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Talented, vocal powerhouse, and booming stage presence are just some ways to describe Helen Hayes Award Winner Heidi Blickenstaff. Beautiful, kind, and personable are a few more. Heidi has brightened up the Broadway stage in “[title of show],” “The Little Mermaid” and “The Full Monty” while Off-Broadway audiences have seen her shine in “[title of show],” “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” at NYMF 2005. Regionally, Heidi has dazzled audiences in “Meet John Doe” (Ford’s Theatre) for which she won the Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of “Ann Mitchell,” “The Girl in the Frame” (Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre), “Bat Boy: The Musical” (Theatreworks in Palo Alto), and “Prairie” (New York Stage and Film). Heidi has also delighted audiences around on tour in “The Full Monty,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Steel Pier,” “The Who’s Tommy,” and “Dreamgirls.” In addition to theatre, Heidi is also part of the voiceover cast for the PBS kids series “Word World.” If you’ve never seen Heidi on stage, be sure to catch her in “I Love My Wife” from October 22-24 as part of the York Theatre’s Mufti Series.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I’m gonna give this one to Judy Garland. When I was a like 6 or 7, we had one of the first VCRs in the neighborhood because my uncle owned a video store, and I remember my mom sat me in front of old Hollywood movie musicals and I saw Judy in Meet Me In St. Louis, and thought, “Wait a minute, you can do this as a job?” It was over then and there.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I get asked this all the time and the answer is I have no idea. In either direction.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? EASY! Brian Darcy. James. End of meeting.

4. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? I stretch the bod a bit. I warm up the voice a little. And sometimes I drill certain parts of the show that make me nervous. (I’m trying to do better with that though, because drilling is the Devil’s work.) How do you decompress after a show? I usually eat a bowl of cereal. And it’s usually a sugar cereal disguised as a healthy cereal like Peanut Butter Puffins or Peanut Butter Pows. I like peanut butter cereal… It takes the edge off after a hard day.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts?  What do you order? Neither lately. But if I have to pick, I pick Starbucks and I’ll have a grande soy misto, please.

6. Favorite skin care product? This is a hard core indulgence for me. I use La Mer face wash, moisturizing cream, and eye concentrate. Stop judging. That shiz works.

7. Favorite store to shop in? I can loose my mind in Saks, but the customer service at Nordstom is a force to be reckoned with. I also heart Rag and Bone.

8. Favorite play/musical? I was just talking about this today. I will happily never be free from The Light In The Piazza. Oddly, I don’t listen to many musicals, with the exception of Piazza. Can’t explain it. Seeing it live wrecked me forever and listening to the cast album makes me cry every time

9. Favorite website? Lately, I’ve been addicted to the NYTimes real estate website, but I just found a new apartment, so I’m going to need a new obsession. What’s a good decorating website?

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Can I pick Wolverine? Wait, can I pick Hugh Jackman?

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I’d love to spend a little more time with my Grandma.

12. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? From my friend Andre Ward about me having a lot of performance anxiety – “Remember. You’re not saving France.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I think about it all the time when I’m taking things too seriously. It always makes me calm down and smile.

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From Broadway’s “Memphis” & “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Derrick Baskin along with Daniel Watts (his castmate in “Memphis“) will be performing “WORDS!!! A FUNK’D UP EVENING OF SPOKEN WORD AND SONG!!!” this Monday, February 15 at the Clark Theater (Located in the Rose Building on the 7th Floor at Lincoln Center (65th Street & Amsterdam). Showtime is 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 (only can purchased at the door).

According to press notes: “It’s really going to be a special night of slam poetry and song.  What we’ve done with this material is stripped everything way.  The only things on the stage will be two mics and us.  NO MUSIC! I think we’ve got something special here. You will not be disappointed. I hope you can make it!”

Derrick is one guy to keep your eye on. With his voice and talent, this really should be an enjoyable evening!

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Be sure to catch one of Broadway’s powerhouse vocalists & fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tituss Burgess live at NYC’s famed Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street, between 5th & 6th Ave) this Sunday, January 31 & next Sunday, February 7 at 9:30pm. Tituss is offering fans a stripped down concert of new material intermixed with old favorites. If you’ve never seen Tituss  outside of a Broadway show, you are in for a real treat!

$20 cover + 2 drink minimum. For reservations call 212-206-0440.

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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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Tituss BurgessI had the pleasure of sitting down with Tituss Burgess tonight at the “Cutting-Edge Composers II” concert to interview him for “Adaumbelle’s Quest.” Tituss has been singing since childhood. From church to hometown establishments to the Broadway stage. Tituss’ vocals has been entertaining & wowing audiences in such shows as “The Little Mermaid,” “Jersey Boys,” “Guys & Dolls,” and “Good Vibrations.” Regionally he has been seen in “The Wiz” as the “Cowardly Lion” and “Songs For A New World” with Jason Robert Brown, Brian D’arcy James, and Alice Ripley. Tituss just released his debut solo CD entitled “Here’s To You.” To find out more on this powerhouse performer, be sure to visit: http://www.titussburgess.com/

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I’ve had many influences, but from really from the moment I was born, I had things I wanted to say and a feeling that people should listen.

2. Who is the one  person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Meryl Streep & Renee Flemming (who I will be getting to perform with on November 21 as part of “Sing For Hope Gala: Songs for Our Future).

3. Is there ever time you thought about quitting? If so, what did you consider doing? Yes there was a time and I thought I’d be a therapist–psychologist because I give great advice and have a great ears.

4. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Dunkin’ Donuts regular coffee.

5. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor and toppings)? Brownie sundae with chocolate chip cookie dough. I know that’s ghetto, but it’s good.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? The treadmill.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. I like everything to be held in place.

8. Favorite website? The Randy Rainbow Bloggity BLAHg-BLAHg & of course “Adaumbelle’s Quest.”

9. Favorite musician/singer? Singers: Renee Flemming, India Arie, Adele. Musicians: Jamie Cullum & John Mayer.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman and would they make a live-action film version already!

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