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Wednesday
Aug092017

Call Redialed: Annie Golden: Sundance Institute, Joe's Pub, "Orange is the New Black," "Inner City the Musical" concert

Annie GoldenIn the two months since my last interview with BroadwayOrange is the New Black's Annie Golden, she has had her plate full! So much so, that in a reversal of roles, she called and I answered! Annie wanted to catch up on all that she has going on from her upcoming Annie Golden Friends & Family concert at Joe's Pub to singing at Feinstein's/54 Below's Inner City concert to a new film. Annie gives me the low down on everything!

Catch Annie in Feinstein's/54 Below concert of Inner City The Musical on Thursday, August 17 at 7pm & 9:30pm! An evening of music from Tom O’Horgan’s 1971 Broadway musical! With book and lyrics by Eve Merriam, and score by Helen Miller, this pop-rock-gospel musical won a Tony Award for its star Linda Hopkins, and has become a cult favorite of musical theater aficionados. Hosted by original Broadway cast member, Allan Nicholls. In additon to Annie, the Feinstein's/54 Below Inner City concert will also feature the talents of Yolanda Wyns, C.E. Smith, Ray Shell, Lauren Elder, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Dionne Carole, Elisa Galindez, Sarah Kowalski, and Erika Xiomara Reyes. Feinstein's/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street (between Broadway & 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets! 

Get your tickets now for Annie Golden Friends & Family at Joe's Pub on Friday, August 25 at 7pm! It's an evening of original songs and stories that only Annie can tell! Click here for tickets!

AND, if you want to hear Annie talk up a storm, you can listen to her new podcast It Makes A Sound on iTunes starting Sunday, September 24!

For more on Annie follow her on Facebook!

1. It's so great to catch up with you Annie! First, now that Orange is the New Black Season 5 is out, is there any behind the scenes story from filming this season you can share with us? What was your favorite scene to film? Which one was your most challenging? I think being in "Freida's" bunker was my favorite: The girls getting high together and playing games and going through "Freida's" things before "Gloria" got the frightening news about her boy, "Benny." The most challenging was taking "Piscatella" down: That was real teamwork: our ensemble of castmates, the crew, the prop department, as well as our stunt doubles: Just an amazing accomplishment! We all loved being directed by our fearless leader, Laura Prepon for some of the sweetest moments underground!

Annie Golden, DJ & Boston Globe contributor Oedipus & his wife Amy at "Ripcord" at Huntington Theatre CompanyCast & Crew of "Ripcord" throwing Annie Golden a party with orange carrot cake on the night "Orange is the New Black" dropped2. Second, how did your run of Ripcord at The Huntington Theatre go? Is there a funny or crazy story that sticks out in your head? I am delighted to report that Ripcord was a huge hit for Huntington Theatre Company. I think I speak for the entire company, cast and crew, when I say we did not want it to end, but we did get extended for an additional week.

Many years ago, I participated in the CBGB's Rathskeller band exchange program (I met THE CARS there playing "The Rat" and a bleached blonde ska trio from England, THE POLICE) right behind Fenway Park in Kenmore Square. The crazy good thing that happened while I was back in Boston doing Ripcord, was reconnecting with Oedipus, the first dee jay to play THE SHIRTS on the radio on WBCN and also on his "demi-monde hour" out of Cambridge. "Are you ready for Oedi?" he was my date on the red carpet with me when Hair premiered in Boston. We hadn't seen each other in decades. He now writes for The Boston Globe and lives in Thailand and came back to Boston when he heard I was in Ripcord!

Annie Golden's favorite spot to sing & study music at SundanceAlex Brightman, Annie Golden, Kate Wetherhead at Sundance Institute's Theatre Lab3. So much has been happening since our last interview. You went to the Sundance Institute Theatre lab to work on a new musical theatre piece with Jeanine Tesori (who you worked with during Violet on Broadway) & David Lindsay-Abaire (who's play Ripcord you just finished at Huntington Theatre). What can you tell us about this new show? What was it like to work them both again so soon after just working with them? SUNDANCE was wonderful! This city slicker faced a huge learning curve being on a mountain in the woods! Singing at that altitude makes breathing a challenge and the desert climate with relentless radiant sunshine depletes any and all moisture. I had to get my PH balance back.

