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Eve Plumb as "Miss Abigail" Photo By Carol Rosegg

Tonight I had the opportunity to see “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage” for a second time, but the first time since it officially opened. Written by Ken Davenport and Sarah Saltzberg and starring Eve Plumb (“Jan Brady” from “The Brady Bunch, “Fudge’s Mother” on “Fudge”) as “Miss Abigail” and Manuel Herrera (“Legally Blond” and “West Side Story” on Broadway) as her ever so faithful assistant “Paco,” “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage” takes the audience on an interactive ride through dating, mating, and marriage tips, rituals, and techniques.

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Eve Plumb as "Miss Abigail" & Manuel Herrera as "Paco" Photo By Carol Rosegg

“Miss Abigail” demonstrates her techniques on how to flirt and attract the person you are interested in…whether it’s showing them your “This seat is available” look or seductively licking the “milk mustache” off of your lips or telling them their shoulders look tense and giving them a little massage, “Miss Abigail’s” advice my seem old fashioned, but is still quite relevant today (I have tried several of her techniques and have had great success). As “Miss Abigail” and “Paco” say in the show, “Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards.” There to assist “Miss Abigail’s” every need is her ever faithful assistant “Paco” who not only helps demonstrates these techniques, but tries to use a few of them himself! Always wanting to make sure “Miss Abigail” looks her best, “Paco” does whatever it takes to make that happen, even if that means being the bunt of the joke himself!

The chemistry between Eve and Manuel has really grown much stronger since I saw the show this past fall. Not only do they play off of the audience, but they really play off of each other really well, sometimes leaving the audience wondering, “Was that part of the show?” This fun and very entertaining show is so worth it. I have now left this show smiling, feel better than before I went in, and always being reminded that love is possible…I just have to try different techniques along the way!

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"Love, Lust, or Stalking" Photo By Carol Rosegg

If you’re looking for the perfect “date” show, girls night out, anniversary celebration, or just an evening of pure delight, then I would highly suggest checking out “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage” playing at Sophia’s Downstairs Theater (221 West 46th Street, between Broadway & 8th Ave). If you enter discount code DATING after you click on the performance you want to see, you can get discounted tickets for just $45! (Regular price: $75)

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When I leave a show smiling, feeling lighter than when I went in, and able to forget my stresses of the day, I know the show did it’s job. That is exactly how I felt after seeing the new Off-Broadway comedy “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage” written by Ken Davenport and upcoming “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Sarah Saltzberg. “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage” stars Eve Plumb as “Miss Abigail” and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Manuel Herrera as her sidekick “Paco” who take you through a hilarious 90 minutes of dating, mating, and marriage tips. A funny book, audience interaction, Eve Plumb’s energy and great comedic timing by Manuel Herrera make this show very enjoyable. Some of the “Miss Abigail’s” dating tips are “Show your best ‘This seat is available look'” or “Lick your lips seductively as you wipe that whip cream off your upper lip.” These funny, yet usable tips, along with good chemistry between Eve and Manuel kept the audience laughing.

This is an evening of pure, light-hearted fun that left me smiling and happy. Give yourself and friend/partner an evening of light-hearted fun by going to see “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage” at Sofia’s Downstairs Theater (221 West 46th Street, between Broadway & 8th Ave in NYC).

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Manuel Herrera is an actor on the rise! His Broadway credits include “West Side Story,” “Legally Blonde,” “Sweet Charity,” “Wicked,” and “The Music Man.” Off-Broadway, Manuel has been seen in “The Seven” while film audiences have seen him in “Sex and the City 2” as “Sergio.” Manuel’s numerous commercial work includes Mohegan Sun, Joe Boxer, Winterfresh Gum, Mervyns, and Optimum Online. Now Manuel can be seen starring alongside Eve Plumb (the original “Jan Brady”) in the hilarious new musical comedy “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage!” at Sofia’s Downstairs Theatre in NYC (221 West 46th Street, between Broadway and & 8th Ave).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would have to say %100 Michael Jackson.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Wow, thats hard!! I guess, I would have to say Joe Mantello. I know I’ve worked with him before, but I’ve never worked with him on a play, and that’s what I would really want to do.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Probably real-estate, I really enjoy it. I think I would be more of a flipper, than a realtor though.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I haven’t done it in a while, but I guess I would have to say drawing. When I was younger I won an award at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for a drawing that I did.

