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Call Answered: The New York Pops On Broadway with Steven Reineke, Andrew Rannells, and Stephanie J. Block

"Call Me Adam" went behind-the-scenes at The New York Pops On Broadway press event to speak with The New York Pops Musical Director and Conductor, Steven Reineke as well as their special guest stars Broadway Tony Award nominees Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells.

The New York Pops On Broadway will take place on March 21 at 7:30pm at Carnegie Hall (57th Street & 7th Avenue) in New York City! Click here for tickets!

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Call Me Adam and Steven ReinekeSteven Reineke:

1. The New York Pops, On Broadway, will be presented on Friday, March 21 at 7:30pm. What excites you about this upcoming concert? A lot excites me about this concert. One, it's our first concert back at Carnegie Hall since December, so it's always fun to get back to it. I am also getting to perform with two of my great friends Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells. We are doing all this great Broadway repertoire. We got to pick it ourselves, so it's like making our own party playlist of what we would want to sing in my living room, except we are bringing it to life at Carnegie Hall with an 80 piece orchestra.

2. Of the songs being performed, what are some of your favorite selections? There are just so many big 11 o'clock numbers in this concert, but if I had to choose, we are featuring the orchestra in some great music from West Side Story, which I never get tired of performing and conducting. Stephanie J. Block does the best "Defying Gravity" I've ever heard in my life, and hearing Andrew and Stephanie do "Move On" from Sunday in the Park with George is another favorite of mine. Andrew is singing a song that I was just introduced to a few years ago by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who wrote the song,  called "Love Who You Love," which has become a bit of a mantra for me. It's just so powerful.

Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells preview "Move On"

3. Why should the fans come see The New York Pops On Broadway? I think it's a no brainer to come hear Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells sing with this amazing orchestra and we are going to do great hits that everybody loves. We do one night only, which is very special here in this city. I always try to make our concerts an event that if you weren't there, you missed out on something. You have to be there that night because something great is going to happen.

4. This is The New York Pops 31st Season. What excites you to keep going with them? Well, they are the best Pops orchestra on the planet and we get to perform at the finest concert on on the planet, in the best city on the planet. It's quite a thrill every time I get to take the stage with The New York Pops. We've planned out the next season already, which we are very excited about. We continue to grow by leaps and bounds, selling-out all of our concerts. There's a lot of excitement and everyone is just happy to come to work. So, it's a lot of fun to be part of it.

Call Me Adam and Andrew RannellsAndrew Rannells:

1. You are going to be performing once again with The New York Pops on March 21 at 7:30pm in their show On Broadway. What are you looking forward to about this evening? I'm so honored that they asked me to do it. I'm so excited to be working with Steven Reineke again and to be singing with Stephanie J. Block, and while I've known her for a long time, this is our first time singing together. She's no joke, so when you work with her, you got to bring it.

2. You've performed with The New York Pops before, so what excites about coming back to sing with the Pops and work with Steven Reineke again? I was so nervous when I sang with them at their Spring Gala in 2012 that I don't remember it. I mean, I remember that I sang, I think it sounded okay, and then I walked off-stage and I didn't remember anything. So, this time around, I'm sure I'll be petrified, but at least I'll have time to warm up before it. We are doing a whole two acts of many, many songs, so hopefully I'll remember something [laughs].

3. Which songs are you looking forward to performing most? I'm really excited about "Move On" because it's been so fun to bring it to life. I'm getting to sing "Being Alive" from Company, which for every Tenor in my opinion is a dream song to sing.

Andrew Rannells previews "The Streets Of Dublin"

4. If you could give people a reason to come see you perform with The New York Pops on March 21 at 7:30pm, what would that reason be, aside from coming to see you? Stephanie J. Block is a big reason. The New York Pops is a huge, huge orchestra which you don't really get to hear anymore, plus we are going to be singing an array of Broadway songs from classics to contemporary. There is something for everyone.

