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Thursday
Nov022017

Call Answered: Conference Call: Max Crumm and Lucy DeVito: "Hot Mess" at The Theater Center

Max Crumm and Lucy DeVito, Photo Credit: Jeremy DanielWhen it comes to love, everyone is a Hot Mess in one way or the other, which is why when I heard about this new show opening this month, I knew I had to get the inside scoop from the show's stars themselves, the adorable & hilarious Max Crumm and the beautiful & funny Lucy DeVito.

Hot Mess is a new romantic comedy where "Max," a Jewish recovering alcoholic comedian begins dating "Elanor," a mile a minute aspiring magician. "Max," however, holds a secret that he is scared to share with "Elanor," something he confides in his therapist and best friend, and something that he grappled with for his whole life. There are many types of relationships and Hot Mess shows us that with trust and communication, anything is possible.

Hot Mess plays at The Theater Center (1627 Broadway/210 West 50th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue) starting on November 7. Click here for tickets!

For more on Hot Mess be sure to visit http://www.hotmesstheplay.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more on Max follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more one Lucy follow her on Twitter!

1. What attracted you to Hot Mess?

Max Crumm: Initially, I was was attracted because of the premise of the show. The idea that I would be getting to play an LGBTG character that is normally under represented was extremely attractive! also...a job. ;)

Lucy DeVito: I love rom com's about imperfect people!

2. What do you each relate to most about your characters (Max, something other than the fact that you share the same name...haha)?

Max Crumm: I think I relate to "Max" in a lot of ways, but the most relatable thing I find in him is his ability to bounce back and forth between what he thinks and what others think. There is an inherent people pleaser in him that I scarily identity with.

Lucy DeVito: I relate to "Elanor's" struggle in defining who she is as a comedian. I'm always trying to reflect on my journey as an actor and re-examine how to express myself artistically.

Lucy DeVito and Max Crumm, Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel3. What is one characteristic of "Max" & "Elanor" you are both glad you don't possess yourself?

Max Crumm: I’m super glad that i don’t possess the ability to compartmentalize my emotions. I wear my heart on my sleeve, sometimes to a fault. But "Max" definitely knows how to navigate his & and others’ emotions so that there is no room to address them.

Lucy DeVito: "Elanor" has issues with her mom. I'm so thankful that's not like me...my mom is the best!

4. In this show, "Max" holds a secret that he is scared to share with "Elanor." What is one secret each of you have been holding on to, but are now ready to reveal?

Max Crumm: Nice try ;-)

Lucy DeVito: I have a sweet tooth and in times of severe laziness and desperation I will to run down to the bodega, in my sweatpants, buy a Kit Kat and eat it before I even get back to my couch.

5. There are so many kinds of relationships out there...monogamous, open, polyamorous, etc. What kind of relationship do you both seek out for yourselves? 

Max Crumm: I am an old fashioned Monogamous lover/relationship person. I’m too selfish to share anyone with anyone.

Lucy DeVito: I'm a monogamy gal.

Lucy DeVito and Max Crumm, Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel6. What are the top five things you look for in a relationship? What are your top five deal breakers?

Max Crumm:

Top Five Things: Sense of humor. YOU HAVE TO MAKE ME LAUGH, someone who makes time for me even if they are super busy, must love dogs, must believe in some sort of magic, MUST be a sexy hot hunk who loves me and only me endlessly forever and ever.

Deal Breakers: IF YOU CAN'T MAKE ME LAUGH, if you hate dogs...bye, if you don’t like cuddling...bye, if you can’t hold an intense conversation about cartoons...bye, if you’re an actor/singer and I think you have no talent and would have to eventually tell you my opinion or lie to you.

Lucy DeVito:

Top Things: Have a great sense of humor, be kind, be confident, be able to tolerate cats.

Deal Breaker: Voted for Trump.

7. What is one characteristic of yours someone would describe as being a "Hot Mess"?

Max Crumm: I sometimes decide to ignore tact to get my point across.

Lucy DeVito: I spill food on myself almost every meal.

Lucy DeVito and Max Crumm, Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel8. Since Lucy was in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, let's play with that title for a moment. When each of you are down, what is your go to place that "Is Always Sunny"?

Max Crumm: My bed!! 💗💗💗💗

Lucy DeVito: At the beach!

9. With Max being in the 2007 revival of Grease, let's learn about you both from two different songs. To keep things interesting, we'll go with songs Max did not sing. So, if each of you were to sing "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" & "There Are Worse Things I Could Do," who would you be imitating in the first song & what event would you be singing about in the latter?

Lucy DeVito: Max Crumm in the first song and making out with Max Crumm in the second song.

