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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).

Friday
Jan172014

Call Answered: Facetime with Donna Vivino, Beautiful Dreamer and 54 Below Interview

Best known for her roles in Broadway's Wicked and Les Miserables, "Call Me Adam" sat down with actress and recording artist Donna Vivino to discuss her debut album Beautiful Dreamer, her new 54 Below show It's Not Easy Being Green on January 23, 2014 at 9:30pm, and many other details of her life and career!

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

Click here for tickets to Donna's 54 Below show It's Not Easy Being Green on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 9:30pm!

Click here to purchase Donna's debut CD Beautiful Dreamer!

Interview with Donna Vivino:

Donna Vivino, Photo Credit: Ismael Cruz CordovaMore on Donna:

Donna Vivino starred for two years as "Elphaba" in the First National Tour of Wicked and performed the role on Broadway. Her other Broadway credits include HairsprayMartin Short: Fame Becomes MeSaturday Night Fever and Les Misérables. Her film and television credits include A Gifted Man, The Sopranos, Everyday People, Married to It and All My Children as "Young Erica Kane." She is currently a regular on the hit web series Submissions Only.

Thursday
Jan162014

Call Answered: Mark Milano: The Lyrics Left Behind Interivew

Mark MilanoMark Milano is an actor, singer, longtime AIDS activist and showtune queen. He will be performing The Lyrics Left Behind, a cabaret show composed of "trunk songs," "dummy lyrics," and other unused lyrics from many well-known songs to benefit Health GAP, an organization that campaigns for drug access and the resources necessary to sustain access for people with HIV/AIDS across the globe.

The Lyrics Left Behind will take place Saturday, February 8 at 7:30pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (407 West 42nd Street) and include such well-known songs as "The Man That Got Away," "A Star Is Born," "Tomorrow," and "You're The Top," but performed in their original arrangements and lyrics. Click here for tickets!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I've always sung - it has literally kept me alive. When I'm walking down the street, I'm singing. When I'm at work, I'm humming. On the subway, I'm silently singing.  I sing everywhere except the shower, I think. But my introduction to musicals began when I was five, and waited to watch Singin' In The Rain on TV every year (back when they only showed films once a year). I dreamed of being Gene Kelly - but unfortunately, I can't dance!

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? My dream has always been to sing with a big band, so I'd say the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

3. On February 8, you will be performing The Lyrics Left Behind at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. What made you want to create this show? I was amazed to find the backstories to some of the most famous songs in history. Who knew that "The Man That Got Away" was not written for Judy Garland? Great performers make songs their own, so you assume they were written with them in mind - but often that's not the case at all.

4. What are you looking forward to most about performing this show? Doing some classic showtunes in arrangements that breathe new life into these chestnuts, and surprising people with what they don't know about the songs they love.

5. What do you hope audiences come away with after The Lyrics Left Behind? An appreciation of the craft of songwriting. I've done a ton of research into the stories behind songs like "Blue Moon," "Tonight," "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan," etc. and am fascinated by the creative process composers and lyricists use. Many standards have stories behind them that are completely contrary to what you would expect.

6. What does The Laurie Beechman Theatre offer you as a venue that another one might not? It's a wonderful, intimate setting that makes me think of the great nightclubs of the 30s and 40s - people sitting at tables, having a drink, and enjoying a floor show. I think I must have been a nightclub-goer in a previous life, since I so regret missing those days.

7. Tickets to The Lyrics Left Behind benefit Health GAP, an organization working to widen access to HIV/AIDS treatment. What made you want to do a fundraiser for this organization as opposed to other HIV/AIDS organizations? How did you first get involved with them? I've joined Health GAP in 1990, when I discovered that it actually was possible to get HIV treatment to people in Africa. I'm amazed by the dedication and expertise its members bring to the fight against global AIDS. These people have the smarts and the passion we need to end this crisis - I wish they were in charge of U.S. AIDS policy!

8. You have been an activist in the fight against AIDS for more than 25 years now. What has it been like to watch the progress being made in the fight against this disease? What more do you feel can be done? It's been exciting and disheartening at the same time. My work with ACRIA has been so exciting, especially teaching people that HIV can now be controlled with meds that have very few side effects.  But it's so depressing that rates of HIV infection continue to rise in gay men. And the stigma that gay men with HIV face from HIV-negative gay men ("Are you clean?") seems to be getting worse.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? "Think for yourself." I think it should be carved in stone over the door of every school in the world.

10. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I've learned about taking care of myself. I now understand why performers have "people" to take care of them. For my first cabaret show, I did everything myself, right up to showtime. That made it very difficult to get into the right space to give the best performance. So now I understand that you have to have someone else handle all the little problems that pop up before a performance, so you can calm down, focus, and be in the right space to connect with your audience.

BONUS QUESTION:

11. If you could have any super power, which one would it be? Probably the same one "Pee-Wee Herman" wanted: to fly!

More on Mark:

He has been active in ACT UP/NY, Health GAP, and the AIDS Treatment Activist Coalition for over 25 years. He sang with Cantori New York for ten years, performing at Carnegie Hall with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and at Avery Fisher Hall with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.