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When you leave a theatre smiling and in a good mood that is usually the sign that you’ve had a good time. A good time is exactly what I had when I attended “NEWSical the Musical: Full Spin Ahead” tonight at the Kirk Theatre in NYC.

Highlighting and parodying some of the big news stories from the past year, “NEWSical the Musical” is 90-minutes of enjoyment, humor, and fun! Produced by Tom D’Angora and Elyse Pasquale and written by Rick Crom,”NEWSical” tackles such universal topics as the end of Oprah and Larry King’s shows, Bristol and Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, the crazy JetBlue Flight attendant, sexting, Marriage Equality, airport security, Lipitor, and various celebrity impressions.

Bringing these parodies to life is the extraordinarily talented cast of  Christine Pedi, Christina Bianco, Michael West, and John Walton West. The impressions and comedic chops of each of these performers is amazing! Christina Bianco’s Celine Dion impression is through the roof terrific and if you close your eyes, you’d think Celine was really up on stage. I can’t even describe Christine Pedi as Joan Rivers, Liza Minelli, and Barbra Streisand…unbelievably perfect! Michael West brings down the house as Pee-Wee Herman and George Bush, while John Walton West rocks it out as Morgan Freeman!

If you are looking for a fun night out, then spin on over to “NEWSical the Musical: Full Spin Ahead!” at The Kirk Theatre inside Theatre Row complex (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave).

Christina Bianco, Michael West, photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

John Walton West, Christina Bianco, Christine Pedi, photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Michael West, photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Christine Pedi, Christina Bianco, photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

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Tom D’Angora was “Adaumbelle’s Quest” very first interview! (click here for Tom’s previous interview) At that time I focused more on his performing than producing. Now that Tom’s show “NEWSical the Musical” is back on the boards, it was time to revisit with Tom and find out more about his producing ventures.

Tom D’Angora is the producer you’ll want to make your production a success, whether it be a stage show, concert, movie, or CD! Formally an actor himself, Tom easily moved into producing when he produced and starred in his multi award-winning one man show “Divas I’ve Done.” After the success of “Divas I’ve Done,” Tom continued producing successful shows such as Off-Broadway’s “A Broadway Diva Christmas” and “Back in Pictures.” Tom has also taken his talented producing skills to Provincetown, MA where he has produced sold out productions of “Naked Boys Singing” as well as shows for Rue McClanahan, Mary Bond Davis, and The Kinsey Sicks. Tom also executive produced Ellen Greene’s CD “In His Eyes,” “Screams along with Billy” (available at the Marc Jacobs stores), and hit movie “The Big Gay Musical “. Currently, Tom is the producer of the Off-Broadway hit musical “NEWSical the Musical: Full Spin Ahead” starring fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest participants Christine Pedi, Michael West, and Christina Bianco. “NEWSical the Musical: Full Spin Ahead” plays at Theatre Row’s Kirk Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue). Click here for tickets! For more on Tom be sure to visit http://www.tomdangora.com.

1. Who or what inspired you to go from performing to producing? I had self produced Divas I’ve Done as well as starred in it. It was a huge success for many years but I hated having to step on stage after a full days work of producing so I decided to try just the producing end and I had these amazingly talented friends like Ellen Greene, Maya Days, Marla Schaffel, and that brilliant Christine Pedi. My partner Michael and I were out to dinner at Houstons one day talking about how cool it would be to get them all in one show. That’s how Diva Christmas happened. Since 2005 I’ve produced 15 stage shows, 3 albums, and 2 movies.

2. If you could produce any show, what show would it be, who would be your dream cast? I hope it doesn’t exist yet and I get to produce a new classic. But if it were a revival and I could make just make it happen. I would do Once on this Island With an unknown as Ti Moune, Tonya Pinkins as Mama, Chuck Cooper as Tonton, Maya Days as Eurzulie, Mary Bond Davis as Asaka, Norm Lewis as Agwe, and Billy Porter as Papa Ge.

