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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 šŸ˜¦

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 caffeinĀ 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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Photo credit: Rosemary Alexander

Raw, honest, and laugh out loud hysterical are just some of the ways to describe “Del Shores: Sordid Confessions” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. With his southern charm, frank candor, and wittiness, Del takes the audience on a ride through his life including some juicy sordid Hollywood tales. Sharing stories of admiration about working with the one and only Rue McClanahan to walking the fine politically incorrect line, Del doesn’t hold back! He lets the fire out on everything and everyone from homelessness to enraged fans to Randy Harrison. Whether he loves you or hates you, you’re one of his “Sordid Confessions,” though if he loves you, the “Sordid Confession” really shows his love!

With just two more chances to catch Del live on stage, this is an evening of enjoyment you won’t want to miss, but check your closed-mindedness and political correctness at the door and enter world of candor, humor, and Hollywood!

“Del Shores: Sordid Confessions” plays the Laurie Beechman Theatre this Friday, December 10 and Sunday, December 12 at 7:30pm. Click here for tickets! ($20 + 2 food/drink minimum)

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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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Award winning writer, director, producer, activist, comic, and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant, Del Shores is bring his comedy act, “Del Shores: Sordid Confessions” to New York for a very limited 3 performances at the Laurie Beechman Theatre December 9, 10, & 12 at 7:30pm. Caroline Rhea will be Del’s very special opening guest on Thursday, December 9.

Del Shores: Sordid Confessions,” will have Del confessing what he wants from his “Sordid” life in Hollywood…to those he loved working with to those he hated! Come hear Del tell it like only Del can.

If you are looking for an evening of truth, laughter, and fun during this holiday season, then treat yourself and someone you love to “Del Shores: Sordid Confessions” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on December 9, 10, or 12 at 7:30pm. For tickets, click here ($20 + $15 food/drink minimum).

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It’s that time of year again when I will be participating in the “2010 Making Strides” Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, October 17 on Long Island!

I walk with many people on my mind…first and foremost my mother, who continues to be cancer free after being diagnosed in 2003. I also walk for Bobby Flynn, a wonderful woman I worked with from 1999-2001 in Boston. Bobby lost the battle with breast cancer, so I continue to walk for her. I also walk for Carissa Maringo who lost her fight to cancer in 2009 at the young age of 32. I also walk for fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton-John, both cancer survivors, though we lost our dear Rue last year after her stroke. Finally, I walk for all those people out there who have been affected by Breast Cancer and for those who can’t walk!

If you are able to make a contribution, your support would mean a lot, whether it’s $1, $5, $10, $50 or $100. Thank you for your time!

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This contest is now over and today’s winner is Brian! Congratulations Brian…stay tuned for next week’s contest and who knows, you might just win…

It’s “Free Stuff Friday” again at “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and in honor of Rue McClanahan one reader, at random, will have a chance to win a copy of Rue’s autobiography, “My First Five Husbands…and the Ones Who Got Away.”

The winner will be announced at 5pm!

Here is your question: What is your fondest Rue McClanahan memory?

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Icon, Emmy and OBIE Award Winner, as well as fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Rue McClanahan passed away at 1am this morning at the age of 76 after suffering a stroke.

Thank you for making us laugh Rue and most of all for taking the time to participate in my blog, “Adaumbelle’s Quest.” It meant the world to me!

A special Thank You goes out to Del Shores & Jason Dottley who put together “A Sordid Comedy Affair” where I got to see Rue and meet Michael J. La Rue who later sat down with Rue to answer the questions in the link above and send them on to me. I am forever grateful!

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