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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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Su Thomas Hendrickson is another one of our next generation performers to watch as her star rises! She is just a senior at NYU’s CAP21 program, but already she has been winning audiences and critics over with her fine acting skills and powerful vocals including Tony Award Winner Sutton Foster. She was most recently seen in Tisch’s production of “Nine” and TNT’s “The Cradle Will Rock.” At midnight, on December 11, Su will be showcasing her vocals along with her fellow Tisch Drama Students, in “Crazy For Gershwin” at Joe’s Pub, under the direction of Sutton Foster.

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Annie was the first show I saw on Broadway, and in the song “NYC” there’s “A Star To Be” solo which was sung by Sutton Foster at the time and the second I heard that part of the song, I knew that doing musical theatre had to be my life. I knew that it was my calling.

2. What’s the highest and lowest note you can sing? I don’t really know. I really try to hit all of them. I think I can sing lower than I actually can. In “Nine,” the lowest note I sang was E or F below middle C. As for the highest note, I don’t know, but I know I sing high enough.

3. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Besides Meryl Streep, I’d love to work with my best friend, Trent Creswell, who is a playwright. He’s up at Sarah Lawrence right now and he’s incredible. He was at a writing fellowship this summer at Edward Albee’s barn in Montauk and I would love to collaborate with him on a show. I think that’s really my dream.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? I have received a lot of advice along the way…one is from my high school improv teacher and every morning before we start, he would say “Jump In.” I say that to myself all the time in many different circumstances. I’m a naturally shy person, so if I just tell myself to “jump in” then I can figure it out from there. At CAP21, their motto there is “You are enough,” which I think is just beautiful and very helpful because it’s so easy to try to wanna be something else or try to be a better version of yourself, but you are the best version of yourself, you are enough. I just think that is beautiful.

5. Favorite place to rehearse on your own? Rehearsing singing, I like to get my note and then hop in the shower because I feel like my bathroom is pretty sound proof. If I’m running lines or lyrics, I used to rehearse with scene partners in Central Park or on the street places. Public places help me know how I would behave in public and it gives me a good spectrum of how to behave.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? We don’t have Dunkin’ Donuts in the South, so I’ve always sort of been a Starbucks person, but the longer I’ve been in New York, and by longer I mean the past 3 1/2 years, the longer my order has gotten. It went from being “Just a cup of coffee, thanks” to “Triple Grande Soy White Mocha.”

7. Favorite skin care product? Water. I’m not really a fussy kind of person.

8. Favorite kind of shoes? On or not on…hahaha…any kind of flats. I don’t really like heels, I like being close to the ground.

9. Favorite website? Your blog…hahaha…it’s xkcd.com. It’s a comic strip that is so smart. The guy that does it, used to work for NASA and he’s just this young, smart, and funny guy.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I’m gonna have to go with Batman because I’ve never been much of a feminist and Superman kind of freaks me out…I mean, glasses, what kind of a disguise is that? Or Robin…he’s really cute. He’s just a kid that really wants impress somebody that he respects and he wants to do good and I like that about Robin. He’s going places.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I’m gonna say Erik Satie or Mozart because I’ve always had this “Back To The Future” kind of fantasy where I learn their entire canon and then go back to the past and play it for them and they’re like you’re a genius, come be my mistress. I feel the same way about Claude Monet, except I can’t really play him his paintings and I can’t really duplicate them and say “Look at this, you should do one.”

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I think everyone knows my strange and unusual talents, but I can close/plug up my nose.

13. Favorite way to stay in shape? I like to go to “Yoga to the People” and I like to jog in the real world, but what I’ve been doing lately is going to this thing called “Boogie Box” with my “Nine” costar Gillian Munsayac who played “Carla.” “Boogie Box” is like an aerobic dance class that is a combination between kick boxing and latin dancing. It’s basically an hour of non-stop jumping around, kickboxing, and dancing, with maybe 2 minutes of break and it’s so intense. It’s the kind of thing you think you are going to pass out 3/4 of the way in and then you do pass out, but you’ve realized you’ve done the whole thing. If you are familiar with “Zumba” it’s like “Zumba” on crack.

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Tonight’s installment of the “True Colors Cabaret” at Feinstein’s at The Regency will feature two-time Tony Award Nominee & fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Gavin Creel. Gavin will be joined by Helen Hayes Award Winner & “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Natascia Diaz along with Jerry Dixon, Joey McIntyre, and Sutton Foster. What makes tonight even more special is Natascia, Jerry, and Joey will be delighting audiences with selections from the Off-Broadway smash hit “Tick, Tick…Boom” which the trio starred in together in 2001. Get ready to celebrate love tonight!

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