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Wow, wow, wow is what I have to say after attending the opening night of T. Oliver Reid’s show “This Love I Know” at the Metropolitan Room in NYC. I have never heard T. Oliver Reid sing prior to tonight, but I now see why he was the winner of the 2010 “MetroStar Talent Challenge.” Beating out the other 51 contestants during the 8-week jury and audience-voted elimination-round competition, T. Oliver dazzled throughout.

“This Love I Know” takes the audience on a journey of love. T. Oliver chose songs that have helped him through many loves, both the “falling-in-love” and “on-to-the-next” variety. T. Oliver’s voice is powerful, skilled, and most of all wide-ranged! His voice shined and sparkled throughout the whole set with such classics as “Hooray For Love,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “Autumn In New York,” “This Can’t Be Love,” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”  If you are looking for a show to attend with that special someone or someone you love, then “This Love I Know” at the Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street, between 5th & 6th Ave) is the place to be through February 14 at 7pm! $25 + 2 drink minimum.

T. Oliver Reid has spent the past 12 years entertaining audiences on Broadway in “Chicago,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Follies,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Never Gonna Dance,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Damn Yankees,” and “Mary Poppins.” He has also had the privilege of working onstage with Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jane Krakowski, Karen Ziemba, Blythe Danner, Judith Ivey, Marin Mazzie, Sutton Foster, and Robert Goulet. He’s worked with some of the best directors, choreographers, and musical directors including Kathleen Marshall, Rob Marshall, Rob Ashford, Jerry Zaks, Ann Reinking, and Jerry Mitchell.

Over the past decade, he has donated his time and resources to The Actor’s Fund, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS where he’s served on several fund raising and grant committees as well as committees to help with the distribution of funds to food banks across the country. He is also a charter member of G4G/NYC (Gay for Good, a non-profit service organization). For more on T. Oliver Reid be sure to visit http://toliverreid.com/

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? It would be what. Literally every Saturday morning growing up I watched Turner Classical Movies and the MGM movie musicals. I would sing along to them and get different cast recordings and sing to those. I had the “Annie” cast recording and would sing to it everyday until my mother finally took me to see the road show which was in Charlotte. We went there and that’s where it all started for me.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? That’s a good question. The highest is a Soprano B flat. I used to be able to sing higher, like high E flats, but somewhere along the way, I lost a few notes. The lowest note I can sing is the low F.

3. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I’d love to have David Foster produce something for me. It really goes back and forth between musical theatre and standard pop music composer/lyricists. There are a lot of new composer/lyricist’s I’d like to work with. Me: Which ones? T: I like Scott Alan’s work. I think he’s fantastic.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “You should be singing and not dancing.”

5. What do you get from performing in a solo show that you don’t get from performing in a Broadway show? It’s all about me. Whatever choices I make and songs I choose is about the journey I want to take as opposed to me just being there for someone else’s journey or me filling a part for someone else. It’s a great thing to be able to shape a show myself and to choose all the numbers and sing all the songs and sort of figure out what I want to do. It really becomes more part of you than being part of someone else’s idea.

6. How did you come up with the concept and song selection for your show “This Love I Know?” I had a list of about 40 songs and I would just listen to every song everyday and after a while I was like I don’t want to listen to this one anymore and then take it off the list until I got the list down to a smaller number and then put them in an order that made sense. Me: You did achieve that. I think there was a story that went with the songs and that came through to the audience. T: Thank you, thank you very much.

7. Favorite place to practice/rehearse on your own? When a train is coming into the subway platform that is when I do my loudest singing because I don’t like singing loud around people. When I’m on the train I’m always humming or thinking of songs. I also like to practice in a cafe somewhere because I can’t concentrate well in my apartment, so I’ll go to a cafe and brainstorm my ideas.

8. Favorite way to stay in shape? The gym. Summers I like to ride my bike.

9. Boxers or Briefs? I’ll say briefs, but they are somewhere in between. They are not the usual tighty whities. They are a little bit looser.

10. Favorite website? Facebook.com. I feel like I’m on it all the time.

11. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman definitely!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite place to go on a date in NYC? It would be my favorite restaurant which is actually in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn called Buttermilk Channel. They have the best food on the planet. You really feel like you’re in Brooklyn and the food is amazing.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My best friend who I lost in April 2010.