5. I know The New Normal is not part of this evening, but what is like to go from working in theatre to working in television and how do you feel your training in one helps you with the other? I feel very fortunate that while I was doing The Book of Mormon, Lena Dunham, cast me Girls on HBO. I got to do The Book of Mormon at night and work on Girls during the day, which was very exciting. Lena was so generous and so lovely that after we did the first couple of scenes, she would let me watch the playback of them, since she was directing the episodes as well, so I got to see what we did. I saw I didn't have to project as much for television as I do for theatre. I'm allowed to be as internal as I wanna be because the camera picks all of that up. That was a big adjustment for me. So, by the time I got to do The New Normal, I had done two seasons of Girls already, but The New Normal was a little different because network shows move faster, so I didn't have the luxury to check my work after we filmed, but I was more confident in myself by the time we started filming The New Normal. 

6. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I would love to be able to teleport.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs today. Not always. Sometimes it's a boxer. You have to mix it up.

Call Me Adam and Stephanie J. BlockStephanie J. Block:

1. What excites you about performing in this concert? I'm thrilled to be back with The Pops. I was lucky enough to perform at The New York Pops Gala last year and sang "Don't Rain On My Parade," and Steven Reineke said to me, "You are going to be coming back to this stage singing that song at some point, I don't know when," and that when is now.

2. Out of all the songs you are performing, which ones are you most looking forward to singing, in addition to "Don't Rain On My Parade"? I think Sondheim because I've never performed it professionally. It's challenging, touching, and so beautiful. When you get an 80 piece orchestra to play his stuff there is nothing like it. The list of composers that were chosen for this program are pretty great. In addition to Sondheim, we are also singing Stephen Schwartz, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and so many more). A lot of big notes. A lot of 11 o'clock numbers.

Stephanie J. Block previews "Don't Rain On My Parade"

3. You've performed with The New York Pops before. What do you love about working with them and Steven Reineke? Their musicianship is remarkable, but Steven Reineke is a showman in of himself. You don't just get his back and a baton, you get a guy who is SO invested in his musicians and his performers and we can tell that he is really there with us and it's not a detached thing where the singers are not part of what they are creating and performing. I love that. You can feel his support. He breathes with you. He's the third soloist, well, he's the first soloist actually.

4. If you could give the fans one reason why they should come to On Broadway with The New York Pops on March 21 at 7:30pm, what would it be? On Broadway we are lucky enough to have incredible musicians. There are 15, sometimes 23, but when you hear musical theatre scores with 12 cellos, an entire horn section, 14 violins, there's nothing to explain that experience. The textures, the colors, the nuance, it's really exceptional and takes the music to a completely different place.

5. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Mmmm...I know a lot of people say flying, but I would be invisible. When the time is right, I would love to just disappear and become invisible. I think you would learn a lot and I think you could change the world a lot.

More on The New York Pops:

The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Under the leadership of dynamic Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music. The orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall. The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children’s hospitals and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun.

Steven ReinekeMore on Steven Reineke:

Steven Reineke is the Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton and Pittsburgh. As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world. A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City with his partner Eric Gabbard.

Stephanie J. BlockMore on Stephanie J. Block:

Stephanie J. Block has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre. She most recently starred as "Sheryl Hoover" in the Off-Broadway production of Little Miss Sunshine written by James Lapine and William Finn. She received both a Drama Desk and Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of "Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood" in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Other Broadway credits include Anything Goes and 9 to 5: The Musical, for which she earned a Drama Desk nomination. She created the roles of "Grace O'Malley" in The Pirate Queen and "Liza Minnelli" in The Boy From Oz (opposite Hugh Jackman). Ms. Block is best known for her portrayal of "Elphaba" in the Broadway company of Wicked. She also originated the role in the first national tour, for which she won numerous awards, including the prestigious Helen Hayes Award. Ms. Block has sung with numerous orchestras including The New York Pops, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch), Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Pops, among many others. For more on Stephanie be sure to visit: and follow her on Twitter!

