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Here's what I've enjoyed seeing or reading so far...hope you enjoy them as well!

      

 

Monday
Dec192016

Adam's Call: Andy Karl & Orfeh: Legally Bound at Feinstein's/54 Below: Night of Powerful Voices

What an incredible evening I had at Feinstein's/54 Below seeing Broadway couple Andy Karl & Orfeh performing their final night of their new show Legally Bound. It was an evening full of powerful voices, fun stories, & great songs!

Andy & Orfeh's duet of One Direction's "History" was terrific as well as Prince's "Kiss!" Their voices blend so well togehter, really complimenting each other's strengths. Andy's cover of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," truly got me into the holiday spirit, while Orfeh's version of "Baby Please Come Home" was just one of many songs that brought the house down! Her rendition of Whitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" raised the roof twice over! A real treat was getting to hear Andy sing "Keep on Standing" from Broadway's Rocky & "Seeing You" from the Broadway-bound new muscial Groundhog Day

Andy Karl and Orfeh at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Keith PriceIn addition to Orfeh & Andy, we were treated to their special guests Jeremy Kushnier (Broadway's Jesus Christ Superstar) & Katie Rose Clarke (from Broadway's Wicked). Katie wowed the crowd to "Margartia Christmas," a really fun, original song she co-wrote with Steven Jamail. What a great voice she has! Jeremy delighted the audience with a rockin' hit from Neil Diamond's Christmas album. Always great to hear Jeremy sing!

I could go on & on with what I devoured over each song, but instead I'll leave you with this...I hope Orfeh & Andy continue to perform together! It's an evening I'll always remember!!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Sunday
Dec182016

Adam's Call: The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright": A Starry Night

Will Nunziata, Liz Callaway, Anthony Nunziata, and Ann Hampton Callaway at The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright" at Carnegie Hall, Photo Credit: Mary Ann LoPintoAnthony Nunziata, Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, Will Nunziata at The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright" at Carnegie HallThe holiday season is in full swing! From the decorations throughout the city to Christmas music on every radio station to seasonal shows being performed, I'm loving this time of year! What makes it even more special is getting once again to attend The New York Pops annual holiday concert at Carnegie Hall. This year's concert was entitled Make The Season Bright and featured Tony nominees Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway along with recording artists Will & Anthony Nunziata, conducted by maestro Steven Reineke, and backed by The New York Pops/Essential Voices USA. This family affair was a spectacular evening!

The show brought a smile to my face as these talented singers raised the roof time and time again! From solo numbers to duets to quartet's, everyone sounded great, singing their faces off! Liz Callaway delighted the audience by singing two songs from the hit Disney film (and Broadway-bound) Anastasia. She sang "Once Upon a December" and "Journey To The Past." I love these songs so much! It was great hearing Liz's beautiful voice bring these songs to life. She definitely left a chill running down my spine with the eloquence of her vocals. Ann Hampton Callaway rendered us speechless with her solo numbers "Winter Wonderland," one of all-time favorite Christmas songs and "Yes, Virginia," (written by William Schermerhorn/Wesley Whatley, with arrangements by Steven Reineke), a beautiful song inspired by the famous Christmas folklore "Is There A Santa Claus." William and Wesley wrote a haunting song of this story, while Steven's arrangements matched Ann's voice perfectly! 

Ann Hampton & Liz Callaway at The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright" at Carnegie HallBackstage at The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright" with Will Nunziata, Liz Callaway, Steven Reineke, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Anthony NunziataIn 1993, Liz and Ann recorded a duet of "Silent Night/Mary Did You Know?" for Liz's Christmas album, Merry & Bright. Well, we sure were in for a treat on this magical night because they performed this song live! What a moment in time this was...two accomplished artists singing together backed by one of the world's greatest orchestras! They really transported me to another place and time...and I'm pretty sure it was right to heaven!

Rounding out the concert was one of my favorite entertainers, the Nunziata brothers, who were making their Carnegie Hall debut! Will & Anthony gave the audience what they love...their talent, humor, and glorious voices. Will enchanted us with "The Christmas Song," another personal favorite of mine, while Anthony got us excited to be with our loved ones during his rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas." The best part of their time on stage was getting to hear Will & Anthony sing their ORIGINAL holiday tune, "The Gift Is You." A beautifully heartfelt song about their mother's love. I don't think there was dry eye in the house after hearing this song.

Will Nunziata, Liz Callaway, Anthony Nunziata, and Ann Hampton Callaway at The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright" at Carnegie HallWill Nunziata, Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Anthony Nunziata at The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright" at Carnegie HallThis concert had so many high notes (both literally and figuratively), but the highest one of all had to be when Liz, Ann, Will, Anthony, The New York Pops, and Essential Voices USA performed a newly arranged version (by the one and only Steven Reineke) of "Go Tell It On The Mountain." This song really brought the house down making everyone joyous and festive!

