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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” 2nd Anniversary

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I am so honored to be celebrating my 2nd Anniversary here at “Adaumbelle’s Quest.” It has been very exciting to have the continued opportunity to bring my love of entertainment and interviewing to so many people. I’m very humbled by the growth of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” in this second year and hope that this expansion continues.

I may be the face of this site, but “Adaumbelle’s Quest” would not be without each and everyone of you:

Every performer and artist I have had the opportunity to interview. The fact that you took time out of your lives to answer my questions is truly a dream come true for me.

Every press agent who has taken the time to help me get so many of my participants. I would not have been able to interview them without your assistance!

Each and every person who takes the time to read “Adaumbelle’s Quest,” whether it’s on a daily, weekly, monthly, or a whenever I can basis. I’m thrilled to have your support and the reality that I have fans is another dream come true for me.

My many friends who provide me with guidance and support, allow me to talk their ear off about ideas, always there to answer my infinite amount of computer questions, and those who help me with my logos, business cards, and buttons. How would I manage this all on my own? I’m so lucky to have you in my life!

ITBA for your support and giving me a place to meet other theater bloggers.

My family for their constant love and support.

    Photo by Ben Strothmann

So once again, thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the time, support, and love you give to me and this site. I’m amazed by these two years, not only of the growth of this site, but how this site has affected my personal growth. I’m so fortunate to have it and I don’t take anyone who has ever had an interaction with this site for granted. Thank you for sticking by me and I hope you all continue to do so!

    1. How do you decide who you want to interview? Initially it was artists and performers I have been a long time fan of, but it quickly became an outlet to also promote new talent I’m introduced to.

    2. Who has been your best and worst interview? You’ll have to wait for the book on this one! (hahahaha)…Seriously though, I just feel fortunate I’ve gotten to interview everyone I have because it’s been a dream of mine to be part of the entertainment community and I finally feel like I’m starting to move in.

    3. What are some of the most popular answers? That’s really tough because everyone is so individualized in their answers, but if I had to choose, many people answer Meryl Streep when I ask “Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to?”

    It’s pretty divided between Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts or they don’t like corporate coffee places when I ask “Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts?” It’s also pretty divided between “Superman” or “Wonder Woman,” though every now and then someone gets upset I only give choices for DC Comics. The reasoning behind that is growing up I wasn’t a big comic book fan, so when I watched superhero cartoons on TV, I didn’t know one was DC and one was Marvel. To me it was just a superhero. Plus, when I was thinking of these questions, I thought if two superheros were to have it out, it would be “Superman” and “Wonder Woman.”

    For “Boxers or Briefs”…most people answer boxer briefs, but briefs do seem to win out more over boxes, unless they go commando.

    4. Favorite place to write? My apartment and sometimes on vacation, but anywhere that can just allow me to be with my thoughts and little distraction.

    5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “The impossible is something that hasn’t been tried”–Ernst Bulova. “You can’t get a yes without asking the question.”–Bob Trautman.

    6. What’s your proudest moment? The moment I realized I am finally living the life I always dreamed for myself, just in a completely different way than I imagined.

    7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Sleeping in, going to the gym, catching up on TV shows, hanging with friends, taking a nap, going for a walk, or drinking a vanilla chai tea latte.

    8. Favorite skin care product? Origins…Perfect World Toner, Perfect World for Eyes, Matte Scientist (which they recently discontinued…please bring it back!), Never A Dull Moment, Skin Diver, Checks and Balances, and Firefighter. I also used to love Susan Lucci’s hair care products and her Youthful Essence Microdermabrasion.

    9. Favorite TV Show? I’m sure there are many more, but this is what I could remember. Now: “90210,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Modern Family,” “Glee,” “Cougar Town,” “Mike and Molly,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and “Raising Hope.” Then: “The Golden Girls,” “Family Ties,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Saved By The Bell,” “California Dreams,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “Donna Reed,” “Bewitched,” “Punky Brewster,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Silver Spoons,” “He-Man,” “She-Ra,” “GI Joe,” “Superfriends,” “Wonder Woman,” “Ellen” (TV sitcom), “The Class,” “Gobots,” “Jem and the Holograms,” “Bette,” “Sordid Lives: The Series,” “It’s All Relative,” “Strong Medicine,” “Any Day Now,” and “The Practice.”

    10. Favorite Comedian? Ellen DeGeneres, Wendy Liebman, Sandra Bernhard, Jessica Kirson, Leslie Jordan, Chelsea Handler, and Julie Halston.

    BONUS QUESTIONS:

    11. Favorite kind of sundae? Cookies & Cream ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

    12. Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? Smooth, so it spreads perfectly when I make my yummy peanut butter and cheese sandwiches!

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Levi Kreis is a multi-talented award winning performer. He won the Tony Award and Outer Circle Critics Award for his portrayal of “Jerry Lee Lewis” in the hit Broadway show “Million Dollar Quartet,” a role he originated in Chicago, where he was nominated for a Jeff Award. In addition to theatre, Levi has appeared in various short films including “Frality” (with Bill Paxton and Matthew McConaughey) and the award-winning independent film “Don’t Let Go.”