3. How does this version of “NEWSical” differ from the 2009 version? We are lampooning different topics this year of course (with a couple of old favorites mixed in). The biggest difference is this edition covers all of our favorite stories from the last 12 months, so we can do fabulous things like the crazy flight attendant from Jet Blue, or those colorful Mel Gibson Tapes. I believe the material to be even funnier then last year. Rick Crom has really out done him self We are also in a new theater The Kirk at Theatre Row and have a fabulous new cast member John Walton West (you need to hear his Morgan Freeman impression).

4. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Michael Jackson 😦

5. Who’s the most interesting person you’ve worked with? The Amazing Rue McClanahan. What a talent. Her comic timing was not of this earth. Such a wonderful and smart woman.

6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? No matter what you do be the best at it…weather you are a producer, a grocery bagger, a mail person or the President as long as you are at your best you are a total success.

7. Favorite place to plan a show (i.e. coming up with the concept, cast, etc)? Love a nice booth in a diner with lots of caffein coming my way.

8. Favorite way to spend your day off? What is a day off?

9. Favorite way to stay in shape? Well I used to have a trainer 5 days a week and do Bikram yoga, but as of late I just eat and eat and eat.

10. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can’t say in a public forum LOL.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My hero and idol Hillary Rodham Clinton…I often have dream that she is President and everything is wonderful again…that is a dream I hate to wake up from.


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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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Congratulations to fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Jan Maxwell, Bobby Steggert, Chad Kimball, and Carolee Carmello, as well as to the cast of “Memphis” with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants James Monroe Iglehart, Derrick Baskin, and LaQuet Sharnell, the cast of “Yank” with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Nancy Anderson, and the cast of “NEWSical the Musical” with fellow “Adaubmelle’s Quest” participants Christine Pedi, Christina Bianco, Rory O’Malley, and their producer Tom D’Angora on their 2010 Drama Desk Nominations! The complete list of nominees is below:

Outstanding Play:

“My Wonderful Day”

“Circle Mirror Transformation”

“Happy Now?”

“Red”

“Next Fall”

“Clybourne Park”

Outstanding Musical:

“American Idiot”

“Everyday Rapture”

“Memphis”

“The Addams Family”

“The Scottsboro Boys”

“Yank!”

Outstanding Revival of a Play:

“A View From the Bridge”

“Brighton Beach Memoirs”

“Fences”

“Hamlet”

“So Help Me God!”

“The Boys in the Band”

Outstanding Revival of a Musical:

“A Little Night Music”

“Finian’s Rainbow”

“La Cage aux Folles”

“Promises, Promises”

“Ragtime”

Outstanding Actor in a Play:

Bill Heck “The Orphans’ Home Cycle”

Jude Law “Hamlet”

Alfred Molina “Red”

Eddie Redmayne “Red”

Liev Schreiber “A View from the Bridge”

John Douglas Thompson “The Emperor Jones”

Christopher Walken “A Behanding in Spokane”

Outstanding Actress in a Play:

Ayesha Antoine “My Wonderful Day”

Melissa Errico “Candida”

Anne Hathaway “Twelfth Night”

Kristen Johnston “So Help Me God!”

Laura Linney “Time Stands Still”

Jan Maxwell “The Royal Family”

Outstanding Actor in a Musical:

Brandon Victor Dixon “The Scottsboro Boys”

Douglas Hodge “La Cage aux Folles”

Cheyenne Jackson “Finian’s Rainbow”

Chad Kimball “Memphis”

Nathan Lane “The Addams Family”

Bobby Steggert “Yank!”