Andrew RannellsMore on Andrew Rannells:

Andrew Rannells is best known for his breakout role as "Elder Price" in Broadway’s Tony Award winning musical The Book of Mormon, which was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of "South Park" fame along with Robert Lopez of Avenue Q. The Book of Mormon received 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and on the 2011 Tony Awards telecast Rannells brought down the house with his performance of "I Believe." For his work in The Book of Mormon Rannells received Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League award nominations. He also won a Grammy Award for "Best Musical Theatre Album" for the cast recording of The Book of Mormon. He can currently be seen in third season of HBO’s Golden Globe-winning comedy series Girls, from producers Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow. Last year Rannells starred as "Bryan Collins" in Ryan Murphy's groundbreaking series The New Normal for NBC. Rannells is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. For more on Andrew follow him on Twitter!


Call Answered: Gretchen Reinhagen Interview: Listen To The Music: The Songs Of My 70s

Gretchen Reinhagen"Call Me Adam" chats with award winning performer, director, and teacher Gretchen Reinhagen about her upcoming show Listen To The Music: The Songs Of My 70's at The Duplex in NYC (61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue) from March 13-23. To make a reservation call 212-255-5438. 

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1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My parents! I’ve had many influences over the years, and I’m a fan of a LOT of artists, but it definitely started at home. My parents were (and are) both performers – my dad's a singer and my mom was a dancer. And they act, and direct and produce, and all that great stuff. I remember always wishing I could have the grace of my mother. She’s a lovely woman on stage and off. But, my brother and sister got more of her dancing abilities, while I was always more like Dad. That was just fine, as he’s a charismatic entertainer with a great voice, and I was happy to be anything like him. Of course – that wasn’t always easy! But I’m beyond grateful for the gifts they’ve given me.

2. From March 13-23, you are going to be performing your show "Listen to the Music: The Songs of My 70s" at The Duplex in NYC. What made you want to create a show of this musical genre? Why do you think this music have such an influence on you? For starters, I was born in 1970 (and this is the last decade in which I’m going to admit that…) and I’ve always loved this period of music. It was my introduction to music, which is my first love, so that alone makes this period of musical history very special to me, but it remains a favorite of mine for a number of reasons, one of which is its diversity. In no other decade do you have so many different genres of music vying for center stage. Some of these genres were always around, but in the 70s you had folk and soul enjoying the same level of commercial success as pop and rock, plus funk, disco, and so on. I find it fascinating. I’ve always been diverse in my musical tastes. So this fits my Gemini personality well!

3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing this show? This show is very personal for me. Not only are we playing great music, but we’re also digging into my earliest memories and experiences. My hope is that A) since there are so many well-known songs in the show, people will enjoy revisiting this music and their own memories of the times and songs, and B) folks might know me just a little bit better. Above all else – I just hope people are entertained! That in itself is enough!

4. Why is The Duplex the perfect venue for your show? I’ve worked at many clubs in town – all great experiences – different shows fit different rooms. With the Duplex, not only is it a great place to work with an incredibly caring, artistic and professional atmosphere, but it also has a very groovy, downtown vibe going on, which is a perfect fit for this show, and this music.

Barry Kleinbort, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffAndrew Sotomayor5. How did you come to work with Barry Kleinbort as your director and Andrew Sotomayor as your Musical Director? What has been the best part about collaborating with them? This might be the toughest question – well the second part anyway – because I’ve had the privilege of working with so many great musicians and directors! I’ve been fortunate to have many rewarding collaborations, and this one has been no exception.

I first met Barry Kleinbort in 2006 when I treated myself to a (life changing) week at the Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School studying the art of cabaret with some incredible artists and teachers, one of whom was Barry. I didn’t know him at all, but after one class I knew he was the guy for me. He’s since directed several of my shows. He even directed my wedding! He’s also become one of my dearest friends. I call him the man in my life, and that he is. I trust him with so much more than just my artistry.

Andrew, I met just this past year, so it still has that shiny "new relationship" feel. Love that! And him! I directed a debut show for Bennett Silverstein, and Andrew was the musical director. I’m always a little nervous walking into a new collaboration, and we didn’t know each other at all, so it was like a blind date. But after one rehearsal we clicked, and we had a great time working together on Bennett’s show. For my show, it just ended up being the right place and time, because I was in need of someone available for these March dates, and he and I wanted to work together again, so it all fell into place. He’s brought a fresh perspective to my work, because he comes from a different background, and quite frankly a different decade. He and Barry really hit it off as well, so from day 1 in the rehearsal studio, this show just started to take off.

