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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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This Monday, August 9, from 7pm-9pm, come to Therapy in NYC (348 West 52nd Street) for “The End of Prop 8” hosted by Broadway Impact! Join fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Rory O’Malley and Jose Llana, along with Hunter Bell, Heidi Bickenstaff, and Susan Blackwell from [Title of Show], Seth Rudetsky, Shayna Steele, Nick Adams, Will Taylor, Jason Tam, Miss New York Claire Buffie, and Richard Socarides, plus many others as we celebrate this historic event!

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Jeff BowenJeff Bowen was one of the stars and co-writers of Broadway’s “[title of show]”, winning the 2006 Obie Award as well as a GLAAD Media nomination & Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance by an Ensemble. In addition to [title of show], Jeff has written music & lyrics for several special events including the 2007 Easter Bonnet competition for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Actors Fund 125th Anniversary Gala, the Vineyard Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Gala, the 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards & Broadway Bares 18: Wonderland. He has also composed music for several shows at P.S. 122 such as “Avant-Garde-A-Rama in Sparklevision”, & “Hello, My Name Is Avant-Garde-A-Rama”, as well as “Sparklefest 2000” at Dixon Place; “The A-Train Plays”; & the film “Boat Mime”. In addition to composing & writing music & lyrics, Jeff has performed in such productions as “The Who’s Tommy”, “Of Thee I Sing”, “Shenandoah”, “On the Twentieth Century” & the Actor’s Fund benefit of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. While Jeff is brewing his next creation, keep up with him & everything “[title of show]” by visiting  http://www.titleofshow.com/blog/index.php.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin and Martin Short.

2. What was your best and worst experience in a show? Best – the final performance of [title of show] on Broadway.  I’ve never felt more proud, content, and happy (and sad) in all of my life.  I’ll never forget the tidal wave of emotions that rocked the Lyceum that night.  The worst experience was having a terrible hypoglycemic attack during a production of “The Who’s Tommy” in Brazil.  I had to leave the show and luckily there was a doctor in the house. It should be noted that Heidi Blickenstaff was on stage with me during both of those events.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m a pretty good painter; I can sing two notes at once; I make a mean crab cake and I can identify about 300 species of birds by their songs.

4. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Meryl Streep.

5. Favorite meal? Short ribs with anything on the side.  Also potato chips and onion dip.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? Eating a half dozen moderate meals a day, jogging, weightlifting and birdwatching.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs but mostly briefs.

8. What website do you get your news from? DCcomics.com.

9. Favorite talk show host? Currently Bonnie Hunt, but I had a huge thing for Mike and Maty in the 90s.

10. Today Show or Good Morning America? Um, are those shows on in the morning? I think I saw one of them once, but I don’t remember which one.

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