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Thursday
Nov202014

Call Answered: Behind-The-Scenes Rehearsal Facetime Interview with Anthony Nunziata for 54 Below solo debut

"Call Me Adam" went behind-the-scenes with recording artist Anthony Nunziata as he prepares for his debut solo concert at 54 Below in NYC. Anthony let us into his rehearsal studio, where he and musical director Tedd Firth, were busy at work preparing for this big night.

Anthony will be making his solo concert debut at 54 Below on Friday, November 28 at 9:30pm with Tedd Firth - Piano/Musical Director/Arranger, Tom Hubbard - Bass, and Sherrie Maricle - Drums. Click here for tickets!

For more on Anthony be sure to visit http://www.anthonynunziata.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter!

Behind-The-Scenes Facetime video interview with Anthony Nunziata and Tedd Firth:

Monday
Nov102014

Call Answered: Facetime Interview with the cast of Signal Failure Spencer Cowan and Sasha Ellen

"Call Me Adam" went behind-the-scenes of the SoHo Playhouse in NYC to speak with the cast of Signal Failure, Sasha Ellen (who also wrote the play) and Spencer Cowan (from PBS' Downton Abbey). Signal Failure tells the story of a girl and (kind-of) stalker guys’ journey through life, love and the London Underground, until a newspaper column brings them together! Signal Failure plays at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street) in NYC through November 16. Click here for tickets!

For more on Signal Failure follow the show on Facebook and on Twitter follow Spencer Cowan @actspencercowan and Sasha Ellen @SashaKEllen!

Interview with Spencer Cowan and Sasha Ellen:

Monday
Nov032014

Call Answered: Markus Potter: Stalking The Bogeyman

Markus Potter"Call Me Adam" chats with adaptor and director Markus Potter about his new play Stalking The Bogeyman, about the real-life story of David Holthouse's secret pursuit of justice for a crime hidden for 25 years. Stalking The Bogeyman plays at New World Stages in NYC (340 West 50th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) through November 9. Click here for tickets!

For more on Markus be sure to visit http://www.markuspotter.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

1. You have adapted the script and are directing the new Off-Broadway show Stalking the Bogeyman at New World Stages based upon the real-life story of David Holthouse's secret pursuit of justice for a crime hidden for 25 years. What was it about this story that made you want to adapt it for the stage? When I heard this story, its raw truth cut me to the core. It was so powerful and beautiful and inspiring. I knew right away that this thrilling story about healing needed to reach more people.

2. Why did you want to direct the show in addition to adapting the script? My intent from the beginning was to DIRECT the play. I was in negotiations with some big writers to adapt the story but the roadblock was the agent. I had to wait months to get a response, and when negotiations were going nowhere, I started to blueprint the structure as a directorial exercise. I sat down with Shane Zeigler, Shane Stokes and Santino Fontana, and six months later, when negotiations with agents were going nowhere, I realized that we actually had the beginnings of a play. And with David Holthouse’s extraordinary skill as a storyteller and writer himself, everything was already there. We simply expanded what Holthouse had already created.

Markus Potter and David Holthouse, Photo Credit: David Gordon3. What was it like to work with David to bring his story to life in this manner? There are not many people in this world that I respect more than Holthouse. Brilliant mind, brilliant writer, brilliant storyteller.  Our collaboration has been incredible since the moment we first spoke.

His notes/thoughts/ideas were always spot on. People come and go in your life and always leave impressions. Not only do I respect David for his honesty and bravery in putting his story out there like this, but when I think of his talent, the only word I feel that does him justice is "brilliant." He is a great collaborator and courageous man. Happy to say he has become a trusted friend.

4. What have you enjoyed most about working with this cast? One of the strongest casts in NYC. They are truthful, grounded, vulnerable, and settle for nothing less than the immediacy of every moment. Truly a tremendous cast that makes my job easy.

Roderick Hill in "Stalking The Bogeyman"5. What do you identify most with about the story? Secrets, Fear, Shame, Family, Parenthood, Communication, Hope.

6. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Stalking The Bogeyman? Catharsis.  Courage. Inspiration. I hope that audiences leave this play feeling inspired to confront the darkness inside of them. I want people to feel hopeful and that you can change course at any moment.

7. Since this show is about the dangers of vengeance, the power of forgiveness, and the strength of family, what has happened in your life that you've forgiven someone for? I’m not very good at forgiveness. I still have fantasies of hurting an old bully in high school that would torture the weakest kids in our school. I’m not sure if I hate him or hate myself more for not speaking up. Not sure if I can forgive, but when I remind myself that he was just a scared and damaged boy who was desperate to feel a sense of power and control and self worth, I’m able to let it go to some extent.

