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Good looks and the extraordinary talent to back it up, Michael West is a performer you should go see! With impeccable comedic timing, Michael is was a long time favorite at “Forbidden Broadway” which allowed him to showcase his dead-on perfect impressions of celebrities as well as his rich baritone vocals. His other theatrical credits include “Mr. President,” “Forbidden Vegas,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “My Fair Lady,” “Oklahoma,” “Della’s Diner,” “Dracula,” and the 1997 Drama Desk Award winner for Best Musical Revue “When Pigs Fly.” Internationally, Michael also starred in “Forbidden Hollywood.” Currently, Michael can be seen tearing up the stage in the hit Off-Broadway musical “NEWSical The Musical” with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Christine Pedi, Christina Bianco, and produced by Tom D’Angora. “NEWSical The Musical” plays at the Kirk Theatre in the  Theatre Row complex in NYC (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue). For much more on Michael be sure to visit http://www.michaelwest.net.

Michael is not only a performer, but a certified AFAA personal trainer. When Michael is not entertaining audiences around the world, he uses his many talents keeping individuals fit and sexy. To find out how Michael can help you reach your fitness goal, visit http://www.michaelwestfitness.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Merman. I used to go into my basement and put on “Merman Sings Merman” and try to sing as loud as she did. Wait… is that a sad story?

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I’m about a C to an A – a little over two and a half octaves, but paying customers might prefer that I not go quite that low or quite that high.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? ONE?  That list is long. Shall we start with Mr. Sondheim? I guess that makes me a cliché. Or maybe that just reinforces the fact that I am, indeed, a cliché.

4. Do you have any rituals you have to do before a performance? Before a performance – I find a space in the curtain or the proscenium and peek at the audience. I HAVE to see them before I get out there. I don’t know why. How do you decompress after a show? After a show, generally a rum and diet coke (we supermodels have to watch our figures) and I’m good.

5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The “clean underwear” advice from my mom has always served me pretty well.  As a performer, I adhere to the old adage “Sincerity is everything. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I think most of my talents would fall into those categories.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I work out like a maniac. I started working out in my late teens, which has been (cough, cough) twenty – (hack, snort, accidental fart) something years.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Depends on the guy. Oh wait – you mean for myself?  Boxer briefs.

9. Favorite website? I’m an obsessive shopper, particularly for someone who lives on the brink of financial disaster, so I guess my current favorite is gilt.com – I’m keeping them in business. Or… is this where I plug my website?  Well, if you insist.  www.michaelwest.net and www.michaelwestfitness.com.

10. “Mary” or “Rhoda”? Hmmmm… is that a reference from some tv show from long before I was born? OK – Mary. Favorite Mary quote: “I’ve been around. Well alright, I might not’ve been around, but I’ve been nearby.”  That’s my life, in a nutshell.

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Douglas Sills is a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominee for his performance in Broadway’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” With a stage presence, talent, a big booming voice, and good looks, Douglas Sills is your go to guy! His many other stage credits include the Broadway revival of “Little Shop of Horrors,” Encores! productions of “Music in the Air” and “Carnival,” “On The 20th Century” for the Actors Fund, “Moonlight and Magnolias” at MTC, and BCEFA’s benefit “Broadway Backwards 5.” On the road, Douglas has starred in the National Tours of “The Scarlett Pimpernel” for which he was an Ovation Award winner, “The Secret Garden,” and “Into The Woods.” Regionally, he has been seen in “She Loves Me” (Westport Playhouse), “A Little Night Music” (Kennedy Center), “Much Ado About Nothing” (South Coast Rep), “Mack and Mabel” (Reprise), “Othello,” “Cymbeline,” and “Merry Wives” (Cal Shakes), “The Philadelphia Story,” “Richard II,” “Henry IV”, “Henry V,” and “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” Television audiences will recognize Douglas from his guest appearances on “CSI,” “The Closer,” “Numb3rs,” and “Will & Grace,” while film goers will remember him from “Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo. Douglas just completed a run as “Captain Hook/Mr. Darling” in Papermill Playhouse’s smash hit production of “Peter Pan” (which co-starred fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Nancy Anderson and Zachary Infante). Douglas is gearing up for his next move, so until it’s announced, be sure to keep up with him on Facebook!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? So many. And I look for fresh inspiration all the time.
An interesting mix Olivier, Gielgud, Richardson, Alec Guinness, Peter O’Toole…..and Al Jolson,

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Don’t know. Try not to take notice of absolutes like that. It seems only to enforce limits rather than encourage the spirit of an idea.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Cherry Jones

4. Do you have any rituals that have to do before each performance? How do you decompress after a show? Rituals change according to the demands of the piece.  Sometimes I jog to the theater, or do a recorded warm-up geared to the piece, read historically-related fiction about the period….but whatever it is, it’s generally solitary activity. Decompression also varies depending on the situation….ie: comedy or tragedy, musical or play, near home or long travel afterward,  friends in the show or not. Nothing too routine for decompression. Usually have to get back to let the dog out . She’s been my decompression more than anything….Care of something outside myself. I like to get home and bring something to my partner.

