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For the past 11 years, James Monroe Iglehart has been entertaining audiences in theatre and television. His theatre credits include: “The Cowardly Lion” in “The Wiz” (Encores!), Broadway’s “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Be,” “Porgy and Bess” (Oakland EB Symphony), “It Ain’t Nothing but the Blues” (Theatreworks, CA), and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” (AMT San Jose). James is also part of the Hip Hop Improv group “Freestyle Love Supreme” and he is the “Silent E” soloist on “The Electric Company.” Currently, James can be seen in Broadway’s smash hit “Memphis,” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Chad Kimball and Derrick Baskin) with his show-stopping opening Act 2 dance number! For more on James, be sure to check out http://www.jamesmonroeiglehart.webs.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My parents.  Prince and Michael Jackson.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I have a low G and high B.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Chuck Cooper.

4. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? The best experience was the opening of Memphis and the worst  was this horrible understudy I had in the Bay Area.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. I love their Carmel Apple cider.

6. Books or Magazines? Both. I’m a nerd.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Depends on the mood.

8. Favorite musician/singer? Prince, Stevie Wonder.

9. Favorite website? WWE.com and Broadway.com.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Neither Batman all the way!

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Be sure to catch “The Untitled Sex Project”, a new play by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Billy Porter this Monday, January 11 at 7:30pm at The Gay and Lesbian Center in New York City on 14th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenue).

According to press notes, “The Untitled Sex Project” focuses on Thomas, an African-American, gay, filmmaker with a condemnable sexual history that threatens to render him emotionally destitute and bankrupt forever. In an effort to move beyond the shame of his battle-scared past; he decides to enlist the help of his four best friends to participate in a documentary-style experiment to try to unlock the key to closing the unspoken chasm of the modern day gay man’s relationship towards sex and intimacy. Finding the courage to navigate through this tumultuous, emotional terrain that is his fractured life, and learning to face and then embrace his demons, sets him on the path to forgiveness, redemption and the ultimate human need – LOVE.”

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Drama Desk and Broadway.com Award winning actor Derrick Baskin is an actor to keep your eye on! From his award winning turn as the original “Mitch Mahoney” in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” to starring in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” as “Jetsam,” Derrick has been shining bright! Off-Broadway, he was the co-creator “WORDS!” at The Tank while regionally he was seen in “AIDA” at the North Shore Music Theatre and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” at the Pioneer Playhouse. His television credits include the “59th Annual Tony Awards” and “The Today Show.” Currently, Derrick is dazzling audiences nightly as “Gator” in Broadway’s hottest new musical “Memphis” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Chad Kimball). If you haven’t seen this fantastical new musical, you should head on over to the Shubert Theatre on 44th Street in NYC.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I love, love, love music so Stevie Wonder is my all time favorite inspiration. His artistry and philanthropy inspire me to make art and give back to the community.

2. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Best experience: Playing “Gator” in “Memphis” and knowing that the audience is watching your every move. Worst experience: I completely missed the entrance in “The Little Mermaid.” I played “Jetsam” and there’s a part where “Flotsam” and “Jetsam” are chasing “Flounder.” Well one night, only “Flotsam” chased “Flounder.” “Jetsam” was elsewhere.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I’d love to work with Jeffrey Wright. He’s brilliant.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m boring and don’t have anything strange or unusual going on.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Yoga and circuit training is how I stay in shape.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers.

7. Favorite kind of shoes? There is a store called Jump that has the BEST high top sneakers. Really cool. I gotta get me a pair.

8. Favorite website? I guess my favorite website would be youtube.com. I like looking for funny clips.

9. Transformers or Gobots? Transformers all the way.

10. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Any death-defying roller coaster is my favorite.

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