5. Favorite meal off the $1 menu? I’m not a big fast food person anymore, but if I were gonna do it I would get Chicken McNuggets!!

6. Favorite skin care product? I really like that Anthony’s skin care line for men. Especially the after shave in-grown hair cream.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Going to the gym, and doing the Body-For-Life routine mixed with interval training cardio exercises, and throwing in different things I see in Mens Health.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Calvin Klein briefs for sure.

9. Favorite website? Probably Petfinder.com, and of course missabigailsguide.com!!!

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman! 1. Because, I don’t know much about Wonder Woman, and B. Because, I’ve always wanted to look like a muscle man.


11. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Be in the moment” (That’s for all facets of life. It’s not just an acting thing).

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I’m lucky because she sleeps with me every night, I don’t have to dream. My Wife!!!

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This contest is now over. Congratulations go out to Craig on being this week’s winner! Tune in next week for another edition of “Win It Wednesday” because you never know, the winner just might be you! It’s another edition of “Win It Wednesday” here on “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and this week one lucky winner, at random, will have the chance to win 2 tickets to this Monday’s (Ocotber 11) Robert Rokicki (“Love, NY,” “Relativity,” “Polly Want A Mortgage?”) concert at The Palace Theatre at 8pm in Danbury, CT by answering the question below. The winner will be announced at 5pm!

Produced by TheStage Repertory Theatre, come hear fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Anne Brummel (“Wicked,” “Evita”), along with Michael Scott (“Hair,” “Tarzan,” “Elf”), Megan Reinking (“Hair,” “Lestat,”), Amanda Flynn (“Wicked,” “Mamma Mia”), Brian Gallagher (“Wonderland”), and Nick Dalton (“Legally Blonde,” “Hairspray”) sing Robert’s music!

If you could write a song Robert’s style, what would you title it?

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I had the fortunate experience of having a one on one interview with Autumn Hurlbert after seeing her in Bobby Cronin’s concert “Not The Same: The Music and Lyrics of Bobby Cronin” on Sunday, March 28. With a big beautiful voice and stage presence to go with it, Autumn not only has the talent, but she is gracious, personable, and full of energy. From starring in the first national tour of “Little Women” to regional productions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Les Miserables,” and “Evita,” Autumn gained national attention as the runner up in MTV’s reality series “Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods.” Since then, she has continued entertaining audiences. She joined Broadway’s “Legally Blonde” until it closed in 2008, then starred in “Glimpses of the Moon” at the Algonquin Hotel, “On The Town” at Encores, “Beehive” at the Maltz Jupiter Theater in FL, and “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959” (which also starred fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Lee Aaron Rosen) at the 2009 NYC International Fringe Festival. Autumn has a few projects in the works, so stay tuned to find out when they come about and in the meantime be sure to visit http://www.autumnhurlbert.com for more on Autumn.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My dad because he was in a band when he was in college, but his dream of becoming a musician never came to fruition. He became a banker instead. My parents never pushed anything on me and just allowed me to explore the arts and it was very obvious very quickly that this is where I belonged. Growing up I loved Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters…all the curly haired girls.

1a. Is that where you get your big beautiful belt from, from loving Bette and Bernadette? You know where I get my big beautiful belt from, I had colic when I was a baby and my mom said I screamed every single day of the first year of my life. So I think I have a big voice because I got good training, screaming, as a baby.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? The lowest note I can sing is Low E below C, highest note I can belt is a high B flat or B, highest note I can sing is High F or G.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Too many names to pick, but I would really, really, love to  work with is Lin-Manuel Miranda. He has such great energy. I’ve seen “In The Heights” a bunch of times and he’s so smart, humble, and really innovative. I think he’s really fabulous.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Oh, I’ve never been asked a question like that. That’s scandalous! I would probably dream that Henry Krieger wrote a fierce song for me.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I am able to stick objects in my nose. I can make a q-tip disappear into my nasal cavity. If I stick 2 things in my nose, I can make them hang from my nostrils. Actually, everybody can do that because if you cut your nose off your face you just have two holes and I found mine. It’s disgusting, I know, but I love freaking people out.

6. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor & toppings)? If I got a Sundae with lots of toppings it would be vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate and strawberries. If I had just plain ice cream my favorite flavor is mint chocolate chip all the way.

7. Favorite kind of shoes? All Shoes.

8. Favorite skin care product? Burt’s Bees when I’m not working and Origins when I’m employed.

9. Favorite website? Etsy.com or Apartment Therapy.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. I was her for Halloween. Rope, cuffs, and starred undies included.


11. Favorite quote? I have a lot of favorite quotes, but I will say “leap and the net will appear.”

12. Favorite play/musical? Play: “Lend Me A Tenor” or “August Osage County.” Musical: “Once on this Island.”

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Fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Andy Karl has joined the cast of Broadway’s “Wicked” playing the part of “Fiyero.” If you haven’t seen this show, now would be a great time as Andy will entice and enchant you like no other “Fiyero” has with his good looks, sexy and vibrant singing voice as well as his brilliant comedic timing. Take yourself down to the Emerald City at the Gershwin Theatre in NYC (51st Street between Broadway & 8th Avenue) for a “Wicked” good time!

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OrfehOrfeh, a Tony Award nominee, is a voice to be heard. She started her career in the 1990s as the lead singer of the dance group “Or-N-More”. The group’s self-titled album went gold and their single “Everyotherday” climbed to #1 on the club music charts. Orfeh made her Broadway debut in 1998 in “Footloose” as the understudy to every female role in the show. She then went on to star in the ten-member company of “The Gershwins’ FascinatingRhythm” in which Orfeh belted out modern interpretations of Gershwin classics, alongside Adriane Lenox, Sara Ramirez, & Patrick Wilson. Even though it closed after 17 performances, Orfeh’s next shining moment was just around the corner in Broadway’s “Saturday Night Fever”, not only did she receive rave reviews from critics, she also won the rave review her co-star and now husband, Andy Karl. After “Saturday Night Fever”, Orfeh and Andy both starred in quite a few of shows together: “Me & Mrs. Jones”, “Bright Lights, Big City” (both at the Prince Theater in PA), and “Legally Blonde” which garnered Orfeh a Tony Award nomination for Beast Featured Actress. Off-Broadway, she has starred in “Janis Joplin in Love” & “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” as well as the Actor’s Fund of America benefit concerts of “Dreamgirls” & “Hair”. In addition to theatre, Orfeh has found time to guest star on such TV shows as “Sex and the City”, “Chappelle’s Show”, & “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. Her latest project is the release of her solo debut album “What Do You Want From Me” which can be found online and in record stores around the country. Be sure to catch Orfeh this Wednesday, August 12 in New York City at 8pm, at Ars Nova in in “Remember The Time: The Music of Michael Jackson”. For tickets visit: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/7404395 and for all the latest and greatest on Orfeh, check out www.orfeh.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I don’t know if it was a specific performer that inspired me, there were many in all genres. Going to the movies, or listening to the radio, that inspired me and I knew that whatever it was that those people were doing (making movies, making records), that’s what I wanted to do. I have had a life long devotion to Prince, if I had to mention someone by name specifically.

2. When did you realize you wanted to become a performer? I think I was about 6 years old and started to sing every song I heard anywhere. Taking a road trip with me was always an interesting experience for my family because there was the car radio and then there was ME 🙂

3. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I’m not sure what the lowest note is but I have been told by Seth Rudetsky that I have belted an F# 2ce over middle C.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I am apparently a good make-up artist. In addition to having done my own, at times rather garish “beat” for all the Broadway and off Broadway shows I’ve been in, I’ve done much subtler and more appropriate make-up for a bunch of my friends on several important occasions. I learned the skill from some excellent make-up artists throughout the years and my friend and make-up artist Isabel. If all else fails…

5. What defines good theatre? That’s a more involved answer than a sentence or two can give it justice but to put it simply, I think if you leave the theatre feeling better/moved/different in any way than when you came in, you’ve had a good theatrical experience. Especially with regards to musical theatre.

6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My dreams are really lucid and complicated as they are so I don’t even want to guess.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I don’t drink coffee, never have but I love, love Dunkin’ donuts toasted coconut donuts.

8. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, of course!

9. What skin care products do you use? Foaming cleanser, astringent, eye cream and a really great face cream with SPF.

10. Describe your worst shopping experience? I don’t think you can have a bad shopping experience, at least I haven’t.

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Andy KarlOriginally from Baltimore, Maryland, Andy Karl has made his mark in the Broadway community. He originated the roles of “Luke” in the Off-Broadway smash hit “Altar Boyz” and “Adam” in the Off-Broadway show “Slut”. He’s starred on Broadway in “Saturday Night Fever”,”The Wedding Singer” and “Legally Blonde” and toured the country with “Disney On The Record”, “Cats”, and “Tommy”. You can now see Andy in the hit musical “9 to 5” playing the character of “Joe”, the love interest for “Violet”, played by Allison Janney. For more on Andy Karl, visit: www.andykarl.com

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Well it’s really a two part answer.  My very 1st inspiration (to perform) came from my chorus teacher back at Towson High.  He asked me to audition for the summer musical “Oklahoma”.  I didn’t expect to be offered a role in the show but was cast as the shows’ villain, Judd Fry.  That same week I broke my foot skate-boarding (oops).  I staggered into rehearsal with crutches and a cast.  Though this could have stopped the average High School performer from making opening night, a unique blend of tenacity and creativity took over as I designed attachments to my cast that looked astoundingly similar to a real boot and nixed the crutches.  I went on for all 3 performances to triumphant applause from parents.

The first person to inspire me to take theatre seriously as a career was a director at my college musical.  I was majoring in music, and paving my way to teaching, but still took part in musicals.  Now there are some people you work with that have that sort of innate artistic vision that you can sense right away.  Everything they do is for the crafting of the show and its success to tell a story…Todd Pearthree back in my hometown was ‘that guy’.  Everyone in the community new that he was one of the best directors to work with.  One day in tech rehearsal he was talking to me and asked what I wanted to be.  I told him I would probably teach music…he looked at me a little oddly and said “I think you may want o give the performing a go because you’d be a success at it.”

That was the first time I remember knowing I had to really give it my everything.

2.  Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I have been very fortunate to work with some people I’ve never dreamed I would.  Directors like Joe Mantello & Jerry Mitchell, actors like Allison Janney & Mark Kudish.  And since I’ve already performed in over 5 shows with my Orfeh, I will   have to tell you someone else. I guess to answer this question I must go back to the previous question of “who inspired me”.  The one musical I would listen to day in and day out before I came to Broadway was ‘The Who’s Tommy’. That CD and production changed my idea of musical theatre all together.  I knew I had to get to NYC and fast.   Michael Cerveris filled my ears with the holiest of Rock Opera, and has since been an idol of the Broadway stage.  He is the one true person I would be honored to work with.  I’ve also met him in gatherings and he’s just a really cool dude as well.

3.   Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Though Orfeh would say I have an unusually tremendous talent to mess up a clean apartment in record time, I personally disagree.

I do, however, have a unique ability to burp long and loud on Que.  I’ve actually used this ability in performances across America when I was on tour with ‘The Who’s Tommy’ and I was Uncle Ernie’s off-stage belch.  100’s of performances and I never missed a beat.

4.  Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? What, and miss all the fun?   Never!!!!!

5.  Who do you consider to be your hero? Obama, Dolly Parton, Scarlett the Cat that pulled her kittens out of burning house, and the people of NYC.

6.  Favorite way to stay in shape? Be in a profession that requires you to look good in tight brown shorts.  Legally Blonde kept me going to the gym.  Since that show ended I’ve decreased my gym time but still try to maintain.

7.  Boxers or briefs? Fitted boxers or briefs that don’t squeeze 🙂

8.  Favorite kind of shoes? Casual sneakers-no laces-black. (Adidas has great ones)

9.  Favorite ride at an amusement park? “Gravitron Starship 2000″  …”The Zipper” is a close 2nd.

10.  Favorite Actor? Phillip Seymour Hoffman is such a kicka** actor, amazing in everything he does…even ‘Twister’. I also think Brendan Fraser is very underrated these days.  His work in Bedazzled is very versatile and very funny.

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