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Tuesday
May052015

Call Redialed: 54 Below Interview with Lane Bradbury: Let Me Entertain You, Again

"Call Me Adam" catches up with actress Lane Bradbury! This time around we talk about the advancement of her one woman show Let Me Entertain You, Again which will be at 54 Below on Friday, May 8 at 7pm. Let Me Entertain You, Again is a highly personal tour of how Lane went from being an Atlanta Debutante to a performer on "The Great White Way" during the Golden Age of Broadway. Click here for tickets!

1. You are bringing your show Let Me Entertain You, Again to 54 Below on May 8. What are you looking forward to most about performing at 54 Below? 54 Below is a very romantic as well as an elegant environment to perform in. Just being in the room puts the audience in the mood to be entertained and have a fun evening. The stage is very welcoming to a performer because the audience is very close, and contact with them is easy.

Lane Bradbury in a previous production of "Let Me Entertain You, Again"2. What makes 54 Below the perfect venue for this engagement of the show? I first did Sondheim Unplugged last September and that is when I felt that Let Me Entertain You, Again would be a perfect venue for the show. There is a lot of Sondheim in Let Me Entertain You, Again because it tells of my adventures and misadventures in Gypsy. I could just see it and feel in being performed at 54 Below.

3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Let Me Entertain You, Again? I would like the audience to have a fun filled evening, as well as being moved and to re-experience or experience for the first time, through the story of Let Me Entertain You, Again, how New York and Broadway and life was in the 1950s.

4. Let Me Entertain You, Again was written by Doug DeVita and directed by your daughter Elkin Antoniou, with musical direction by Joe Goodrich. What has been the best part about working with everyone? You know, I talk about those three incredible people in the show. It has been such a miraculous journey. I would rather you come and learn about them through the story and me on stage.

Lane Bradbury and Elkin Antoniou in a previous production of "Let Me Entertain You, Again"5. How do you feel your relationship with your daughter has grown from working together? My respect for Elkin as a producer, director, choreographer, writing consultant is beyond superlative words. In one of the many versions I had a line that said, "Lou Antonio and I produced Elkin and now she is producing me." I will just say this, she is capable of producing miracles with whom ever and what ever she puts her hand to.

6. You originally performed this show two years ago at Abingdon Theatre. How do you feel you and the show has grown in these past two years? I feel like it is like a good wine. It has developed it’s taste with time.

7. You were the original "Dainty June" in Broadway's Gypsy which starred Ethel Merman as "Mama Rose." What are some stories you can tell about Ethel that are NOT in Let Me Entertain You, Again? We tell it all in the show, I’m afraid.

8. What do you still want to do that you haven't done yet? I want to work with Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. I want them to write a musical about "Diana" in Next to Normal after she leaves her home and cast me as "Diana."

Lane Bradbury "Let Me Entertain You, Again"9. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? Oh goodness, I just like "Pino Grigio" . . . Actually, I can think of a name "Goliath," which was the name of my Friesian Stallion . . . so it would be a big potent drink, but someone else will have to come up with the ingredients.

10. How do you want to be remembered? What a hard question. What do you want a book? I care about "at risk children," I care about the homeless, I care about turning our tragedies into some kind of a miracles that makes this world a better place to live in.

Lane BradburyMore on Lane:

Lane began dancing at age five with Dorothy Alexander, founder of the Atlanta Ballet, and was made a member of the company at age twelve. By age 17, she auditioned for the Actor’s Studio in New York. She was admitted, and at that time she was the youngest actor ever to achieve the honor of becoming a lifetime member. After seeing her work at the Actor’s Studio, Elia Kazan cast her in the Broadway play, JB. She then went on to originate the roles of "Dainty June" opposite Ethel Merman in Gypsy, "Charlotte Goodall" in Night of the Iguana, and "Mick" in June Havoc’s Marathon 33. She has appeared in such films as Alice Doesn’t Live Here AnymoreHawaiiThe Barony, and Consenting Adults. She has had guest starring roles in many Movies of Week including: Maybe I’ll Come Home in the SpringDial Hot LineA Real American Hero, and To Dance With the White Dog. She has also appeared in over 40 series including such classics as GunsmokeIn the Heat of the NightKung FuThe Rockford FilesThe Partridge Family, Walking TallSerpicoThe WaltonsPolice StoryMcCloudThe Mod Squad, and The Streets of San Franscisco. Lane is now the artistic director of Valkyrie Theatre of Dance Drama & Film, a non-profit organization that utilizes the arts to bring hope, healing and identity to "at risk" children and teenagers.

