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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” 2nd Anniversary

Photo by Ben Strothmann

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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Michael Roberts is the author, composer and lyricist of the hit Off-Broadway comedy GOLF: The Musical. After its critically-acclaimed 2003-2004 Off-Broadway run at the John Houseman Theater, there continue to be dozens of national and international productions. In the four years since it’s New York debut, it has played in twenty-five US states, and in five countries on four continents, from Japan to New Zealand and Scotland., 2009-2010 saw new productions from Ausin, Texas to Helsinki, Finland.

His musical, The Fartiste, won the award for Best Musical at the 2006 Fringe NYC Festival, and is slated for a limited Off-Broadway run in the 2010-2011 season.

His newest musical, My American Family, made its concert debut at the JCC in Manhattan in May, 2008 and has since been produced at American University. Michael’s Thanks for the Memories, a one-man show about Bob Hope featuring two-time Tony-nominee Joel Blum, received its premiere at Peoria’s Prairie Theater in 2006, with a second production in Marin, CA in 2010. He was, for fifteen years, the composer/lyricist and music director for The Broadway Kids, which had a successful run at The Lambs Theater in 2005-2006, and returned to Off-Broadway at New World Stages in December, 2008.

He has also composed the incidental music for 2007’s My Secret Garden at New York’s 45th Street Theater and arranged incidental music for the Off-Broadway hit Jewtopia.

Michael’s music for the screen includes independent films, documentaries and features, including Tri-Star’s Love Walked In, starring Dennis Leary, and the multiple-award-winning Lemonade Stand. His music for television includes four seasons as a composer for the Emmy-Award-Winning sitcom Remember WENN. Additional television credits include music for ABC, CNN, ESPN, The Golf Channel, and Bravo, As a music director, he has collaborated with Donna Murphy, Rupert Holmes, Richard Kind, Leslie Gore, Hinton Battle, Stephanie Mills, Peter Noone, Bobby Sherman, Joan Rivers, and The Capitol Steps, as well as numerous stage productions. He lives in New York with his beautiful wife, Annie.

Be sure to catch Michael’s show “Golf: The Musical” from November 20, 2010-January 16, 2011 at Midtown Theater at HA! Comedy Club.

1. Who or what inspired you to become composer/lyricist? I started taking piano lessons when I was six or so. From the very beginning, I would change the melody of every song my teacher gave me. I vaguely remember an agreement we made, in which I would learn the music as written and, in return, he would teach me how to improvise. I think that started me on acquiring the composer’s twin foundations of musical literacy and creativity. I always wrote lyrics and poetry, but I began doing so in a serious way in music school. I started writing lyrics for an embarrassingly boring reason: I didn’t know anybody at school who wrote lyrics. And I needed lyrics.

2. If you could have anyone sing your songs, who would you choose? Donna Murphy (who I’ve performed with, but it was somebody else’s song), Robert Morse, and Paul McCartney. Perhaps all at the same time! Really, though, the list is endless.

3. Where is your favorite place to write music/lyrics? My wife and I will usually go to the book store, where we’ll sit until I’ve written a complete lyric. She’ll read magazines until I’m done—she’s amazingly patient with me. I also like writing while riding the subway. I write music in my home studio in Manhattan.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I am pretty agile on my skateboard. I can still crank out some nice 360s and 720s. I also speak French, but not while I’m skateboarding.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Dunkin’ Donuts. Ever since my touring days, it’s been Dunkin’. It’s especially good at 3am when you can’t find your way home from a gig. I order Coffee and the Beef Wellington.

6. Favorite meal? Cornmeal is a good meal. Certainly the best known.

7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Organic vegetable gardening with my wife.

8. Books or Magazines? Both.

9. Favorite website? Youtube and the Annenberg site.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? To be, Superman. To have, Wonder Woman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Sigmund Freud. That way, I could have the dream interpreted in real time.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Either…

1.  If you’re expecting a particularly hot summer, don’t plant brussels sprouts.
2.  Don’t go into a rehearsal without knowing the show forwards and backwards.
(If forced to choose, I’d go for the second one.)

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