5. What’s your proudest moment? Having my folks attend the Tony Awards at which I was nominated and performed.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can dismember a body in 32 minutes.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? My favorite way would be to eat whatever I like…but that doesn’t work. Ummm working is my favorite way to stay in shape generally. But I like to push myself to try new things….ie: did Bikram for a while. Tried a vegan regimen for a while. I get the feeling yoga is likely the best approach for me.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers around the house. Briefs otherwise.

9. Favorite website? Dailycoyote.net

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Neither. Spongebob, Peter Griffin or Larry David.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite quote? “Astound yourself with your personal courage everyday”  -Olivier

12. Favorite way to spend your day off? Strolling a shaded beach with my dog and my partner, looking for sea life in the shallows.

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Christine Pedi is an award winning performer who will crack you up with her dead-on impersonations and impressions, while dazzle you with her vocals. Her cabaret shows have earned Christine a MAC Award, New York Nightlife Award, a Backstage Bistro Award as well as being named one of the “Top Ten Memorable Theatre Moments of the Year” by Broadwayworld.com and Show Business Weekly named her “Best Female Cabaret Performer.” In addition to her cabaret work, Christine is a well known theatre performer who has performed in multiple incarnations of “Forbidden Broadway,” earning herself a Drama Desk nomination and LA Ovation award. Her Broadway credits include “Talk Radio” and “Little Me.” Her other stage credits include “The A Train Plays,” “The 24 Hour Plays,” Edith Wharton’s “Xingu,” “Dalliance in Vienna,” “Fanny Brice,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “A Broadway Diva Christmas,” and “Carlotta the Gypsy Cow.” Christine just finished up a run in the Off-Broadway’s “NEWSical the Musical” produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora along with Fred M. Caruso. Stay tuned because Christine is planning her next move…but for more on Christine, in the meantime, visit http://www.christinepedi.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Nobody specifically just the love of music and theatre. Probably the composers.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? One? Are you kidding? Let’s start with Stephen Sondheim….

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I AM strange and unusual but not for any particular reason.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for yourself? RELAX!

5. What is your proudest moment? A toss up between a few well received performances I did at Gypsy of the Year and Avery Fisher Hall and some wonderful compliments given to me by a few of my theatre idols.  Those are my most cherished possessions.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks: (get ready) Tall, Decaf, espresso frappuccino with mocha chips. Use HALF the Frappucino mix and extra ice. (This baffles many a barrista but I don’t give up till they get it right since this gives me a super thick less caloric coffee experience.)  Bill Mahers “New Rules” states “You’re an asshole IF: it takes more than two words to order your coffee”…color me ASSHOLE.

7. Best holiday gift ever? Mom & Dad gave me a star shaped brass paperweight engraved with “Never give up love Mom & Dad”

8. Favorite comedian? I love many for many different reasons Dame Edna, Don Rickles, Fran Drescher, Carol Burnett, Robert Klein, Lucille Ball…

9. Favorite website? iTunes Music Store, IMDB.com & Zappos.com (they deliver shoes for FREE!)

10. “Mary” or “Rhoda”? Rhoda.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite store to shop in? Lord & Taylor, Bed Bath and Beyond (The happiest place on earth).

12. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I can hit a high C (maybe a note or 2 higher tho seriously when am I ever gonna have to?)I have a little over 3 octaves with a pretty low range.  Call me before 11am and you can hear what I mean.

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Actor, director, and playwright, Jeff Seabaugh, travels across many aspects of theatre. Acting since the 2nd grade, Jeff has starred in such productions as “Oliver!,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Diary of Anne Frank,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Enrico IV,” “The Cenci,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and most recently “The Producers.” He is one of the founders of the Off-Off-Broadway theatre company Native Aliens Theatre Collective in which Jeff both performed and directed many of their productions as well as wrote his first play as a playwright, “In My Dreams.” His performing credits with Native Aliens include: “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Ticket to Ride,” “Harvey Milk Holiday Pageant,” “Butch It Up!,” “Butch It Up: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” “Butch It Up: Behind Bars,” and “Young Stowaways in Space” while his directing credits include: “In My Dreams,” “Swing Out Bernadette,” “Furious,” “Civilized,” “A Loss of Color,” “Vieux Carre,” “Vessels,” “My Father’s Son,” “Songs from the Third Floor,” and “Pillow Talk.” He has also directed several productions at the Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick, Maine including: “All Shook Up,” “Oliver!,” “Seussical,” “The Music Man,” and “Bye Bye Birdie.” Jeff’s most recent play “How to Make An American Family” was featured in the 2009 Midtown International Theatre Festvial, starring Jeff. For more on Jeff, be sure to check out his website: http://www.jeffseabaugh.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Carol Burnett.

