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Call Answered: Facetime Interview with author Michael Colby, "The Algonquin Kid"

Live from The Algonquin Hotel in New York City, "Call Me Adam" chats with The Algonquin Kid himself, author Michael Colby, whose newly released autobiography, The Algonquin Kid, chronicles Michael's time growing up in The Algonquin Hotel, surrounded by some of Hollywood's, Music's, and Theatre's biggest names! From Marilyn Monroe to Agnes Moorehead to Lerner and Lowe who wrote "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady at the Algonquin, Michael tells it all, in this rich behind-the-scenes look at a life lived in one of New York City's most famous hotels! Click here to purchase The Algonquin Kid!

Come join Michael at the Historic National Arts Club in Gramercy Park (15 Gramercy Park South) on June 18 at 8pm as Michael reads passages from The Algonquin Kid and Broadway's Christine Pedi, Eric Michael Gillett, Jeff Keller, and Bethe Austin perform some songs made famous by Algonquin denizens! Proper attire is required (For men that means a suit and tie; for women that means evening wear). For reservations, call 212-475-3424!

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"Call Me Adam's" interview with "The Algonquin Kid" himself, Michael Colby, live from The Algonquin Hotel:

Michael ColbyMore on Michael:

Michael Colby is the librettist/lyricist of such musicals as CHARLOTTE SWEET (Drama Desk Award nomination), TALES OF TINSELTOWN, NORTH ATLANTIC (Show Business Award), SLAY IT WITH MUSIC (off-Broadway & London), MRS. McTHING, THEY CHOSE ME!, and LUDLOW LADD. He was chief writer for the Drama Desk Award-winning New Amsterdam Theatre Company, and has been a writer for The NY Festival of Song as well as the Theatre By the Blind.

He wrote continuity for two benefits at the 92nd Street Y: STANDING OVATIONS (starring Carol Channing, Nell Carter, Elaine Stritch, Leslie Uggams, and other great ladies of the theatre) and THE LONGEST RUNNING SHOW ON BROADWAY (a tribute to Maurice Levine, hosted by Angela Lansbury). He also wrote STEPHEN SCHWARTZ: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION, a benefit for the Directors Company, starring Betty Buckley, Paul Shaffer, Kathy Najimi, et al.

He created special material for ANIMAL CRACKERS (PaperMill Playhouse/Goodspeed), lyrics for MEESTER AMERIKA (The Garage Theatre, NJ) and THE HUMAN HEART (at Marymount Manhattan College), and the narration for THE MAYOR MUSICALS, a benefit for Musicals In Concert hosted by Sheldon Harnick. Among the personalities for whom Mr. Colby has written material are: Linda Lavin, Tony Randall, Tovah Feldshuh, Heather MacRae, Robert Cuccioli, Savion Glover, Dina Merrill, Susan Stroman, Michael Feinstein, Jack Gilford, Andrea Marcovicci, Kristin Chenoweth, Bruce Adler, Cliff Robertson, Lainie Kazan, Jane Powell, Eric Stoltz, Julie Wilson, Alison Fraser, Mary Cleere Haran, Donna McKechnie, & Cicely Tyson.

Movie credits include writing the title song for the film HEART OF THE BEHOLDER.

A member of BMI and the Dramatists Guild, he lives in Metuchen, NJ with his wife Andrea and son Steven.


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 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."!

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!


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 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 and tours the country doing master classes and performing his one-man show "DECONSTRUCTING BROADWAY."


Josh Rivedal Video Interview: The Gospel According To Josh

Josh Rivedal and Adam Rothenberg at Gossip Bar in NYCJosh Rivedal is an actor, playwright, and international public speaker.

From Gossip Bar (733 9th Avenue) in NYC's Hell's Kitchen, Call Me Adam recently sat down with Josh to catch up with him about his one-man show The Gospel According to Josh and his new book, The Gospel According To Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah, which is currently in pre-release (15% of proceeds will be donated to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), with wide release on September 24th.

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

Part 1: Josh on his one-man show/book The Gospel According To Josh

Part 2: Josh on his new life

More on Josh:

He wrote and developed the play, The Gospel According to Josh, which has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and opening Off-Broadway in New York City in May 2014. He wrote the libretto to a Spanish language Christmas musical Rescatando la Navidad, opening in Miami in November 2013. Josh has been published in Personal Branding Magazine.

As an actor, Josh has lent his voice numerous national television commercials, audiobooks, and animated projects including the role of Hippo in Scholastic’s Rabbit and Hippo In Three Short Tales, the narrator of Julianne Moore’s Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, and description for seeing impaired children for NBC’s Tree Fu Tom.