10. The tag line of the show is "Hot Mess: A Romantic Comedy That Goes Both Ways." Have you ever gone another way (in life) than you usually do?

Max Crumm: Why, yes... yes i have ;)

Lucy DeVito: Why? Who's interested? I'll think about it 😉

Max CrummMore on Max:

Max is currently starring in Legendale at the Human Race Theatre and starred in Beatsville at Asolo Repertory Theatre earlier this year. Last year, he originated the role of "Scott" in Disaster! on Broadway.  Max is represented by Headline Talent Agency and Vanguard Management Group. Broadway: Disaster! (Scott - The Nederlander), Grease (Danny - Brooks Atikinson). Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks ( Matt - Jerry Orbach Theater), Disaster! (Scott - St. Luke's Theatre), Brooklyn Crush {formerly: F#%king Up Everything} (Christian Mohammed Shwartzelberg - Elektra Theatre). Festival/Regional: Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil (Woody Harrelson, - NYMF 2017), Jersey Shoresical (The Situation,  - NY Fringe Festival). Beatsville (Walter Paisley - Asolo Rep.), Legendale (Andy - Human Race Theatre). Film: Easy A, Killing Diaz, & Echoboom.

Lucy DeVitoMore on Lucy:

Lucy DeVito was named in Backstage's second annual list of 30 actors "On the verge of career breakthroughs" in 2013. Originally from Los Angeles, after studying theater and graduating from Brown University, Lucy moved to New York City where she currently resides. She most recently starred in Curmudgeons, directed by Danny DeVito, which screened at The Tribeca Film Festival (as well as various international festivals) and was just released on Vimeo. She will next be seen in Taylor Hackford's film The Comedian, starring Robert DeNiro and Leslie Mann. Lucy starred opposite Tyler Labine (playing his love interest) for two seasons in the comedy Deadbeat (Hulu). She recurred on ALPHA HOUSE opposite John Goodman for Amazon and did an episode of Girls. She is known for her work in movies such as Leaves of Grass, alongside Edward Norton, Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me, Speech & Debate, A Quiet Little Marriage, Syrup, Beware The Gonzo and Just Add Water. Lucy has made appearances in the television shows Girls, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Melissa and Joey. Onstage, Lucy recently starred in Steel Magnolias opposite Elaine Hendrix, Patricia Richardson, Susan Sullivan and Jessica Walter, directed by Marsha Mason at The Buck's County Playhouse. Previously, she worked with Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron in the original readings of their play Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She performed the play many times in New York at the Westside Theater and in Los Angeles at the Geffen Playhouse. Other plays in which she's performed include In Quietness by Anna Moench, Stefanie Zadravec's The Electric Baby, Bruce Graham's Any Given MondayThe Diary of Anne Frank, in which she played "Anne," and The Miracle at Naplesby David Grimm. She's a member of The Ensemble Studio Theater and Morgan Gould & Friends.

Friday
Nov222013

Nicki French Audio Interview: Total Eclipse of the Heart + Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Nicki French as the "Wicked Queen" in Palace Theatre Newark's production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwafs"In my newest audio interview, "Call Me Adam," chats with award winning international recording artist Nicki French, one of Britain's top female singing exports with more than five million sales of her smash hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" since its release in January 1995. In recent years, Nicki has turned her attention back to acting and is currently starring as the "Wicked Queen" in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from December 5-31 at Palace Theatre Newark (United Kingdom). Click here for tickets!

For more on Nicki be sure to visit http://www.nickifrench.com!

Part 1: Nicki French on starring as the "Wicked Queen" in the Palace Theatre Newark's production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Part 2: Nicki French on her recording career including her smash hit dance version of "Total Eclipse of The Heart"

Part 3: Nicki French on life!

Nicki French, Photo Credit: Energise RecordsMore on Nicki:

Nicki was born in Carlisle, Cumbria. The first "gig" came at the age of seven, when Nicki was chosen to sing a solo - the first verse of 'O Little Town of Bethlehem’ at the Infants’ School Christmas Concert! From then on there was no turning back! A few years later she won the local talent contest, and within the year had joined her first band, Krisp, run by Tim and his friend Kelvin.

From the age of 16, Nicki studied Music and Drama at West Kent College in Tonbridge, Kent. At the annual college musical, she played the lead role of "Laurey" in Oklahoma!, earning rave reviews for her performance. She then moved up to London and started auditioning for bands and theatre shows.

