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Wednesday
Apr092014

Call Me Adam's Red Carpet Interview Coverage of Stage 17 Launch Party

"Call Me Adam" provided red carpet interviews at the launch of Stage 17's new web platform Stage17.tvwhich hosts a wide variety of original, scripted, and reality programs created by Broadway and theatre artists!

I had a wonderful time interviewing so many great artists including Michael Urie (from ABC's Ugly Betty and Off-Broadway's Buyer and Cellar), Julie James (Sirius XM radio host, Stage 17's Fan Fare), and Kate Baldwin (Tony Award Nominee, guest on Stage 17's Dress Up with George B. Style).

Be sure to check out all of the programming Stage 17 has to offer at www.stage17.tv  and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

 "Call Me Adam's" red carpet coverage at Stage 17's launch party:

Sunday
Apr062014

92nd Street Y's Lyrics and Lyricists: Rodgers and Hammerstein: Getting To Know You

Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo, Rebecca Luker, Mandy Gonzalez, Lewis Cleale, 92nd Street Y's "Lyrics and Lyricists: Rodgers and Hammerstein: Getting To Know You", Photo Credit: Call Me Adam/Adam RothenbergI had the best time covering the 92nd Street Y's Lyrics and Lyricists concert this past Saturday. The evening celebrated the music and lyrics of Rodgers and Hammerstein, featuring the talents of Jonathan Groff (HBO's Looking, Fox's Glee, Broadway's Spring Awakening), Mandy Gonzalez (Broadway's In The Heights, Wicked), Rebecca Luker (Broadway's Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Mary Poppins, The Music Man), Phillipa Soo (Off-Broadway's Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), and Lewis Cleale (Broadway's The Book of Mormon).

From "Some Enchanted Evening" to "I Whistle A Happy Tune" to "I Enjoy Being A Girl" to "Edelweiss," the evening featured many of Rodgers and Hammerstein's hit songs as well some rare gems. I also learned a lot about their creative process, working relationship, and some juicy tales from Broadway!

Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo, Rebecca Luker, Mandy Gonzalez, Lewis Cleale, 92nd Street Y's "Lyrics and Lyricists: Rodgers and Hammerstein: Getting To Know You", Photo Credit: Call Me Adam/Adam RothenbergBehind-The-Scenes of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" at 92nd Street Y's "Lyrics and Lyricists: Rodgers and Hammerstein: Getting To Know You", Photo Credit: Call Me Adam/Adam RothenbergThe talent on that stage was fantastic! The 92nd Street Y brought together some of today's biggest talent and they shined bright!

With only 4 shows left, Sunday, April 6 at 2pm and 7pm and Monday, April 7 at 2pm and 7:30pm, I would highly suggest getting tickets to this wonderful evening of Broadway royalty! The 92nd Street Y is located at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue in NYC. Click here for tickets!

Jonathan Groff and Call Me Adam, Photo Credit: Paul C. FocazioCall Me Adam and Mandy Gonzalez, Photo Credit: Paul C. FocazioLewis Cleale and Call Me Adam, Photo Credit: Paul C. Focazio

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Saturday
Mar222014

The New York Pops On Broadway featuring Tony Award nominees Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J Block

Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, and Steven Reineke at The New York Pops "On Broadway"Steven Reineke, The New York Pops Musical Director/ConductorI had a blast at The New York Pops' On Broadway concert on Friday, March 21 at Carnegie Hall! Featuring Tony Award nominees Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block, this concert was spectacular! The song selection was incredible and Steven Reineke, New York Pops Musical Director/Conductor was right when he said Andrew and Stephanie were going to belt their faces off! Man, they sure did! Steven was also spot on during my interview with him prior to the concert when he said this was an event and if you weren't there, you missed out on something special. That statement couldn't be more true!

I felt so lucky to have been in attendance. I heard so many of my favorite Broadway songs performed by two of the most magnificent voices (Andrew & Stephanie), backed by one of the greatest orchestras in the world (New York Pops), and lead by one of the top Music Directors/Conductors in Pops history (Steven). I was also introduced to some new songs I had never heard.

My favorite selections of the night performed by The New York Pops alone were selections from Gypsy, the South Pacific Overture, and Cinderella Waltz. There is something quite magical about hearing a full orchestra which is one of things I LOVE most about attending a New York Pops concert. What a treat to get to hear this orchestra play some of the most beloved overtures and song selections in theatrical history!

I LONG for the days of when Broadway shows employed full orchestras. I really hope one day they go back to it. The money it costs do so is SO worth it!

Tony Award nominee and star of NBC's "The New Normal" Andrew Rannells at The New York Pops "On Broadway"Tony Award nominee Stephanie J. Block at The New York Pops "On Broadway"Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells left me in awe! I'm still in amazement at just how talented they both are. What voices! My mouth watered for more! Stephanie J. Block reeled me in and captured me with "Don't Rain On My Parade," seduced me with "Children Will Listen," delighted me when she sang "Meadowlark," and killed me on "Defying Gravity." Andrew Rannells had me on "The Streets of Dublin," kept me with "Love Who You Love" (both from A Man of No Importance), lifted me to new heights with "What Kind of Fool Am I," but it was his rendition of "Being Alive" from Company that really got me. What an incredible way to make the song his own. I could listen to him sing that over and over and over again! It gave new meaning to the song in so many ways! I loved it when Stephanie and Andrew sang together, especially with "Move On" and "I Have Dreamed."

The post-show gathering was so much fun! Everyone was there and I loved getting to take pictures of everyone, seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and catching up with many of my past participants who were there. Through these pictures, I hope you enjoy this evening as much as I have!

I can't wait to attend my next New York Pops concert! If you have never seen them, their 31st Birthday Gala - MAKE IT BIG will be one to see on April 28 at 7pm! It's an evening honoring March Shaiman, Scott Wittman, and Paul J. Massey, JR. Scheduled to appear are Nikki Blonsky, Christian Borle, Kerry Butler, Will Chase, Linda Hart, Capathia Jenkins, Jane Krakowski, Ricki Lake, Jennifer Lewis, Patti LuPone, Andrea Martin, Katherine McPhee, Martin Short, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and many more! Click here for tickets!


That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Thursday
Mar132014

Eddie Sarfaty at The Metropolitan Room March 23 7pm

Come on down to The Metropolitan Room in NYC on Sunday, March 23 at 7pm to see the hilarious Eddie Sarfaty in his new stand-up show Desperate For Attention! Eddie's always on the cutting edge of comedy, so come laugh your worries away with Eddie and his special guest Danny Cohen!

Sit Back with a Cocktail (or Mocktail) and join smart, sarcastic and silly stand-up comedian Eddie Sarfaty and his guest, the hilarious Danny Cohen, for an evening of Naughtiness, Neurosis, Jewrosis, Hilarity, Hysteria, Homo Humor, Judgment, Blame, Finger Pointing, Kvetching, Kvelling and Embarrassing Noises in celebration of the official end of this F&%king Winter!

The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th & 6th Avenue). Click here for tickets! 

For more on Eddie be sure to visit http://keeplaughing.com and follow him on Facebook!

Saturday
Jan182014

Joan Rivers Returns to Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC 1/21 at 7pm

The one and only Joan Rivers is taking the stage yet again at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on January 21 at 7pm in NYC for another evening of comedy! Come see this living legend live on stage as she brings her newest and most outrageous material yet to be unveiled! 

The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located at 407 West 42nd Street (in the basement of the West Bank Cafe). Click here for tickets!

For more information on Joan's show visit Spin Cycle: http://spincyclenyc.com/index.php/joan-rivers/8-joan-rivers-live