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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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Justin Sayre is a performer on the rise! He’s an actor and stand-up comedian who hosts “The Meeting,” at The Duplex in NYC, a monthly comedy/variety show for homosexuals and their friends. Justin’s humor is raw, honest, and down-right funny.  In 2006, Justin received rave reviews for his cabaret, “Without A Song.” As an actor, he has studied with the finest teachers in New York. As a gay, Justin has excelled at scarf placement, Judy hands, and a healthy but firm love of the American musical. Catch Justin hosting “The Meeting” this Thursday, December 16 at 9:30pm at The Duplex in NYC (61 Christopher Street @ 7th Ave). For tickets, click here! 

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? There were two…One was Leonard Bernstein of course for his passion, but also because I had a huge crush on him and even at age 5 I thought he is someone I’d like to sleep with. The other thing that really made me want to be a performer was the movie musical “Gypsy.” I loved when Natalie Wood, who was a brunette like me and when she said into the mirror “Oh Mamma, I am a pretty girl.” I thought “Oh that’s what I want to be, even if I had to be a stripper to do it. That’s alright.”

2. How did you come up with the idea/concept for “The Meeting?” “The Meeting” was actually started as a joke. I thought I was one of the people who was most on the outside of contemporary gay culture. I don’t tend to go to a lot of popular gay bars or any of that, but I have been fascinated with gay culture. What is it? I had thought there was reading list with the likes Edmund White and Andre Gide, but that’s not the case. You can be gay any way you want. So, “The Meeting” was a response to that, but also a response to “Prop 8,” and the sort of resurgence of gay activism. I felt like there was a lot of information that wasn’t getting out there and discussed like the VP of Urban Outfitters gave a huge amount of money to “Prop 8.” There was no boycott, nobody discussed it. I thought how could I kind of discuss these things; because I’m not a political kind of person and I can’t stand on a bandstand and yell at people, I’m not Emma Goldman. I aspire to be. So I thought I’d write this show with this imaginary organization called the “International World of Sodomites.” And get the information out there in a funny and relevant way.

3. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Oooh, there are so many. I’d love to have Justin Bond do the show because he’s my hero in all things. I’d also love to have Elaine Stritch do the show. We both have great legs.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Rimming is a talent.” This was a wonderful piece of advice and it changed my life. I’m now going to frame this interview and send it to my mother.

5. Favorite place to rehearse on your own? Oh, my bathroom. Not because the water is very soothing, but because it echos and it allows me to imagine how it would sound in a much larger room.

6. Favorite comedian? Oh, there’s so many, but Jack Benny for sure. I loved him as a kid and that’s where I learned my comedic timing.

7. Favorite place to go on a date in NYC? Where ever somebody nice takes me and tells me I’m pretty. Soft lighting and cheap drinks also help.

8. Boxers or Briefs? I’m a homosexual, boxer-briefs. Me: Wait, I’m a homosexual and I wear briefs. Justin: Oh well, look at you, you’re so skinny, I need to hold everything together.

9. Favorite website? Hahaha…Are you talking the one I’m most frequently on or my favorite? Me: I could do both. Justin: My friends started this game on X-Tube where you try to put in some asinine word from everyday life like stares or eggs, just some noun, and then you have to watch whatever videos come up which are usually disgusting. But the website I’m most frequently on is Hulu because I love TV. I watch “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Cougar Town.”

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman because I like her outfit.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can sing any song in the voice of Robert Goulet.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? If it was a regular dream, I’d dream about going on a fabulous date in Paris with Martha Gellhorn because I think we would have been wonderful friends, but if this was a sex dream, I would dream about Xavier Dolan who is this young fresh filmmaker.

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