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Andrew Keenan-Bolger is yet another one of our next generation actors on the rise! On Broadway, he has starred in “Seussical,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Christmas Carol,” and currently “Mary Poppins,” playing “Robertson Ay” (taking over the role from fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” Mark Price). Around the country, Andrew has been on the First National Tours of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (playing “Leaf Coneybear”) “The Grinch” (playing “Max”), “Mary Poppins” (also playing “Robertson Ay”), and “Ragtime.” His other theatrical credits include “It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman” (Dallas Theater Center), “High School Musical” (NAMT), and “Perez Hilton Saves The Universe” (2008 NYC Fringe). Andrew is also sought after for many theatre workshops/readings. Some of his more recent ones have been “Crutchy” in Disney’s “Newsies,” “Mike TeeVee” in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (Marc Shaiman/Scott Whittman, director Sam Mendes), “Jesse” in “Truck Everlasting,” “Omar” in Disney’s “Aladdin,” and “Hal” in “Rocket Scientist” (Playwright’s Horizon).

In addition to theatre, Andrew has shined in such films and TV shows as Nickelodeon’s “The Naked Brothers Band” (“Christophe”), “Marci X,” “One Life To Live,” weekly commentator on FNMTV on MTV, and the hit web series “The Battery’s Down.”

On Monday, February 7, you can catch Andrew along with Lindsay Mendez in Ryan Scott Oliver’s Songbook release concert at 7pm and 9:30pm at Joe’s Pub in New York City!  You can also catch Andrew 8 nights a week on Broadway in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” as “Robertson Ay” at the New Amsterdam Theatre (42nd Street & 7th Avenue) in New York City! For much more on Andrew be sure to visit http://www.andrewkeenanbolger.com

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My sisters are my biggest inspiration. My sister Maggie and I grew up watching Celia perform. When you’re a kid and your big sis is doing something she thinks is cool you’re bound to follow in her footsteps.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Oh jeez. I don’t honestly know. I just try to bark out whatever’s on the page.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I’ve always wanted to work with Michael John LaChiusa. He writes the most ingenious, challenging material in modern musical theatre. I can now cross Ryan Scott Oliver off that same list 🙂

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? To always wear blinders. It’s easy to compare yourself and your achievements to people around you. The time you spend looking side to side, other people are moving forward.

5. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? If I wasn’t an actor, I’d probably be involved in some aspect of filmmaking. Either editing or directing.

6. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? It’s such a cliche, but my shower. I’ve come up with some crazy shit standing under that faucet.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I try to walk to Shake Shack rather than take the subway.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

9. Favorite website? I really love flavorwire.com. It’s a totally hipster culture blog filled with lots of free music, art and news stories.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Absolutely Superman! I spent last summer working on the Strouse and Adams musical of the same name and became fascinated with America’s long obsession with the caped hero.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I make a mean grilled cheese.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My boyfriend, Brian Letendre 🙂

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Be sure to check out fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Mark Price’s fantastic new website aboutmarkprice.com! A groovy, sleek, and stylish site with a wide range of features:

Blog: chronicling all that flows through his head

Acting: Resume and professional contacts to book him (which you really should because Mark Price is a dynamic actor with impeccable comedic timing!)

Writing: Collections of stories he has written

Photos: Travel along with Mark as he takes you on a journey through the world of photography

Mixtape: Find out what tunes gets Mark’s groove going

About: Just that…a brief description of what you’ll find on aboutmarkprice.com

 

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On Monday, November 1, I attended the first of three concerts from Two-Time Tony Nominee and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel‘s brand new show “Back To New York” at Birdland as part of Jim Caruso’s Broadway at Birdland Series.

Performing both new material, fan favorites and some fun surprises, Gavin is back home and NY couldn’t be happier. From the moment Gavin took the stage, he had the crowd captivated. Focusing primarily on songs from his new EP “Quiet” (which was released this past June), Gavin also performed a bunch of new material not on the album. Gavin’s new material shows his continued growth as a singer, songwriter (along with his amazing writing partner Robbie Roth), and performer. The new songs featured, but not on “Quiet” were “Doing It,” “Beautifully Wrong,” and “Favorite Chapter”  while some of the songs performed off of “Quiet” were “Love Fell Down,”  “Green To Grey,” “Lonesome,” and “Hot Ohio.”

No Gavin concert would be complete without a few surprises…for starters, Gavin brought fellow “Hair” cast members Caissie Levy and Steel Burkhardt up on stage to sing a song they all wrote together called “Flower Children” which is a song from their view of what’s going on in the world and what’s to become of the “Flower Children.” Another delight of the evening was when Gavin spotlighted his friendship Celia Keenan-Bolger (“Olive” from “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) and performed a song he wrote for her for her wedding called “You.”  It was a beautiful song about finding the one you love.