I had such a remarkable time at Make The Season Bright that I can't wait for next year's concert!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment! 

Monday
Dec052016

Adam's Call: The Bodyguard: The Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse: I Wanna Run To You

Deborah Cox, Judson Mills, and the cast of "The Bodyguard" at Paper Mill Playhouse, Photo Credit: Matthew MurphyThe Bodyguard: The Musical, featuring the music of Whitney Houston, currently playing at Paper Mill Playhouse, starts off with a bang and it keeps going until the very end! The Bodyguard: The Musical has found a way to make itself its own entity, while keeping all our favorite moments from the Oscar-nominated film that starred Whitney Houston & Kevin Costner.

Deborah Cox has found a way to fill the shoes of Whitney Houston in both acting and song. Seeing her in The Bodyguard: The Musical has easily solidified her as one of my favorite performers! Deborah Cox IS "Rachel Marron." She emodies "Rachel." She has made "Rachel" her own. Deborah belts out the hits of Whitney Houston effortlessly! She has put her own spin on these songs, making them sound new, yet mainting the thing that made them all Whitney.

Judson Mills as "Frank Farmer" and Deborah Cox as "Rachel Marron" in "The Bodyguard" at Paper Mill Playhouse, Photo Credit; Matthew MurphyDeborah Cox in "The Bodyguard" at Paper Mill Playhouse, Photo Credit; Matthew MurphyJudson Mills did a great job as "Frank Farmer," played by Kevin Costner in the film. His tough man attitude made me want to hire him as my own personal bodyguard. He had great chemistry with Deborah Cox as well as the rest of the cast.

Playing "Rachel's" sister "Nicki Marron" is actress Jasmin Richardson. When Jasmin is on stage, you are paying attention! She's a great actress and has powerhouse vocals that raise the roof like you wouldn't believe! Jasmin is also Deborah's understudy and after seeing her tonight, it makes me want to go back one night when she is on for Deborah to see how she performs the role.

Keeping us on the edge of our seats and wondering when he will strike is Jorge Paniagua as "The Stalker." He was perfectly cast in this role as he definitely instilled fear within me & the audience. Just to prove what a killer job he did, at the curtain call, he got a few boos because his character is so unliked.

Deborah Cox as "Rachel Marron" in "The Bodyguard" at Paper Mill Playhouse, Photo Credit: Matthew MurphyJudson Mills and Deborah Cox in "The Bodyguard" at Paper Mill Playhouse, Photo Credit: Matthew MurphyThe rest of the cast did a wonderful job. Charles Gray was perfectly cast as "Rachel's" manager "Bill Devaney." Douglas Baldeo, who has quite the singing voice, played "Rachel's" son "Fletcher" at this performance. Alex Corrado, who played "Tony Scibelli," "Rachel's" existing bodyguard, was practically the spitting image of Mike Star who played "Tony" in the film. From his looks to his manerismas, I kept having to do a double take. Jonathan Hadley was quite charming as "Rachel's" press rep "Sy Spector."

Deborah Cox in "The Bodyguard" at Paper Mill Playhouse, Photo Credit: Matthew MurphyDeborah Cox and the cast of "The Bodyguard" at Paper Mill Playhouse, Photo Credit: Matthew MurphyLet's hear it for this ensemble! What a talented group of dancers! From flips to dips, they kept the energy up, especially during "I'm Every Woman" and at the curtian call! I have to give a personal shout out to my Barry's Bootcamp trainer Bradford Rahmlow, who really made me want to "dance with somebody," while his chiseled physique made me want to workout harder.

The Bodyguard: The Musical gave me "One Moment In Time" I will remember forever! Like Deborah sings in Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," "So I'll go, but I know, I'll think of you, each step, of the way, I will always love you!"

The Bodygaurd: The Musical plays at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ through January 1, 2017. Click here for tickets!

If you missed my press interviews with the cast, click here to watch!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Saturday
Oct082016

Adam's Call: Michael Longoria's "Broadway Brick by Brick" celebration at Joe's Pub

Michael Longoria knocked me out unconscious at Joe's Pub a few weeks ago while celebrating the release of his CD Broadway Brick by Brick. I 've known of Michael's powerhouse voice for well over 10 years, especially after seeing him in Broadway's Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys, but on this particular night, I was reminded of just how talented Michael Longoria is. Michel literally has a vocal range like no other! The sound that comes out of his mouth is unreal! He could sing the phone book and I would be mesmerized.