Scene from "Stalking The Bogeyman"8. What's the best advice you've ever received? Don’t trust your gut. It’s pretty hard to decipher the gut from the heart from the cerebral cortex.

9. How do you want to be remembered? Committed father, good husband, and a great director that brought important stories to the world.

10. With the announcement that Stalking The Bogeyman is closing November 9, what is next for the show? I plan to direct the play next year in L.A., and we are in conversations with many regional theatre’s across the country. Stalking the Bogeyman has also been optioned as a feature film…more info to come.  Also some London talk, TBD…

BONUS QUESTIONS:

Roderick Hill in "Stalking The Bogeyman"

11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose?Eternal patience. I have very little of it. Occasionally it’s a good thing, many times it is not.

12. If you could be any original flavor Life Saver, which one would you be? Orange, to match our show poster.

13. Favorite way to stay in shape? Racing after my 4 year old son Tennessee and 2 year old Juliet.

14. Boxers or Briefs? Whatever my wife gives me for my birthday.

Markus PotterMore on Markus:

Markus Potter is the founder and producing artistic director of NewYorkRep. 
Directing and producing credits include Stalking the Bogeyman (North Carolina Stage Company), The Velocity of Autumn by Eric Coble (Broadway-St. James), Black Wizard/Blue Wizard by Dave Malloy and Eliza Bent (Incubator Arts), Why You Beasting (Best of FringeNYC – transferred to the Players theatre off-Broadway).

As an actor: The Guthrie Theatre, Long Wharf, Denver Center, ACT, Berkeley Rep, tour of Death of a Salesman with Christopher Lloyd, Cherry Lane, Cal Shakes, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Studio Theatre DC, Great Lakes Theatre Festival and many more.

Thursday
Oct302014

Call Redialed: Seth Rudetsky: Seth's Broadway Diary

"Call Me Adam" caught up with Broadway's Seth Rudetsky to talk about his new book Seth's Broadway Diary, published by Dress Circle Publishing. A one of a kind Broadway journal, Seth's Broadway Diary chronicles Seth's unique life on and around the Great White Way. Click here to purchase your copy!

For more on Seth be sure to visit http://www.sethtv.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter!

1. On October 22, you launched your 4th book, Seth's Broadway Diary, a one of a kind Broadway journal chronicling your unique life on and around the Great White Way. What made now the right time to release this book? My A.D.D. plus harrasment. For years I've been talking about getting my Playbill columns published. Basically since I started writing them in 2007. My A.D.D. prevented me from actually doing anything about it. Finally, my husband harrassed me and commandeered my old assistant Joey Monda to send out samples. Joey sent one to Dress Circle Publishing and I got a book deal!

2. What excites you most about this release? I love seeing all these really hilarious stories and interviews in one book instead of tracking them down online. I love the kind of book that you can open and read something fun. Even though this book is in chronological order, you can open it up to any page and get a great story about Sutton Foster, me missing a flight to rehearse with Betty Buckley or some amazing inside scoop about Donna McKechnie and the original cast of A CHORUS LINE.

Seth Rudetsky and Matthew Broderick at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch Party3. What was it like to go back through your life on and around Broadway to write this book? How did you narrow down what you wanted to include in the book? This is literally the columns I published. I only added sassy 2014 side comments (in a different font) when I went through it to edit. For instance, I wrote about seeing the show 13 and I added that the cast featured a then-unknown Ariana Grande!

4. While you were writing this book, did you come across any events that you wish you had done differently? I wish I didn't call James my boyfriend in every column. I mean, he was my boyfriend at the time, but every time I mentioned him I reiterated it in case I had new readers. A few months after I began writing the columns, I interviewed Nathan Lane and he told me he had HAD IT with me writing "my boyfriend James" every month. "WE GET IT ALREADY! IS JAMES YOUR FIRST BOYFRIEND!?!?!"

Kelli O'Hara and Seth Rudetsky at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch Party5. What advice would you give your younger self that you didn't know then, but do now? Stop eating cereal late at night. Cardio stops working after age 39.

6. What did you learn about yourself from writing this book? I've done a lot of things I've forgotten about!!! I was reading about an interview I did with Barbara Cook to promote her upcoming concert with Audra McDonald that benefitted the Obama reelection campaign. I wished I had seen the concert. Then I read the following column where I wrote about how great the concert was!

