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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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Douglas Sills is a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominee for his performance in Broadway’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” With a stage presence, talent, a big booming voice, and good looks, Douglas Sills is your go to guy! His many other stage credits include the Broadway revival of “Little Shop of Horrors,” Encores! productions of “Music in the Air” and “Carnival,” “On The 20th Century” for the Actors Fund, “Moonlight and Magnolias” at MTC, and BCEFA’s benefit “Broadway Backwards 5.” On the road, Douglas has starred in the National Tours of “The Scarlett Pimpernel” for which he was an Ovation Award winner, “The Secret Garden,” and “Into The Woods.” Regionally, he has been seen in “She Loves Me” (Westport Playhouse), “A Little Night Music” (Kennedy Center), “Much Ado About Nothing” (South Coast Rep), “Mack and Mabel” (Reprise), “Othello,” “Cymbeline,” and “Merry Wives” (Cal Shakes), “The Philadelphia Story,” “Richard II,” “Henry IV”, “Henry V,” and “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” Television audiences will recognize Douglas from his guest appearances on “CSI,” “The Closer,” “Numb3rs,” and “Will & Grace,” while film goers will remember him from “Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo. Douglas just completed a run as “Captain Hook/Mr. Darling” in Papermill Playhouse’s smash hit production of “Peter Pan” (which co-starred fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Nancy Anderson and Zachary Infante). Douglas is gearing up for his next move, so until it’s announced, be sure to keep up with him on Facebook!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? So many. And I look for fresh inspiration all the time.
An interesting mix Olivier, Gielgud, Richardson, Alec Guinness, Peter O’Toole…..and Al Jolson,

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Don’t know. Try not to take notice of absolutes like that. It seems only to enforce limits rather than encourage the spirit of an idea.

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

4. Do you have any rituals that have to do before each performance? How do you decompress after a show? Rituals change according to the demands of the piece.  Sometimes I jog to the theater, or do a recorded warm-up geared to the piece, read historically-related fiction about the period….but whatever it is, it’s generally solitary activity. Decompression also varies depending on the situation….ie: comedy or tragedy, musical or play, near home or long travel afterward,  friends in the show or not. Nothing too routine for decompression. Usually have to get back to let the dog out . She’s been my decompression more than anything….Care of something outside myself. I like to get home and bring something to my partner.

5. What’s your proudest moment? Having my folks attend the Tony Awards at which I was nominated and performed.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can dismember a body in 32 minutes.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? My favorite way would be to eat whatever I like…but that doesn’t work. Ummm working is my favorite way to stay in shape generally. But I like to push myself to try new things….ie: did Bikram for a while. Tried a vegan regimen for a while. I get the feeling yoga is likely the best approach for me.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers around the house. Briefs otherwise.

9. Favorite website? Dailycoyote.net

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Neither. Spongebob, Peter Griffin or Larry David.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite quote? “Astound yourself with your personal courage everyday”  -Olivier

12. Favorite way to spend your day off? Strolling a shaded beach with my dog and my partner, looking for sea life in the shallows.

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Justin Stein is one of our next generation performers to keep your eye on! At 19, he has already released his debut album “Justin Stein” and has opened for some of the biggest names in music today such as Corbin Bleu, Jesse McCartney, Jordin Sparks, and Raven-Symone. In addition to music, Justin is an actor on the rise…he’s was in the New York Philharmonic’s production of “Camelot” with Gabriel Byrne, Christopher Lloyd, and Fran Drescher, starred with Tony Award Winner Patti LuPone in the Ravinia Festival’s production of “Gypsy” as well Porchlight Theatre’s production of “The Secret Garden,” and The Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire’s production of “Bye, Bye Birdie.” Most recently, Justin starred in fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” parrticipant Bobby Cronin’s industry reading of “The Beaten Path.” For more on Justin be sure to visit: http://www.justinstein.com

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Hmn, im not exactly sure… It has always just been a part of me. My mom brought me up on show tunes and i actually attended phantom of the opera in my moms stomach… so i guess it started then? haha. I have just always loved performing.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Highest, belt… B on a good day… C on a crazy good day. Im a Bari/tenor.

3. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Best experience: To be honest, i have loved working on The Beaten Path. It has been an amazing experience to create the character of Cody and watch how the character i created influences the script throughout the process of rewriting. I hope i am given opportunities to originate characters in the future. I have also enjoyed working with Patti Lupone and Lonny Price on Gypsy. Watching them work was truly a learning experience. Worst experience: When i was younger I went to a theatre/arts camp and was cast as Joe in Damn Yankees. I had just turned nine and had no idea what i was doing… Basically, i didnt learn my lines in time and because of me they had to turn the show into a musical review. I felt terrible. But it taught me never to be unprepared cause you will disappoint a lot of people… including yourself.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can do the wave with my eyebrows.