Nicki started working the pubs and clubs, moving onto gay pubs and clubs a short while later – The Spread Eagle in Shoreditch was her first! However the most exciting show for Nicki was at the Player of the Season annual dinner/dance at Tottenham Hotspur FC – her team! They had just signed a new player and were introducing him to the fans – a player by the name of Paul Gascoigne, and Gazza and all the other players got up on stage with her to perform a couple of songs – a special moment.

Nicki had been working on the gay scene for some time, when she made one of her regular visits to perform in a club in Cardiff, which was also the fateful night she met a certain Mr John Springate, who was to have quite an influence on her career from then on! John and Nicki hit it off straight away, and started what was to become a long association with his recording studio.

In 1991 Nicki was booked as the leading lady in a series of revue shows on a cruise ship, touring Europe and beyond and covering shows such as Mack and Mabel, Oklahoma!, Paint Your Wagon, Calamity Jane, along with more general tributes to Stage and Screen.

Also in 1991, Nicki met Gavin, a trumpet player – they met on stage at the London Palladium, where they were both working in the band for the Irish songstress Rose-Marie! Eighteen months later they married in Nicki’s parish church in Tenterden, St Mildred’s.

Early in 1994 Nicki and John recorded a dance version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart." A few months later Mike Stock took it on, re-jigged it and made it into the massive worldwide hit it was – the first release, and success, of his new record company, Love This Records.

"Total Eclipse of the Heart," produced by Mike Stock and Matt Aitken, became the first big hit of 1995 by a new artist, reaching number five in the UK charts. It went to number two on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest placing in the UK by a UK artist since the 1980s, and spent six months in the chart there. It also reached number one in Australia, Japan, Brazil, Israel, Spain, Holland and Canada. To cap a great 1995, Nicki’s success continued at the annual Dance Music Authority Magazine Awards in the USA, where she was honoured to win all three awards she was nominated for - Best Female Vocalist, Single of the Year and Most Promising Newcomer. Nicki managed to achieve the often elusive international recording success, and in the summer of 1995 released her debut album, Secrets, which sold over 50,000 copies in its first week of sale in the USA. A second album, French Revolution, includes tracks co-written by Nicki.

In March 1996, Nicki embarked on her first visit to Brazil, totally unaware of the extent of her success in the South American territories, where no less than nine of her songs have been huge hits, particularly "Did You Ever Really Love Me?" (her personal favorite) and "Te Amo." She subsequently returned to tour there five times in 18 months.

In 1997 Nicki was approached by Jim Steinman, the original writer of "Total Eclipse of the Heart," and famous for his work with Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Cher and Barbra Streisand to name but a few! He had heard the French Revolution album, and wanted to work with Nicki. She then recorded a couple of tracks for his new record company, Ravenous.

Nicki French, Photo Credit: Energise RecordsNicki carried on doing live shows around the world, then in August 1999, had another call from John Springate – the song he had for her this time was entitled "Don’t Play That Song Again," written by John and Gerry Shephard (they were in the Glitter Band together back in the 1970s), and they were planning to enter it for Song for Europe – was she interested? John had never realized that Nicki was a HUGE fan of the Eurovision Song Contest – he does now! They recorded the track in two takes, and the song was put forward for selection. It then went through all the elimination rounds, and after the Radio 2 listeners voted it into the final four, Nicki ended up back in the Top of the Pops studio again, to perform the song live on BBC1. That was 20 February 2000 – a day she will remember forever. The song blasted the other entries into the water, and Nicki comfortably won the public’s vote – and support – thus fulfilling her childhood dream of representing her country at Eurovision in Stockholm, an experience she classes as ‘the most magical week of my life’. Although it didn’t win, the UK delegation did win one award – for Best Party during the week of rehearsals! Nicki’s popularity in Sweden since then is such that she was one of the headline acts at Stockholm Pride in 2001. In the Summer of 2003 she was invited to return and performed again – this time with her live band and singers.

Nicki French singing, Photo Credit: Tony WoofIn January 2003, Nicki was the only British artist to feature in an all-star line up for an ABC Television special in Los Angeles, The Disco Ball – a 30-Year Celebration, which was filmed at the Shrine Auditorium, home of the Oscars Ceremony, and included Gloria Gaynor, Whoopi Goldberg, KC & the Sunshine Band, Chic, Irene Cara, Usher, Village People…..The show has since been repeated on television around the world many times.

Nicki has taken part in many television programmes in her career, including Top of the Pops, GMTV, The Big Breakfast, MTV, FBi, The Cable TV Awards, After 5, Newsround, Esther, Nickelodeon, UK Living, Night Fever, BBC Breakfast and A Question of Pop. However the most recent programme Nicki took part in was The Weakest Link – Eurovision Special.

Total Eclipse of the Heart Music Video

For All We Know Music Video