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Joshua Rivedal is a man of many talents: he’s an actor, a playwright, and a producer. As an actor he has been seen as “Radames” in “Aida” and “Richard Loeb” in “Thrill Me” as well as on such television shows as AMC’s “FilmFakers,” “The Maury Povich Show,” and the Biography Channel’s “Celebrity Ghost Stories.” As a playwright, Joshua wrote (and co-produced) “The Gospel According To Josh” which was accepted into the Emerging Artists OMT Series and most recently featured in the 2010 Midtown International Theater Festival. Joshua’s new play, “It’s Good to be Home” was also independently workshopped in 2009. For those of you who missed “The Gospel According To Josh” at MITF, here’s your second chance to see this dynamic performer when “The Gospel According To Josh” comes to The Media Theatre in Media, PA for one night only on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30pm. For more on “The Gospel According To Josh” be sure to visit http://www.thegospelaccordingtojosh.com and for more on Joshua be sure to check out http://www.joshuarivedal.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would say my parents and the greats, like Elvis and the Beatles. I saw them on television and thought these people are the best I’ve ever seen play, I’ve got to do what they are doing. I also knew I was going to be a performer when hand-held recorders were first in use, I was about 6 and I saw the video of this when I was about 10, but what I saw was that when I didn’t know the recorder was on, I was quiet, but when I noticed the recorder on, I’d become big and vibrant and acting up because I knew the light was on me.

2. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Al Pacino and James Earl Jones.

3. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? Before the show, I do a 10-minute breathing exercise, it’s called the Chuck Jones Method.  I do some stretching and yoga. Afterwards, I like to have a drink.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can smack my cheeks and make music.

5. Favorite item off the $1 menu? I love those nuggets or if I’m on the road, the McDouble.

6. Favorite way to spend your day off? I would love to go to The Met, have a couple of drinks out on the patio, and kind of just relax and socialize and then go to a botanical garden.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Taekwondo.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-Briefs. I combine the both for one powerful piece of underwear.

9. Favorite website? The Gospel According To Josh or CNN.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, she’s way hotter than Superman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Be yourself, who else are you going to be.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I would say Angelina Jolie.

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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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