Tuesday
Apr212015

Call Answered: Pearce Bunting: Theatre Exile's: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Plays & Players Theater in Philadelphia PA

"Call Me Adam" chats with Boardwalk Empire's Pearce Bunting about starring in Theatre Exile's production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf through May 17 at Plays and Players Theater in Philadelphia, PA (1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19147). Click here for tickets!

1. From April 16-May 17, you will be starring in Theatre Exile's production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. What made you want be part of this production? It all makes total sense to me. Besides being one of the greatest American plays ever written, the role of "George" is one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever read. I say "read" because I’ve never seen a production on stage. I’ve seen the movie, which is brilliant, but the play is a much, much bigger. Joe Canuso, our director, started talking about it a few years ago and I sensed it was coming - an inevitability as "George" would say - and I don’t think I was ready for it until now. Needless to say, Joe and I have been working on passion projects for years together, and this one is the mother lode of all passion projects. Virginia Woolf is taking all of us into areas of character and thought that none of us have explored before - at times it seemed impossible to me - and that’s exactly the kind of work I want to be doing.

Pearce Bunting as "George" and Catharine Slusar as "Martha" in Theatre Exile's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", Photo Credit: Robert Hakalski2. What do you identify most with about "George" and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Among other things, the regret of not following some of my dreams all the way through; of getting stuck and making excuses and trying to bury the self-loathing of it under layers of craftiness and boozed up, drugged up, justification. Then looking back, resigned and defeated, at these things that I still carry with me. I’ve been sober for 23 years but I still regret some things.

Also, the very thin line between reality and illusion. The games we play with ourselves and our partners; distracting entertainments that slowly, over time, build walls around us. And wondering if there’s a way to blow the whole thing to bits and start again.

3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing this production? I hope they feel as if they’re really going through this night with "George" and "Martha" and "Nick" and "Honey" - that they’re there in the living room with us…and then, looking back, after they’ve been through a few months of therapy, that they find there is hope at the end of the play.

Cast of Theater Exile's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf": Back Row: Pearce Bunting, Catharine Slusar, Front Row: Jake Blouch and Emilie Krause, Photo Credit: Robert Hakalski4. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is one of the most well-known plays of all time. What will you be bringing to this production that hasn't been brought before? Having not seen it performed before, I hope we bring fearlessness.

5. You are playing, "George," opposite Catharine Slusar's "Martha." You both have previously starred in Theatre Exile's Barrymore Nominated production of Annapurna. What excites you about reuniting with Catharine? What do you like best about working with her? Catharine and I have very different ways of working. I tend to pull out all my bombs from the very beginning and destroy everything in sight, whereas she slowly inhabits a role, little by little. We do meet in the middle eventually. We have. We get to the point where we start to explore inner space together. What I love most about her is her truth, her stubbornness, her fear and her overcoming of her fear, and in this process, her belching.

Pearce Bunting as "George" and Catharine Slusar as "Martha" in Theatre Exile's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", Photo Credit: Robert Hakalski6. What made you want come back to star in another production at Theatre Exile? What do you enjoy most about working with this theatre company? We have an agreement - Theatre Exile keeps asking me and I’ll keep coming back. It’s as simple as that. They don’t do easy plays. They’re not afraid. And everyone who works there has a huge heart and a wicked sense of humor. We do it for the profound joy of it - I mean, nobody’s getting rich at Theatre Exile.

7. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? In the beginning, I just wanted attention. Then I did it because it felt like where I belonged. Then I seriously started to do it because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. Then I saw Angela Lansbury and George Hearn do Sweeney Todd and I knew that I HAD to do it. At last my arm was complete!

8. What's the best advice you've ever received? The threat of an explosion is more interesting than the explosion. (I’m still working on that one)

Pearce Bunting9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I’m capable of great things if I can get out of my own way. That I’m smarter than I think I am. That I’m dumber than I think I am. That I have a lot left to learn.

10. You had a recurring role on HBO's Boardwalk Empire as "Bill McCoy." What was the best part about being part of this hit show? The lunch menu - are you kidding me?

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? The ability to see myself the way people who love me see me.

12. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? "Monkey Nipples" - scotch, bitters, a small lemon rind and a drop of honey.

13. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Giulietta Masina, teaching me Italian, making me dinner, flirting with me.

