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If you are looking for a performer with strong vocals, good looks, and most of all talent, then Curtis Holbrook is your guy! A performer on the definite rise, Curtis has delighted Broadway audiences in “Xanadu,” “Follies,” “All Shook Up,” “The Boy From Oz,” “Taboo,” “Fosse,” and “Footloose,” and the current Broadway revival of “West Side Story.”  His Off-Broadway credits include “Saved!” at Playwrights Horizon and “Radiant Baby” at the Public Theater. Curtis has also lit up the screen in such films and television shows as “Hairspray,” “Across the Universe,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Sesame Street,” “All My Children,” and “As The World Turns.” Curtis can currently be seen in “Frog Kiss” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Kate Pazakis) produced by Brierpatch Productions as part of the NYMF festival from September 30-October 11 at the Theater at St. Clements (423 West 46th Street).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? First, I would have to say my mother…Because she put in me in tap class at the age of 2 🙂 But when I was old enough to know what being inspired was, I saw Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in Singin’ in the Rain. That moment was truly magical for me. I was hooked.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I don’t actually read sheet music…I do everything by ear. I try not to think about what notes I am singing because it can mess with your head, ya know?…But I think when we filmed Across the Universe I sang a high D.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Just one? There are so many!!! Well even though it isn’t possible…Bob Fosse. His way of storytelling is like no other.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Marine Biology.

5. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? Depends on the show… Usually, I listen to music that could be the soundtrack of the characters life… That helps to get me focused and fired up. How do you decompress after a show? An adult beverage.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Hand Farting.

7. Favorite ride at an amusement park? All of them! The X Factor @ Magic Mountain might be my favorite though.

8. Favorite way to stay in shape? Really just by doing what I do…and Yoga. I don’t do gyms.

9. Boxers or Briefs? Really??? If you must know…square cut boxer briefs. So both!

10. Favorite website? YouTube.

11. Superman or Wonder Woman? Batman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? My Grandfather always told me…”Think For Yourself.”

13. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My wife 🙂

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Best known for his role as “Jonathan” on “The Guiding Light,” Tom Pelphrey is a two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner who has crossed many genres from television to film to theatre. His other film and television credits include “The Good Wife,” “As The World Turns,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Numbers,” “The Last Note,” “Seven Hours,” “The Laws of Motion,” “CSI Miami,” “Ghost Whisperer,” and “Birds of America.”

Tom is one of the founding members of the Apothecary Theatre Company, a New York City based, not-for-profit ensemble which develops original plays and offers a platform for emerging American playwrights to hone and cultivate their work through their Development Series. He’s starred in their productions of “Wonders of the Invisible World,” Crazy Sexy Dead,” and “Fair Rosamund and Her Murderer.” Regionally, Tom has been seen in “My Italy Story” (MST), “Bash” (Amphibian Productions), “The Subeject of Roses” (Penguin Rep), “Crazy Eights” (EST) and “A New Television Arrives, Finally” (Shetler Studios). Tom can currently be seen in The Apothecary Theatre Company’s production of “In God’s Hat” (click here for my review) at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in New York City (416 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave) through August 7. Tickets are $18.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would say Steve Kazakoff who was my high school drama teacher.

2. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Jack Nicholson.

3. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I’d love to dream about my first dog Lassie.

4. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? If so, what career would you choose? I’d love to build things. I’m no good at it, but maybe I can learn.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? No, I don’t.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Dunkin’ Donuts morning. Starbucks mid-day. Americano with vanilla bean powder.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Running and lifting weights.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs.

9. Favorite webiste? Apothecarytheatrecompany.org and The Quotations Page

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? The way I’m feeling that one, I’d say Wonder Woman.

BONUS QUESTION:

11. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve read about yourself and where did you read it? There’s been a few. I read once that I was quarterback of the high school football team which I found interesting because I played football for like a week.

