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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!


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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I attended the 2010 Drama Desk Awards and it was very exciting, especially when fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jan Maxwell won for Best Actress in a Play for “The Royal Family.” It was so exciting to be there in person when she won and then to be able to personally congratulate Jan after the show was that much more exciting! I also got to meet Brooke Sheilds who was kind, gracious, and absolutely stunning. Before the evening got underway I got to hang out with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora who’s show “NEWSical the Musical” was nominated for “Best Musical Revue”, but unfortunately didn’t win. We still had a wonderful time as always!

To find out who won awards check out the list of winners below…

Outstanding Play: John Logan, “Red”

Outstanding Musical: “Memphis”

Outstanding Revival of a Play: “A View from the Bridge” & “Fences”

Outstanding Revival of a Musical: “La Cage Aux Folles”

Outstanding Actor in a Play: Liev Schreiber, “A View from the Bridge”

Outstanding Actress in a Play: fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jan Maxwell, “The Royal Family”

Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Douglas Hodge, “La Cage Aux Folles”

Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Montego Glover, “Memphis” & Catherine Zeta-Jones, “A Little Night Music”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Santino Fontana, “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Viola Davis, “Fences”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical: Christopher Fitzgerald, “Finian’s Rainbow”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical: Katie Finneran, “Promises Promises”

Outstanding Director of a Play: Michael Grandage, “Red”

Outstanding Director of a Musical: Michael Mayer, “American Idiot”

Outstanding Choreography: Twyla Tharp, “Come Fly Away”

Outstanding Music: David Bryan, “Memphis”

Outstanding Lyrics: John Kander & Fred Ebb, “The Scottsboro Boys”

Outstanding Book of a Musical: Alex Timbers, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

Outstanding Orchestrations: Daryl Waters & David Bryan, “Memphis”

Outstanding Musical Revue: “Sondheim on Sondheim”

Outstanding Music in a Play: Branford Marsalis, “Fences”

Outstanding Set Design: Phelim McDermott, Julian Crouch, & Basil Twist: “The Addams Family”

Outstanding Costume Design: Matthew Wright, “La Cage Aux Folles”

Outstanding Lighting Design: Neil Austin, “Red”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical: Acme Sound Partners, “Ragtime”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play: Fitz Patton, “When the Rain Stops Falling”

Outstanding Solo Performance: Jim Brochu, “Zero Hour”

Unique Theatrical Experience: “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”

Outstanding Ensemble Performance: “Circle Mirror Transformation” & “The Tempermentals”

Special Awards:

To the cast, creative team, and producers of Horton Foote’s epic “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” “We salute the breadth of  vision which inspired exceptional direction, performances, sets, lighting, costumes, music, and sound that made it the theatrical event of this season.”

To Jerry Herman, “For enchanting and dazzling audiences with his exhuberant music and heartfelt lyrics for more than half a century.”

To Godlight Theatre Company for “consistent originality and excellence in dramatizing modern literature, and especially for the vibrant theatricality of its innovate productions.”

To Ma-Yi Theater Company for “more than two decades of excellence and for nurturing Asian-American voices in stylistically varied and engaging theater.”

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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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