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Sunday
Dec272009

Jeff Seabaugh

Actor, director, and playwright, Jeff Seabaugh, travels across many aspects of theatre. Acting since the 2nd grade, Jeff has starred in such productions as "Oliver!," "Kiss Me Kate," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Diary of Anne Frank," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Enrico IV," "The Cenci," "Romeo and Juliet," and most recently "The Producers." He is one of the founders of the Off-Off-Broadway theatre company Native Aliens Theatre Collective in which Jeff both performed and directed many of their productions as well as wrote his first play as a playwright, "In My Dreams." His performing credits with Native Aliens include: "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Ticket to Ride," "Harvey Milk Holiday Pageant," "Butch It Up!," "Butch It Up: Don't Ask, Don't Tell," "Butch It Up: Behind Bars," and "Young Stowaways in Space" while his directing credits include: "In My Dreams," "Swing Out Bernadette," "Furious," "Civilized," "A Loss of Color," "Vieux Carre," "Vessels," "My Father's Son," "Songs from the Third Floor," and "Pillow Talk." He has also directed several productions at the Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick, Maine including: "All Shook Up," "Oliver!," "Seussical," "The Music Man," and "Bye Bye Birdie." Jeff's most recent play "How to Make An American Family" was featured in the 2009 Midtown International Theatre Festvial, starring Jeff. For more on Jeff, be sure to check out his website: http://www.jeffseabaugh.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Carol Burnett.

2. When did you realize you wanted to become a performer? I was in a school play in 2nd grade and I knew I had the bug! I was "the ringmaster" at a Circus.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I like to flare my nostrils to the beat of a good song.

4. What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you? Say your words loud and don't fall off the stage. -Josie Helming, Professor, The University of Memphis

5. Who do you consider to be your hero? My partner, Randy.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? Bavarian Creme Donut and oh, maybe a medium coffee with H/H & sugar.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

8. Favorite website? http://www.huffingtonpost.com.

9. Books or magazines? Both.

10. "Ellen" or "Seinfeld"? Ellen.

Sunday
Dec132009

Leigh Ann Larkin

Photo Credit: Kirsty FurgI had the pleasure of personally interviewing Leigh Ann Larkin during the Abingdon Theatre's "Marathon '33" benefit back in October. In person, Leigh Ann radiates kindness and joy with an energy that shines as bright as the sun. On Broadway she has starred as "Dainty June" in the Tony Award winning revival of "Gypsy" starring Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, and Laura Benanti, while Off-Broadway, she starred in "The Yellow Wood." Leigh-Ann has toured with country in Walt Disney's "On The Record" (which also starred fellow "Adaubmelle's Quest" participant Andy Karl) and has been seen regionally at the Pittsburgh Musical Theatre ("Belle" in "Beauty and the Beast"), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera ("Deborah Sue" in "Bye, Bye, Birdie"), West Virginia Public Theatre (as "Emma" in "Jekyll & Hyde," "Lily" in "The Secret Garden," and "Liesl" in "The Soud of Music"), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Featured Dancer in "Where's Charlie"), and at the Cincinnati Conservatory ("Claudia" in "Nine" & "Jen" in "Jon & Jen"). Her TV roles include "Lipstick Jungle," "The Flight of the Concords," and recurring roles on "Guiding Light" & "All My Children." Currently, Leigh Ann can been seen back on Broadway in the revival of "A Little Night Music" starring Angela Lansbury & Catherine Zeta-Jones. For more on Leigh Ann Larkin visit: http://www.leighannlarkin.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Patti LuPone and my mother who got me started and was very supportive.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low E, high C, and high E. I'm working on high E flat.

3. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage moment? When I punched a hole through the train in "Gypsy."

4. Out of all the people you have worked with, who did you learn the most from? Arthur Laurents.

5. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Meryl Streep and Mary Louise Parker.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I've got a "green" thumb--love to garden.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. one pump of soymilk in a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

8. Favorite skin care product? I'm an organic girl. I love Alba moisturizer and face wash. Actually, I love all their products.

9. Favorite website? http://www.steelers.com/ (Pittsburgh Baby!)

10. "Saved By The Bell" or "Beverly Hills 90210"? "Saved By The Bell."