Pearce BuntingMore on Pearce:

From television to film to theatre, Pearce Bunting has acted in every medium. His television credits include recurring roles on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, CBS' As The World Turns with guest starring roles on Law & Order: SVU, Homicide: Life on the Streets, and Young Americans. Pearce has lit up the big screen in The Descendent, Something's Happening to Robin Stark, and Smoke and Mirrors.

On Broadway graced the Great White Way in Mamma Mia as "Bill Austin." He also played this role on the National Tour. His regional credits include A Behanding in SPokane, As You Like It, Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Grapes of Wrath, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Tempest. Pearce has performed in The International Theatre Festival at San Antonio and Plzen, Czech Republic as well as Vienna's English Theatre, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He's a graduate of Yale School of Drama and the recipient of The Oliver B. Thorndike Award in Acting.

Monday
Apr132015

Call Answered: Marilyn Maye: 54 Below: "Her Way, A Salute to Frank Sinatra"

Photo Credit: Kevin Alvey"Call Me Adam" chats with one of our country's national treasures, "Super Singer" (as hailed by former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson) Marilyn Maye about her upcoming show at 54 Below entitled Her Way, A Salute to Frank Sinatra from April 17-30 including a very special afternoon performance on Saturday, April 18 at 2pm, "A Saturday Brunch for the Swinging Bunch." Click here for tickets!

For more on Marilyn be sure to visit http://www.marilynmaye.com and follow her on Facebook!

1. From April 17-30 you are returning to 54 Below with an all new show entitled Her Way, A Salute to Frank Sinatra. What are you looking forward to most about performing this show? It's the Great American Songbook and every song he did was a classic. I believe in that too. All his songs are story songs, vignettes, they're all wonderful stories within themselves and that's the kind of delivery I like to do. Some of the songs are going to be songs they've heard me do before, like the Cole Porter/Johnny Mercer songs, but there are quite a few they haven't heard. Many of his signature songs I wouldn't do until now, now that he's only with us in spirit.

I did this show the year Frank Sinatra passed away in several theatres around the US and it was a two-hour presentation. Now, because there are so many great songs in the show, the challenge is to cut the show down to an hour to do it at the clubs.

Marilyn Maye, Photo Credit: Kevin Alvey2. Out of all the legendary singers out there, what made you want to do a tribute to Frank Sinatra? The main reason, this is the centennial of his birth. As you may know, Adam, the great radio entrepreneur, Dick Robinson, presented me the first "Legend" Award from the Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. I’m singing the great material Sinatra sang and recorded - - - the standards that will always live on if we, singers, continue to sing them for the genuine music lovers. Many of his songs are right for me to sing now because they talk about the autumn of his years and I'm in the autumn of my years, so they are appropriate for me to do. Also, I'm not a Sinatra sound-a-like and I don't think there can be anybody that sounds like Sinatra, so I think it's appropriate to do it from my point of view, you see, the show is called "Her Way" (laughs).

3. How did his career influence you? There were a great many coincidences between the two of us. He entered many amateur contests when he was little and won them and so did I. He worked with bands. I worked with local big bands when I was in my teens. There are a lot of similarities between our careers because I too am of that era, he's older than I, but it was my era when I started working and he was prevalent in that time when I was singing in my teens on radio shows. I'm sure I'll be singing many of those songs at 54 Below that I sang in my teens, like the Johnny Mercer and Cole Porter as I mentioned earlier, but I'll also be singing Gershwin as well.

Marilyn Maye celebrating her birthday4. What do you hope audiences come away with after coming to see this show? I always hope they are entertained. I work TO them and not FOR them. I hope they have a wonderful, happy evening. The joy this time is that on three of the eight nights the show is running we are celebrating some very special birthdays.

The first birthday we are celebrating is Josh Prince (Broadway choreographer and 2015 Olivier Award Nominee) on April 20th. Josh is celebrating his 40th birthday with 40 of his friends who have worked on such Broadway shows as BeautifulWicked, ChicagoAnnieShrekThe ProducersOn The TownMovin' Out, and The Full Monty to name a few. Josh's fiancé, Michael Novak, a principle dancer with The Paul Taylor Dance Company will be at his side to toast the milestone, along with other members of the company who are also close friends. Josh's long-time representative, Mark Sendroff, will be raising a glass as will his agent at WME, Michael Finkle. Entertainment lawyer and Broadway producer, Doug Nevin, restaurateur Robert Guarino, and Broadway director, Marc Bruni, will also be in attendance. In Josh's letter to me he said, he has been a big fan of mine for years and can't wait to ring in the next decade with me and 40 of his nearest and dearest.