5. Who do you consider to be your hero? My parents… Especially my mom. I was a handful as a kid, haha!

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? eating healthy… although im eating a crumbs cupcake as i write this.. so… so much for that! 🙂 i try to go to the gym but seem to have a difficult time dragging myself there….

7. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers.

8. Favorite play/musical? Play: “Augst Osage County”…hands down. Musical: Proabably “Les Miserables.”

9. Favorite website? Hulu.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman..cause he can do basically everything.

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Tonight, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Alison Fraser after seeing her amazingly wonderful comedic genius of a performance in Charles Busch’s “The Divine Sister.” Alison is a two-time Tony Award nominee for her role of “Martha” in “The Secret Garden” and “Josefine” in “Romance/Romance.” Her other Broadway credits include her fantastic performance as “Tessie Tura” in the 2008 revival of “Gypsy” starring Patti LuPone, as well as “Dorine” in “Tartuffe,” and “Helena” in “Drood.” Off-Broadway, Alison has captivated audiences as “Trina” in “March of the Falsettos” and “In Trousers,” “Connie/Petula/Brenda” in “Beehive,” “Uta” in “The Green Heart,” and “Miss Drumgoole” in “Up Against It.” In television and film, Alison has lit up the screen in “Between the Lions,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Third Watch,” “The Thing About My Folks,” and “In The Blood.” You can catch Alison in “The Divine Sister,” along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Charles Busch and Julie Halston at Theater for The New City through March 7. For much more on Alison be sure to visit: http://www.alisonfraser.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Anthony Newley. I fell madly in love with him when I was fifteen and the die was cast. I got to meet him years later when I interviewed him for TimeOut and he was even better than I had imagined him. An amazing talent, and a really interesting guy.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Pink. I am totally obsessed with her and I desperately want to play her mother in a music video. Hopefully there will be aerial stuntwork involved.

3. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My late husband, Rusty Magee. A lot of other people have told me they have been visited by him in their dreams, and I haven’t been, so I am jealous.

4. What is your proudest moment? I would have to say “Sweet Appreciation.” This was the night 300 people got together at the West Bank Cafe to celebrate my husband while he was still around to enjoy it. Lew Black really helped put this evening together and there were some great performers such has Rebecca Luker and Mary Testa. But the definite high point was when Rusty performed. He was on fire.

5. Favorite quote? Jonathan Swift: “Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.”

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I used to be an acrobat. I’m very, very flexible. Are you listening Pink?

7.  Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Dunkin’ Donuts all the way. They use free trade coffee, they don’t burn it, they put the milk in for you and they are cheaper. Large coffee, whole milk. With a delicious breakfast sandwich on a biscuit if I am feeling peckish.

8. Favorite skin care product? Obagi physical sun block, Sabon “mud” soap, and almond oil. Almond oil, you ask? Our costume designer Fabio Toblini told me it’s the best remedy for dry shins. It works great, but my cats keep licking my legs.

9. Favorite website? awfulplasticsurgery.com and gawker.com are guilty pleasures. Whenever I look a hundred years old in the mirror and think, hmmmm, a little nip, a little tuck, I go to awfulplasticsurgery.com, get revolted, and save myself thousands of dollars.

10. “Mary” or “Rhoda”? Mary. Rhoda’s self-deprecation wears a bit thin. “ooh I’m so homely, ooh I’m so fat.” What are you talking about?? You’re gorgeous! Puh-leeze.

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In 2009, I was introduced to four amazingly gifted and talented singers/songwriters/composers: Scott Alan, Bobby Cronin, Katie Thompson, and Jonathan Reid Gealt, all of whom became “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants. I have also been fortunate to attend a concert of each of their music.  Tonight, I had the pleasure of attending “The Music of Jonathan Reid Gealt” at The Canal Room. Jonathan’s music is sophisticated, contemporary, and at times quite humorous. He gathered some of the best musical theatre talent to sing his music tonight including the powerhouse vocals of Tituss Burgess (fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant), Natalie Weiss, Lauren Kennedy, Jeremy Jordan, Bridie Carroll, Quentin Earl Darrington, and Zak Resnick. These performers not only knew how to bring Jonathan’s music to life, but how to knock it out of the park. I was blown away so many times tonight that a smile was kept across my face the whole time. One of the most touching moments was watching his proud mom see her son’s dream come true, especially after one of the songs was dedicated to her. Jonathan is on his way to greatness (he’s currently working on his debut musical “Forward” and a screenplay of his life). The next time his music is being presented, I will be there and hopefully you will too. For more on Jonathan and his music visit: http://www.jonathan-reid-gealt.com, http://www.myspace.com/jrgealt, and TheBestArts.com/jrsongs.

