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With the voice of a goddess, it’s no wonder Liz McCartney is a Bistro Award Winner for her one woman show “Rosemary and Time, a musical tribute to Rosemary Clooney.” Liz has been a fixture on Broadway starring in the Tony Award winning revival of “South Pacific,” “Mamma Mia,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Taboo,” “Dance of the Vampires,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “Les Miserables.” Audiences around the country have also been dazzled by the talent that is Liz McCartney. Her regional credits include “Working” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre with new material added by Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Souvenir” at George Street Playhouse, and “Pirates!” at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Currently, Liz can be seen lighting up the stage in “Nighttime Traffic” as part of the NYMF festival in NYC through October 10. For much more on Liz, be sure to visit http://www.lizmccartney.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I always knew I wanted to perform. I am the youngest of four children and percentage-wise most performers are the youngest in their family.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Lowest I don’t know, highest, I have a whistle tone, so I don’t think really counts, but highest on stage was an “E” in “Phantom” and “Dance Of The Vampires.”

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I worked with George Hearn twice, so I think the only other person is, Angela Lansbury.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? It would have to be something creative, designing, or writing.

5. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? No pre-show rituals, after I watch the food network or “Law and Order.”

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I don’t consider any of my talents strange or unusual…I bake , I sew, I write music, I draw…

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks…Dunkin Donuts has started tasting funny over the years.

8. Favorite skin care product? Skyn…it’s from Iceland

9. Favorite website? YouTube…I’m a YouTube junkie!

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman all the way.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Never try and guess what they want…and never use an audition for practice! Oh yes, and this one is the MOST IMPORTANT…Always be nice to the monitor, you never know who they’re friends with.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Antonio Banderas…during Zorro…the first one, I didn’t like the sequel when he got his hair straightened!

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Ann Harada, Jenn Colella, and Andy Karl along with Howard McGillin singing the “Songs of Amanda Green” tonight, July 19 at 7pm at Birdland. $30 cover (general admission) or $40 cover (orchestra) + $10 food/drink minimum.

Amanda Green is a Mac, Bistro, Jonathan Larson, and Songwriter Hall of Fame Award winner. She co-wrote the music for Broadway’s “High Fidelity” and is currently co-writing the lyrics for “Bring It On”, collaborating with Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and collaborating with Doug Wright and T. Bone Burnett on the score for “Hands On A Hardbody.”

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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.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

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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