Josh has spoken professionally about suicide prevention and mental health awareness in more than twenty-five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. He serves on the board of the New York City chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


Arthur Bicknell: Moose Murders: Broadway's Biggest Flop Interview

Arthur Bicknell is the co-founding literary manager and resident playwright for the Homecoming Players in Ithaca, New York. Plays he’s written include Masterpieces and My Great Dead Sister. His recently published memoir, Moose Murdered, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Broadway Bomb, reveals all the sordid details about the original production of his career-halting moosterpiece. He sincerely thanks his long lost son, Steven Carl McCasland, for not only bringing the Moose back to town, but for allowing the playwright to actually be in on the joke, this time.

Arthur's flop, Moose Murders is now being revived in honor of the shows 30th Anniversary by The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective. Moose Murdres: Shamelessly Revised will play at the Connelly Theatre in NYC (220 East 4th Street between Avenue A & B) through February 10. Click here for tickets!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright? I was given a copy of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night when I was in high school. It felt like the first play I’d ever read, although I’m sure that couldn’t have been the case. I was devastated by it, in a very good way. I wanted to write about my family with such painful eloquence. Then came Arthur Kopit’s Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad: A Pseudoclassical Tragifarce in a Bastard French Tradition, Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, Lanford Wilson’s Lemon Sky, and just about every word written by Edward Albee. I tried to emulate all these writers, all at the same time. Voices, voices.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? This is an endless list. Does Fran Lebowitz ever work with others? If she does, she’s my top pick.

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's Artistic Director Steven Carl McCasland and Playwright Arthur Bicknell, Photo Credit: Samantha Mercado-Tudda3. The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective is reviving your show Moose Murders, which is known as the biggest flop in Broadway history. What was it like to have your show open and close in the same night after all the work you put into it? When and how did you find peace with the fact that it was going to be known as the biggest flop in Broadway history? There is no way I can answer these questions with quick wit or even unadorned brevity. Everybody dreams of overnight success. NOBODY dreams about overnight abject failure. Fortunately for all the fans of unadulterated schadenfreude, my cautionary memoir Moose Murdered, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Broadway Bomb is availble now. You can read all about my unique public humiliation process there. End of plug.

4. How did you find the strength to move forward and continue writing? I didn’t. I became a literary agent instead. I let other people do the writing for several years.

5. How did it feel when you found out this revival of Moose Murders was going to take place? The very first I knew of it was by watching the amazing video trailer created by Steven Carl McCasland, the artistic director of The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective and the director of Moose Murders, Shamelessly Revised. I knew I was in good, solidly twisted hands.

6. What made you want to revisit the script and make some changes to it for this revival? If I keep telling this story I’m going to see even fewer royalties, I suppose, but when I looked at the published version of the script, I was mortified. Apparently I’d lost my will to live by the time I received the galleys, and, along with egregious spelling and grammar errors, huge portions of the stage directions and dialogue were either messed up beyond recognition or entirely missing. Steven was being brave enough to revive it anyway, and I thought the least I could do would be to provide a little more…coherence. And maybe, you know, throw in a little plot, while I was at it…

7. You’ll soon be releasing your theatrical memoir Moose Murdered: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Broadway Bomb. What made you want to write this story of your experience? What made now the right time to do it? Are you kidding? It’s Moose Murders, for God’s sake. Everybody wants to know what was up with that. It may be messy, but we’ve got to stop the car and take a look at this collision! It was either write the book or perform my own whiney version of the Hill Cumorah Pageant, and I didn’t have nearly enough energy for that.

8. You are the co-founding literary manager and resident playwright for the Homecoming Players in Ithaca, New York. What has been the best part of this venture? Returning to my beautiful hometown of Ithaca and pursuing my love of theatre all over again! I hooked up with an old classmate, Rachel Hockett, at our 40th high school reunion, and we literally decided right then and there to abandon our boring, predictable, and terribly practical lives (on opposite coasts) and to move back to our own version of misty and mythological Brigadoon. Some people thought we were nuts. You’ve got to be a little crazy, I think, to follow your dream so unconditionally, especially when you’re over sixty, as we both are. We’re trying to significantly contribute to the conversation in our arts-rich Ithaca community, and specifically to explore the intersection of social justice with theater. We’re committed to developing and employing local actors, directors, writers, and technicians, and to establishing a welcoming and safe environment in which to rehearse and produce an eclectic mix of classic and new plays. End of mission statement. You can read all about us at

9. What have you learned about yourself from being a playwright? I’ve learned that no matter how scared I might be, no matter how badly I bully myself, or how miserably insecure I’m feeling at any given time, I can always turn it all around by putting all the dialogue I’d rather be listening to in other people’s mouths.