Levi is also a successful recording artist. His debut album “One of the Ones” was released in 2005, following an appearance on NBC’s “The Apprentice.” Songs from his debut CD  have been featured on such hits shows as “The Apprentice,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “The Young and the Restless.” Releasing his second album in 2006, “The Gospel According to Levi,” Levi’s music continued to be placed in various television shows and films. His video for “We’re Okay,” from the album, held the #1 spot for nine weeks on MTV’s Logo network. 2009 saw the release of Levi’s third album “Where I Belong” which infuses down home southern soul with pop sensibilities. His first single “Nothing At All,” debuted on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” and delivered a #1 video for MTVMusic.com and #1 for nine weeks on MTV’s Logo network. Levi’s song “Hardly A Hero,” also from “Where I Belong” was included in the recently released “Kiss The Bride” soundtrack. Through his music, Levi has shared the stage with such artists as Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Collective Soul, and Cyndi Lauper from whom he opened for at Wrigley Field.

Photo by Michael Rowe

In addition to entertaining audiences nightly in Broadway’s hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet” as “Jerry Lee Lewis” (on Sept. 10 you can see the real life Jerry Lee Lewis make a one night only appearance performing alongside the cast at curtain call), at the Nederlander Theatre in NYC (208 West 41st Sreet), Levi is gearing up for the release of his second single and video “Gonna Be Alright,” from “Where I Belong.” For much more on Levi and all his greatness, be sure to visit http://www.levikreis.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I sort of came out of the womb performing. I always knew that’s what I wanted to do. Along the way there have been artists, primarily recording artists who have been a huge inspiration for me like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Tina Turner. They, along with other old-school R&B artists have always informed me of what I wanted to do with my own music and my own self-expression.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I have no idea. I’ve never sat and looked at it on the keyboard. I think a lot of people who have found themselves where I am probably have spent a lot of their years studying traditional voice and legit voice and have wonderful impressive degrees in theatre and acting and I find myself in the midst of a community who I have the greatest amount of respect for because they are so educated and have honed their craft so much, but for me, I do feel a little bit like a fish out of water because I come from a place of instinct.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual that no one knows about? I’ve always had a knack for spiritual studies. I’ve always had a burning passion to study all religions of all types in an attempt to find very practical and tangible ways that we can apply certain principles to our day to day living. On the lighter side though, I’m also good at clogging.

4. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Megan Mullally. I’d love to work with her whether it be TV or musical theatre. She’s a master at timing and putting a button on the end of a moment. Also to work with Sean Hayes would be a dream come true!

5. Do you have any rituals that you need to perform before a show? How do you decompress after a show? I usually like to spend 10 minutes prior to the show doing a quick meditation, getting centered and forgetting the day and what got me there and forgetting what is waiting for me after the show and get very intentional about being present in every moment. It makes my job more fun to make that concerted effort do that before the show. It doesn’t take me long to decompress at all. I’m usually in bed about 45 minutes after that curtain comes down. I’m an early to bed, early riser…not what you would traditionally find for someone who works on Broadway, I would imagine. I come home and my baby’s got dinner on the table. I eat, shower off, and I’m straight to bed.

6. Favorite meal off the $1 menu? For the most part I try to stay away from that, but I love the McChicken sandwich.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I love weight training. I go to the gym 6 days a week. It’s my escape, it’s my meditation. I get out of the city and go to NJ, so I can find a gym that is calm and quiet, and kill it for an hour and a half and come home.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers.

9. Favorite website? Twitter

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Sean Williams Scott.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Let it go.”

13. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve read about yourself and where did you read it? I can’t really answer that because I don’t read about myself. After releasing my last album, I stopped reading anything about myself.

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On Thursday, April 1, 2010 I attended the WCBS-FM (101.1) radio’s Listener Party of the new Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet” at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City (41st Street between 7th 7 8th Ave). This fun, energetic, and rockin’ new show seems to have it all…a stellar cast, great music, and most of all high energy performances! The show tells the true life story of the famous recording session that happened on December 4, 1956 between Elvis Presley (played by Eddie Clendening), Johnny Cash (played by Lance Guest), Jerry Lee Lewis (played by Levi Kreis), and Carl Perkins (played by Robert Britton Lyons). The cast also features Elizabeth Stanley as “Dyanne” (Elvis’ girlfriend at the time) and Hunter Foster who plays “Sam Phillips” (the founder of Sun Records where the recording session takes place).

While at the listener party, I learned about the making of the show, what changes the creators made to the show after it’s Chicago run and just how much fun the actors are having. Below is a highlighted recap of the jam session as well as a montage of some of the music from the show. Sit back, relax and I’ll have more of a review of the show after I see it later this week, so stay tuned…

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