But it wasn't only the way Michael sang the songs off of Broadway Brick by Brick that captured my attention, it was also the stories behind the songs. Michael has had quite the ride getting to where he is. From humble beginnings in CA to coming to NYC at 17 with not much more than his suitcases to having a guardian angel help him attend NYU Tisch to finding success on Broadway and now with The Midtown Men.

Michael Longoria, Photo Credit: Kevin AlveyMichael Longoria performing at Joe's Pub, Photo Credit: Magda KatzEach song on Broadway Brick by Brick represents a time in Michael's life. While there are some songs I just love for the way Michael sings them like "Being Alive" and "The Sound of Music" or "Corner of the Sky," I now love certain songs more for the stories behind them such as "Maria," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "The Impossible Dream," and "Thank You For The Music." "Maria," was the first song Michael heard that made him go, "I want to be an actor." It was that song that propelled him to do whatever it took to make it, even if it meant leaving his family, much to their dismay, and moving to NYC at age 17 to pursue his dream. "The Impossible Dream" was the song Michael used to describe his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical Hairspray and how that moment solidified all his doubts and worries about making it on Broadway. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," which Michael performed in Jersey Boys was probably the most emotional story for me as it was the moment his dad came to see him in Jersey Boys and finally understood why Michael needed to leave home and go after his dream. It was a thrill for Michael to see his dad shouting his name from the audience. "Thank You For The Music" was the second most wonderful story because that song was dedicated to Michael's NYU teacher, who was like a guardian angel, helping him get into Tisch, studying, graduating, and encouraging him all the way to keep going after his dreams! 

Call Me Adam and Michael LongoriaMichael Longoria performing at Joe's Pub, Photo Credit: Magda KatzThere was not a moment in the show where the word "Wow" did not come out of my mouth. Each song was more impressive than the one before it. Michael has a true gift and how lucky are we that he is sharing it with the world not only through touring with The Midtown Men, but through this incredible album. He is such a dynamic performer I didn't want the concert to end!

Broadway Brick by Brick showcases Michael's talents perfectly! It capitalizes his strong vocal range, highlights his soulful voice, and captures his love for Broadway! I definitely recommend picking up a copy of Michael Longoria's Broadway Brick by Brick via Amazon or iTunes, but the next time Michael is performing live, I suggest you get your ticket sooner rather than later!

If you missed my interview with Michael about Broadway Brick by Brick you can read it here!

For more on Michael be sure to visit http://www.michaellongoria.com and follow him on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Friday
Oct072016

Adam's Call: Amy Marcs' "Nice T!ts": Heart, Laughter, and Barbie Dolls!

Amy Marcs in "Nice T!ts", Photo Credit: Colleen SturtevantAmy Marcs' Nice T!ts at The PIT Loft in NYC has it all...heart, laughter, and Barbie dolls! I never thought a show about one's journey with breast cancer would make me laugh, cry, and then laugh even more, but that's just what Nice T!ts did. Amy took one of life's lowest blows and came back swinging her way to champion! Amy has created a show that everyone can relate to. 

In just one-hour's time, Amy took us through every step of her breast cancer, from the day of diagnosis all the way through her double mastectomy and beyond. She took us to support groups, doctors offices, Toys 'R' Us, and even to bed. She left no detail out. What made this show so awesome was the way Amy infused her brand of comedy throughout the really tough moments. One minute I was getting emotional during her surgery and the next moment I was rolling with laughter as Amy cracks a joke about how she was feeling the following day.

Amy Marcs, Photo Credit: Juan Felipe RangelAmy Marcs in "Nice T!ts", Photo Credit: Colleen SturtevantAmy painted the grim picture of breast cancer perfectly, while infusing a rainbow of colors from her genius performance skills. It's like Amy mentioned in our interview together, she was able to make light of her breast cancer pretty quickly because she is a performer and I have to say, she's a damn good one!

My favorite part of Nice T!ts was a whole montage and interaction with Barbie. Amy brilliantly used Barbie as a symbol for what she was going through when preparing for her double mastectomy. The writing, the use of video, and the way Amy interacted with Barbie was all spot on. It was so interesting to hear the comparisons between Barbie and the process a woman goes through while getting ready for a double mastectomy. 

Nice T!ts never diminishes the seriousness of breast cancer, it just finds a way to make it a little easier to digest.

Amy Marcs, Photo Credit: Cassidy HornAmy Marcs in "Nice T!ts", Photo Credit: Colleen SturtevantWritten and performed by Amy Marcs with direction by Peter Michael Marino, Nice T!ts has just 3 performances left. I highly encourage you to go see this show! Nobody wants to talk about cancer, so why not be entertained by it!

Nice T!ts will play at The PIT Loft (154 West 29th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenue) Sunday, 10/16 at 4pm, Monday, 10/24 at 8pm, and Thursday, 10/27 at 8pm. Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Amy Marcs, you can read it here!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!