10. What's the best advice you've ever received? Get off Facebook.


Becca Battoe

Becca Battoe is a rising performer who has dazzled the world of dance, theatre, film, television, and voiceovers. Currently, Becca recorded the bestselling book "50 Shades of Grey," by E L James.

In addition to "50 Shades of Grey," Rebecca has recorded audiobooks for "50 Shades of Darker," "50 Shades of Freed," "It's Not The End of the World," "Losing Charlotte," amongst others.

Her film and television credits include NBC's "Scrubs," "Waupaca," "Midnight Scorpion," "Walk A Mile In My Pradas," "The War Within," "Misogyny," "Little Black Dress (& Heels)," "Spotlight," "Not Quite Hemingway," "Sing," "Belle," "Bagged," "Carpe PM," "Numb,"  "Invasion," "P.I. Squad," and pilots for "The Amazing Rocketman," "The Strippersons," and "Marsha Potter Gets A Life."

Becca has lit up the stage in "Cats" (Sierra Repertory Theatre), "Into the Woods" and "Cabaret" (The Corbett), "Little Women The Musical" (World Premiere, Y.E.S. Festival), and "The Nutcracker Suite" (Louisville Ballet).

For more on Becca be sure to visit and follow her on Twitter!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Ever since I can remember, all I’ve ever wanted to do was entertain people. My first memory of this feeling was going to the Circus, seeing the beautiful women hanging from the wires, and spinning through the air. The way I felt watching them, I knew I wanted to make other people feel that way, too. I remember seeing CATS when I was 9, and saying to myself THAT’S what I want to do!

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? This list is a LONG one! So many amazing actors in this town, and I’ve yet to scratch the surface. Meryl Streep is the epitome of fearless actor for me. I’d absolutely love to work with her. So many actors, and directors as well! Hello, Mr. Spielberg!?!

3. You have quite a diverse career between acting, dancing, and voice over work. What made you want to diversify your career in this way? I actually started out as a dancer, and got into acting and singing once I got to college. The voiceover gigs were a gift from the Universe. I didn’t think of voiceover as something that I aspired to do because I didn’t know much about it. I guess, like many little girls, I always imagined myself voicing a Disney princess someday, but I never knew the enormous possibility that exists in the voice-over community. I had no clue what a wonderful opportunity and fantastic time it would be to work in the audio book world! All in all, I love to entertain, so whatever form that opportunity arrives in, I always try my best to say yes!

4. You have recorded 15 audio books over your career. What made you want to get into recording audio books? What do you like most about voice over work? I was lucky enough to meet a director at Random House through a friend of mine, and soon after had the chance to audition for them myself. Before I knew it, the audio books were coming in, and I had myself a nice little career going! I absolutely love to read, and I’ve found that I’m quite good at telling stories. To have the good fortune of getting paid to do something you love is really incredible.

5. One of the audio books you have recorded is the widely successful "50 Shades of Grey." What excited you about getting this job? How does it feel to be "the voice" of this book? As an actor, I always pride myself on choosing projects that really challenge and scare me. This book did both. I had no idea what a spectacular phenomenon these books would become, and I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of it.

6. You have also had success between film/TV/theatre/dance. What do you get from your theatrical/dance endeavors that you do not get from your film/television work? Performing live in front of a crowd is really like no other feeling in the world. The audience is like another character in whatever you are working on. You can feel their energy, and it changes your performance from night to night. The thrill is unbelievable. It’s instant gratification that what you are doing is moving people in some way.

7. You have also starred on a few internet shows "P.I. Squared," "The Strippersons," and "The War Within." What made you want to work in this "new medium"? For me acting is fun. Any time I have the opportunity to play, I will play. Those web series were all a real blast to work on.

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I’ve learned to believe in myself no matter what. People will always try to knock you down, but you have to work hard and stay confident that what you are doing is enough.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? My late grandfather always used to say to me, "It seems like the harder I work, the luckier I get." Between hearing that quote and witnessing my mom work so hard to raise three girls while she worked full time and put herself through school to make a better life for us that I inherited my extreme work ethic. It’s so important to keep moving forward and to work as hard as you can in order to achieve success.

10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I would dream of my family and friends that have passed too soon. Spend time with them again like we used to. I’d love to meet myself as a child again, and listen to everything she has to say! I bet I’d learn a lot.


11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Rollerblading and boogie boarding at the beach!

12. Favorite way to stay in shape? I do a lot of yoga, and have recently gotten really in to kickboxing. When I know I need to tone up fast, I always hit up Barry’s Bootcamp for several days in a row.

13. Favorite skin care product? So many! I love Philosophy’s Miracle worker system, and I’ve been using Bliss Triple Oxygen line lately as well.

14. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? If I had a superpower, I would want the ability to understand and communicate in any language – human, animal, you name it. I think that ability would be priceless!