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Christina Bianco has a voice that when heard, takes you to another place where all is beautiful. It’s full, rich, and most of all soulfully powerful! From theatre to stage performances, Christina sings her heart out! Her Off-Broadway credits include: “Forbidden Broadway Goes To Rehab,” for which she received a Drama Desk nomination, “Forbidden Broadway: Dances With The Stars,” “Tony and Tina’s Wedding,” and the recent run of “NEWSical the Musical,” (produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora and co-starring fellow participants Christine Pedi and Rory O’Malley). Christina originated the title role in the national tour of “Dora The Explorer Live!” Her regional credits include: “Rent” (The Weston Playhouse), “Beehive” (Riverside Theatre), “Evita” (Westchester Broadway Theatre), “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Helen Hayes PAC), “Candide” (Cunegonde), “A New Brain,” “Finding Nemo” (workshop), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “Raffi on Broadway” (Gershwin Theatre). Christina also performs as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and sings with her band “Brother Joscephus.” For more on what’s happening with Christina be sure to visit: http://www.christinabianco.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Many artists! Bernadette Peters, Bobby Darin, Martina McBride, Keely Smith, Ann Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson. The original inspiration though, was definitely Judy Garland. I was one of those little girls who saw The Wizard of Oz countless times and sang “Over The Rainbow” every chance I got. Then I found out she was 4′ 11″ like me and my love for her only grew!!

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? The highest note I can sustain is a high E. (I can trill to an F) My lowest note is also an E, but it’s not pretty.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Hugh Jackman! Who doesn’t?

4. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I’m a Dunkin’ girl!! I get a medium iced coffee when it’s warm outside. If I cheat at Starbucks, I get a chai latte.

5. Favorite way to spend your day off? I love walking around the city with my husband and my dog. I love people watching, finding a restaurant or store we’ve never noticed before and meeting other cute dogs on the street! The outing would have to end at ‘Sundays and Cones’ on 10th st cause they’ve got the best ice cream around.

6. Favorite skin care product? Clean and Clear ‘acne spot treatment.’ I keep it with my at all times. It saves the day!

7. Favorite store to shop in? BCBG Max Azria!!! I call it ‘the official outfitter of Christina Bianco’ because I’ve worn a BCBG dress to every major event I’ve attended.I can’t shop there often cause we all now how much ‘the biz’ pays, but I absolutely love the styles, designs and fabrics.

8. Favorite play/musical? My favorite musicals are “Into The Woods,” “City of Angels,” & “Evita.” I also thought the revival of “Damn Yankees” was musical theatre perfection! My favorite plays are by Shakespeare.

9. Favorite website? Gofugyourself.com It’s so much fun! I could kill hours laughing at the strange things celebrities wear and the commentary is usually very clever.

10. “Saved By The Bell” or “Beverly Hills 90210”? “Saved By The Bell.” But I was never a total freak about it. At that age, I think I was busy watching “Perfect Strangers” & “Full House.” TGIF on ABC ruled!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite scented candle? You can’t get it anymore, but Illuminations ‘eggnog’ candle.

12. Favorite hobby? Reading (I particularly love Jane Austin novels and re-read them all the time) and cake decorating. I’m not great and have no training, but I just love it!

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Rachel Fox is another one of our next generation performers on the rise! It’s no wonder that she crosses many genres and generations with her television, film, music, theatre, and fashion talents! Rachel’s first break into television was playing the recurring character of “Buffy” on the hit Disney TV show “That’s So Raven” starring Raven Symone. Her gig on “That’s So Raven” lead to roles on Disney’s mega-hit “Hannah Montana” and the daytime Soap Opera “Passions.”  It wasn’t long after these gigs that Rachel made the leap into prime time television landing the roles of “Young Sydney” on “Alias” starring Jennifer Garner and Victor Garber and “Kayla Huntington” (the illegitimate daughter of “Tom Scavo,” played by Doug Savant) on ABC’s smash-hit “Desperate Housewives.”  In addition to television, Rachel has also starred in theatre productions of “Santa Goes Commercial,” “The Sound of Music,” “I Remember Mamma,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Currently, Rachel can be seen in the new movie “Spork” (directed by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant J.B. Ghuman Jr.) which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is running through May 1. Rachel is also working on her debut album and as well as hosting a Fashion Blog on her website, giving fashion advice while detailing the latest looks.  For much more on Rachel, be sure to visit: http://www.rachelgfox.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? When I was 5, I was in a play and it was love at first performance. I guess it was the act of acting that inspired me to become a performer. Each time I performed after that, whether it was for a photo shoot, a commercial, a voiceover, a tv show, or a movie, my passion for the acting grew and continues to grow. Along the way, there have been so many people who inspired me, but my first and strongest inspiration has come from performing itself.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many. I’ve gotta sneak in an a couple of extras. The actor I’d love to work with is Meryl Streep. She is pure brilliance. Every time I watch her, I forget about all her previous characters and about who she is as a person. She commands every moment, creates her characters so they’re real, and she stays in character. She was genius in “The Devil Wears Prada” and in “Julie & Julia.” The second person I’d like to work with is Garry Marshall, the director of my favorite movie, “Pretty Woman.” I’d also love to work with Rob Reiner, who directed “A Few Good Men” and  “Princess Bride,” among other amazing movies.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? This is my only choice. Acting, performing, playing music, dancing, and singing. It’s my only choice. If I have to choose something, which I’m saying I don’t want to but I will to answer this good question, my choice for another career if I wasn’t me is to be a venture capitalist. I’d like to take a look at different businesses that are really cool ideas and have great people running them, and invest money in those companies that I think are going to be very successful. I am not interested in owning any one single business, but investing in other ones. The stock market is interesting to me but it feels like I have to gamble and I don’t have control over a stock’s price. I’m not comfortable with letting other people decide if my money amount goes up or down.