Outstanding Actress in a Musical:

Kate Baldwin “Finian’s Rainbow”

Montego Glover “Memphis”

Jayne Houdyshell “Coraline”

Christiane Noll “Ragtime”

Sherie Rene Scott “Everyday Rapture”

Catherine Zeta-Jones “A Little Night Music”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play:

Chris Chalk “Fences”

Sean Dugan “Next Fall”

Santino Fontana “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

Adam James “The Pride”

Hamish Linklater “Twelfth Night”

Nick Westrate “The Boys in the Band”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play:

Victoria Clark “When the Rain Stops Falling”

Viola Davis “Fences”

Xanthe Elbrick “Candida”

Mary Beth Hurt “When the Rain Stops Falling”

Scarlett Johansson “A View from the Bridge”

Andrea Riseborough “The Pride”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical:

Kevin Chamberlin “The Addams Family”

Robin De Jesus “La Cage aux Folles”

Jeffry Denman “Yank!”

Christopher Fitzgerald “Finian’s Rainbow”

Jeremy Morse “Bloodsong of Love”

Bobby Steggert “Ragtime”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical:

Carolee Carmello “The Addams Family”

Carrie Cimma “Lizzie Borden”

Katie Finneran “Promises, Promises”

Angela Lansbury “A Little Night Music”

Kenita Miller “Langston in Harlem”

Terri White “Finian’s Rainbow”

Outstanding Director of a Play:

Jonathan Bank “So Help Me God!”

Jack Cummings III “The Boys in the Band”

Sam Gold “Circle Mirror Transformation”

Michael Grandage “Hamlet”

Michael Grandage “Red”

Ethan Hawke “A Lie of the Mind”

Outstanding Director of a Musical:

Warren Carlyle “Finian’s Rainbow”

Marcia Milgrom Dodge “Ragtime”

Igor Goldin “Yank!”

Terry Johnson “La Cage aux Folles”

Michael Mayer “American Idiot”

Susan Stroman “The Scottsboro Boys”

Outstanding Choreography:

Warren Carlyle “Finian’s Rainbow”

Marcia Milgrom Dodge “Ragtime”

Lynne Page “La Cage aux Folles”

Susan Stroman “The Scottsboro Boys”

Twyla Tharp “Come Fly Away”

Sergio Trujillo “Memphis”

Outstanding Music:

David Bryan “Memphis”

Michael Friedman “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

Joe Iconis “Bloodsong of Love”

John Kander and Fred Ebb “The Scottsboro Boys”

Andrew Lippa “The Addams Family”

Joseph Zellnik “Yank!”

Outstanding Lyrics:

Rick Crom “NEWSical the Musical”

Kevin Del Aguila “Click, Clack, Moo”

John Kander and Fred Ebb “The Scottsboro Boys”

Dillie Keane and Adele Anderson “Fascinating Aida Absolutely Miraculous!”

Andrew Lippa “The Addams Family”

David Zellnik “Yank!”

Outstanding Book of a Musical:

Joe DiPietro “Memphis”

Joe Iconis “Bloodsong of Love”

Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott “Everyday Rapture”

David Thompson “The Scottsboro Boys”

Alex Timbers “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

David Zellnik “Yank!”

Outstanding Orchestrations:

Larry Hochman “The Scottsboro Boys”

Tom Kitt “American Idiot”

Tom Kitt “Everyday Rapture”

John Oddo “All About Me”

Daryl Waters and David Bryan “Memphis”

Outstanding Musical Revue:

“Fascinating Aida Absolutely Miraculous!”

“Million Dollar Quartet”

“NEWSical the Musical”

“Simon Green: Traveling Light”

“Sondheim on Sondheim”

Outstanding Music in a Play:

Adam Cochran “A Play on War”

Adam Cork “Red”

Gaines “A Lie of the Mind”

Phillip Glass “The Bacchae”

Hem “Twelfth Night”

Brandford Marsalls “Fences”

Outstanding Set Design:

Sandra Goldmark “The Boys in the Band”

Phellm McDermott, Julian Crouch, and Basil Twist “The Addams Family”

Derek McLane “Ragtime”

Christopher Oram “Red”

Jay Rohloff “Underground”

Karen Tennent “Hansel and Gretel”

Outstanding Costume Design:

Antonia Ford-Roberts and Bob Flanagan “The Emperor Jones”

Clint Ramos “So Help Me God!”