The next birthday we are celebrating is Dino Cataldi who is bringing 51 people from Philadelphia for my April 23rd show. Dino is a cancer survivor and he is now not only celebrating his 59th Birthday, but also celebrating the fact he’s discovered he’s cancer free. He purchased 51 tickets because he wanted to bring all the people who stood by him during his medical trial and tribulations. He told me that, mostly, he’s looking forward to seeing the expressions on the faces of those he loves, who have never witnessed the Marvelous Marilyn Maye!

Rebecca Seawright, the first female Assembly Woman representing the Upper East Side, is celebrating her birthday on April 24th (I performed at her recent inauguration). She is bringing 14 people to 54 Below.

Finally, we are, of course, celebrating my birthday, which I celebrate the whole month of April! So, every night with me will be a party!

Marilyn Maye at 54 Below 20135. What do you enjoy most about performing at 54 Below? It's a great room. The sight lines are wonderful. The sound is excellent. It's really a genuine nightclub and very comfortable for me - - - I grew up singing in nightclubs.

6. You started singing when you were just 7 years old. What singers inspired you growing up? Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Mel Tormé, Jack Jones, and Jo Stafford.

7. When you think back over your career, what are a few of the highlights you are most proud of? What was the toughest time for you? Oh wow, that's a very tough question. I've lived so long and worked so long, I've worked all my life. It's so hard to say, but the difficult times were more in my personal life, with my husbands, my three alcoholic husbands, yet they were a joy, too. One of them was a great dancer and we owned a dance studio together for nine years. I worked very hard in that studio. I taught in the vocal department and he taught the dancing.  He was a terrific dancer, but an alcoholic. My third husband was a genius pianist and we worked so beautifully on stage, but off stage it was very, very tough. It was very hard because he was such an alcoholic. He was kind of Jekyll & Hyde. He was a wonderful guy when he was sober, but not so nice when he was drinking. Those were my hard times.

These years are my happiest, especially my last nine years in New York. All the people in New York are really the entertainment lovers and they "get it." This year I worked November at Iridium, January at The Metropolitan Room, February at Birdland. Last week I performed in Palm Springs at a private party honoring my friend, Bob Mackie. It’s been a busy, wonderful time in my life...all kinds of different shows and the audiences have been so responsive. It's really been a joy. And now we have eight days at 54 Below.

I've been getting a lot of Lifetime Achievement Awards - last March, the most recent came from the Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs. In May, the Gem Theater, located in the Jazz District of Kansas City, will be presenting me another Lifetime Achievement Award. I, usually, always tell them, "Wait a minute, I'm not finished yet. There's still a lot more to do."

Marilyn Maye teaching her Master Class, Photo Credit: Kevin Alvey8. This actually leads into my next question. What haven't you done yet that you would like to? I would love to do my symphony concert at Carnegie Hall. That would be a really big moment. Beyond that, my fantasy world would be working with "The Muppets." I'd love to have performed a show with them.

I'm very fortunate to be teaching now, doing my Master Classes, and designing shows for other very talented people. That has been a great addition and very rewarding to my life.

9. What made you want to start teaching Master Classes? Many people suggested it, but one friend was most insistent and the more I thought about it, the more I saw that this was a good time in my life to share what I've learned through 80 years of working.

10. What have you learned from your students that you teach in your Master Classes? ?I've learned singing is the greatest therapy when you have a deep passion for it. Those who have a deep passion and really really work at it are the ones who succeed. It's always very rewarding to me when I see that I’ve made a difference.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

Marilyn Maye at Iridium 201411. What's the best advice you've ever received? I worked a great deal in Vegas with the great comedian Shecky Greene. He said to me many years ago, "Marilyn, you try to make your work too perfect. You're too slick. Make a mistake now and then. Show people you're human." And now making a mistake is no problem at all (laughs).

12. What would surprise people about Marilyn Maye? Oh, most people know everything about me. I'm not a closed book or very mysterious. I do have a lot of theories. One is "Flexibility is the key to fun and life." My other motto is "Ever Onward" in all areas. I’m an Aires, I always just forge ahead. My philosophy is "keep moving."

13. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I would like to have the super power to have only beautiful music always and for people to concentrate on that instead of what's happening in the world.

Marilyn Maye14. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I’d call it the "Maye-Time Martini." That’s an apple martini with just with a little more Triple Sec in it.

