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Marc Shaiman

Winner of both the Tony and Grammy Award for the score to the smash hit Broadway musical "Hairspray", Marc Shaiman is a legendary composer, lyricist, musical director, producer, and vocal arranger. Marc started his career as a vocal arranger for the one and only Divine Miss M, Bette Midler. He eventually became her Musical Director & Co-Producer for many of her recordings including the Grammy Award winning songs "Wind Beneath My Wings" & "From A Distance." One of Marc's greatest moments working with Bette was their collaboration of her Emmy Award winning performance on Johnny Carson's final "Tonight Show". In addition to the above honors, Marc has also won an Emmy Award for Billy Crystal's Oscar Medleys and nominated for five Academy Awards for the films "Sleepless in Seattle", "The American President", "The First Wives Club", "Patch Adams", and "South Park: Bigger, Louder, and Uncut". In 2002 Marc received the "Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Music-in-Film" award. In November 2008, Marc wrote the satiric mini-musical "Prop 8-The Musical", a 3 minute video protesting the passage of California's Proposition 8. The video debuted on on December 3, 2008 & garnered 1.2 million views (currently it has over 4 million views).

Up next for Marc is the world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical "Catch Me If You Can" (based upon the 2002 Dreamworks movie) at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre from July 23-August 14 ( Remember, for all things Marc Shaiman visit

1. Who inspired you to become a musical director/producer/arranger? Barry Manilow (for Bette Midler), Nelson Riddle (for Frank Sinatra), Peter Matz (for Barbra Streisand)

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I'm stumped.

3. Which project are you most proud of? Duh...HAIRSPRAY! With my collaboration with Bette Midler for her appearance as Johnny Carson's final guest a very close second.

4. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? No. Well, maybe one day for about 2 hours, but it passed.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? No, every thing strange and usual about me is out in the open.

6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My dog Walli Woo?

7. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? I don't like coffee, so clearly DD.

8. Favorite kind of shoes? Ones that actually fit.

9. Favorite website? Hmmm, how 'bout

10. Favorite musician/singer? Impossible to chose one. Many of the names above would be obvious candidates!

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Carolee Carmello

With the voice of an angel one could listen to forever, it's quite appropriate that two time Tony Award nominee, Carolee Carmello achieved Theatre Immoratality on May 19, 2009 with her own caricature at Sardi's Restaurant. She received a Tony Award Nomination & Drama Desk Award for her portayal of "Lucille Frank" in Jason Robert Brown's "Parade" and nominations for "Gabrielle" in Elton John & Ann Rice's "Lestat".  Her other Broadway credits include: "Kiss Me Kate", "The Scarlet Pimpernel", ""1776", "City of Angels", "Falsettos" & "Urinetown". Off-Broadway, Carolee wowed audiences in the Tom Greenwald & Andrew Lippa musical "john and jen" as well as "Elegies", "A Class Act", "Das Barbecu", "I Can Get It For You Wholesale", "Vagina Monologues" and "Hello Again" (for which she received an Obie Award for Outstanding Performance). On TV, Carolee was nominated for a SAG Award for playing "Maple La Marsh" in "Remember W.E.N.N".  She has also been seen on such hit TV shows as "Frasier", "Ed",  and "Law & Order". Currently, Carolee can been seen belting it out and dancing it up as "Donna", in the Broadway mega hit "Mamma Mia" at The Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. You haven't heard "The Winner Takes It All" until you've heard Carolee Carmello sing it!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I never really knew I wanted to be a performer.  I did listen to the 2 Broadway cast albums my parents had in the house:  West Side Story (the movie) and The Sound of Music (the movie).  I also loved
the movie musicals that were shown on TV once a year:  Cinderella, 1776, The Sound of Music.  But, I didn't really imagine doing it myself.  It never occurred to me.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I don't know...I belt to about an E or F....although, I have done shows where it was higher (Urinetown....crazy!)   My legit soprano doesn't get used as much....I once played "Amalia" in She Loves Me and had to sing that note at the end of "Vanilla Ice Cream" (I think it's a B?)  and before that I was an understudy for "Cosette" in Les Miz and went on all of once in a year....she sings that high C at the end of Act I....not my prettiest note.

3. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? Definitely!  There was a time when I was unemployed and I took the civil service exam for New York State to try to change careers and another slow period when I was preparing to take the LSAT test to go to law school.  Nowadays, I still think about it, even when I'm working.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Well, I do have a degree in Business Administration....that sometimes surprises people.  Like I said, I never really planned to go into this business.

5. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Hannah Montana!!!

6. Favorite kind of shoes? I may be the only woman on the planet who doesn't really care about shoes....I like my New Balance running shoes  : ]

7. What skin care products do you use? Mostly Clinique stuff.

8. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? I go to Starbucks 'cause they're everywhere, but I order TEA....I don't really like their coffee...too strong...I'm a wimp.

9. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor & toppings)? Where I grew up (upstate New York) there is a little chain of ice cream stores called Stewart's and my favorite sundae of all time is their "make-your-own sundae".  You can put all the toppings on that you want, even when there's no more ice cream in the bowl.  I get vanilla ice cream and cover it with butterscotch, fudge, marshmallow, and tons of chopped peanuts!  OMG ... I want one right now!

10. What website do you get your news from? Actually, I don't use the computer much...In fact, I hope I can figure out how to send this e-mail!