2. When did you realize you wanted to become a performer? I was in a school play in 2nd grade and I knew I had the bug! I was “the ringmaster” at a Circus.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I like to flare my nostrils to the beat of a good song.

4. What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you? Say your words loud and don’t fall off the stage. -Josie Helming, Professor, The University of Memphis

5. Who do you consider to be your hero? My partner, Randy.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Bavarian Creme Donut and oh, maybe a medium coffee with H/H & sugar.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

8. Favorite website? http://www.huffingtonpost.com.

9. Books or magazines? Both.

10. “Ellen” or “Seinfeld”? Ellen.

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Ordinary DaysJaredGertner01Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jared Gertner, along with Hunter Foster, Lisa Brescia, and Kate Wetherhead in Roundabout Theatre’s production of “Ordinary Days.” According to press notes, “Ordinary Days” tells the story about four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, and cabs. It’s sure to be a good time!

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From starring as “Seymour” in Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” to “William Barfee” in Broadway’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, Jared Gertner is the guy for your production! He’s one of the “Core Cast Improviser’s” in the Off-Broadway hit “Don’t Quit Your Night Job” and he just finished up a run of “Forever Plaid” at The Cape Playhouse in Massachusetts. Jared has also been the feature films “Between Love & Goodbye” & “The Suicide Auditions”. Next up Jared will be one of the many talented performers participating in the “Reach The Sky” concert on Monday, August 3 at 7pm & 9:30pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City celebrating the songs of Bobby Cronin. For more on Jared, visit http://www.jaredgertner.com!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would have to say I was inspired by my parents.  They were not performers themselves, but they love theatre and they started taking me to Broadway shows when I was 3 (Cats was the first one….forgive me, but I loved it). I also have a cousin who was a dancer on Broadway in the 80’s and an Aunt who ran a community theatre in NJ where I got my start. So they helped too.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I don’t think I have any really strange talents. I can do a pretty good elephant impression that my 2 year old nephew likes a lot, and I can burp on cue. But I’m really public about those talents.

3. What was your most embarrassing audition? When I was just out of college, I auditioned for a production of Forever Plaid at some small theatre. I went to the store to buy a song from that show and I got the “selections” book. I didn’t realize at my young age, that those books are often in the wrong key and have totally different arrangements from the actual score. I went in with the song all prepared and the guy at the piano said….”oh, I have the score here. I’ll just play from my music.” So I started singing and realized that I had no idea how the song actually went. I was truly awful in that room. I sounded like I’d never sang a song before. When I was done, they just said thanks and dismissed me. The happy ending here….is that I am doing Forever Plaid right now at The Cape Playhouse.   Years have gone by and I’m doing the show in a much better theatre. So, it all worked out.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I would probably be a teacher. I teach theatre for a bunch of different companies and I love it. If I wasn’t an actor full time, I’d probably pursue that. Theatre actor and teacher…..clearly I am just after the money with those two high paying professions.

5. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs. Its the only way to go.

6. Favorite Drink? Alcoholic or non-alcoholic? I’ll give you both. I drink water more than anything else. I’m obsessed with it. But, every once and a while I crave a Doctor Pepper. As for REAL drinks….I’m usually a beer drinker….Yuengling is my favorite. But, if I’m feeling crazy….its a dirty Bombay Sapphire Martini straight up.

7. “Gobots” or “Transformers”? To be honest, I wasn’t really into either.  I was a He-Man and Thundercats kind of guy. But if I have to choose, I’d say Gobots.  I say that because with the Transformer movies  and everything, Gobots seem like the underdogs now. I always root for the underdog.

8. Favorite Musical/Play? Hmm. I have two favorite musicals….Chorus Line and Guys and Dolls. Favorite play would probably be Hamlet or August:Osage County.

9. Favorite website? www.jaredgertner.com.  No, just kidding. Right now, it’s Facebook.com. I am obsessed with it. My love will probably fizzle out at some point, but for now….I am on there all the time.

10. Books or Magazines? Do I really have to choose. For subway reading, I prefer magazines. But, overall….books.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite Actor? Wow. Bonus questions. Do I get extra points or something. My favorite actor?  I have a lot. On film….Robert Downey Jr, Paul Giamatti, and Sean Penn pop up right away.  On television….I think Michael Emerson from LOST is ridiculously amazing, and I think Jim Parsons is doing the best comedic work out there on Big Bang Theory. My theatre idol is Boyd Gaines. I love the way he goes back and forth between musicals and plays and is equally brilliant in everything he does.

12. What do you love and what stresses you most about your job? I love the rehearsal process. I love being in a room and creating something with other people who inspire me. I also love that I get a bunch of free shoes when shows end. The stressful part is what you’d imagine…..waiting to hear about a job, handling the business stuff. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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