15. When you were growing up and started performing, did you always feel you'd achieve the success you have? What is it like to look back to being a little girl in Topeka, Kansas, to now being helmed as one our country's most legendary performers? Well, I'm not sure I'm being honored that way. I would be thrilled if that were really true. From your mouth, to God's ear. But it's thrilling in New York that I can walk down the street and be recognized. The show biz friends I've made have been so supportive and fill my life with happy times and purpose.

I've really just worked all my life and not focused on stardom. I focused on work and the quality of work. The main thing is to entertain. The audience is the most important. I always tell my students, "The audience is the star. You're not the star. The audience is the star. You work to them and hope they walk out having had a good time."

16. How do you want to be remembered? Lovingly (laughs).

Marilyn MayeMore on Marilyn:

Marilyn Maye is a cultural and musical treasure. Her entire life has been committed to the art of song and performance. After working as a professional singing performer since she was 15 years old, she was "discovered" by Steve Allen during her eleven-year engagement at the Colony in Kansas City. He presented her many times on his national television show. From those appearances came an RCA recording contract. She has appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the record for a singer. Perhaps the simplest Marilyn Maye accolade came after one of her show-stopping appearances on the show, turning to his audience of millions, Johnny Carson said, "And that, young singers, is the way it’s done."

Her place in popular music history was assured when The Arts Council of The Smithsonian Institution included her RCA recording of, "Too Late Now" to include in their significant album of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century.

Ms. Maye has seven albums recorded on the RCA label and 34 singles include the first hit recordings of "Cabaret" and "Step to the Rear." She recorded "Step to The Rear" as the national commercial theme for Lincoln Mercury. Her album of great ballads, The Lamp Is Low, arranged and conducted by Peter Matz, is considered a classic. Her Take Five is noted as 'timeless' by jazz reviewers.

Following her October 2nd, 2014, most successful Kansas City Symphony concert she performed a five day engagement at the famed Crazy Coqs in London. She was received with rave reviews and full houses.

Her recent, September, 2014, five-day-run at New York’s most prestigious jazz room, Birdland, lead to another week’s engagement at Birdland from February, 10th through 14th, 2015.

To celebrate the beginning of 2015, Ms. Maye and her trio appeared at New York’s Metropolitan Room on New Year’s Eve (her fourth consecutive New Year’s eve there) and continued through January 10th.

Marilyn Maye at The Metropolitan Room 2015, Photo Credit: Kevin AlveyIn March, 2013, she completed a two-week run with added Held-Over performances at the prestigious New York nightclub – 54 BELOW. Quote Stephen Holden, New York Times "She has more voice and stamina than most singers half her age. Her voice is full and rich and perfectly in tune, and she displays a voluptuous enjoyment of singing. She is a symbol of resilience." May, 2014, she presented her "Tribute to Johnny Carson" show to sold-out crowds each night. In June her held-over nights were performed to standing-room-only audiences.

Her many symphony concert appearances around the United States include; Philly Pops, Peter Nero conducting, Phoenix Symphony, Doc Severinsen conducting, Florida Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Des Moines Symphony and other orchestras. The Carnegie Hall appearance with the New York Pops honoring Stephen Sondheim was reviewed as follows: "And speaking of star power, it was the lady billed as Special Guest of the evening who brought along the biggest keg of drama dynamite, the performer who got the biggest hand; she was sent out to take a rare second bow. She had the audience at her feet and then on its feet with their standing ovation." In 2013 Ms. Maye made her 2nd appearance at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra and received that same standing-ovation reaction when she sang the tribute to the composer, Frank Loesser.

Marilyn Maye at Joe's Pub 2014, Photo Credit: Kevin AlveyMs. Maye’s 65 engagements, in the last nine years, at various venues in New York include multiple-night runs at the Metropolitan Room, the jazz venue, Birdland, five two-week runs at Feinstein’s Loews Regency Hotel, New York’s Town Hall, the 92nd Street Y Theater, 54 Below, New York Symphony Space, The Appel Room at Lincoln Performing Arts Center, last month at the Iridium and for the last ten years at Rose Hall on the Mabel Mercer Convention. Her engagements throughout the country include Hollywood’s jazz club - Catalinas, The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, the Kingsborough College, Brooklyn, NY, the Regent Seven Seas World Cruise, San Francisco’s Razz Room, West Coast Jazz Party, Dakota’s in Minneapolis, The Sheldon Theater, St. Louis, Gem Theater and the jazz room, Jardine’s in Kansas City, the Art House, Provincetown, The McCallum Theater, Palm Springs and many others. For the past 58 years she’s appeared at the beautiful lake resort, The Inn at Lake Okoboji.