Gavin ended the night on quite a high with a new song called “Get Up” about standing up for what you believe in whether that be in a personal relationship with someone or in society. Gavin is many things: an actor, a singer, a songwriter, a performer, and most of all, a genuine, kind, and hard-working individual who values life and the people he has in it!

With only two more chances on November 8 and 15 to see Gavin performing his show “Back To New York” at Birdland, I highly suggest you call 212-581-3080 to see if there are any tickets left!

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel at Symphony Space in NYC on Monday, December 7 along with his song-writing partner Robbie Roth performing some of their original music and Broadway favorites. Showtimes are 7pm & 9:30pm!

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Gavin at Ars NovaTony Award nominee, Gavin Creel has conquered Broadway, the London stage, Music, and Television. Gavin made his Broadway debut as “Jimmy” in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (receiving the Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical). He then went on to star in the Broadway Revival of “La Cage Aux Folles”, followed by the premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Bounce” in Chicago and Washington DC and finally made his London debut in “Mary Poppins” as “Bert”. Gavin has also starred in the TV Movies “Eloise At The Plaza” and “Eloise At Christmastime”.  In 2006, Gavin released his debut record “GOODTIMENATION” and has been playing to sold out crowds at some of New York’s most famous venues such as Joe’s Pub, Irving Plaza, Arelene’s Grocery, and The Zipper Factory. Be sure to catch Gavin in the Broadway revival of “Hair” at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and for all things Gavin Creel, visit www.gavincreel.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? my nana, my sisters, my sixth grade teacher, my show choir director, my u of m professors, my costars, my dog.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? i can do that thing where you make a fart noise with your hand under your armpit. well, with MY hand under MY armpit.  not YOUR hand under– you know.

3. Boxers or Briefs? briefs. in colors.

4. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor and toppings)? i used to kill for a pint of chubby hubby. but, i realized that i am terribly lactose intolerant (like…REALLY intolerant…like, almost lactose racist) so, now i jam on SOY DELICIOUS or SOY DREAM or SOY GOOD or SOY whatever non-dairy.

5. Animal Crackers or Oreos? every time i check out at Bed Bath and Beyond….i wanna buy those damn animal crackers. they just look so gooooood!  i’ll go for them.  but if they’re double stuffed, then oreos.

6. Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? smuckers creamy natural.  wally (my dog) is a skippy smooth guy.

7. Books or Magazines? magazines.  i’ve got a sh*t attention span.  but i think EAST OF EDEN is one of the best books ever and that insanity is like 8574 pages long.  so, go figure.

8. Superman or Wonder Woman? both.  at the same time 😉

9. Favorite ride at an amusement park? the tallest, fastest, steepest, craziest roller coaster i can get.  Nobody does it like CEDAR POINT.  america’s rollercoast!  (wow, the dork police just knocked at my door).

10. Favorite kind of shoes? my new diesel boots that i just bought.  they were brand new and i wore them up onto the mountain with wally while i was at my parents for christmas and got them totally muddy and busted. now they make me feel like a poet or something way cooler than i am.

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Mark Price PerformingMark Price lights up Broadway with his brilliant comedic timing. From “Riff Raff” in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, to “Pepper” in “Mamma Mia” to a “Cadet” in “Wonderful Town” to  “Denis” in “All Shook Up”, Mark leaves the audience in stitches and always wanting more. Currently Mark can be seen tearing up the stage and house as “Robertson Ay” in “Mary Poppins” at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Drama teacher in Junior High who introduced me to speech and drama competitions and my high school teacher who was a mentor of mine.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Oh lord….depends on the day, but on a good one, I can sing up to a c….not sure about the low part.

3. What’s your most embarrassing audition? Pick one…one that I’ve fallen in, one that I could barely sing, or just a handful of bad choices. Go large or go home, I say.

4. If you couldn’t do what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I ask myself that daily….

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? No….wish I had the gay decorating gene.

6. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor and topping)? Coffee Ice cream, or just plain vanilla with a little chocolate on top.

7. Books or Magazines? Right now, I’m reading the Screwed Up Life of Charlie The Second, and Carrie Fisher’s new book. Magazines? O.K., I’ll admit, a subscription to Metropolitan Home (what?)

8. Animal Crackers or Oreos? Monkeys and Tigers loop de loop

9. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Tie between the Yeti Monster ride at Animal Kingdom Disney, or Tower of Terror….I’m a sucker for any rollercoaster, but no teacup ride, I’ll puke.

10. What skin care products do you use? Monkey Placenta…..just kidding, Khiel’s

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