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Friday
Feb142014

Call Answered: Didi Panache Metropolitan Room Interview

Due to illness, this show has been postponed. Stay tuned to Call Me Adam for a new date!

Come see Didi Panache, one-half of the improvised comedy musical revue The Screw You Revue in her brand-new cabaret show Yes, In-Didi! on Tuesday, February 25 at 7pm at NYC's The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street, between 5th & 6th Avenue) Click here for tickets!

For more on Didi be sure to visit http://www.screwyourevue.com and follow her on Twitter @DidiPanache and @ScrewYouNYC, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube!

Didi Panache1. On February 25 at 7pm you are performing at NYC's Metropolitan Room in Yes, In-Didi!. What excites you about this upcoming show? I'm excited most to be returning to The Metropolitan Room, itself. Bernie Furshpan has been a strong reliable supporter of mine since I competed there last year in NYC's Next Top Drag Queen and my performance on the 25th will be the culmination of a discussion that began with Bernie last April.

2. What can fans who know you from The Screw You Revue expect and what might they be surprised by? Fans of The Screw You Revue already know that I LOVE to sing but they'll be surprised to learn I'm able to hold my own onstage comedy-wise without Lady Winifred. Also, that my legs are 43" long.

Didi Panache3. What made you want to do your own show without Lady Winifred? Honestly, it's not about doing a show without Lady Winifred. She and I have been performing The Screw You Revue together for ages and we both agree it's time to start expanding our brand and marketability. I'm sorry to disappoint your readers, but there's no "Alexis" vs "Crystal" Dynasty-esque feud circa 1980s happening between us. Lady Winifred is my BIGGEST supporter.

4. What do you hope to introduce audiences to through Yes, In-Didi!? That not all drag is "bitch" drag and that drag can be far more exciting than a man in a dress, holding a drink, launching insults from the safety of a stage and lip synching. That is by no means a judgement on the girls who perform that type of drag well, I just think there is an abundance of that type in NYC. The greatest compliment I've received was from a reviewer in Indiana who said I was "an illusion of femininity outstanding in its realness."

Didi Panache outside of Studio 54/54 Below in NYC5. How did you come up with the title Yes, In-Didi!? I was inspired by Hedda Lettuce who every Christmas does her show 'Lettuce Rejoice' and other queens who playfully incorporate their names into a title.

6. What makes the Metropolitan Room the right venue for this show? As I mentioned Bernie Furshpan and his staff have been absolutely lovely to me, as well as Mark McLain who handles social media for the venue. The cabaret is beautiful and a perfect compliment to my performance style.

7. If you had to sum up in one sentence as to why someone some come see Yes, In-Didi!, what would that sentence be? Figure Skating at the Olympics will be over, so if you're still hungry for your GAY fix I promise there will be sequins, feathers, and SPARKLE!

Didi PanacheMore on Didi:

Didi Panache is the "Suspiciously Statuesque" creation of improv comedian Douglas McGeoch. Along with his husband Dewey McGeoch the duo perform their over-the-top, improvised drag comedy cabaret The Screw You Revue twice a month in the West Village at The Duplex. Since 2009, Douglas has performed as Didi Panache throughout the United States, several tours of Canada, and Ireland. Didi Panache does not lip synch, especially after Douglas' parents forked over a small fortune for the 'Leggy Lolita' to major in Opera Performance.

Tuesday
Feb042014

Call Answered Again: Marta Sanders Be My Valentine Interview

Marta SandersMAC & Bistro Award-winning vocalist Marta Sanders will return to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with a special Valentine's show, Be My Valentine, for two performances only: Saturday, February 15 at 7pm & Sunday, February 16 at 1pm. She will be accompanied by Musical Director John McMahon on the piano. This show is staged & directed by Debra Zalkind. Click here for tickets!