Maye’s starring roles in theater include Can Can, Follies, Mame and Hello, Dolly.  Maye recorded the album, Marilyn Maye Sings All Of Hello, Dolly, with liner notes by composer, Jerry Herman, which was released as a CD.

Marilyn’s recordings on compact disc include, Rapport, The Singing Side of Life, Maye Sings Ray (Charles), and Super Singer.

In The Wall Street Journal last year, Will Friedwald wrote, "When going to hear Marilyn Maye, you’ll find on one side of the room are the Broadway and cabaret people, who tend to like their singing big and theatrical, with a lot of drama and stage presence. On the other side is the jazz crowd, who want everything hip and cool and understated. Ms. Maye is the only pop-song diva working today who can satisfy both crowds at once."

Stephen Holden, New York Times, wrote "As Marilyn Maye threaded her way from the stage through a packed house of cheering admirers at the end of Friday’s opening-night performance of Mercer, The Maye Way, I overheard comparisons to Judy Garland’s 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall. You can sense a similar electric connection between singer and audience."

Cabaret Scenes magazine recently noted, "She’s reached the pinnacle of icon status....Ms. Maye casts a unique spell on the young." And Opera News raved "No entertainer gives you more in terms of great music, great theater, and great comedy."

Marilyne Maye, Photo Credit: Kevin AlveyMs. Maye conducts her master classes "The Art Of Performance" in New York, Los Angeles, Florida, St. Louis, San Francisco and Kansas City. She also, coaches privately, sharing the techniques and the experiences of her lifelong career. When she creates and directs acts for other singers she receives raves in their reviews.

Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal, reviewed singer, Gabrielle Stravelli, "Her current show starts in a manner reminiscent of her director-mentor, the brilliant Marilyn Maye, with a fast, swinging jazz waltz medley, which proves that it's no sin to learn from the best."

Rex Reed, New York Observer, reviewed one of her performances, "Her show is not to be missed…….It’s a master class in singing conducted by a polished pro who majored in "unforgettable." She makes you think of forgotten words like "craft" and she handles a room like a political candidate."

Wednesday
Apr082015

Call Answered: "Underland" Facetime Interview with "Orange is the New Black's" Annie Golden

Annie Golden"Call Me Adam" went to the set of the new Off-Broadway play Underland at 59E59 Theaters to chat with Orange is the New Black's Annie Golden about starring in this new Australian play by Alexandra Collier and directed by Mia Rovegno. Underland plays at 59E59 Theaters Theater B (59th East 59th Street, between Park Avenue and Madison) through April 25! Click here for tickets!

Underland is a new Australian play that cracks open the desert to reveal mythic beasts, Chekhovian love triangles and big sky blues, while giving the finger to everything you thought you know about "Down Under" from Fosters' commercials.

For more on Annie follow her on Facebook!

Part 1: Annie Golden talks Underland with "Call Me Adam":

Part 2: "Call Me Adam" talks with Annie Golden about Orange is the New Black, Super Powers, and Being Remembered:

Annie GoldenMore on Annie:

Annie considers herself the illegitimate child of the legitimate theatre, having been discovered on the Bowery fronting a rock band and cast by Milos Forman as "Jeannie" in Hair, the 1978 film. Some Broadway credits include: XanaduThe Full MontyAh! Wilderness. Also was Sondheim’s original "Squeaky Fromme" in Assassins (Playwrights Horizons). Numerous Film/TV credits in Netflix's Orange is the New Black.

Tuesday
Apr072015

Call Answered: 54 Below interview with Joshua Warr: "Love & Warr"

Joshua Warr"Call Me Adam" chats with MAC nominee Joshua Warr about his upcoming 54 Below show on Friday, April 10 at 9:30pm entitled Love & Warr. Click here for tickets!

Love & Warr is a candid, irreverent and entertaining evening sharing his thoughts on a certain 4-Letter Word. Joshua uses songs from Broadway (Aida), standards (Rodgers & Hart), pop (The Jackson 5, Diane Warren) and rock (Pink) to uncover "The Truth About Love" with passion, wit and humor. The show features a special "surprise" duet with Stormy Weatherz, Joshua’s inseparably close friend and confidant. Love & Warr is directed by multi-award winner Miles Phillips with Jason Wynn as Music Director leading the band.

