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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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Carrie Cimma is a performer to keep watch for. She has performed in the national tours of Cameron Mackintosh’s “Oliver,” “The Full Monty,” and the first national tour of “The Wedding Singer.” She was nominated for a 2007 Best Supporting actress award for her role of “Simparticus” in “Bloody Lies” which played at the Midtown International Theatre Festival. In 2008 she won a Best Actress Award for playing “Mrs. Lovett” in that national tour of “Sweeney Todd.” Most recently, Carrie was nominated for a 2010 Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of “Bridget Sullivan” in the Off-Broadway show “Lizzie Borden” and was part of the world premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s “Wonderland.” Carrie is gearing up for her next venture, so be sure to check out http://www.carriecimma.com for all the latest on Carrie!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I was in love with early Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler. I think I just wanted to wear big hats. I basically wore out Funny Girl on vinyl. Also, my mom would dance me around the living room to the Beatles. Music and comedy were always a big part of my life.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I bottom out at a C below middle C.  No one ever asks me to sing above an E flat. Something about me just screams tenor.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I’m dying to do an Apatow movie. I’d do it for free. I’d pay HIM.

4. What’s your proudest moment? The Drama Desk nomination was really up there. Also, when John Doyle told me I was “grand from the knees up” as Lovett. That’s pretty high praise from him.

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I like having dreams where I’m the front man for The Who. And Keith Moon is still alive.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I think everyone knows I’m strange and unusual.

7. Favorite drink? Jameson, hold the ice.

8. Favorite skin care product? Sunshine.

9. Favorite website? Foodtv.com. Amazing.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Batgirl.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? I had a voice teacher tell me: “You’re not going to work until you’re older.  And you could be an ingenue, but you’ll be eating lettuce for the rest of your life. Enjoy your life, and just be patient, it’ll happen for you”. That was pretty tough to swallow at the time, but he was right on the nose.

12. What’s your most embarrassing on-stage moment? I forgot the lyrics to “By the Sea” during a preview of Sweeney. I don’t remember exactly what I said, but it was something like “I’ll do you every Friday”. That was pretty rough. Also, I might have passed gas during a dance number in The Wedding Singer and my fellow cast mates had to endure the stink for the whole seven minute number. I had to own up to it after, it’s the right thing to do : )

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Fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Andy Karl has joined the cast of Broadway’s “Wicked” playing the part of “Fiyero.” If you haven’t seen this show, now would be a great time as Andy will entice and enchant you like no other “Fiyero” has with his good looks, sexy and vibrant singing voice as well as his brilliant comedic timing. Take yourself down to the Emerald City at the Gershwin Theatre in NYC (51st Street between Broadway & 8th Avenue) for a “Wicked” good time!

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Andy KarlOriginally from Baltimore, Maryland, Andy Karl has made his mark in the Broadway community. He originated the roles of “Luke” in the Off-Broadway smash hit “Altar Boyz” and “Adam” in the Off-Broadway show “Slut”. He’s starred on Broadway in “Saturday Night Fever”,”The Wedding Singer” and “Legally Blonde” and toured the country with “Disney On The Record”, “Cats”, and “Tommy”. You can now see Andy in the hit musical “9 to 5” playing the character of “Joe”, the love interest for “Violet”, played by Allison Janney. For more on Andy Karl, visit: www.andykarl.com

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Well it’s really a two part answer.  My very 1st inspiration (to perform) came from my chorus teacher back at Towson High.  He asked me to audition for the summer musical “Oklahoma”.  I didn’t expect to be offered a role in the show but was cast as the shows’ villain, Judd Fry.  That same week I broke my foot skate-boarding (oops).  I staggered into rehearsal with crutches and a cast.  Though this could have stopped the average High School performer from making opening night, a unique blend of tenacity and creativity took over as I designed attachments to my cast that looked astoundingly similar to a real boot and nixed the crutches.  I went on for all 3 performances to triumphant applause from parents.

The first person to inspire me to take theatre seriously as a career was a director at my college musical.  I was majoring in music, and paving my way to teaching, but still took part in musicals.  Now there are some people you work with that have that sort of innate artistic vision that you can sense right away.  Everything they do is for the crafting of the show and its success to tell a story…Todd Pearthree back in my hometown was ‘that guy’.  Everyone in the community new that he was one of the best directors to work with.  One day in tech rehearsal he was talking to me and asked what I wanted to be.  I told him I would probably teach music…he looked at me a little oddly and said “I think you may want o give the performing a go because you’d be a success at it.”

That was the first time I remember knowing I had to really give it my everything.

2.  Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I have been very fortunate to work with some people I’ve never dreamed I would.  Directors like Joe Mantello & Jerry Mitchell, actors like Allison Janney & Mark Kudish.  And since I’ve already performed in over 5 shows with my Orfeh, I will   have to tell you someone else. I guess to answer this question I must go back to the previous question of “who inspired me”.  The one musical I would listen to day in and day out before I came to Broadway was ‘The Who’s Tommy’. That CD and production changed my idea of musical theatre all together.  I knew I had to get to NYC and fast.   Michael Cerveris filled my ears with the holiest of Rock Opera, and has since been an idol of the Broadway stage.  He is the one true person I would be honored to work with.  I’ve also met him in gatherings and he’s just a really cool dude as well.

3.   Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Though Orfeh would say I have an unusually tremendous talent to mess up a clean apartment in record time, I personally disagree.

I do, however, have a unique ability to burp long and loud on Que.  I’ve actually used this ability in performances across America when I was on tour with ‘The Who’s Tommy’ and I was Uncle Ernie’s off-stage belch.  100’s of performances and I never missed a beat.

4.  Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? What, and miss all the fun?   Never!!!!!

5.  Who do you consider to be your hero? Obama, Dolly Parton, Scarlett the Cat that pulled her kittens out of burning house, and the people of NYC.

6.  Favorite way to stay in shape? Be in a profession that requires you to look good in tight brown shorts.  Legally Blonde kept me going to the gym.  Since that show ended I’ve decreased my gym time but still try to maintain.

7.  Boxers or briefs? Fitted boxers or briefs that don’t squeeze 🙂

8.  Favorite kind of shoes? Casual sneakers-no laces-black. (Adidas has great ones)

9.  Favorite ride at an amusement park? “Gravitron Starship 2000″  …”The Zipper” is a close 2nd.

10.  Favorite Actor? Phillip Seymour Hoffman is such a kicka** actor, amazing in everything he does…even ‘Twister’. I also think Brendan Fraser is very underrated these days.  His work in Bedazzled is very versatile and very funny.

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