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Lucille Lortel Award winner and Drama Desk Nominee Keith Nobbs is back on stage and audiences couldn’t be more thrilled!

Keith made his Broadway debut in “The Lion Winter” starring Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing. He has since gone on to star in “Stupid Kids,” “Hope is the Ting with Feathers” (Drama Dept.), “Free to Be…You and Me” (at Drama Dept., along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Daphne Rubin-Vega ), “Four” (for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award and received a Drama Desk Nomination), “Fuddy Meers” (MTC), “Dublin Carol,” “Dog Sees God,” “The Hasty Heart,” and the world premiere of David Mamet’s “Romance” (Atlantic Theatre). Keith’s television credits include “The Pacific,” “The Black Donnellys,” “In Treatment,” “The Sopranos,” “In Plain Sight,” and “Fringe.” On the big screen, Keith has been seen in “Double Whammy,” “Phone Booth,” “25th Hour,” and the independent films “The Briefcase,” “Weakness,” and “Premium.” Now this dynamic actor is taking center stage in the new Broadway play “Lombardi” starring Judith Light and Dan Lauria along with Bill Dawes, Robert Christopher Riley, and Chris Sullivan. “Lombardi” plays at the Circle in the Square Theatre on 50th Street between Broadway & 8th Ave.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Barry Dean. He’s a director/visionary/mad man of this theater company Centre Stage in Texas where I grew up. He had crazy ideas to do full length Broadway shows (with harmony and full on choreography) with six year olds. 1986- You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. We rehearsed for six months. During tech, he would keep us there until 2 am and somehow our parents were okay with it. That’s what started it for me.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? So many people. And so many people I want to work with again.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A bastardized Anais Nin quote: “And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud became greater than the risk it took to bloom.”

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I would love to write fiction.

5. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Nitro at Six Flags. Gotta be in the first car.

6. Favorite meal off the $1 menu? I skip out on McDonald’s but I do give Wendy’s some love every now and then. The spicy chicken nuggets. Oh yes.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Running, yoga, pilates.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Best of both worlds: boxer briefs.

9. Favorite website? Huffington Post– informative yet trashy. Still not on the facebook- after seeing Catfish and Social Network, I am very happy not to be.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman. I have no time for invisible airplanes.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Probably my relatives that have passed away.

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I’m actually 6’4″.


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I attended the 2010 Drama Desk Awards and it was very exciting, especially when fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jan Maxwell won for Best Actress in a Play for “The Royal Family.” It was so exciting to be there in person when she won and then to be able to personally congratulate Jan after the show was that much more exciting! I also got to meet Brooke Sheilds who was kind, gracious, and absolutely stunning. Before the evening got underway I got to hang out with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora who’s show “NEWSical the Musical” was nominated for “Best Musical Revue”, but unfortunately didn’t win. We still had a wonderful time as always!

To find out who won awards check out the list of winners below…

Outstanding Play: John Logan,¬†“Red”

Outstanding Musical: “Memphis”

Outstanding Revival of a Play: “A View from the Bridge” & “Fences”

Outstanding Revival of a Musical: “La Cage Aux Folles”

Outstanding Actor in a Play: Liev Schreiber, “A View from the Bridge”

Outstanding Actress in a Play: fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jan Maxwell, “The Royal Family”

Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Douglas Hodge, “La Cage Aux Folles”

Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Montego Glover, “Memphis” & Catherine Zeta-Jones, “A Little Night Music”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Santino Fontana, “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Viola Davis, “Fences”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical: Christopher Fitzgerald, “Finian’s Rainbow”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical: Katie Finneran, “Promises Promises”

Outstanding Director of a Play: Michael Grandage, “Red”

Outstanding Director of a Musical: Michael Mayer, “American Idiot”

Outstanding Choreography: Twyla Tharp, “Come Fly Away”

Outstanding Music: David Bryan, “Memphis”

Outstanding Lyrics: John Kander & Fred Ebb, “The Scottsboro Boys”

Outstanding Book of a Musical: Alex Timbers, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

Outstanding Orchestrations: Daryl Waters & David Bryan, “Memphis”

Outstanding Musical Revue: “Sondheim on Sondheim”

Outstanding Music in a Play: Branford Marsalis, “Fences”

Outstanding Set Design: Phelim McDermott, Julian Crouch, & Basil Twist: “The Addams Family”

Outstanding Costume Design: Matthew Wright, “La Cage Aux Folles”

Outstanding Lighting Design: Neil Austin, “Red”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical: Acme Sound Partners, “Ragtime”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play: Fitz Patton, “When the Rain Stops Falling”

Outstanding Solo Performance: Jim Brochu, “Zero Hour”

Unique Theatrical Experience: “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”

Outstanding Ensemble Performance: “Circle Mirror Transformation” & “The Tempermentals”

Special Awards:

To the cast, creative team, and producers of Horton Foote’s epic “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” “We salute the breadth of ¬†vision which inspired exceptional direction, performances, sets, lighting, costumes, music, and sound that made it the theatrical event of this season.”

To Jerry Herman, “For enchanting and dazzling audiences with his exhuberant music and heartfelt lyrics for more than half a century.”

To Godlight Theatre Company for “consistent originality and excellence in dramatizing modern literature, and especially for the vibrant theatricality of its innovate productions.”

To Ma-Yi Theater Company for “more than two decades of excellence and for nurturing Asian-American voices in stylistically varied and engaging theater.”

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