For more on Joshua be sure to visit http://www.JoshuaWarr.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

1. On April 10, you are debuting your new show Love & Warr at 54 Below. What are you looking forward to most about performing this new show? This show is a party, a celebration. And it is so much fun to do! I've had this show in my head for so many years, I'm just excited to finally let it loose! The songs are so much fun to sing. The band is extraordinary, led by the incomparable Jason Wynn and my back-up singers are bringing down the house. Samantha Northart and Rob Langeder have some serious instruments in those throats! One of my best friends, Jess Hryniewicki, is playing guitar in one of the songs, so to get to jam with her is so cool! She's my Patti Smith. I'm dancing in it, of course. And I had a custom-made suit made for the show...custom! (I have these gorgeous red shoes to go with it. And vintage cuff links. Ok, I'll stop gushing now). To top it all off, working with Miles Phillips and Jason Wynn has been a dream team. We are excited to share this show with the world. And to be doing it at 54 Below is mind blowing. I feel so blessed. This is one of Miles' last shows he's directing before he leaves NYC for the magical islands of Hawaii. I'm touched he's leaving his mark on this show. He's been a wonderful mentor to me.

2. What excites you about performing at 54 Below? I saw Patti LuPone there TWICE when 54 Below first opened. I remember thinking how beautiful the room was, how spectacular the people performing there were, and how much I wanted to do a show there, too! And I am finally getting to do just that. It just so happens that Patti LuPone is the 7pm show to my 9:30pm slot on Friday, April 10th. If that isn't a treat, I don't know what is! All of my friends keep asking me if I am going to make a Patti LuPone joke in my show...And I'm all like, "wait, can you even do that and live to tell of it?"

3. In Love & Warr, you are going to be sharing your thoughts on a certain 4-letter word. As a confirmed bachelor, what is at least one thing you've discovered about love that you are not going to be talking about in the show? My parallel love life with Tina Turner's black eyes. I've decided to leave thaaaaaat stuff out of the show.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing your concert Love & Warr? I want to give the audience a full range of love to experience, the light and the dark. I keep saying to people that this is an antithesis to your typical love show...but then again, not really. The most important thing for me is to celebrate. Sometimes love makes us do stupid things, and if the audience can see or hear parts of themselves through the songs I'm singing, then hopefully they'll have experienced something meaningful for themselves. But it can also be just a show for everyone that will have people dancing in their seats and singing along to the songs. We've changed up the way a lot of these songs have been heard in the past, I'm really excited for the arrangements! I think everyone will come away dancing in the streets. And 54th street is the perfect place.

Joshua Warr and Stormy Weatherz5. What made you want to do a duet with your alter ego "Stormy Weatherz" as opposed to giving her a solo number? What do you like most about performing with her? Hah! She will love you for asking that. I'm pretty sure she DID want her own solo spot. This part of the show is super fun. For the longest time, I've had the idea to do Love & Warr. And in my dreaming up the show, one day I thought "I need to do a duet with myself." Ya know, as we all think...and so a Stormy duet popped into my head and I didn't stop talking about to my design team for over a year. It has exceeded all of my expectations! Jason Courson shot the scene and Todd Trosclair curated all of the fashion in it. And the gorgeous Pixie Aventura made sure Stormy looked equally gorgeous. Just wait until you see her! I think what I like most about this duet with her, is that Stormy Weatherz is so unapologetically free and uninhibited; so, it's fun to watch her do her thing up there. She's a show stopper, ladies and gentlemen! She even has her own bow in the show. She's getting the royal treatment. I think I'm a pretty damn good alter to her. ;)

Joshua Warr6. With an endless supply of songs about love to choose from, how did you decide on your set list for the songs you are going to perform? I have a rule, make the obligatory first draft song list and then throw out half. Then pick, like, four songs to keep from that list. This hopefully whittles out the common or over-sung songs. This show has had about seven different set lists since I've started writing it. At first they were all angry songs. Then really depressing songs. They've gradually softened into much deeper songs for me. Songs that touch my soul somehow. And to get to the set list we are using today, I studied lyrics for what seems like so long. I listened to just about every song that either said "love" in the lyrics, had "love" in the title, or was categorized as a "love song." And if something struck me or moved me, I jotted that song title down and came back later to explore the song deeper. When we all (Miles Phillips my director, Jason Wynn my musical director) got into the rehearsal room and I was singing through the songs we had finally picked, it all just clicked and made so much sense. And of course it is all about the order, Miles Phillips is a genius when it comes to arranging the order of the songs. I had a vision for how I wanted the show to progress, he helped finesse how that journey is experienced by the listener. I love these songs. This show's set list is by far my favorite to date.

7. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Patrick Swayze (To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar). Alan Cumming (Cabaret -1st revival). John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Lypsinka. Just, everything Lypsinka. Sutton Foster. I used to do these long distance endurance bike rides to Thoroughly Modern Millie. I'm probably NOT the only one who exercised to her belting, too. And the first Broadway actor I ever met was Robert Evan when he was doing Jekyll & Hyde...he asked me what I wanted to do when I was older. I told him I wanted to do what he did. He gave me the warmest and sweetest advice. But this list could go on and on! Music helped me escape in so many ways, I listened to so many singers! Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Ben Vereen, Patti LuPone, Gavin Creel, Linda Eder, Shania Twain...yeah, I'm from Upstate, NY. You can take the boy out of the woods, but you can't take the woods out of the boy! Yeah gym class line-dancing!

Joshua Warr8. What's the best advice you've ever received? When I was working in retail I was helping Makeba Riddick (songwriter for Beyoncé and Rihanna) and she and I were chatting about the idea of using my last name in a title because she liked it so much, and I said I had always flirted with using "Love & Warr" and she told me I absolutely had to find a way to use it. Um, she wrote Déjà Vu. When God speaks, you listen. That was almost 9 years ago, better late than never. I studied acting with Maggie Flanigan. She has given me so much of her wisdom over the years. She instilled in me a sense of true crafting. Her advice is priceless, I feel I am where I am today because of her guidance. And my parents, two incredibly hard working and giving role models. My dad always told me "excuses are reasons to fail" and he made it very clear he didn't want to hear excuses from us growing up. So I am incredibly competitive and don't give up very easily! And my mom makes sure I stay true to the love and light in this world. She gently reminds me to make sure I pay it forward more, give back more, and help thy neighbor when they are in need of it. She's an Irish Catholic, gotta love her. So full of love. I've seen my parents be so incredibly selfless so many times before it makes me want to do the same with my life.

9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I've learned to let go more. To bring all of me to the table every time. To be more truthful, and try to be as present as you can be in every moment. It's incredibly grounding. Because most of the time I'm bouncing off the walls! I've also realized how much I love post show energy. Live theatre is exhilarating. There is nothing like it. The effect is immediate. And I love experiencing that!

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Psionic powers for sure! I see a little, er a lot of, Emma Frost in Stormy Weatherz.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? Right now I'm obsessed with tequila so whatever it is called it has to have tequila in it. Maybe some grapefruit juice. Some salt and lime juice. Definitely some St. Germain in it too, because then you're just bougie. And I'd call it...De La Warr.

12. Favorite way to stay in shape? I live on the 5th floor of a walk-up, and on 11th Avenue. Every time I run an errand it's like I've gone to the gym. So I just make sure to run a lot of errands.

13. Boxers or Briefs? I'm totally a briefs guy! I have so many amazing briefs in my underwear drawer. But there's definitely something sexy about a guy in boxers. Am I right!?

Joshua WarrMore on Joshua:

Joshua Warr – who stars as "Harris" in Logo TV’s hit web-series Hunting Season, which will air its second season in 2015 – also appeared in the reality dinner party competition Dinner Takes All on TLC, in addition to his role last month as "Young Philip" on FX TV’s The Americans. His New York theater credits include Dangerous Walk; Love, Genius and a WalksExtOrtiOnPride River CrossingKnight of the Burning PestleThe RevivalRaft of the MedusaThe Servant of Two Masters; Elegies for AngelsPunks and Raging Queens; Soul Ascending (La MaMa). Other film and TV credits include Law & Order: SVU on NBC, All That Glitters, Outliers and PX This: The Series. Joshua is also a director, having helmed Tape, An Infinite Ache and The Blue Djinn.

As a nightclub entertainer, Warr is a MAC and BroadwayWorld Award nominee for his shows Sing No Evil and Joshing Around. He was praised for his "great range and dynamic personality" by Times Square Chronicles and his performance was called a "clever and frothy dose of fun" byBroadwayWorld.com. Originally from Potsdam NY, Joshua studied French and Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He moved to New York in 2005 to pursue a career in dance which took him to a tour  through South Korea, before returning to the US and training full time with Maggie Flanigan.