SUNDANCE is a "show and tell" of works in progress. I enjoyed meeting David Lindsay Abaire in his hometown of Boston doing Ripcord. His language is lovely and so, therefore, his lyrics are too and his words sung or spoken are clever and soulful and sweet. Working with Jeanine again was a joy! Her melodies raise you up as a songstress and you better rise to that opportunity! Keala Settle played my mentor. We worked to perfect ACT ONE and presented it to the other lab participants and they seemed so thrilled by it! So who knows? I loved working with Alex Brightman, too!

4. What did you relate to most about your character in this show? What was one characteristic of hers that you were glad you didn't possess? I related to my character's strength and endurance and childlike resilience. I'm glad I didn't have my character's devastating disappointment.

Annie Golden and Keala Settle at the final night of SUNDANCE Theatre Lab at a "1980s Theme Party"5. You are also about to start filming a new film in NYC. What is the film called? Who do you play? What attracted you to it? We are filming on location in Prospect Park and elsewhere around town. It is a romance between an IRS accountant (Christian Coulson) who audits the representative of a church of Vampires in the future when the bloodsuckers are accepted into society as a religious cult. It's called Bite Me!

6. What's it like to make a film in your home residence of NYC? Do you look at the city any differently while filming? Well my first film was Hair 40 years ago now. It gave me this gift of a career. I filmed once on City Island, a magical place, which I did not know existed, and I look forward to uncovering some more best kept secrets!

7. On August 17, you will be participating in Feinstein's/54 Below Inner City The Musical concert. What made you want to be part of this concert? What do you relate to most about the show's story? I have only been involved with the re-boot of it since about 2011. This piece is (tragically) timely still. This is a 1972 Broadway gem that deserves another run! It is Michael Boyd's love child and he invited me along after I loved seeing my friend, Darlene Love, in it decades ago!

Annie Golden & her bandAnnie Golden and her brother Michael Golden backstage at "Fashion Rocks" at Studio 548. On Friday, August 25 at 7pm, you have your own concert at Joe's Pub with your band. Now that it's just a few weeks away, what excites you and what makes you nervous? The concert is on the 25th of August, Friday night at 7 pm so, after the show, people can get the hell out of Dodge if they want to for the weekend.

Nothing about doing my own songs makes me nervous now since I played them on Pride Weekend after my Violet matinee. Not only was our band multi-generational but our audience was, too! The feedback from young Broadway and TV crew people, diverse acquaintances across the board, new, as well as, old fans was overwhelmingly positive and powerful! It was most encouraging that the people who came loved the songs, picked favorites among them, wanted to know when they could hear them again and hoped to have a CD to buy soon and take home with them. I needn't worry that the songs would not move and delight my listeners because thanks to that come back gig there was not one comment about the material being dated or out of time.

So what excites me about this concert? Singing my songs to a new audience of every age and demographic. Every other aspect of my career is in service to a director, a writer, a composer, a conductor. My task is always to be a tool used in the realization and creation of someone else's vision, with the exception of my cabaret act: Velvet Prison, which I hope to find the time to update and present again soon, this band is completely and totally mine: Telling the stories I want to tell, the way I wanna tell them and singing those stories with abandon!

Annie Golden and her nephew Mick Golden at "Dear Evan Hansen"Annie Golden's brother Michael Golden9. What is one reason you can give fans NOT to miss this show? Well, besides the fact that it's gonna be a love fest on Lafayette Street? I guess I would say my nephew who is 18 and my drummer kept my dream alive by taking his father's place on the kit when I lost my brother, his dad, suddenly a few months after that triumphant comeback gig and Mick Golden stepped up and will be leaving the next day to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. So who knows when we will get to do it again? How's that for a tease?