Marta will also be co-hosting Salon, the multiple award winning weekly open mic, at Etcetera Etcetera (352 West 44th Street) on Sunday, February 9 from 7pm-10:30pm, created and hosted by Mark Janas. The theme of the evening is All Kinds of Love. Come get a sneak peak of Marta on February 9 at Etcetera Etcetera, then join her on February 15 & 16 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre for her show Be My Valentine!

For more on Marta be sure to visit: http://www.martanyc.com!

1. On February 15 & 16, you are returning to The Laurie Beechman Theatre with your new show Be My Valentine. What are you looking forward to about this upcoming show? I look forward to singing some new songs and some old chestnuts. I look forward to laughing with my friends, old and new.

2. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Be My Valentine? I hope people will be lifted and relaxed after laughing and sighing at silly and loving characters and songs.

3. You have previously played The Laurie Beechman Theatre. What do you enjoy most about performing there? What does it offer you and your show that another venue might not? Kenny and staff have always made me feel at home. I appreciate that my audience can eat good food and see the show at an affordable price.

4. What made you want to do a Valentine's themed show? Because of my busy schedule as a tour guide, I have a small window when I can take the time to focus and rehearse a show. Winter months are slower for the tour business. I'd done my Christmas show for several years and wanted to do something different. People are looking for a lift during February so...

5. What is your secret to finding and keeping love in your life? Respect and laughter and holding hands.

Marta Sanders6. What are some of your favorite NYC locations for a romantic evening out? River Café, One If By Land, Mas (Farmhouse), Perry Street.

7. In addition to singing, you are one of the top tour guides in NYC, celebrating your 20th Anniversary. What does it mean to you to be one of the top tour guides? I get to be "in" the City every day. I get to experience fabulous events that are planned for my guests. I get to visit and know well, the world class sites that our millions of visitors travel long distances at great expense to see. I get to spend my days schmoozing and laughing with people from all over the world in the city that I love.

8. How do you feel you've grown over the past 20 years as a tour guide? How have you kept your tours interesting for you and those you show around the city? What I get to do is entertain, which is my talent and passion. I've been able to grow as an artist because I work my "chops" every day. Like doing a show 8 times a week for years, every audience is different. I'm seeing my city through fresh eyes, and changing attitudes about what the city is really like, not what they've seen on TV and movies and heard in the news. Also, there is nothing that is always the same when moving people through the city. Logistics is as important as the story and so every tour does a different schedule so that keeps me on my toes. I'm not on a double decker bus that does the same route day in day out.

9. If you could give a tour of NYC to any celebrity, who would you want on your tour? Mariska Hargitay.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Superwoman.

Marta SandersMore on Marta:

In addition to her Broadway turn as an original cast member of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, MARTA SANDERS has been a fixture on the New York music scene, performing at some of NYC’s top venues including Les Mouches, Rainbow & Stars, The Ballroom, Metropolitan Room, Sardi’s, Upstairs at Greene Street, The Triad & Carnegie Hall. She has also performed internationally, from Russia to South America to the Caribbean. Her latest CD, Panache was named one of 2012’s top ten CDs, alongside such luminaries as Barbara Cook.

Not just another pretty face with a voice, Marta is celebrating her 20th anniversary as one of NYC’s top tour guides, leading tourists from Battery Park to Harlem, from theatres to monuments. Her "Welcome to New York" presentations include well known New York and Broadway songs, as she uses her humor & entertaining charisma to personally welcome guests to her beloved city.

Friday
Jan312014

Call Answered Again: Cady Huffman 54 Below Hungry and Horny Interview

After a sold-out run this past January, Tony Award winner Cady Huffman returns to 54 Below on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7pm with her show Hungry and Horny!. Directed by Will Nunziata, Hungry and Horny! is about life, love and what she ate along the way. From her Gramma’s Pasta Fazool to her 10 seasons as a judge on Iron Chef America, Cady has eaten it all, loved it all, and gone back for seconds. Come hear the beauty, wit, and talent that is Cady Huffman! Click here for tickets!