When we did this show in December at Urban Stages, my good friend Tracy Stark sat in at the piano, and she brings a different experience and groove altogether, which I absolutely love. With this show, I’ve gotten to work with dear friends, each with a different set of experiences and sensibilities, and that kind of evolution to the show, and fluidity to the artistic ideas being passed around, has made this a very memorable ride for me.

6. You are a Bistro, MAC, and Nightlife award winner. What does it mean to you to get this kind of recognition? The Triple Crown! Ha! I won these for another show which I’m very passionate about, Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard. The last one to be given out that year was the MAC Award, and I remember being so excited and going into the MAC Awards thinking…is this really happening? Winning prizes had never been my strong suit! It was exhilarating and rewarding on so many levels. The awards themselves were so validating and exciting, but the moments that really stand out to me are each a bit different. For the Nightlife Award, I was notified via email, and I happened to be awake and checking my email at 5AM that day. I was sitting by myself at my desk, jumping up and down (quietly) at 5AM. I was completely overjoyed. So, of course, I woke my partner up! She was thrilled for me, and got up and celebrated with me by making me a cup of coffee, and then she went back to bed. It was 5AM! The Bistro Award moment, was actually an incredibly lovely introduction given to me by Klea Blackhurst. I think she’s exceptional, and I was so honored and thrilled to be introduced by her and by her very kind words. I remember feeling completely visible in that moment, and that’s not something I always feel. And for the MAC Award, it wasn’t actually hearing my name as the winner – it was the moment right before – the moment they read my name on the list of nominees and the entire packed house roared with applause. That was the moment I felt like a winner. That’s a moment that still chokes me up.

And then last year- winning the MAC Award again, this time for directing, brought a whole new level of validation to my work. When I get overwhelmed (which happens often enough!) and I feel like giving it all up, these are the moments that remind me that there’s something to all this, and to hang in a little longer. That kind of recognition, even from myself, is priceless.

7. In addition to performing, you are also a teacher. What do you get from teaching your students that you don't get from performing on stage? It’s a very different responsibility. I teach voice, as well as cabaret performance workshops, and I also direct cabaret acts. They all work slightly different muscles, but in all cases the clients are the ones putting themselves on the line, and it’s my job to create a safe space for them to do that, or to help hone their technique or focus their ideas and their voice. I consider it a huge responsibility and I try to never forget that. The rewards for me are great. I have amazing clients and they all have a different sense of humor, a different set of life experiences, a different artistic expression, and I get to experience them all. And I get to experience their joy and passion. They remind me of why I love to sing.

8. What's the best advice you've ever received? Well – I get a LOT of advice! Sometimes unsolicited! Ha! But some of the best words have come from family and friends – like my dad telling me to hang in there, and someday I’ll be an overnight success! I love that! I also love the idea that we’re only in competition with ourselves. That’s a BIG one for me. Along those same lines – I once had a friend say to me, "Why worry about what other people think? You worrying about it isn’t going to change what they think?" I’ve come back to that one time and time and again.

9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer/teacher? That I have a voice! That I have something to say – something valuable. I have to remind myself of that ALL the time.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Flying! Who wouldn’t want to fly?

Gretchen Reinhagen singing at the Nightlife Awards, Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy.More on Gretchen:

Gretchen Reinhagen won the 2013 MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award for directing. Additionally, she is multi-award winning artist, having received the coveted TRIPLE CROWN of cabaret awards by winning the 2010 Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and MAC Award for her show Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard, which has played around the country, including an Off-Broadway run at Urban Stages. In 2011 she was nominated for a MAC Award for Female Vocalist for her performance of Janis Joplin's iconic final Album, Pearl, and again in 2012 for her show Both Sides Now, which premiered at Urban Stages. She’s worked with some of the best names in Cabaret, including Karen Mason, Barry Kleinbort and Steve Ross to name a few. Former Back Stage and Citysearch critic, Roy Sander, said "Gretchen Reinhagen's shows are marked by intelligence, warmth, a lovely spirit of benevolence, and fine vocals. It is always a pleasure to spend an hour in her company."