10. Bringing the interview back to Orange is the New Black. It really seems as though things are exploding for you, career wise, since being on the show. How do you handle being in such high demand? How do you stay grounded? How do you relax? Orange is the New Black has given me the gift of notoriety. Your questions always ask: What attracted you to the project and now more than ever I am OFFERED the most interesting, cutting edge, creative, cool projects. In other words, people seek me out and ask me to join them on their journey as opposed to always having to audition.

Being in high demand is a blessing not a curse so in order to enjoy my own busy-ness I take the time to be present and give each project the attention it deserves. I gotta prioritize, be on task, and organize according to deadline. I am a good juggler! I'm presently recording a most intriguing podcast for Night Vale Productions called It Makes A Sound.

How do I relax? I don't. Ha! If I see someone I'm working with or singing for, smile or take delight in what I am doing for them then I can relax. I see friends and family and catch up on their lives. I also enjoy being a couch potato and watching old movies! Other actors' work inspires me. I can't believe my luck!

Annie Golden, Photo Credit: Lee BobbeMore on Annie:

Annie Golden began her career as the lead singer of The Shirts (which headlined CBGB's in the late 70s). During the early 1990s she performed as part of the duo Golden Carillo with Frank Carillo. They released three albums; Fire in Newtown, Toxic Emotion, and Back for More. Since then she has performed solo and with a band. She performs a revue of songs from her stage career along with originals called Annie Golden's Velvet Prison. In 1984, her song "Hang Up the Phone" was featured on the soundtrack of the film Sixteen Candles.

While with The Shirts she was discovered by Miloš Forman who gave her a part in Hair. She had featured roles on Cheers and Miami Vice. On Broadway, she has appeared in the 1977 revival of Hair, Leader of the Pack, Ah, Wilderness!, On the Town and The Full Monty. She had the title role in the workshop of the short-lived adaptation of Stephen King's novel Carrie. She also played the role of "Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme" in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical Assassins Off-Broadway in 1990-1991. In 2003 she joined other original Off-Broadway cast members in a Reprise! (Los Angeles) concert production of Assassins. In 2007, she was stand-by for the two comic villain roles in the musical Xanadu on Broadway.

Annie has the distinct honor of having appeared in three separate versions of Hair; a Broadway revival in 1977, the motion picture in 1979 and a special benefit performance concert in 2004. Annie was the voice of "Marina" in the Don Bluth film The Pebble and the Penguin. In recent years, she has been seen in commercials for Coinstar, in which she portrays The Tooth Fairy. She appeared in the musical film Temptation with actors Adam Pascal, Tony Award Winners Alice Ripley and Anika Noni Rose, and film actress Zoe Saldana and in 2009 had a small role in I Love You Phillip Morris, with actors Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey, playing a simple woman requiring legal assistance. In 2011, Annie starred with Peter Scolari in the world premiere of The Nutcracker and I. Comically playing the "Sugar Rush Fairy" (and three other roles) in this musical comedy featuring the music of Tchaikovsky and lyrics by Gerard Alessandrini, she and Scolari were compared in one review to the team of Imogene Coca and Sid Caesar. In 2014 Annie returned to Broadway in the Tony nominated revival of Violet, starring alongside Tony Winner Sutton Foster.

Annie continues to play solo gigs and with her own band. For the past five seasons, Annie has been starring as "Norma Romano" in Netflix's Emmy award winning show Orange is the New Black. Additionally, Orange is the New Black has won, three years in a row, The Screen Actors Guild Award for "Best Ensemble." Annie can also be seen in Season 3 premiere episode of Hulu's Difficult People, playing "Flipper." 