For more on Cady be sure to visit http://www.cadyhuffman.com and follow her on Twitter!

1. On January 14, you made your 54 Below debut with your show Hungry and Horny!. What was it like to make your 54 Below debut? Adam, I was so ridiculously nervous it was stupid. 54 Below is a beautiful room with a great team running it. My musicians are fantastic and my director is amazing. Once I got over the terror, IT WAS A BLAST! Made me realize I haven't been singing enough of the songs I really want to sing lately.

2. Now, on February 5, you are returning to 54 Below for an encore performance of Hungry and Horny!. What does it mean to you to have been asked back? It's GREAT to be asked back! Especially so quickly. It gives me a chance to relax and make the show better and better!

3. What makes 54 Below the right venue for your show? Sexy room with a great menu. It gets everyone in the mood.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing your show? Hopefully they understand how personal it is to me while having a rip-roarin' time!

5. What made now the right time to premiere this show? I'd recently been asked by several people to combine my foodie life with my Broadway life. No time like the present!

6. What do you enjoy most about performing this kind of show over a theatrical show? I get to be me. I love seeing the audience, talking to the audience and interacting with the audience. With no 4th wall it can be so personal.

Cady Huffman and Will Nunziata at 54 Below7. Hungry and Horny is directed by Will Nunziata. How did you two come to work together? What has been the best part about working with him? Young Will and I met at a benefit at Joe's Pub several years ago. We recently reconnected when we sat together at an Ann Hampton Callaway show. He told me he wanted to direct. I stowed that in the back of my brain and when I decided to do this show I gave him a call. We hit it off and have had a ball. He's a smarty pants and he knows the art form incredibly well. We're also both Italian, so we don't get upset if someone is yelling.

8. Hungry and Horny! is about life, love, and what you ate along the way. How did you come up with the concept for the show? I'm always hungry and horny. It just seemed the most direct root to what I wanted to say.

9. Since the show is titled Hungry and Horny!, what are some of your favorite foods and what is the best way to get you in the mood for love? Oh, you're cute Adam. Firstly, there's no food I won't try at least once. I'm very adventurous that way. The love stuff? Well, I can't give all my secrets away, but trust me, I'm easy...with the right person, of course. ;)

10. Aside from performing, what else in life are you Hungry and Horny! for? Knowledge. Learning. It thrills me to learn just about anything as long as the teacher is passionate. Please tell me something I don't already know!!

Cady HuffmanMore on Cady:

Winner of the 2001 Tony Award for "Best Featured Actress in a Musical" for her portrayal of "Ulla" in Mel Brooks' The Producers, Cady Huffman is an actress and producer of great caliber, who also spent 10 seasons as a judge on Iron Chef America.

She burst onto Broadway in the original production of La Cage Aux Folles, which then lead to being cast in Bob Fosse's Big Deal, followed by a Tony Award nominated performance in The Will Rogers Follies in 1991.

Cady made her film debut in 1992's Hero which starred Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, and Andy García. She has since appeared in Space Marines, Romance & Cigarettes, and The Nanny Diaries, and The Company Men alongside Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper. Cady also starred, produced, and acted as production designer for the independent film Sunday on the Rocks.

Wednesday
Jan292014

Call Answered: Facetime with The Screw You Revue

"Call Me Adam" traveled the streets of New York City to his Harlem studios to chat with The Screw You Revue (Lady Winifred and Didi Panache) about their hilarious hit improvised musical comedy show which they perform twice a month at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue) in NYC.

Their next show is February 8 at 9:30pm. Click here for tickets! 

All profits from ticket sales to the February 8 show will go to the aid and healing of Randy Gener, the accomplished editor, writer, and artist who was brutally attacked in midtown Manhattan in the early morning of January 17, 2014. Call Me Adam will match the profits raised!