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Natascia Diaz

Award Winning actress Natascia Diaz has been dazzling theatre audiences for years, especially with her pristine and powerful vocals. She received the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Washington DC Signature Theatre's production of "Rooms, A Rock Romance". Natascia was also featured in their 2008 production of "Kiss of the Spider Woman". In addition to the Helen Hayes Award, Natascia is also the recipient of Chicago's 1996 Joeseph Jefferson Award for her performance as "Anita" in the National Tour of "West Side Story" as well as the 2006 Kevin Kline award for the same role at St. Louis' Muny. On Broadway Natascia has been featured in "Man of LaMancha", "Seussical", & "Carousel" while Off-Broadway she has delighted audiences in "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris", "Tick, Tick...Boom" (for which she received an Ovation Award Nomination), and Stephen Sondheim's "Saturday Night". In addition to theatre, Natascia has also lit up the screen in TV's "Law & Order", "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit", & "Damages" as well as the films "Tiny Dancer", "How to Seduce Difficult Women" and the current documentary "Every Little Step", which recounts the journey of Broadway's "A Chorus Line".  Check your local movie theater for times! For much more on Natascia be sure to visit

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My parents. Opera singer dad, ballerina mom. They were both incredible storytellers in each of their professions and filled me with respect and awe of all things theatrical.

2. What is the hightest and lowest note you can sing? Highest; A flat. Aldonza. "It's...all....the SAME!!!!!!" at the end of Aldonza in MAN OF LA MANCHA. Lowest; every note in KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN. lol

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I'm a great mimic.

4. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? Been thinking of quitting now for over a year. Still do.

5. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor & toppings)? Don't like sundaes. Prefer anything dark chocolate.

6. Favorite kind of shoes? Dansko's.

7. Favorite holiday? Christmas. There is magic and holiness in it. and Easter. for the sense of renewal. And rebirth.

8. Summer Resort or Winter Retreat? Winter retreat. It's when we need it most. If I had a choice, both.

9. What skin care products do you use? Aveeno. I am blessed with very good skin, though. Don't need much fussing.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I made a figure of her out of a bottle when I was very little. WONDERWOMAN. ALL THE WAY.

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Mike Doyle

As stated in New York Times Arts section on June 3, 2009 "TV Actor Chalks Up Dramatic Demise No. 7", actor Mike Doyle has been killed off in so many made-for-television movies and shows that if there were a gold statue on his mantel at home, it would be lying flat on its back with a chalk outline around it ( He's been killed off in:  "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", "Oz", "Smith", "Loss of Innocence", "Tides of War", "Bella Mafia", &  the forthcoming "Sibling: Marcus Miller the Orphan Killer".  Other television and movie roles include "In Treatment", "Sex and the City", "ER"  "Rules of Attraction", & "P.S. I Love You".  In addition to television and movies, Mike has been featured in the Off-Broadway hits "Burning Blue" and Lincoln Center's "The New Century".  Mike is currently filming the movie "Rabbit Hole", but for now, check out his recent interview on ABC's Nightline: You can keep up to date with all of Mike's happenings at or on IMDB

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My best friend from 6th grade, Patrick Meyers, who, in 5th grade, adapted and staged a version of 'Annie' called 'Petie' casting himself in the lead.  Brilliant.

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I've worked with some pretty amazing actors, but I would have to say Teri Garr.

3. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? Quitting what?

4. What is the best advice a teacher ever gave you? Do not improv "I'm so cold" in a death scene.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? bubble throat.

6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My grandmother.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Worry.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Depends on the audition.

9. Favorite Website?

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Flying in the invisible jet with Wonder Woman while Superman flies by our side.

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Francis Jue

 Obie and Lucille Lortel award winning actor Francis Jue has been seen on Television, Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally around the country. Francis was awarded the Obie and Lucille Lortel award as well as a Drama Desk and Drama League nomination for his performance in David Henry Hwang's  "Yellow Face".  Prior to this Francis was featured in the Tony Award winning musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie" as Bun Foo, henchman to the evil "Mrs. Meers" (portrayed by the Tony Award Winner Harriet Harris) as well as Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of "Pacific Overtures" as "Madam" & "Dutch Admiral". Francis has also had recurring roles on TV's "Law& Order: SVU" & "One Life To Live" as  Dr. Fong & Dr. Yamagatchi respectively. Currently, Francis can be seen in the new and recently extended Off-Broadway smash hit "Coraline" at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City through July 5.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? When I was 12, I saw my older brother play Prince Chulalongkorn in a high school production of The King & I.  He was one of only 2 Asian Americans on that stage, if I remember correctly, but it didn't matter to me.  As far as I was concerned, they were all Siamese.  My brother is now a manager for IBM, and I've spent my life indulging in fantasy on stage.

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? The first person who comes to mind is Peter Brook.  But there are so many I wish I'd collaborated with and learned from.

3. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? I have never felt freer than I did playing a dozen different characters in David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face.  There was something about NOT changing costumes and having to completely inhabit all sorts of different people, especially David's father Henry, that gave the whole company permission to show off proudly and bravely. The worst experiences I've had on stage have been when I've taken a job for the money, even though I disliked or disagreed with the show.  I remember my ass hanging out of a Japanese fundoshi during a chase scene in an adaptation of The Mikado, which the audience found hilarious. But my partner Randy made me promise never to do a job like that again, because he couldn't take how miserable I was.

4.  Who do you consider to be your hero? Dr. Haing S. Ngor.  It doesn't get any better than his performance in The Killing Fields.  Total integrity.  Emotional availability.  Making use of his life.

5. Favorite TV Show? Currently, Big Love.  Of all timeThe Carol Burnett Show.

6. Favorite Comedian? Bob Newhart What other comedian has ever beat Elvis Presley on the Billboard charts?

7. Favorite Meal? Steak!

8. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks tall coffee, with half and half and raw sugar.

9. Favorite way to stay in shape? I love watching people do yoga. I'm hoping I will be able to join them once my knee and back feel better.

10. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs!  But I don't care what anyone else wears, as long as they look good...

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