Wednesday
Aug022017

Call Answered: Facetime interview with "Queen Lesli" Margherita: "Rule Your Kingdom" at Feinstein's/54 Below

Live from Feinstein's/54 Below, "Queen Lesli" Margherita & I have a slap-fest over the return of her signature cabaret show Rule Your Kingdom which will be presented August 24-26!

With her take-no-prisoners attitude and self-deprecating humor, Rule Your Kingdom "inspires," "uplifts," and "slaps you across the face" – and let’s be honest, everyone needs a good slap in the face every once in a while.

Rule Your Kingdom will play Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue) from August 24-26. Click here for tickets!

For more on Lesli be sure to visit http://leslimargherita.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

For more on Feinstein's/54 Below visit https://54below.com and follow them on FacebookTwitterYouTube, & Instagram!

Call Me Adam & "Queen Lesli" Margherita's slap-fest interview:

Lesli Margherita's preview performance from Rule Your Kingdom:

More on Lesli:

An Olivier Award winner for her West End debut as Inez in ZORRO THE MUSICAL, Lesli made her Broadway debut originating the role of "Mrs. Wormwood" in MATILDA THE MUSICAL. After over 1000 performances, she bid farewell to the Broadway company of Matilda and crossed the street to The Helen Hayes to star as the diva "Mona Kent" in the Broadway premiere of Randy Skinner's DAMES AT SEA. In September 2016, Lesli returned to the role she originated to close out the Broadway run of MATILDA.

Last summer, Lesli created the award-winning role of "Signora Psyche Zinobia" in the NYMF production of A SCYTHE OF TIME (Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role). Later in the summer, she appeared as "Esmerelda" in a brand new production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Sacramento Music Circus. Lesli also starred opposite Topher Grace, Taye Diggs & JC Chasez in the feature film Opening Night.

Born and raised in California, Lesli trained at UCLA and was soon after chosen to star in MGM's television series Fame LA directed by Kenny Ortega. She has gone on to star and recur on numerous television shows and pilots including Donny!, The Good Wife, Major Crimes, The Suite Life On Deck, Charmed, NYPD Blue,  and On The Lot, produced by Steven Spielberg.

Film credits include Lucky Stiff with Jason Alexander, Joel Schumacher's The Number 23, and the Sam Raimi produced Boogeyman 2. Lesli's voice can also be heard on several animated films and shows including Disney's Cinderella 3 and Nickelodeon's Sponge Bob Squarepants.

Regional stage credits include "Lilli/Kate" in KISS ME KATE (Reprise; Ovation Award - Best Actress), THE GRONHOLM METHOD (The Falcon; Ovation nom. - Best Ensemble), "Aldonza" in MAN OF LA MANCHA opposite Davis Gaines (MTW; Ovation nom. & LADCC nom - Best Actress), "Julie" in SHOWBOAT (Goodspeed Opera), "Audrey" in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (La Mirada), "Lady of the Lake" in SPAMALOT opposite Gary Beach (Sacramento Music Circus), "Ilona" in SHE LOVES ME (CLOSBC), the West Coast Premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE (Blank Theatre), Rated RSO (Boston Court), and "Gloria" in DAMN YANKEES (Reprise; dir. Jason Alexander).

In June 2015, Lesli published NECK PUNCH and CARRY ON: Advice from the "Queen", a series of 'inspirational' messages inspired from her Twitter feed (@QueenLesli). The book, which debuted at #1 on the Humor charts, is available exclusively on iBooks.

She is the creator/star of 'Looks Not Books' and 'Ship Happens' the popular backstage vlogs commissioned by Broadway.com which can also be seen on YouTube. Lesli's critically acclaimed solo shows ALL HAIL THE QUEEN​ and BROAD continue to play to crowds in NY, SF & LA.

Sunday
Jul302017

Call Answered: Facetime Interview: Carole Demas: "Grease", "The Magic Garden", + "The Broadhurst at 100!" at Feinstein's/54 Below

Carole DemasLive from Feinstein's/54 Below, "Call Me Adam" does the hand-jive with Carole Demas, Broadway's original "Sandy" in Grease. We get the inside scoop of what really went on inside the halls of "Rydell High" + a quick revisit to The Magic Garden, one of my favorite & most popular children's show in the 70s/80s.  