For more on The Screw You Revue visit http://www.screwyourevue.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

Interview with The Screw You Revue:

Saturday
Jan252014

Call Answered Again: Will & Anthony Nunziata 54 Below Encore Interview

After a SOLD-OUT engagement at 54 Below in NYC, recording artists and concert performers, Will & Anthony Nunziata, have been asked back for an encore performance! Come join these talented guys and their alliegence of fans for "Broadway, Our Way," on Thursday, February 6 at 7pm at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

"Call Me Adam" caught up with Will & Anthony for a post-show discussion about what excites them about their encore concert! (Click here for our previous 54 Below video interview)

For more on Will and Anthony be sure to visit http://www.willandanthony.com and follow them on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube!

1. On January 9, you made your 54 Below debut to a sold-out house. What was that evening like? Did the reality live up to the fantasy you created in your head about this night?

Will: The evening was a dream come true. To be able to perform for family members, my closest friends, and celebrities that I have been looking up to since I was a kid…it was a crazy, fun night, and it was above and beyond anything I could have ever fantasized!

Anthony: Adam, what a thrilling evening! The energy in the room was electric and to share it with friends, fans, family and special guests made the concert such a memorable evening!

2. As a result of your success, 54 Below has invited you back for an encore performance of "Broadway, Our Way," on Thursday, February 6 at 7pm. What did it mean to you to get invited back?

Will: It's fantastic! 54 Below is such a classy venue, and everyone who works there has really taken care of us.

Anthony: It feels great. I'm excited for round 2 at 54 Below!

Anthony & Will Nunziata singing at 54 Below3. What excites you about this upcoming encore performance?

Will: I'm excited to be able to perform this encore concert because I know a lot of friends were unable to get in! So, to be able to have another "party" at 54 Below with some nearest and dearest in the audience…and some new friends as well!…will be amazing.

Anthony: I'm looking forward to sharing this concert with folks who were unable to make the show the first time around. We have some surprises in store!

4. What, if anything, are you going to do differently during this encore performance?

Will: We have a few fun surprises and songs planned. And that's all I am going to say!

Anthony: A few different songs and a few surprises! 

Will & Anthony Nunziata pre-show 54 Below5. If I had to give one line as to why people should come see you at 54 Below, I would say, "Will & Anthony Nunziata's dynamic talent as singers and entertainers raised the roof 10 times over at 54 Below turning this intimate club into a grand stand stadium of cheers and ovations." What is one line you would give as you why people should come see you at 54 Below?

Will: Adam, that's so nice of you! If I had to say something, I would say if you're looking to have an evening where you can sit back, relax, and truly just enjoy yourself, come on by!

Anthony: Adam, thank you for that one-line review! A grand stadium of cheers? Wow. I'll take it! My one line pitch would be "If you love Broadway songs and improv comedy, I think you're going to have a great time. My brother Will is pretty good, too."

Will & Anthony NunziataMore on Will & Anthony:

Recording artists, actors and concert performers Will & Anthony Nunziata have won acclaim for their performances throughout the country and around the world bringing their fresh take on classic pop standards, Broadway showstoppers, as well as contemporary and classic Italian music.

Their mission is to introduce timeless classics to younger audiences and reacquaint adults with the soundtrack of their childhood.

The brothers bring their powerful and nuanced voices along with their undeniable charm and comedic interplay to both their concerts and brand new symphony programs. A full description of all touring concerts can be seen below.

They have recently appeared as Headlining Soloists with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and Brockton Symphony Orchestra. In New York City they have headlined Michael Feinstein's nightclub and recently performed as part of the New York Pops' Ronald McDonald Fundraising Gala at the club. They've appeared in concert as part of the Mabel Mercer Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall and sang during the Finale of Stephen Sondheim's 80th Birthday Concert Celebration at Avery Fisher Hall.

On television, they have been recently featured on Good Morning America, NBC’s Columbus Day ParadeThe Rachael Ray Show. Will & Anthony are classically-trained tenors and have trained extensively in improvisational comedy with the famed Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York City. The brothers both reside in New York City (separately).