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Entries in Actress (24)

Sunday
Feb052017

Adam's Call: Marta Sanders: Follow Me: Epitome of Cabaret

Everyone needs to see Marta Sanders' latest cabaret show Follow Me at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC, co-directed by Mark Nadler & Debra Zalkind, with musical direction by John McMahon! Marta is the epitome of what it means to be a cabaret performer--keeping the audience entertained with her stellar voice and hilarious stories. The evening flew by just like a plane taking off for it's next destination. 

Marta took us around the world on a trip of her life. What a life she has lead! From a young girl in Spain to a grown woman conquering NYC, Marta has seen and lived it all. Marta is a performer and one of NYC's top tour guides. It was wonderful watching them come together in this show. 

Marta Sanders at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Photo Credit: Lou MontesanoHer set list was terrific! She opened with a great medley consisting of "Follow Me" by Lerner/Lowe, seguing into "Gotta Move" by Peter Matz, which slipped into "Gypsy In My Soul" by Clay Boland/Moe Jaffe. The moment Marta sang her first note, there was no other option, but to follow her on this journey. Marta effortlessly commanded our attention with her talent, humor, and booming personality!

I also loved two songs she sang about her husband, Gordon, "Falling In To You" by Jason Robert Brown and "Two For The Road" by Henry Mancini. Both songs illustrated the deep love they have for each other. Marta also performed her signature song "Warsaw" by John Wallowitch. While "Warsaw" is an emotional song, Marta found a way through costume and action, to add some humor to the song. Her funniest song came with "Hunk On The Bus," a song written for Marta by her former collaborator Michael Greer. This was a real fun song about a hunk a woman notices during her travels and the secret desires she has for him. This song had everyone roaring with laugther.

In addition to all the songs, Marta's stories added to the already enjoyable evening! Marta is a great story-teller! She really made me feel like I was there with her in every moment she was talking about. Marta can be touching one moment and cracking a joke the next minute. She kept me on my toes the whole time.

Marta Sanders at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Photo Credit: Lou MontesanoMarta Sanders at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Photo Credit: Lou MontesanoThe best treat of the night was Marta's encore song "I'm Still Here" by Stephen Sondheim. I feel this song is Marta's anthem. She's still here performing and giving tours because Marta is the best! Her vocal power is unreal, her comedic timing is spot-on, and her patter is entertaining!

With just 3 shows left, February 11, 16, & 25 at 7pm, I highly encourage you to get tickets for Marta Sanders Follow Me at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street) because Marta is one performer you'll want to follow for years to come! Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Marta about Follow Me, click here to read it! 

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

Thursday
Jan122017

Adam's Call: Tracie Thoms: Feinstein's/54 Below: Everybody Loves a Winner!

What an incredible night seeing Tracie Thoms make her Feinstein's/54 Below debut! She was on fire! From her opening number to her numerous standing ovations & super special surprise guest, Tony Award winner Billy Porter (who was also the show's director). The evening was everything I wanted & more!

Tracie took us on a journey of love...from meeting a potential mate to dating to the struggles of a relationship to realizing it's time to move on to learning you are enough, the theme of the evening couldn't come at a more perfect time. I related to it all!

Tracie Thoms and Call Me Adam at Feinstein's/54 BelowThis was my first time seeing Tracie perform her cabaret act and I'm already excited for a new one! Tracie is a great singer, performer, and entertainer. She really gets the crowd going. From her powerhouse vocals to her patter to her energy. She engages everyone right from the get go.

Some highlights of the show were Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," John Legend's "Ordinary People," Blood, Sweat, and Tears' "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know," "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret, and the pumping "Ain't Nobody" by Rufus & Chaka Khan. With every song, Tracie hit all the right notes along with my heartstrings. She got us moving, clapping, and feeling emotional.

Tracie Thoms at Feinstein's/54 BelowMy top two favorite numbers were Tracie's cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," which she really made her own, singing a version I have never heard before. I hope Tracie considers releasing this as a single. I also loved the ORIGINAL song Jeremy Schonfeld wrote for Tracie called "Falling Apart." What a beautiful song about the ending of a relationship. Let me say, Tracie knows how to sing with emotion!!

As the show is going along, Tracie announces that it was time to introduce a very special guest. And all of a sudden she introduces Tony Award winner Billy Porter! I have not heard Billy sing since seeing him in Broadway's Kinky Boots. It was great getting to hear Billy perform a song from his forthcoming album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers (Billy puts a soulful spin on the songs of composer Richard Rodgers). Billy delighted us with a brand new interpretion of "Edelweiss," (from The Sound of Music, just as an aside, this was the last song Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote together). Billy's version was out of this world and I'm beyond excited for this new album, which is slated for release in April. If that wasn't enough, Billy stayed on stage and sang Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," getting everyone involved. Not only did Billy go out into the audience, but some other special guests joined in the fun including Altar Boyz alum, Ryan Duncan, and Tracie's Falsettos castmate, Anthony Rosenthal, who played "Jason." 

Tracie Thoms and Billy Porter at Feinstein's/54 BelowIf all of this wasn't enough the evening wrapped up with a very special encore..."Seasons of Love" from Rent. It was the perfect ending to a spectacular night of love, talent, and music! Thank you Tracie for sharing your talents with us and for reminding us that no matter what happens with love, we have to love ourselves first and remember we are enough! I can't wait to see what you do next!!