7. What do you hope readers come away with after reading this book? So many fun stories about Broadway they can tell their friends! "Did you know Chita Rivera kicked herself in the head every night at the end of "America" because she's so flexible?" "Did you know Betty Buckley's agent prevented her from getting the role of "Catherine" in PIPPIN because he wanted his other client (Jill Clayburgh) to get the gig?" "Did you know Andrea McArdle hid 64 easter eggs on the set of LES MIZ and they only found 58? And it wound up breaking the barricade?"

Jackie Hoffman, Seth Rudetsky, and Alysha Umphress at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch Party8. What was the most emotional event you came across while writing this book? What was the happiest event? The most emotional was reading about Loretta Sable Ayres audition for SOUTH PACIFIC and how she almost didn't go because she thought they'd be mean to her like the judges on AMERICAN IDOL. Her husband talked her into going...she got the part...and a Tony nomination!

The happiest is reading about all these amazing Broadway people I've worshipped that I got to hang out with. My inner 14-year-old's childhood dream!

9. Of the celebrities you write about in your book, did any of them have an issue with you telling any of these behind-the-scenes antics or was everyone okay with it? Bebe Neuwirth once said "Seth has an ability to make you reveal things you never thought you'd say in public." So...no!

Seth Rudetsky and Jennifer Ashley Tepper at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch Party10. What do you like about being an author that you don't get from doing your live interviews on Sirius XM or at Seth's Broadway Chatterbox? Sometimes people don't know how to build a story when they tell me and when I write it, I can give the details for maximum emphasis. Example...Rebecca Luker told me they didn't want to see her for MUSIC MAN. She asked her agent to get her an audition as a courtesy. The powers-that-be finally agreed but let it be known that she was not what they were looking for. Rebecca went to the audition knowing they didn't want to see her or cast her (so nervewracking!), but she got a callback, the role and a Tony nomination! When I asked Rebecca in person "How did you get MUSIC MAN?" she said "I auditioned." Wowza. I had to get her to tell the story in increments for the full effect!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could be any original flavor Life Saver, which one would you be? The flavor Red whatever that is.

12. How do you want to be remembered? For loving art/music/comedy and spreading that love around!

Seth Rudetsky at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch PartyMore on Seth:

Seth is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s ON BROADWAY as well as the host of SETH SPEAKS on Sirius/XM Stars. As a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including RAGTIME, LES MIZ and PHANTOM. He was the Artistic Producer/Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts including DREAMGIRLS with Audra MacDonald (recorded on Nonesuch Records) and HAIR with Jennifer Hudson (recorded on Ghostlight Records, Grammy Nomination). In 2007 he made his Broadway acting debut playing Sheldon (singing “Magic to Do” in a devastating unitard) in THE RITZ directed by Joe Mantello for The Roundabout Theater. Off-Broadway he wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed RHAPSODY IN SETH (directed by Peter Flynn) at the Actors Playhouse and has also appeared on TV on LAW AND ORDER C.I. and had a recurring role on ALL MY CHILDREN. As an author, he penned the non-fiction Q GUIDE TO BROADWAY, the novel BROADWAY NIGHTS and the recently published MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN (Random House). BROADWAY NIGHTS is available on Audible.com starring Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin and Jonathan Groff and MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ana Gasteyer and Megan Hiltly. Seth played himself on Kathy Griffin; My Life on the D-List, was the vocal coach on MTV’s LEGALLYLONDE reality show and starred opposite Sutton Foster in THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG for the Actors Fund. Recently, he co-wrote and starred in DISASTER! (which the NY TIMES called a "triumph"), and he currently writes a weekly column on Playbill.com and tours the country doing master classes and performing his one-man show "DECONSTRUCTING BROADWAY."

Tuesday
Oct142014

Call Answered: David A. Gill: Providence the Play

David A. Gill"Call Me Adam" chats with actor and playwright David A. Gill about his new show Providence playing at the Roy Arias Stage IV in NYC (300 West 43rd Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) through October 26. Providence is about a group of misfit travelers who find themselves in the wrong place at the right time. Through their confrontations, secrets are revealed, discoveries made, and destinations altered forever. Providence takes a compassionate yet wildly funny look at love, guilt, betrayal, nonsense, and finding your nature, and teaches us that Salvation isn't a place you can arrive by bus. Click here for tickets!

