “Flower Children.” Another delight of the evening was when Gavin spotlighted his friendship Celia Keenan-Bolger (“Olive” from “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) and performed a song he wrote for her for her wedding called “You.”  It was a beautiful song about finding the one you love.

Gavin ended the night on quite a high with a new song called “Get Up” about standing up for what you believe in whether that be in a personal relationship with someone or in society. Gavin is many things: an actor, a singer, a songwriter, a performer, and most of all, a genuine, kind, and hard-working individual who values life and the people he has in it!

With only two more chances on November 8 and 15 to see Gavin performing his show “Back To New York” at Birdland, I highly suggest you call 212-581-3080 to see if there are any tickets left!

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This contest is now over! This week’s winner is Steve! Be sure to tune in next week for another edition of “Win It Wednesday” because you never know, the winner just might be you! It’s time for another edition of “Win It Wednesday.” This week, one lucky reader, at random, will be chosen to win a mug from the 2004 Revival of “La Cage Aux Folles” starring Gavin Creel & Gary Beach by answering the question below. The winner will be announced at 5pm!

If you were cast in “La Cage Aux Folles,” what role would you want to play?

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This Monday, August 9, from 7pm-9pm, come to Therapy in NYC (348 West 52nd Street) for “The End of Prop 8” hosted by Broadway Impact! Join fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Rory O’Malley and Jose Llana, along with Hunter Bell, Heidi Bickenstaff, and Susan Blackwell from [Title of Show], Seth Rudetsky, Shayna Steele, Nick Adams, Will Taylor, Jason Tam, Miss New York Claire Buffie, and Richard Socarides, plus many others as we celebrate this historic event!

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Congratulations to all of the winners at tonight’s Tony Awards, especially fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Marian Seldes on her Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre and to all my participants in “Memphis” (Chad Kimball, James Monroe Iglehart, Derrick Baskin, and LaQuet Sharnell)!

Stay with “Adaumbelle’s Quest” all night as we announce the winners of tonight’s Tony Award ceremony live as they happen!

Best Muscial: “Memphis”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical: Douglas Hodge “La Cage aux Folles”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Catherine Zeta-Jones “A Little Night Music”

Best Revival of a Musical: “La Cage aux Folles”

Best Play: “Red”

Best Revival of Play: “Fences”

Best Choreography: Bill T. Jones “Fela!”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play: Denzel Washington “Fences”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play: Viola Davis “Fences”

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical: Levi Kreis “Million Dollar Quartet”

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical: Katie Finneran “Promises, Promises”

Best Direction of a Musical: Terry Johnson “La Cage aux Folles”

Best Direction of a Play: Michael Grandage “Red”

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play: Eddie Redmayne “Red”

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play: Scarlett Johansson “A View From A Bridge”

Best Sound Design of a Musical: Robert Kaplowitz “Fela!”

Best Sound Design of  a Play: Adam Cork “Red”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Christine Jones “American Idiot”

Best Scenic Design of a Play: Christopher Oram “Red”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams “American Idiot”

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Neil Austin “Red”

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Marina Draghici “Fela!”

Best Costume Design of a Play: Catherine Zuber “The Royal Family”

Best Book of a Musical: “Memphis” (Joe DiPietro)

Best Original Score: “Memphis” (Music: David Bryan, Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan)

Best Orchestrations: Daryl Waters & David Bryan “Memphis”

Isabelle Stevenson Award: David Hyde Pierce

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Marian Seldes (fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant)

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Sir Alan Ayckbourn

Best Regional Theatre: Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

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I am a member of the ITBA (Independent Theater Bloggers Association) and each year members of the ITBA gather to nominate the Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway shows we think deserve recognition. After the nominations are picked, the voting period begins and the winners are announced. Listed below are the 2010 ITBA Award Winners:

Outstanding New Broadway Play: Red

Outstanding Broadway Play Revival: A View From The Bridge

Outstanding New Broadway Musical: American Idiot

Outstanding Broadway Musical Revival: La Cage Aux Folles

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play: Circle Mirror Transformation

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical: Yank!

Outstanding Off-Broadway Revival: The Glass Menagerie

Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Show: Viral

Unique Off-Off Broadway Experience: The Lily’s Revenge

Outstanding Solo Show: A Boy and His Soul

Outstanding Ensemble Performance: Circle Mirror Transformation

Citation For Excellence In Off-Off Broadway Theatre: Company XIV

Citations For Excellence By Individual Perormers:

Nina Arianda, Venus In Fur
Kate Baldwin, Finian’s Rainbow
Desiree Burch, The Soup Show
Rebecca Comtois, Viral
Viola Davis, Fences
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts
Douglas Hodge, La Cage Aux Folles
Sarah Lemp, The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side & Happy In The Poorhouse
Laura Linney, Time Stands Still
Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family & Lend Me A Tenor (fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant)
Bobby Steggert, Ragtime & Yank! (fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant)
Amy Lynn Stewart, Viral

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