There's one more chance to catch Tracie's show, this Saturday, January 14 at 7pm! Feinstein's/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street (between Broadway & 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

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!

Thursday
May122016

Adam's Call: Latrice Royale: Here's To Life: Celebration of Love, Life, and Second Chances

Latrice Royale's one woman show Here's To Life, which is currently enjoying a return engagement at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC is definitely one of the best "one person" shows I have ever seen! What makes Latrice's show so different from other drag shows is that Here's To Life is Latrice's true life story, not based upon a persona. She tells her true life story, taking the audience from birth to today.

Latrice does not hold back in this show. She talks about everything from her triumphs to her hardships to her revelations of what she has learned along the way. I have seen a lot of drag shows in my time and while other performers take a dark humor route, Latrice speaks the truth. She's telling a very real story, one with a lot of hurt, but also filled with love, life, and second chances. 

Born in Compton, CA, Latrice was the youngest of five boys. Like she says in the show,"By the time I was born, they've must have run out of testosterone because I came out and was like Hi world!" Growing up gay in Compton was no easy task. But those trying times lead Latrice on her path to where she is today, traveling around the world entertaining and educating people about celebrating who you are! 

Latrice RoyaleWhile there is so much in this show I want to talk about, I dont' want to give anything away (aside from the joke I already mentioned) because this is one show you have to see! Latrice's performance and show reminded me to always be proud of who I am and what I have accomplished at each given moment.

Most of all, Latrice's show inspired me to keep working towards the change I have been striving for. She says, "You're in control of your destiny and only you can decide how you want to rewrite the script." Those words rang deep with in me and I'm going to keep them by my side as a reminder to keep going, even when I'm not sure where it's all going, and when things start going in a direction I don't want them to be going, I'm going to rewrite, rewrite, rewrite!

Latrice RoyaleI hope everyone reading this piece will rewrite their destiny and go see Latrice Royale's Here's To Life at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue, inside the West Bank Cafe). Here's To Life plays through Sunday, May 15! Click here for tickets!

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

Saturday
Dec122015

Adam's Call: Melissa Errico: Sing The Silence at Joe's Pub: Back, Better Than Ever

Melissa ErricoLast month I had the pleasure of going to see Melissa Errico's concert Sing The Silence at Joe's Pub which focused Melissa's journey of getting to sing again after she suddenly lost her voice during the run of Classic Stage Company's production of Passion. Melissa had to withdraw from that production and be on complete vocal rest for 100 days, meaning no singing and no talking whatsoever!

Well, the days of Melissa Errico being silent are very over! She is back and better than ever! I was amazed at how powerful her voice was. She belted stronger and louder than she ever has! I asked her after the show if she felt her voice was stronger than before she lost it and she said, "Yes, absolutely." 

Melissa Errico in "Sing The Silence" at Joe's Pub in NYCWhile the focus of the show was on her 100 days of silence, it was actually more of a biopic piece chronicling her life. She started off the show with some family background moving towards her birth then to her childhood, Broadway, and ultimately losing her voice. Melissa's journey was heavily influenced by her grandmother and great-grandmother as well as her mom's aspirations to be a singer. Some might say, she was destined for the stage. There was a lot I could identify with in Melissa's show, especially her time growing up on Long Island and having Broadway just a car or train ride away. I learned a lot about Melissa's life and her desire to be a performer. She worked hard at it and did whatever it took to get to where she wanted to be. She was going strong and then bam, without warning, one night on stage, she lost her voice. The emotional journey from there to getting her voice back was quite a long road. It was frightening at times to think Melissa Errico would never sing again, but thankfully, that was not the case! Melissa's voice is back, stronger than before!

Melissa Errico in "Sing The Silence" at Joe's Pub in NYCMy favorite musical moments in the show were "How Lovely To Be A Woman" from Bye Bye Birdie, "The Colors of My Life" from Barnum, "People's Parties" by Joni Mitchell, "This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush, "Happiness" from Passion, "Sing The Silence" by Adam Gopnik and Scott Frankel, "Silent Partner" by Patricia Barber, and "Blackbird" by The Beatles. Melissa sounded great throughout the whole show, but these were the songs that have really stuck with me and the ones I felt really drove the story of her journey home!

It did take quite a while to get to the point where Melissa lost her voice and as this piece moves forwards in development, I hope she will re-examine it to see how she can get to that point quicker. I loved learning about her family history and her childhood, but I think that is most of what could be more condensed. As a fan of hers, I want learn about what got her to where she is today, but I want more of the Broadway chatter and then getting to the actual part that made headlines for days when Melissa lost her voice. I think with those cuts, the show would be tighter, stronger, and move more seamlessly.

Melissa Errico in "Sing The Silence" at Joe's Pub in NYCI am thrilled Melissa is no longer "singing the silence" and that everyone can once again hear her powerfully soulful voice! I can't wait to see what is next for Melissa and the growth of Sing The Silence because Melissa will be silent no more!

If you missed my interview with Melissa about this show, click here to read it!

For more on Melissa be sure to visit http://melissaerrico.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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