On Wednesday, August 16, at 7pm & 9:30pm Feinstein's/54 Below will be celebrating the centennial anniversary of The Broadhurst Theatre with The Broadhurst at 100! It's an evening of songs and stories, performed by the legends themselves who were lucky enough to grace the Broadhurst stage! Carole will be performing at the 7pm show! Click here for tickets!

For more on Carole be sure to visit http://caroledemas.com!

For more on Feinstein's/54 Below visit https://54below.com and follow them on FacebookTwitterYouTube, & Instagram!

Call Me Adam's interview with Carole Demas, Broadway's original "Sandy" in Grease:

Carole Demas performing "It's Raining On Prom Night/Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" from Feinstein's/54 Below's upcoming The Broadhurst at 100!:

More on Carole:

Carole Demas, Broadway & TV Legend, stole the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her captivating and critically acclaimed creation of "Sandy," in Broadway’s iconic, original GREASE. Her 56 year (and counting) career has included thousands of leading role performances On and Off-Broadway and in Regional Theatre, among them two years at New York’s Sullivan St. Playhouse as "Luisa" in THE FANTASTICKS and the creation of original ingénue leads in Fred Ebb’s MORNING SUN; RONDELAY (director Cyril Ritchard, choreographer Jacques d’Amboise); Oscar Brand’s HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION (opposite Clifton Davis); Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt’s PHILEMON and THE BONE ROOM as well as major regional theatres, including "Philia" (A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM); Regina (ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST); Angel (CELEBRATION); "Wanda" (ENTER LAUGHING); "Corrie" (BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, with Joan Bennett) and her singing for the Champlain and NY Shakespeare Festivals for multiple seasons.

Carole originated the title role in the premiere production of Stephen Schwartz’s THE BAKER’S WIFE, in Los Angeles. She was back on Broadway in Broadway Cares - GYPSY OF THE YEAR celebrating Grease's 40th Anniversary at the New Amsterdam Theater. Carole played numerous guest star roles on classic prime time TV (including, KOJAK, MANNIX, ROUTE 66, BARNABY JONES, MAN FROM ATLANTIS, FANTASTIC JOURNEY (recently, BLUE BLOODS – CBS and ALLEGIANCE - NBC) and recurring roles on daytime dramas (EDGE OF NIGHT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, AS THE WORLD TURNS). For the popular PBS Series GREAT PERFORMANCES, Carole joined other stars of the Great White Way for Lorimar’s SHOWSTOPPERS - THE BEST OF BROADWAY. In films, Carole starred in the 300 YEAR WEEKEND, with William Devane and THE SPACE WORKS for Trans-Lux Corp. Other films include appearances in: A LOVELY WAY TO DIE for Universal Films and the THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM.

Carole Starred (with dear friend Paula Janis) in TV’s most successful regional children’s series, THE MAGIC GARDEN (for over 12 years) leading to hundreds of live family concerts and recent viral clips on Facebook. The Magic Garden’s enduring holiday special, A MAGIC GARDEN CHRISTMAS (Emmy Nominee) airs annually on WPIX-TV-New York and streams worldwide with new recent footage. THE MAGIC GARDEN DVD collection and CDs are available at www.caroleandpaula.com.

Carole's wonderful versatility has been seen on camera in principal roles in over 200 commercials for television (everything from Men’s Cologne to Peanut Butter and often singing the jingles as well), among them: Kodak, Promise Margarine, Lipton Tea, Puss ‘n Boots, Wonder Bread, M&M’s, Clairol, Timex, Lysol, AT&T, etc.