As a director and a teacher, Gretchen has been praised for her ability to facilitate the best performance in each of her clients. Times Square Chronicles said "Cabaret award winner Gretchen Reinhagen is Diamond’s director and every single moment…was brilliant." named one of her 2012 shows "one of the best directed shows of the year."

Gretchen resides in New York, where she maintains a busy studio of voice students and directing clients, and also teaches a series of workshops in the Art of Cabaret. She holds a degree in Voice Performance from Pepperdine University.


Call Answered: 54 Below Facetime Interview with Tony Award winner Stew

"Call Me Adam" chats with Passing Strange Tony Award winner Stew live at 54 Below about his return to the Broadway community with his new concert at 54 Below in NYC on March 7 and 8 at 8pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Stew be sure to visit and follow him on Facebook!

Interview with Stew live at 54 Below:

StewMore on Stew:

Works include Passing Strange for which he received the 2008 Tony award for 'Best Book of a Musical.' Wrote lyrics and co-composed music for the same. Two-time Obie winner: 'Best New Theater Piece' and, as a member of the PS acting family, 'Best Ensemble.' A four-time Tony nominee, Stew leads, along with his collaborator Heidi Rodewald, two critically acclaimed bands: The Negro Problem and Stew. Works: Post Minstrel Syndrome (TNP 1997), Joys and Concerns (TNP 1999), Guest Host (S 2000), The Naked Dutch Painter (S 2002), Welcome Black (TNP 2002), Something Deeper Than These Changes (S 2003) and the cast album of Passing Strange (2008).


Call Answered: Anne Bobby 54 Below Interview

Anne BobbyFrom NBC's Mad About You, "Call Me Adam" chats with Broadway and Television actress and writer Anne Bobby about her upcoming 54 Below show, entitled The Songs That Came In From The Cold, on Tuesday, March 4 at 7pm! Click here for tickets!

Gathering discarded gems from thirty years of workshops, out-of-town tryouts and black-boxes, plus a few new favorites, Anne will sing songs from Alan Menken to Randy Newman, Marc Blitzstein to Bruce Springsteen, as well as should-have-been-hits from Steven Lutvak, David Spencer, Jimmy Roberts, Keith Herrmann, Daniel Maté and more. She'll be joined by special guests Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Evan Pappas (My Favorite Year), Laura Dean (Chicago), Frank Vlastnik (The Sweet Smell of Success) and Shannon Ford (Chaplin). 

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Mostly, it was the only place I wasn't picked on. I was pretty much a loner as a kid - I had four real friends growing up, with two of them being my siblings and another being a cat I fed. This isn't a pity party sort of thing - I was a nerdy kid who found her interior life a hell of a lot more interesting that what was going on around me. Other kids caught on to that pretty quick, and I got teased for it, but performing was my refuge. I think it was the one place where my interior world met with the outside. Thank God I had parents who not only nurtured that part of me, but also knew not to stop me when I had the opportunities to perform, though it must have been stressful as hell for them. I don't know how they did it - I think it's one of the reasons I've never wanted children; I don't think I could survive raising a kid like the one I was. My heart's not strong enough.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Anyone who is still learning, who is still growing as a person. Honestly - I could rattle off a wish list, but the people I admire, who I most want to work with, are people who love what they do and love how it informs their life. I'm spoiled in that I've worked with so many great people who lived - continue to live - with that mindset.

If I was really pressed for a short list? Oy - I'd say Michael Mann, David Eagleman, Vanessa Redgrave, Mark Rylance, Naseeruddin Shah, Tim Minchin, Elizabeth Warren, Banksy. They're not as disparate as they sound - they're all so passionate about their work, such inspirations in their chosen fields. They're certainly already a huge part of my life - I'd love to find a way to collaborate with them.

3. On Tuesday, March 4 at 7pm, you will be making your solo cabaret debut at 54 Below. What excites you about this upcoming concert? Spending time with songs that have become like friends to me, playing them with people I love so much, sharing them with a community that's been my family since I was thirteen...what's NOT to be excited about?

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing you at 54 Below? A lot of the songs in my show go back twenty, twenty-five years. They come from shows that very few people got to see - a few of them never had public performances at all! It would be amazing if spotlighting these songs for a night leads to renewed interest in the people who created them.