4. What has been the best advice you’ve received? The best advice I’ve ever received is to become whatever I passionately want to become. My mom and dad have taught me to do what I was born to do, no matter what other people say or no matter what the obstacles are. Their advice has given me strength and laser focus.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. We don’t have many, if any, Dunkin’ Donuts here in LA. I always order sugar-free, non-fat hazelnut frappachino, without whipped cream. I love their lemon bread and their coffee cake.

6. Favorite meal? I am a food lover! I never met a meal I didn’t love, except maybe liver. I’d have to say sushi, crab cakes, Chunky soup, and Lean Cuisines are my favorite meals. My most recent best sushi experience was at an incredible Japanese restaurant named “Ki.” The sushi was the freshest and best tasting and they had different kinds. One had asparagus and shrimp in a rice paper and I could have eaten 10 of them.

7. Favorite skin care product? I have sensitive skin. I use Murad cleanser for sensitive skin, BeautiControl toner that they don’t make anymore so I buy all the still-existing bottles from ebay, St. Ives apricot scrub, and Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer.

8. Favorite TV Show? This question is impossible to answer because I love so many tv shows for different reasons and so they all tie for first because they’re all great. Here they are in no special order….That 70s Show, Desperate Housewives, Glee, George Lopez, Fresh Prince, American Idol.

9. Favorite website? My favorite website is www.ultimate-guitar.com. I go there to learn new songs on guitar. Can I give you my website in this answer?  www.rachelgfox.com. I have a Fashion Blog and I answer questions that people write to me on my Ask the Fox page.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Not my generation…I know a little about Superman and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Wonder Woman so I’ll wait to know more about them before I answer.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite store to shop in? My favorite department store is Nordstroms. Their junior department has great clothes and shoes. My favorite store for dresses is bcbg. It stands for Bon Chic Bon Genre and it means good style, good taste. My SAG Awards dresses are from bcbg and the dress I wore to the Tribeca Film Festival (yeah!) is a bcbg dress. They have very unique dresses that fit me well.

12. Favorite quote?

I have two:

“Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs

“Pick a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Author unknown

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Rori Nogee as “Maureen” in “Rent” in Charleston, South Carolina through February 14 playing at Charleston Music Hall (37 Jonh Street, Charleston, SC).

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Rori NogeeFrom starring as “Dorothy” in the National Tour of “The Wizard of Oz” to the Broadway revival of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to the starring role in the current Off-Broadway smash hit “Pinkalicious”, Rori is a girl to watch! Check out: www.rorinogee.com for more information.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Bernadette Peters and Joanna Gleason in the PBS airing of “Into the Woods,” which I watched hundreds of times, before the age of 9.

2. What’s your most embarrassing audition? A friend recommended me to audition for “Millie” with a company she used to work for. I crashed a day of appointments via name dropping. I was not informed that we were supposed to prepare “Gimme, gimme.” I didn’t know it, didn’t own it…but I showed up and went in anyway. I had to explain the situation, apologize, and do the random song I had prepared. They said, “You’re great and had you shown up a few days ago, we may have just used you for our season. But you’re not a Millie.” I said, “I know, thank you.” and walked out. Or maybe it was the audition when I wasn’t wearing underwear…and forgot until I got down on the floor…and suddenly remembered when i realized I would have to stand up again…in my dress…

3. What’s the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low F to high D.

4. Favorite Musical? Rent.

5. Favorite Play? Anna in the Tropics and Red Light Winter.

6. Favorite Actor? Raul Esparza. Actress? Daphne Rubin-Vega.

7. Favorite Talk Show Host? Conan O’ Brien.

8. What’s in your purse? Wallet, ipod, keys, cellphone, eyeglasses, receipts, pens, makeup, and dirty tissues.

9. Favorite kind of shoes? Big ol’ clunky platformy lace up knee high boots.

10. Books or magazines? Books…when I have the time. I especially love reading “How to…” books on writing screenplays and plays. They have kept me productive.

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