Sunday
Nov292009

Christine Ebersole

Two-time Tony Award Winning Actress Christine Ebersole knows how to entertain whether it's Broadway, cabaret, television, or  feature films. On Broadway, she has won two Tony Awards for "Lead Actress in a Musical" for "42nd Street" & "Grey Gardens" and was nominated for "Lead Actress in a Play" for "Dinner At Eight." She made her Broadway debut in "Angel Street" in 1976. Other Broadway credits include "I Love My Wife" with Joanna Gleason & James Naughton, "On The Twentieth Century" with Kevin Kline and Imogene Cocoa, Agnes de Millie's revival of "Oklahoma" (where she put her signature on the role of "Ado Annie"), "Camelot" with Richard Burton, Stephen Sondheim's "Getting Away With Murder," "The Three Sisters," "Steel Magnolias," and "Blithe Spirit." Off-Broadway, Christine has been honored with an Obie, Outer Circle Critics, and Drama Desk Awards for "Best Actress" in a Musical" for "Grey Gardens" (before it moved to Broadway) as well as an Outer Circle Critics & Obie Award for her performance in "Talking Heads."

In addition to theatre Christine has delighted audiences on television for over 20 years. During her one year tenure on ABC's "One Life To Live," Christine received an Emmy Nomination for her role as "Maxie McDermott." She also starred on "Saturday Night Live" from 1981-1982. Her numerous guest starring and recurring roles include USA's "Royal Pains," "Samantha Who?," "Cashmere Mafia," "Lipstick Jungle," "Law & Order: SVU," "Will & Grace," "Related," "Rachel Gunn, R.N.," "Ally McBeal," "Crossing Jordan," and "Murphy Brown." Her TV movie credits include "Mary and Rhoda", "Gypsy" with Bette Midler, "Dying to Love You," "The Dollmaker" with  Jane Fonda, USA's "Unexpected Family" and "Unexpected Life"  (both with Stockard Channing) as well as "Double Platinum" with Diana Ross.

Her feature film credits include "Amadeus," "Tootsie," "Thief of Hearts", Billy Cosby's "Ghost Dad," "Folks!," "Dead Again," "My Girl 2," "Richie Rich," "Black Sheep," and 'Til There Was You."

Billy Stritch, Adam, & Christine EbersoleAs if theatre, television, and movies weren't enough, Christine also entertains crowds with her sold-out cabaret shows (many times performing with the one and only Billy Stritch, who is also a fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant). She has performed in such legendary cabaret venues as Birdland, Feinstein's At The Regency, The Metropolitan Room, and Cinegrill. Her CDs include: "Live at the Cinegrill," "In Your Dreams," and "Sunday In New York" (both with Billy Stritich).

You can catch Christine and Billy in concert together from December 2-5 at Birdland in New York City performing their holiday extravaganza "Town & Country Christmas," featuring seasonal classics from their past shows as well as some brand-new material. They are sure to sell out fast, so get your tickets now! For more on Christine Ebersole, be sure to visit: http://www.christineebersole.com.

1. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Lowest is a D below middle C.  Highest is an E above high C.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I play the nose trumpet, but everyone knows that.

3. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Alan Rickman.

4. Who do you consider to be your hero? Luke Rudkowski.

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Paris.

6. What was your first fan encounter like? I don't remember.

7. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Wealthy.

8. Favorite play/musical? "Grey Gardens."

9. Favorite website: www.wearechange.org.

10. "Mary" or "Rhoda"? They are both friends of mine.

Sunday
Nov222009

Drew Brody

Drew Brody is an independent NYC singer/songwriter. In 2006 & 2007, Drew hosted and curated the Baskethouse Accoustic Folk Series, a free weekly summer music festival at the Bitter End in NYC's Greenwhich Village. He also created the Baskethouse Song-A-Week-Challenge podcast, which challenged 12 independent singer/songwriters to record a new song every week. By the end of the podcast run, 185 songs were recorded. In 2007, Drew founded Baskethouse Records and released his acoustic solo album, "Drew Brody." The album is a mix of original folk songs along with two of his favorite covers, John Prince's "Angel from Montgomery" & Michael P. Smith's "The Dutchman." On the theatrical front, Drew composed the music for five BannerNY Productions, including "Lightning Field," the 2005 Fringe Festival Winner for "Outstanding Play" as well as "Cutman" from the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Drew also co-produced, recorded, and mixed fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest participant Jay Brannan's "In Living Cover." Drew's rock band M-LAB just released their CD "From Baser Elements" and Drew is currently working on his second solo album. For more on Drew Brody & M-LAB visit: http://www.drewbrody.com & http://www.m-labmusic.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a musician? I don't think this is a "who" so much as a "what." I've felt connected to music for as long as I can remember. I loved to sing and dance as a child, though I couldn't sing well until my voice changed. The earliest influences I can think of were musicians that my parents always played around the house--Billy Joel, Elton John, those classic artists. But I'd say every musician I've ever come across has inspired me, successful and unsuccessful alike.

2. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage moment? This one's pretty embarrassing: One time I was doing a show and it was really hot in the venue. I didn't want to sweat through my shirt before I got on stage so I put tissue under my arms. But I forgot to remove it before I got on stage, so of course when I started moving it fell out from my shirt. It was pretty confusing for everyone; people were wondering what I was stuffing up there.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I make sure everyone knows about my strange and unusual talents.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Theoretically, I can dream about anyone while I sleep, can't I? I like it when my dreams mimic reality, when I have really banal conversations so I'm confused when I wake up whether it happened or not. That doesn't really answer the question, but it's on the same theme.

5. Who do you consider to be your hero? I think I have a lot of heroes, but I especially admire people who are able to combine doing what they love in life with making some sort of positive difference in the world. Ani Difranco is a good example: self-made, hard-working, successful, but gives back to her community and society in enormous ways.

6. What was your first face to face fan encounter like? I don't think I remember when the first was, but I'm always surprised when people want me to take a picture with them or sign a CD. The first time I opened for Jay, I remember someone coming up after the show and asking for a picture--I thought they wanted me to take their picture with Jay. In any case, I'm always grateful to anyone who listens and enjoys the music.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I'm a fastidiously healthy eater and I'm also big on exercise; I find it helps me focus and works out a lot of anxiety.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

9. Favorite website? Failblog.org. I'm a current events junkie so I also track a lot of political feeds on my Bloglines pages; I like to sample from all sides of the political spectrum.

10. Books or magazines? Both. But no newspapers.

Wednesday
Nov182009

Andrew Kober

Prior to making his Broadway debut in the Tony Award Winning Broadway Revival of "Hair," Andrew Kober was touring the country in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Now he gets to let more than his "Hair" hang out eight times a week. One of the many highlights of "Hair" is watching Andrew's gift of comedic timing and hearing his rich voice night after night. In addition to "Hair," Andrew lent his talented vocals this past summer to fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Bobby Cronin's "Reach The Sky" concert on the song "Just Choose Right!" If you haven't seen Andrew in "Hair" yet (along with fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Gavin Creel), come down to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in NYC on 45th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave) and enjoy an evening of fun. For more on Andrew visit: http://www.andrewkober.com/home.html.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I knew I wanted to do this for a living when I saw the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on my 6th Grade Class Trip to Toronto. The actor that played the Phantom was name Ciaran Sheenan, and I remember being just so taken with his performance. The idea that this is what his job was, and they actually paid him for doing this, was so shocking and exciting to me, I knew I had to be a part of this business.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I know a lot (I mean a lot) about the New York City Subway System. I'm kind of a dork about that...I can also push my fingers pretty far into my eye sockets and I'm very good with electronics.

3. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Hmmm. On a good day I have a low G. The high note I sing in "My Conviction" is an A, I sing a couple of B's in Aquarius, and I sometimes sing higher in the show...I'm gonna guess I can comfortably sing a high D if warmed up.

4. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I'd probably teach. I taught acting at a theater camp in Cleveland a lot of my summers growing up, and that's something that makes me incredibly happy. To work with children and art in some capacity. I'd also like to be the guy that designs highway exits and overpasses. Nothing is quite as beautiful as a well-designed highway exit ramp.

5. What was your first fan encounter like? Bizarre...I was actually with my mom. She was visiting me here in New York and it was just after Hair had begun previews. We were walking down the street and someone passing by said "I think you're wonderful!" My mom asked who they thought I was, and I realized, I think they know it's me! It's just so strange and exciting because I was such a fan of Broadway growing up, and now being here...It's totally a corny dream come true.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs. (Did I just rock your world?)



7. Favorite comedian? Georgo Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Michael Ian Black.

8. Favorite website? I check a few every day. Playbill, HuffingtonPost, NYTimes, Facebook, Twitter, and a couple of iPhone and Mac blogs.

9. Favorite ride at an amusement park? I just rode my first roller coaster a year or so ago (I used to be too overweight to fit...). Now I love them! I've only had the chance to ride them at one park (Six Flags, Tampa), but I'm looking forward to more chances.

10. "Family Ties" or "Growing Pains"? Both before my time...Step by Step? Family Matters? Saved By The Bell?

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite drink?


Non-Alcoholic - Tropicana Some Pulp Orange Juice

Alcoholic - Gin and Tonic or Scotch on the rocks




12. Summer Resort or Winter Retreat? Winter! I'm not a fan of the heat. I think I'd love an Alaskan Cruise...Do you know Rosie? Maybe she can hook me up!