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Best known for his Tony Award Winning performance as the original “Angel” in Broadway’s “Rent” and his Olivier Nomination in the London production, Wilson Jermaine Heredia is an actor worth watching! Wilson has spent most of his time after “Rent” in film and television. His film credits include “Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God…Be Back by Five,” “Flawless,” “Rent,” “Nailed,” “Johnny Was,” “Descent,” and “iMurders.” His current film projects include “Three Chris’s,” “I Am Bad,” and “The Girl from the Naked Eye” (post-production). On television, Wilson has guest starred on such hit shows as “Law & Order: SVU,” “Medium,” and “Without A Trace.” Most recently Wilson participated in “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays,” an evening of short plays benefiting The Human Rights Campaign, Marriage Equality New York and New York Theatre Workshop. Currently, Wilson can be seen in the Off-Broadway production of “Tales From The Tunnel,” a fresh new show recounting the true humorous and heartbreaking stories of over 150 subway riders just like you. “Tales From The Tunnel” plays Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 7pm at 45 Bleecker Street Theatre. For tickets, click here!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My parents did, inadvertently. Because they were immigrants, they reinforced in me what they considered practical and reliable, i.e. study hard, become a doctor and, “all is not well in the world but at least you’re a doctor.”  Their love for the arts betrayed them though. My father would play guitar to the latest records at that time (Iron Butterfly) and I would dance and marvel at how he was able to manipulate music that way. Mom would sing around the house to songs like she wrote them. At get-togethers they would be the center of attention with their salsa dancing; and again I was in awe of how they accented every sound with their bodies as if though they were the ones conducting the music through their whims. I was in my senior year of a vocational high school, for medical assisting, when I broke the news to them that as much as I loved medicine, the arts yelled louder. My dad said, ” If you’re going to do it, go all the way”. It sounds campy but I swear it’s true. He said it in English with a thick, thick Dominican accent. How can you forget that? There were a lot of people that influenced me along the way like Baryshnikov and Hines in WHITE NIGHTS, Bogaloo shrimp and Shabba-Doo in BREAKIN’, from Chopin to Cory Glover in Living Colour, Danny Kaye, the Stooges, Da Vinci to Jack Kirby, my childhood friend Noel and so on but the inspiration came from my parents because they gave me an all or nothing attitude about it.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Hmmm. I’m not dead yet so we’ll all just have to wait 😉 My voice is still growing.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many. Saying one right now is just like the weather.

4. Do you have any rituals that you do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? I like to jump up and down and breath heavily as if though I’m going into a prize fight and then taking that last breath before I go on. That last containing breath is all I need.  It just feels good. Decompressing requires silence for me. A good meal and an ear to allow me to vomit my impromptu living journal entry to; ending with a welcoming bed,…and I’m all good.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m clairvoyant. Aside from that, I’m an open book. 😉

6. Favorite way to spend your day off? I’m a home body. When you commit to any project you temporarily suspend the normalcy of everyday life for months or years at a time so I like the rituals of keeping house on my days off e.i., cooking meals for company, cleaning ( ‘Cause no one can clean your house better than you!), Reading, composing, watching bad television and gaming on my PS3 when I block the time; because you know how long that can take!

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Dancing  at home in front of a mirror. If I had the space to have wall to wall mirrors, I would be dancing all day. I like doing the same things my parents did with music; make it their own. But my favorite is long distance running in the morning. There is nothing that can wake your body up like that. For me there’s no other time that I feel truly alive and connected to my body except for dancing and running. I don’t see it as keeping me fit. I see it as keeping my body working the way that I want it to.

8. Boxers or Briefs? I can guarantee that I’m always naked under my clothes.

9. Favorite website? I like browsing through bargain sites.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? You’re talking to a comic connoisseur, so you have to be more specific.  Superman and Wonder Woman don’t translate for this day anyway aside from antiquated thoughts of what a Super Hero is. The fashion doesn’t  translate either. How’s Wonder Woman; born of earth and gifted the powers of the Greek gods in modern day even bother to pop up to save the day in a swim suit?! And Why does Superman, still, in this day and age wear his underwear over his unitard? Is that what you asked or was it something else? I can go on….trust me. I’m sorta like Sheldon, Big Ban Theory about it.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite quote? “If nothing lasts forever, then I guess I better, love you forever, for now.” — Harry Connick Jr.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I think I’ve been here a couple of times so I like it when my dreams are about me.

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Tonight, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Alison Fraser after seeing her amazingly wonderful comedic genius of a performance in Charles Busch’s “The Divine Sister.” Alison is a two-time Tony Award nominee for her role of “Martha” in “The Secret Garden” and “Josefine” in “Romance/Romance.” Her other Broadway credits include her fantastic performance as “Tessie Tura” in the 2008 revival of “Gypsy” starring Patti LuPone, as well as “Dorine” in “Tartuffe,” and “Helena” in “Drood.” Off-Broadway, Alison has captivated audiences as “Trina” in “March of the Falsettos” and “In Trousers,” “Connie/Petula/Brenda” in “Beehive,” “Uta” in “The Green Heart,” and “Miss Drumgoole” in “Up Against It.” In television and film, Alison has lit up the screen in “Between the Lions,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Third Watch,” “The Thing About My Folks,” and “In The Blood.” You can catch Alison in “The Divine Sister,” along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Charles Busch and Julie Halston at Theater for The New City through March 7. For much more on Alison be sure to visit: http://www.alisonfraser.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Anthony Newley. I fell madly in love with him when I was fifteen and the die was cast. I got to meet him years later when I interviewed him for TimeOut and he was even better than I had imagined him. An amazing talent, and a really interesting guy.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Pink. I am totally obsessed with her and I desperately want to play her mother in a music video. Hopefully there will be aerial stuntwork involved.

3. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My late husband, Rusty Magee. A lot of other people have told me they have been visited by him in their dreams, and I haven’t been, so I am jealous.

4. What is your proudest moment? I would have to say “Sweet Appreciation.” This was the night 300 people got together at the West Bank Cafe to celebrate my husband while he was still around to enjoy it. Lew Black really helped put this evening together and there were some great performers such has Rebecca Luker and Mary Testa. But the definite high point was when Rusty performed. He was on fire.

5. Favorite quote? Jonathan Swift: “Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.”

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I used to be an acrobat. I’m very, very flexible. Are you listening Pink?

7.  Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Dunkin’ Donuts all the way. They use free trade coffee, they don’t burn it, they put the milk in for you and they are cheaper. Large coffee, whole milk. With a delicious breakfast sandwich on a biscuit if I am feeling peckish.

8. Favorite skin care product? Obagi physical sun block, Sabon “mud” soap, and almond oil. Almond oil, you ask? Our costume designer Fabio Toblini told me it’s the best remedy for dry shins. It works great, but my cats keep licking my legs.

9. Favorite website? awfulplasticsurgery.com and gawker.com are guilty pleasures. Whenever I look a hundred years old in the mirror and think, hmmmm, a little nip, a little tuck, I go to awfulplasticsurgery.com, get revolted, and save myself thousands of dollars.

10. “Mary” or “Rhoda”? Mary. Rhoda’s self-deprecation wears a bit thin. “ooh I’m so homely, ooh I’m so fat.” What are you talking about?? You’re gorgeous! Puh-leeze.

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Be sure to catch Two-Time Tony Award Winner & fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Christine Ebersole performing at Cafe Carlyle in NYC from February 3-20 dazzling audiences with vibrant voice singing selections from her multitude of CDs as well as Broadway and American standards. Showtimes are Tuesday-Friday at 8:45pm, Saturday 8:45pm & 10:45pm, plus a special Valentine’s Day Show at 8:45pm.

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Deidre Goodwin is constantly working, whether it’s theatre, movies, or television. She has appeared in eight Broadway shows including “Chicago” as “Velma Kelly,” the 2006 revival of “A Chorus Line” as “Sheila,” “Nine” with Antonia Banderas, as “Our Lady of The Spa,” “The Boys From Syracuse,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Chita Rivera: A Dancers Life,” and “Never Gonna Dance.” This past summer Deidre starred in the Fringe Festival hit show “Vote!” She has also delighted audiences in such motion pictures as the current smash hit “It’s Complicated” (starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin), as well as the Oscar-winning film version of “Chicago” as “Murderess June” “Every Little Step,” (which chronicles the history of the Broadway show “A Chorus Line” as well as the audition process for the 2006 revival), “Half Nelson,” and “Across the  Universe.” Her upcoming film projects include “Fair Game” and “Rabbit Hole.” Deidre’s television credits include guest starring roles on “30 Rock” (she played DeBORah, the winner of the MILF Island episode), “Law & Order: SVU,” “Rescue Me,” “Life on Mars,” and “Dancing With The Stars.” She also appeared on “Conan O’Brien,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “The View,” “Good Morning America,” and three times on “The Tony Awards” telecast. Deidre can currently be seen as “Velma Kelly” in the Tony Award Winning Revival of “Chicago” at the Ambassador Theatre on 49th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue) in New York City.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Since I didn’t start until I was older it was a mixture of all of the old movie musicals I would watch as a kid, Fame and the first time I saw Paula Kelly definitely put an idea in my head that this could be possible.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I have been very blessed to work with some amazing people. Legends, famous people and extremely talented people. If there was one person, it would be Carol Burnett.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Not really…

4. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Best, first time on Broadway, climbing the wall in Rocky Horror and the rotating spiral staircase at the end of Nine, are a few of the highlights. Don’t really have a worst but embarrassing. I have fallen twice on a Broadway stage. Both curtain calls. Way to leave a last impression!

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Did have a dream a few nights ago that Hugh Jackman was trying to kiss me by offering me a piece of gum then putting in his mouth a la “Lady and the Tramp” style. Nice huh 🙂

6. Favorite meal? Cheese.

7. Favorite TV show? Way too many. Should really cut back on my tv. My favorites right now are Mad Men and Lost.

8. Favorite musician/singer? There are way too may of those too but my old stand by is ahh oh wa! Prince.

9. Favorite website? Don’t have one.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Batman

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Congratulations to two-time Tony Award winner and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Christine Ebersole for winning the 2010 Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist in a Major Engagement.”

The 8th Annual Nightlife Awards ceremony will be held January 25 at 7pm at Town Hall in NYC on 43rd Street (between 6th & 7th Avenue). Bruce Vilanch hosts. For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com or at Town Hall Box Office (123 West 43rd Street, New York City).

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