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Come to “The Music of Jonathan Reid Gealt” in Concert this Monday, January 11 at 8pm at the legendary Canal Room in NYC. His music will be performed by some of today’s hottest Broadway stars including fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid, Guys & Dolls) and Katie Thompson (“R.R.R.E.D.,” “Giant”), as well as Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot, Vanities, Les Miserables), Jeremy Jordan (West Side Story, Rock of Ages), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime), Alysha Umphress (American Idiot), Bobby Steggert (110 In the Shade, Ragtime), Zak Resnick (Broadway Boys), Stephanie Umoh (Ragtime), Matt DeAngelis (Hair), Kasey Marino (Hairspray), Michael Mahany (High School Musical, Spring Awakening), Natalie Weiss (Wicked, American Idol), Adam Armstrong (History Boys), Bridie Carroll (Grease), Rachel Potter, and Jonathan Reid Gealt with music direction by Josh Clayton (Finnian’s Rainbow, City Center Encores).

To sample some of Jonathan’s music prior to the concert you can visit TheBestArts.com.

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Jonathan is currently working on his debut musical, Forward. The Forward demo recordings have gained buzz online and around the city with such Broadway heavyweights as Kelli O’Hara, Liz Callaway, Lauren Kennedy, Shoshana Bean, Michael McElroy, Jonathan Groff, Michael Arden, Lewis Cleale, Tituss Burgess, Max Von Essen, Marty Thomas, and more.

Jonathan’s music has been featured in concerts and venues in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Manila, Japan, Australia, London, and New York including the Broadway in South Africa Benefits, UNSUNG 2007, Miracle on 13th Street, Performers for Peace, Cutting Edge Composers II, The MNNV series, The Laurie Beechman, The Duplex, The Triad, The Canal Room, and the MAKOR. He also wrote jingles for The Barn Theatre’s 2003 summer season in Michigan.

Jonathan is a performer as well as a composer and some performing credits include [NEW YORK]: Jason Robert Brown: In Concert (Birdland), The Music of Lucy Simon (Joe’s Pub) Unsung 2007 (BCEFA Benefit), The Secret Garden (Hammerstein Ballroom), Rags (The Nokia Theater) and Miracle on 13th St. [NAT’L TOUR]: Junie B. Jones [REGIONAL]: Les Miserables (Atlanta Theater of the Stars, Kansas City Starlight, The Wolf Trap), MameAnnie Get Your GunThe Sound of Music (Saint Louis MUNY), Thrill Me (Stoneham Theatre), CatsJesus Christ Superstar (Barn Theatre). [FILM/TV]: Kidnapped (NBC), Across the Universe.

Jonathan has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops under the baton of Keith Lockhart and is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory.

To learn more about Jonathan, his music, his upcoming projects, and to purchase sheet music…check out the following two sites: http://www.jonathan-reid-gealt.com AND http://www.myspace.com/jrgealt. This Monday, January 11 at 8pm come hear “The Music of Jonathan Reid Gealt” in concert at The Canal Room with performances by some of today’s hottest Broadway stars.

1. Who inspired you to become a songwriter? Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Andew Lippa, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Sondheim, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, my best friends, and my mom.

2. If you could have anyone perform your music, who would you choose? Everyone! Ha! I’ve been really fortunate to work with some of my favorite singers of all time. However, Steven Pasquale, Gavin Creel, Audra McDonald, Caissie Levy, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Justin Timberlake, Laura Benanti, Kristin Chennoweth, Christina Aguilera, and Pink are just a few that are way up there.

3. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? If so, what did you consider doing? Not really. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Although, I did want to be a professional baseball player when I was a kid. Massage Therapy is also great!

4. What’s the best advice a teacher ever gave you? Stay true to yourself and everything you do will be original.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Swimming.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-Briefs!

7. Favorite play/musical? As far as musicals go, I have 3. “Ragtime,” “The Secret Garden,” and “Sweeney Todd.” As far as plays go, “The Pillowman” blew me away. “Reasons To Be Pretty” was incredible.

8. Favorite TV theme song? The Flintstones.

9. Favorite website? Youtube. Is that sad?

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman all the way!

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