For more on Providence be sure to visit http://www.providencetheplay.com and follow the show on Facebook!

1. From October 9-26, your show, Providence will be playing at the Roy Arias Stage IV theatre in NYC. What excites you about this upcoming run? The whole theater experience excites me, but most of all the actors do! They have such a great creative energy, and I am so happy to be working with them.

2. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? I think the sense that we should never take people at face value, that there is almost always an underlying cause to their behavior, a story that’s hidden away, and that is guiding their actions.

Cast of "Providence" Geri-Nikole Love, Nick Adamson, Joel T Bauer, Todd Butera, and Carla Briscoe, Photo Credit: Pepe Pombo Photography3. What has been the best part about watching this cast bring your work to life even more? For me, it’s that they get it, that they are making all the connections I intended, and then some. They truly are a collection of smart, sensitive, instinctive, and unique talents, and they deserve to be seen – they are magical.

4. Out of all the bus stations in the world, why did you choose to set the show in Providence, RI? What is your connection to the city? I summered on Cape Cod every summer of my life till I was in my mid-Twenties, and traveling to and from, it became apparent that Providence is The Hub of that area. Wherever you’re going, you inevitably have to stop in Providence before heading back out towards your destination. The name is also pretty apt.

Nico Allen, Carla Briscoe, and Joel T Bauer in "Providence", Photo Credit: Pepe Pombo Photography5. Since Providence centers around a group of stranded travelers and them ultimately finding salvation, when in your life have you felt stranded and how have you found salvation? When have I not? I think the journey is spotted with periods of feeling stranded, at many different levels of emotional weight, but I think these are the times we learn most about ourselves, and our resilience as human beings. We are adaptive creatures, so when we learn to adapt we grow. So think of being "stranded" as a forced holding pattern for rumination, decision making, and ultimately moving on.

6. What is your favorite part of the creative process in putting a show together? I do love the readings. I do a lot of workshop readings with different sized audiences, where I listen for what works and what doesn't work, and then go back to fine-tuning the piece. It helps to get the voices out of your own head, and into someone else’s voice, to see whether or not the language is true.

Nico Allen, Nick Adamson, and Geri-Nikole Love in "Providence", Photo Credit: Pepe Pombo Photography7. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright? It would have to be my father who instilled a love of the written word, as well a passion for the theater and film, in me at a pretty early age (whenever I came home from college, he would have a stack of The New York Times Arts & Leisure sections set aside for me). My favorite films are the old ones from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s where the dialogue is so important – things people said, and the way they said them, were integral. Second, as an actor, I know and understand the stage instinctually – it’s always been the place I’ve felt most at home, so it was the natural evolution for me.

8. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Anyone who knows me could answer this question for you. Angela Lansbury. It’s not a joke – look at her career in film, theater, television! There is a reason she is one of the most highly regarded actresses of hers or any other generation. I could go on and on…I do! See the play!

David A. Gill9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Trust your instincts.

10. What have you learned about yourself from being a playwright? Oh Lord – a lot! They say you should always write from experience, and that is absolutely true, but while doing so, you tend to drudge up past issues and emotions you thought you’d buried away. Then you analyze them to death in order to find something worth sharing, and all that can be a rough ride. What I’ve learned through my writing is to finally deal with these issues, put them in a place of understanding (either comically or dramatically, but hopefully in a unique and interesting way), and eventually find closure.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? To breathe under water. Is that a super power? I’ve always had a fondness for Aquaman.

12. If you could be any original Life Saver flavor, which one would you be? Lime. Love me some lime.

13. How do you want to be remembered? Besides all the fantasy stuff about Tony Awards, and Pulitzer Prizes, I think I would like to be remembered as that playwright who made people laugh out loud, and then cry on a turn; who made people think more profoundly about their own lives, and who really understood the emotional fabric that life is made of. Oh, and a good person.

David A. GillMore on David:

David is the author of California (one act), and has just completed his second full length play, Experimenting with Katz, which is currently being submitted to various play festivals and theater groups. He is also the co-author of two television pilots with Tony Nation, both of which are being represented by Bohemia Group. As an actor he was last seen on the Gray Wig stage at Hofstra University as "Bobby" in Company, and before that as "Will Parker" in Oklahoma!, and has numerous other local and regional productions to his credit. He originated the title role in the Chicago production of Jeffrey (Transient Theater), as well as "Arthur" in Love, Valour, Compassion (Victory Gardens), and can be heard on the original cast recording of Fairy Tales by Eric Lane Barnes.