Her career trials and triumphs are highlighted in Schirmer, Citadel and Applause books chronicling the history of Broadway. Carole’s career began in her Junior Year at the U of VT, with the 1960 CHAMPLAIN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL and continued, from her days as Miss Vermont in The 1960 MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT, her zany "singing chicken" voice in the LIDO SHOW (Stardust Hotel, Las Vegas), to major dramatic and comic roles in theatres coast to coast, and New York City concert and cabaret performances (BROADWAY ORIGINALS (Town Hall), OFF-BROADWAY CLOSE UP (Merkin Hall), 50th Anniversary celebrations for WBAI Radio, Lincoln Center Library, The Fantasticks. She is seen in NYC’s favorite cabaret venues (Feinsteins/54 Below, Birdland, The Metropolitan Room, Laurie Beechman Theater, New World Stages, Le Poisson Rouge, The Iridium, The Triad-Stage 72, Signature Theatre, Urban Stages, Concerts For City Greens, etc.). She sang for BROADWAY TO BARBADOS for two seasons and headlined on Crystal Cruise, Film and Theatre Cruise to French Polynesia. She is a recurring favorite star in The Ziegfeld Society Productions in New York City.

Her one-woman show in NYC and other locales (including The Caribbean Theatre, St. Croix) received rave reviews…"a powerhouse of musical theatre," "a vocal champion," "a consummate artist," her voice has been described as "shimmering and thrilling with great warmth, sweetness and surprising power." Her engaging, exciting cabaret and concert performances have brought funds and attention to many worthy causes. Carole is featured on the original cast albums of: GREASE, HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION, GREEN SONGS and THE MAGIC GARDEN.

She is one of 50 Broadway Stars who sang in the Broadway For Orlando Initiative, on MAYA and MARTY (NBC), in concert in NYC’s Bryant Park and other events. She is a recurring favorite star in The Ziegfeld Society Productions. Carole was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame with her Magic Garden co-star, Paula Janis. She is a Governor Emeritus of the NY National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Tuesday
Jul252017

Call Redialed: Facetime Interview: Tovah Feldshuh: "Aging Is Optional" at Feinstein's/54 Below

Live from Feinstein's/54 Belolw, "Call Me Adam" sat down with four-time Tony nominee & two-time Emmy nominee Tovah Feldshuh about her upcoming show at Feinstein's/54 Below called Aging is Optional where we find out Tovah's secret to staying young & active, plus some life lessons! Tovah also clears the air on some misconceptions about her as well as how she would like to improve her life by one percent better everyday!

Aging Is Optional is an age-defying romp. Some people call them decades; Tovah calls them her collected works. It’s an hour of Juvederm for the soul, a booster for the heart and a probiotic of laughter!

Aging Is Optional will play Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue) on August 1 & August 3 at 7pm! Click here for tickets!

For more on Tovah be sure to visit http://www.tovahfeldshuh.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

For more on Feinstein's/54 Below visit https://54below.com and follow them on FacebookTwitterYouTube, & Instagram!

"Call Me Adam" and Tovah Feldshuh interview live at Feinstein's/54 Below:

Tovah Feldshuh previews "When I Was A Boy" from her upcoming Feinstein's/54 Below show Aging is Optional:

More on Tovah:

For her work on the New York stage, from Yentl to Sarava!, and Lend Me A Tenor to Golda’s Balcony and Irena’s Vow, Tovah Feldhsuh has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, and the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress. On October 3, 2004, Golda’s Balcony became the longest-running one-woman show in the history of Broadway, a record it still holds. Most recently, Tovah stopped the show as the trapeze-swinging "Berthe" in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Pippin. As Jason Zinoman of The New York Times raved, "No one earns more laughs than the marvelous Tovah Feldshuh."

Tovah is currently starring as "Naomi Bunch" in the Golden Globe-winning hit, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on the CW, where she can be seen singing the dignified showstopper: "Where’s the Bathroom!" From the bathroom in West Covina to the Oval Office in Washington D.C., she has also joined CBS’ new series Salvation as President of the United States "Pauline Mackenzie."