Bobby Frederick Tilley II “Lizzie Borden”

Matthew Wright “La Cage aux Folles”

David Zinn “In the Next Room or the vibrator play”

Outstanding Lighting Design:

Nell Austin “Hamlet”

Nell Austin “Red”

Christian M. DeAngelis “Lizzie Borden”

Maruti Evans “John Balls’ In The Heat of the Night”

Natasha Katz “The Addams Family”

Dane Laffrey “The Boys in the Band”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play:

Acme Sound Partners “Ragtime”

Jonathan Deans “La Cage aux Folles”

Ashley Hanson, Kurt Eric Fischer and Brian Ronan “Everyday Rapture”

Peter Hylenski “The Scottsboro Boys”

Scott Lehrer “Finian’s Rainbow”

Brian Ronan “Promises Promises”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play:

Dan Blanchi and Wes Shippee “Frankenstein”

Dale Bigall “Underground”

Adam Cork “Enron”

Lindsay Jones and Jamie McElhinney “Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers”

Fitz Patton “When the Rain Stops Falling”

Elizabeth Rhodes “John Ball’s in the Heat of the Night”

Oustanding Solo Performance:

Theodore Bikel “Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears”

Jim Brochu “Zero Hour”

Colman Domingo “A Boy and his Soul”

Carrie Fisher “Wishful Drinking”

Judith Ivey “The Lady With All The Answers”

Anna Deavere Smith “Let Me Down Easy”

Unique Theatrical Experience:

“Charles L. Mee’s Fetes de la Nuit”

“Hansel and Gretel”

“John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean”

“Love, Loss, and What I Wore”

“Stuffed and Unstrung”

“The Provenance of Beauty”

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Rory O’Malley is a performer on the rise…He is best known for  playing “Dave” in the motion picture “Dreamgirls,” stealing the song “Cadillac Car” from Eddie Murphy. Rory made his Broadway debut in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and just made his Off-Broadway debut in “NEWSical the Musical.” (which was produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora and starred fellow participant Christine Pedi as well as upcoming participants Christine Bianco & Michael West). Regionally, he created the role of “Richie Cunningham” in Garry Marshall’s “Happy Days: The Musical” at the Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse and recorded the original cast album. Rory is also the co-founder of “Broadway Impact” (along with two-time Tony Award Nominee and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel), a coalition of the theatre community fighting for marriage equality. To keep up with Rory and all he has going on, be sure to follow him on Twitter!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My Aunt Peggy when I was eight.  She cast me as Saint Joseph in our church’s Christmas pageant. Probably my only opportunity to take advantage of nepotism in the business 🙂

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Audra McDonald.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can make my hands look like they are made of rubber by shaking them fast. It’s on my resume. RUBBER HANDS!

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? Love to run, but fellow “NEWSical” cast member Michael West has gotten me into P90X.  So hard!

5. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

6. Favorite TV Show? “MAD MEN” on AMC and “THE UNIVERSE” on The History Channel.

7. Books or Magazines? Magazines.

8. Favorite meal? Mac and Cheese.

9. Favorite website? I read Andrew Sullivan’s blog “The Daily Dish” almost hourly. I’m a political junkie 🙂

10. “Family Ties” or “Growing Pains”? “Growing Pains.”

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Movie Marathons.

12. Summer Resort or Winter Retreat? Summer Resort even though I need sunscreen with an SPF of 100.

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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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NEWSical The Musical

Fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora and Fred M. Caruso (“The Big Gay Musical,” & “I Love You Because”) present “NEWSical The Musical” at the 47th Street Theatre. The Drama Desk Nominated musical reveue is back and making fun off all the current events, celebrities, newsmakers, and politicians. The show stars Award Winning actress and singer Christine Pedi along with her fellow “Forbidden Broadway” alums Michael West, Christina Bianco, & Amy Griffin. The cast also includes Rory O’Malley from the smash it movie “Dreamgirls.” Come on down to the 47th Street Theatre in NYC (47th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue) for an evening of laughter, comedy, and musical fun!

 

 

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