5. Why is 54 Below the perfect venue for your show? The short answer is the brussels sprouts, but the longer answer is that - I don't know...maybe it's that I was such a nerd as a kid, maybe it's that I've always been challenged and grateful for my close friends, but I seek out friends and family wherever and whenever I can. 54 Below is a place where I find I'm most comfortable, surrounded by people who love what I love...And I'm not just talking about exploring musical theatre, or cabaret - I'm talking about exploring OURSELVES, through song, and exploring how the music in our lives shapes us. Helps us grow. Makes us better people.

To say nothing of the fact that Jennifer Tepper sets the standard for Musical Theater nerds everywhere, and has provided a home for all of us to not just enjoy each other, but to be challenged by each other. If you think of Broadway as a university, 54 Below is a collaborative sort of Independent Study, where the Grad students get to hone their craft and challenge each other.

And the brussels sprouts really are amazingly good.

Anne Bobby Singing6. Your show is titled The Songs That Came In From The Cold. How did you come up with the concept and title for the show? I knew I wanted to do the show when we were past the worst of winter. Given the winter we've been having, I probably should have scheduled this for Memorial Day Weekend, but who knew that back in November?

I also thought about the songs I always said I would do if I had an opportunity like this - I've got a lot of years of workshops and gigs and auditions under my belt, and in those years I've collected some songs that never saw the light of day. Songs that have been lost, or forgotten, from shows that never quite got as far as I would have hoped for them. And I started to think of those songs as just sort of hibernating, waiting to come out of their deep freeze and into the light I've always held them in.

Some of these are songs that are kind of hiding in plain sight, too. There's a great song I'm singing that I've been doing at auditions for years, and it never ceases to amaze me that people are forever asking me who wrote it - because it's actually off what is considered by most people one of the best albums ever made. It's just a song people...sort of miss, I guess. It happened just the other day, actually - someone asked me why _________ never recorded it, and I was like, "Um. He did." (I won't tell you what the song is, it's a surprise - a good one!)

7. You made your Broadway debut at 16 years old. Looking back, what did you enjoy most about this time? What went through your head on opening night? I always knew to never not be aware that I was living an absolutely magical life. I'm so glad I had that foresight, because my memories of that time are vivid, actually, indescribably so. It's hard to talk about a whirlwind in a sentence; it kind of has to be felt that way.

There were scary moments, hysterically funny moments, painful moments. And always, always the precision of doing the show, saying the lines, hitting the marks, hearing the laughter. And then getting on the bus back to Jersey. In New York. On Broadway. In 1984. I've actually started writing a Young Adult book series about it. The first book's nearly done; soon as I finish the script I'm working on now, I'll get back to it.

Anne Bobby with "Lola"8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? In a lot of ways - most ways, actually - I'm still that nerdy kid with the interior world. Performing has continued to be a welcome outlet, but over the years it's been informed by all the other ways I've found to thrive - my books, my plays, my animals, my life.

I've always said that there's a sort of theorem to acting, and performing in general. Actors recreate life; the more you live, the more experiences you have at your disposal to recreate, the better your chances of being a great actor.

Every part of my life informs my performing. Every part of performing informs my life. It took a long time for me to catch up with myself, but I'm glad I finally did!

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Never use soap on your face; makeup comes off with hot water and moisturizer. And there's no such thing as not enough money for a good book.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? What a great question! Growing up, I used to wish for the power to instantly know the answer to any question I had. Over time I learned how the acquiring of knowledge is just as satisfying as the obtaining answers - kind of how I feel about rehearsal, by the way; I could rehearse forever, I swear. Now...? I'd say what I would wish for was the ability to take away shame; too much suffering in the world comes as a result of it.

Anne BobbyMore on Anne:

Anne Bobby made her Broadway debut at 16 and a year later starred in Marvin Hamlisch’s cult classic, Smile. She is known for roles on TV's Mad About You, Cop Rock, Law & Order, and As The World Turns as well as such films as Happiness, Born on the Fourth of July, and Nightbreed.


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 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!

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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.