Friday
Jul212017

Call Answered: Liz Callaway Facetime Interview: "The Beat Goes On" at Feinstein's/54 Below

I had so much fun getting to "Journey to the Past" with Tony nominee & Emmy Award winning actress Liz Callaway. We discuss her upcoming concert at Feinstein's/54 Below, The Beat Goes On, delving into one of Liz's favorite decades of music.  

As an added bonus, not only did we get to do this video interview, but a few weeks ago, Liz & I got to talk on the phone about this show. Below the video interview is a further discussion about The Beat Goes On, which includes learning about Liz through some of the songs she'll be performing in this concert plus an exclusive story about Liz's time in Cats as "Grizabella" that she has never revealed in previous interviews.

The Beat Goes On, features pop hits of the era, music from Broadway and the movies, plus songs from her iconic album of the same name. The Beat Goes On will play Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue) from July 25, 28-29 & September 10. Click here for tickets!

For more on Liz be sure to visit http://www.lizcallaway.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

For more on Feinstein's/54 Below visit https://54below.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, & Instagram!

Call Me Adam & Liz Callaway Video Interview:

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I think my story is very typical of actors who gravitate towards theatre for that family feeling in some ways. As a kid, I was really shy about singing, so I didn't begin peforming until high school. During my sophomore year, my parents got divorced and I know being in the chorus of the show I was in, at that time, is what saved me because I suddenly had friends and sense of community. I thought, "Oh, if I'm a performer, I can have that feeling," so that's what got me going.  

2. This July you are returning to Feinstein's/54 Below with your new show The Beat Goes On. What are you looking forward to most about performing this show? I love the music of the ‘60s, and I’m so looking forward to sharing my favorite songs (with my own special spin)) with the great Feinstein’s/54 Below audiences.

Liz Callaway3. In this concert, you are performing songs from the 1960s. What is it about the music of that time, that made you want to present an evening of music from that decade? This is the music that I grew up listening to; the soundtrack of my childhood, and I’ve always had an affinity for it. So much so that in 2001 I recorded an album of my favorite songs of the ‘60s called The Beat Goes On

A couple of months ago I was having coffee while reading the newspaper and it occurred to me that everything going on in the world right now, and our reaction to it, is very similar to what was happening in the '60s, at least of what I remember of it. There's lots of new activism. Lots of country coming together/being divided. I thought it would be a good time to revisit some of these songs because I think my song choices or interpretations of some of these songs might be a little different now considering the state of the world. Plus, there's something really fun about singing '60s music in the summer as an escape. 

4. What do you think will surprise fans about this show? I hope people will say "I never really heard those lyrics before, until tonight."

5a. Since this show is titled The Beat Goes On, I'm going to divide this question into two parts. First, When you have to perform and you are feeling down or low energy, how do find the strength so "The Beat Goes On"? Strong coffee (laughs). Seriously, that's never a problem. I get a burst of adrenaline when I sing for an audience because my audience inspires me. They always lift me up. 

Liz Callaway5b. Secondly, you have been performing in this business for over 30 years. How does Liz Callaway keep things fresh to allow "The Beat To Go On"? I think singing is story-telling. I always look to tell the story and there are so many different ways to do that. I look at my songs, write out all my lyrics in prose form and then I look at what story I'm telling and take it from there. Plus, I'm always looking for new challenges, particularly now, I'm more inspired to take them than say five years ago.

6. In addition to the pop hits of the 1960s & tunes from Broadway and film, you will be doing a few selections from your album The Beat Goes On, which is actually many of these songs I describe. For the next few questions, we're going to play with the titles of some of my favorites from that album. On The Beat Goes On, you sing the John Lennon/Paul McCartney song "When I'm Sixty-Four." What do you think your life will look when you are 64? I hope I'm doing what I'm doing now as well as appearing on Broadway.

