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Whether he’s using his soulfully powerful voice to belt out tunes, or his fine acting skills that whisk you away, or dazzling an audience with his dance moves, Marty Thomas is a performer to go see!

Growing up in Missouri, Marty’s star has been shining from an early age. From local talent shows to regional theatre, Marty climbed the ranks, making quite a name for himself. In 1992, Marty won the title of Junior Vocalist on “Ed McMahon’s Junior Star Search.” From there, Marty was featured in many television programs and commercials which led to him to be cast as one of the leads in the Broadway musical “The Secret Garden.” After the Broadway run, Marty headed back home to pursue his singing career by joining a young country pop band called “The Young Branson Stars” who eventually became the opening act for several country stars such as The Oak Ridge Boys, Glenn Campbell, and Steve Warner.

Marty ultimately returned to New York to continue his dream of performing. From Broadway’s “Wicked” and “Xanadu” to solo concerts, Marty has worked non-stop. In 2001, Marty made his Billboard debut with “Resurrect Me (Lift Me Up)” on Westend Records which led him to receive a Billboard award for “Song of the Year” in Gospel/Contemporary Christian Category as well as several Grammy nominations. In 2004, Marty released his solo CD “Marty Thomas” which is a collection of his most popular cover songs. Marty can also be heard on The Broadway Boys CD “Lullaby of Broadway.” Come party with Marty at The Monster (80 Grove Street, NYC) on Sunday, September 12 at 8:30pm at “Glitterball 2010.” Stay to enjoy Marty perform at 10:30pm along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Katie Thompson, Kate Pazakis, and Tituss Burgess. For much more on Marty, be sure to visit http://www.martythomas.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Many people, my oldest sister Amy was a pageant gal in her day, probably the most influential in my wanting to be on the stage. I also found a video cassette at a garage sale when I was 10 of all Linda Eder’s Star Search episodes. I think that video both inspired me to want to be a belter and began my obsession with the divas. I also had a strange obsession with Jennifer Holiday at 6. Do the math.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Hmmm…I can sing down to B Flat..and can belt Ds, Es on good and hyper days. :). Or if Kate Pazakis is in the room, it’s limitless.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Jane Lynch. Love her. I have a feeling we would have very funny things to say to each other.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I don’t think I have any secret talents..I’m such a show off…lord knows if I was good I at it, I’d probably die making sure the whole world knew about it…lol.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Roller skating! Duh.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs, my jeans are far too tight to fit anything else under them.

7. Favorite meal? All you can eat crab legs and peel and eat shrimp at the casino. Mmmmm….Nothing beats White Trash Casino night!

8. Favorite play/musical? Hmmmm…I’m totally into Memphis right now, but I’m an old school Dreamgirls fanatic.

9. Favorite website? Facebook, I have a problem.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Absolutely Wonder Woman!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s your proudest moment? When I won the Mr. Broadway Pageant…I worked really hard for it, and had a great time, all for a great cause.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Do you, let everybody else figure out how fierce you are in their own time.” (Got that from Billy Porter, my hero.)

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The Broadway Boys (which consists of fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Zak Resnick, along with Landon Beard, Danny Calvert, Telly Leung, Maurice Murphy, Jesse Nager, Michael James Scott, Peter Matthew Smith, Lucas Steele, Marty Thomas, and Daniel Torres) have released their debut CD entitled “Lullaby of Broadway” which feature such Broadway favorites as “Defying Gravity,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Old Devil Moon,” “Aquarius,” and “Shadowland” as well as songs specifically arranged for the disc including “Mama, a Rainbow” and “The Impossible Dream.” The disc can be purchased from PS Classics.

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Zak was born in New York and has desperately been trying to get back ever since. Raised in Richmond, Virginia, his parents enrolled him in the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) at the young age of 5 because a friend said, “he doesn’t sing like the other kids.”  Zak stayed with SPARC until he was 16, when he attended Ann Reinking & Debra McWater’s Broadway Theatre Project (BTP) in Tampa, FL. He spent the next 3 summers there learning from the best of the best. After high school, Zak moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama — where he double majored in Musical Theatre and Acting. In his senior year at CMU, Zak spent a semester studying abroad at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia, where he worked with the most wonderful, talented group of people and learned so much about life, art, beauty…and of course theatre. While he was in Sydney, he also started writing his debut album. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for that!  For the past year, Zak has had the pleasure of singing with the vocal group The Broadway Boys, performing all over New York City and on the ROSIE Cruise (if you don’t know the group, you’re missing out!). Singing Broadway standards and holiday classics in a new age way — with hot arrangements, heavy beats, and…a bit of riffing.  Zak’s favorite roles include: LAST FIVE YEARS (Jamie), DON CARLOS (Lerma), ROCKY HORROR SHOW, LIVE! (Brad), INTO THE WOODS (Rapunzel’s Prince), 110º IN THE SHADE (File), BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL (Rick & Lorraine), and GODSPELL (Jesus).

Now Zak is living in New York City, where he has so long waited to return. Life is good.  Please check out & subscribe to Zak’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/zakresnick.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Well my parents put me in acting school when I was 5 when a friend advised them to…so I’d have to say Raffi was my greatest influence at the time.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Oh lord, who knows…and to be honest I wouldn’t be able to tell you (technically speaking). Not crazy high or crazy low.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m not sure if it’s a “talent” but I’m pretty into interior design and personal shopping.

4. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? The best experience you can have is when everybody clicks — cast, creative, management, etc. The worst is having no professionalism between one of those two parts…but probably foremost between director and actor. To (artistically speaking) lose respect for someone is one thing, but to show the lack of respect in the room is horrible.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Treadmill, Lifting, & Bikram.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs! Need that support!

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Totally Starbucks. I always order a grande white chocolate mocha. In the summer time I just make it iced.

8. Favorite talk show host? Hmmm…I watch Leno the most, I only find Ellen truly funny, I think Letterman is pretty witty, and for the most part I don’t enjoy Conan.

9. Favorite website? YouTube? Is that lame? probably IMDB actually.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Batman!

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