Posts Tagged ‘“Stephen Schwartz”’

With four Backstage Bistro Awards, seven MAC Nominations, and a New York Nightlife Award, Tim Di Pasqua is a performer to hear. Performing in some of New York’s most famous clubs and halls (Birdland, Joe’s Pub, Carnegie Hall, The Triad, Don’t Tell Mama’s, Tavern on the Green), Tim constantly plays to sold out audiences! Tim’s show “Purpose of Love-A Tim Di Pasqua Songbook” earned him two of his Backstage Bistro Awards (“Outstanding Singer/Instrumentalist” and “Outstanding Special Performance”) while his song “One” garnered his third Backstage Bistro Award “Outstanding Song of the Year” and his group Southern Comfort (comprised of Scott Coulter & Tom Anderson) received the fourth Backstage Bistro Award “Outstanding Duo or Group” as well as the New York Nightlife Award. His recordings include “Monster Under These Conditions,” “Purpose of Love – A Tim Di Pasqua Songbook Volume 1,” “Purpose of Love – A Tim Di Pasqua Songbook Volume 2,” and “Synchronicity.” In addition to writing and singing his own music, Tim was the music director and arranger for Jim Van Slyke’s critically acclaimed “The Sedaka Show” which was presented at both the Laurie Beechman Theatre and Feinstein’s at the Regency. Tim has also performed with five-time Grammy nominee and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall in Michael’s show “Now and Then” as well as performing and accompanying Oscar and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz in his concert appearances. In addition to his music, Tim is a founding member of Third Eye Theater Company in New York City. For much more on Tim Di Pasqua, be sure to visit http://www.timdipasqua.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I know it’s been said 1,000.000 times before…..Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low F or E / High A.

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

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? When you go out on stage…..give your gift!

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I draw cartoon characters.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? Walking everywhere, yoga, meditation, resistance training, sex.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs when I am working out or wearing something thin/Boxers in bed when my boyfriend is tired, and none at all when he isn’t.

8. Favorite play/musical? Musical: “Into The Woods”/”Sweeney Todd.” Play: “GlengarryGlenRoss.”

9. Favorite website? Anything with nude wrestling.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman.


11. What’s your proudest moment? I was performing at Carnegie Hall and I was playing a Sondheim song that I had mashed up with another Sondheim song. After the show, there was a knock at the dressing room door and it was Mr. Sondheim. I was stunned and started to rethink the entire evening to remember what I had done and whether he approved. A few days later I received a letter in the mail saying at first he was shocked by the mixing of the vamps and tunes, but that they worked.

12. Who do you consider to be your hero? I don’t really have a hero, or that hero gene in me. I get inspired by everyday people, every day.

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This contest is now over and this week’s winner is Bryan A! Congratulations Bryan A! Tune in next week for another edition of “Win It Wednesday” because you never know, the winner just might be you! It’s another edition of “Win It Wednesday” here on “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and one lucky reader, at random, will win their very own brand-new, factory sealed “Wicked” Lip Balm by answering the question below. The winner will be announced at 5pm!

If you could re-cast “Wicked,” who would you choose for the roles of: “Glinda,” “Elphaba,” “Fiyero,” “Madame Morrible,” “The Wizard,” “Nessarose,” “Boq,” and “Dr. Dillamond?”

Wicked” plays at the Gershwin Theatre in NYC, London, Sydney, and on tour around the U.S.

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As the founder of LML Music, a Mac and Bistro Award Winner, Lee Lessack is a singer to be heard. Billboard Magazine has called his singing “Cabaret romanticism of a high order.” Well known on the international cabaret scene, Lee has performed to sold-out audiences throughout the United States and Europe. Lee recently released his fifth and most ambitious album to date “In Good Company” which features duets with such top performers as Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Stephen Schwartz. His recording “Too Marvelous For Words: The Songs of Johnny Mercer,” was chosen for the Grammy Awards preliminary ballot in 2002. Other recordings include his self-titled debut solo album, the GLAMA Award-winning “I Know You By Heart,” the cast recording of “An Enchanted Evening: The Music of Broadway,” and a live recording of his critically acclaimed vocal trio “3 Men and a Baby…Grand Salute to The Rat Pack.” He’s about to embark on a European tour entitled “Chanteur: an homage to the Great French Songbook with an American Perspective.” You can catch Lee on May 14 & 15 at Pizza on the Park in London and on May 17 at Le Sentier des Halles in Paris. For more on Lee, be sure to visit http://www.leelessack.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I’m not sure what specifically inspired me to become a performer, I’ve just always known, from a very young age, that is what I wanted to do.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I would have to go vocalize to tell you the answer 🙂 – I am a firm believer that if you need to reach a note in order to relay the truth and story of the song, you will do so.  I never look at notes – I just sing.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? k.d. lang – i think she has the most stunning voice and I love her artistry.  it would be a dream come true to sing a duet with her.

4. What is your proudest moment? In 2005, when we were releasing my duets CD, “In Good Company” which featured 17 newly recorded duets with many notable aritsts (Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Stephen Schwartz, Ann Hampton Callaway, Amanda McBroom etc.) we re-created the album for a LIVE concert at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. It was a glorious musical event.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Well….I do play the Fluke…

6. Favorite play/musical? That is a tough question.  For current musicals I would have to say I really enjoyed “In The Heights” but I also love the old classics like “The King & I.”

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Lately, I’ve been doing a workout called TRX which I really love. I have a trainer here at home, but I can actually travel with the device and do the workout right in my hotel room which is great! I also love to hike.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers to sleep, briefs during the day 🙂

9. Favorite website? LeeLessack.com of course!

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman.


11. Favorite drink? Red Wine or a Dirty Martini.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Stay focused on your goal and intention and don’t worry so much about the method or path it takes to get there. You may just be surprised that the path takes some unexpected turns and if you stay focused on your goal you’ll be more open and aware of the routes offered.

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Check out this great highlights video, courtesy of Broadway TV, of the National Equality March on Washington from October 11, 2009…features “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel, the cast of “Hair,” Mark Kudisch, Cynthia Nixon, Stephen Schwartz, Lady Gaga:

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Billy PorterFellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Billy Porter directs “Stephen Schwartz: Making Good” concert tonight at 7:30pm as part of Upright Cabaret’s “Wicked” Summer Nights series in Los Angeles, CA. The concert will debut the West Coast premiere of songs from Schwartz’s new opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, as well as tunes from the composer’s many Broadway and film musicals.

Those scheduled to perform are: Terrence Mann, Tracie Thoms, Michael Arden, David Burnham, Jennifer Leigh Warren, Elizabeth Brackenbury, Barrett Foa, Audra Mae, Michael Marcotte, Katy Mixon, Nicole Parker, Hila Plitmann, Aaron Refvem, Tami Tappan Damiano, Ty Taylor and Brenna Whitaker.

The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East in Hollywood, CA. For tickets www.uprightcabaret.com/events

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