Patrick Duffy as "Bobby Ewing" on CBS' "Dallas"7. You also sing Brian Wilson, Tony Asher, and Mike Love's "Wouldn't It Be Nice." Finish this sentence, "Wouldn't It Be Nice if...." Do you remember that episode of Dallas when "Pam" (Victoria Principal) wakes up from her dream and finds "Bobby" (Patrick Duffy) alive in the shower and we learn he didn't die? So, I say, "Wouldn't it be nice if who our President is and all that is happening in our country right now could just be a dream."

8. Finally, there's Tony Hatch's "Downtown." What are some of your favorite things to do both in downtown NYC and uptown? I love Chelsea Market, the market at Union Square, Central Park. I just love to walk around the city and find a great coffee bar. I'm always checking out what the new coffee place in town is to try, which also ties in to helping me when I'm tired (laughs). I love NY and it's a great place to discover things on foot.

Liz Callaway as "Grizabella" in Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Cats"9. I have to switch gears for a second & ask you about your time in Cats as "Grizabella." What is one story about your time in Cats as "Grizabella" that you have not told in a previous interview? Gosh, now that's tough! Here's one I don't think I've told. I remember coming downstairs for the bows and as I was waiting in the wings, and suddenly I heard my entrance music to come on to sing "Memory" and I realized the show wasn't over yet. In my head, I was like "Oh. My. God." (laughs).

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? That's a great question and such a good thing you are doing. I love the idea of doing just a little bit every day because then you find, over time, that you actually made a lot of progress. 

There's a lot of things I'd like to improve. I'd like to be more physically active every day. I'm a big tennis player, but because of my schedule and different things going on, I don't play like I used to. I think it's so important to be physically active in addition to eating healthily. I'd like to be more active as well as more still & quiet to balance things out. When you're quiet that's when you can be creative & get your ideas. I'm also trying to be less tethered to being online & on my phone. 

Preview of Liz Callaway singing "Leaving On A Jet Plane" from her upcoming show The Beat Goes On at Feinstein's/54 Below July 25-29 & September 10 all at 7pm:

Liz CallawayMore on Liz:

Liz Callaway is a Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, won acclaim as "Grizabella" in Cats. She has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, and The Look of Love. In addition, Liz has established a major career as a concert and recording artist.

Off-Broadway she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons), and also appeared in Brownstone (Roundabout), No Way to Treat a LadyMarry Me a Little, and Godspell. Other New York appearances include the legendary Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center, A Stephen Sondheim EveningFiorello! (Encores!), and Hair in Concert. Regionally, she starred as Venus in the Chicago Ovations! production of One Touch of Venus, in Elegies at Reprise! in Los Angeles, and Fascinating Rhythm at Hartford Stage. She also played "Norma Desmond" in Sunset Boulevard at Pittsburgh CLO.

Liz sang the Academy Award nominated song "Journey to the Past" in the animated feature Anastasia and is also the singing voice of "Princess Jasmine" in Disney’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves and The Return of Jafar. Other film work includes the singing voice of the title character in The Swan PrincessThe Lion King 2: Simba’s PrideBeauty and the BeastLyle, Lyle the Crocodile and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.

She received an Emmy Award for hosting Ready to Go, a daily, live children’s program on CBS in Boston.  Other TV credits include In Performance at the White HouseInside the Actor’s Studio: Stephen SondheimChristmas with the Boston PopsThe David Letterman Show, and Senior Trip (CBS Movie of the Week).

Liz has released six solo recordings: Passage of TimeThe Beat Goes OnThe Story Goes On: Liz Callaway On and Off-BroadwayAnywhere I Wander: Liz Callaway Sings Frank LoesserMerry and Bright and her newest album The Essential Liz Callaway. Her numerous other recordings include Sibling Revelry, Boom! Live at BirdlandThe Maury Yeston SongbookDreaming Wide Awake: The Music of Scott AlanA Stephen Sondheim EveningHair in Concert, the original cast album of A Christmas Story and the complete recording of Allegro produced by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.