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Thursday
Mar262015

Call Answered: Facetime interviews with the Cast and Creatives of Broadway's Living on Love

"Call Me Adam" went live on location to the Empire Hotel in NYC to interview the cast and creatives of the new Broadway comedy Living on Love, written by two-time Tony Award winning playwright Joe DiPietro and directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. Living on Love stars world renowned opera singer and four-time Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming, two-time Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky, Tony nominee Douglas Sills, Film and Television star Jerry O'Connell, and Broadway's Blake Hammond and Scott Robertson!

Living on Love is a glamorous romp through the world of music, marriage and celebrity. Performances begin April 1, 2015 at the Longacre Theatre in NYC (220 West 48th Street). Click here for tickets and be sure to follow the show at http://livingonlovebroadway.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

"Call Me Adam" gets the inside scoop on Broadway's Living on Love:

"Call Me Adam" has fun with the Cast and Creatives of Broadway's Living on Love:

Sunday
Mar012015

Call Redialed: Don't Tell Mama Interview: Karen Mason: Mason at Mama's

Karen Mason"Call Me Adam" catches up with 10-time MAC Award winner Karen Mason! This time around we talk about her new show Mason at Mama's, a weekly show at NYC's famed Don't Tell Mama's (343 West 46th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) where she will feature new arrangements of classics, new songs and some of the music you and your longtime composer/arranger Brian Lasser performed in those early days at Mama's! Showtimes are every Sunday and Monday in March at 7pm! Tickets are $20 + a 2 drink minimum. For reservations call 212-757-0788 (after 4pm)!

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

1. This March you will be premiering your new show Mason at Mama's where every Sunday and Monday in March you will be performing at Don't Tell Mama's in NYC. This show will feature new arrangements of classics, new songs and some of the music you and your longtime composer/arranger Brian Lasser performed in those early days at Mama's. What excites you about this upcoming show? Well, I am not only excited...I am nervous! It was slightly shocking to me how nervous I was feeling! And that nervousness is keeping me energized and on my toes, and certainly the most important thing for me: striving! Striving to do a really good show!

I am so happy to be going back to Mama's, which I opened in 1982 (with Nancy LaMott!). It reminds me of a time in my life when it was all about making music and finding joy in that process! Sometimes, all of that gets clouded with making money, ticket price (yes, I get concerned about that these days), gowns, etc......and we have a $20 cover (with of course the 2 drink minimum! it is a club, after all!!)....and I am hoping we sell this out!!! So we can have a great time with our audiences!

Karen Mason in "Unfinished Business" at CAP 21, Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy2. What made now the right time to premiere this show? I was feeling very very frustrated in trying to get a run at the clubs in NY! I just wanted to do more than one show! And couldn't seem to get a run without a lot of rules and strictures! So.....Lennie Watts suggested maybe going back to Mama's! and Chris Denny (my MD) suggested maybe going back to Mama's....and so I asked Sidney Myer if I could come do a run at Mama's! Mama's is a place to make music and learn! and I need another learning curve in my life! About what is important in my life and making music and having audiences is the most important!

3. For someone who has never seen you perform, what is one reason you would give them to come see Mason at Mama's, aside from it being a new show? THE $20 COVER! Come on!! You ain't gonna find this perhaps ever again! of course, cash only!!!

4. What will Mason at Mama's give your fans that you have not done in a previous cabaret show? The older Karen Mason.....at the club she sang in 33 years ago!! A lot of water under the bridge, a lot of life since 1982....I was singing with Brian Lasser 33 years ago and now I have another magnificent artist, Christopher Denny!

Karen Mason performing at Birdland Jazz, Photo Credit: Seth Walters5. Mason at Mama's will conclude March 30 with your birthday celebration! What are you looking forward about celebrating your birthday during this show? CAKE!!!

6. You are a 10-time Mac Award winner and on March 26 you will be hosting the Mac Awards at B.B. Kings. What does it mean to you be a 10-time winner and to be hosting the awards show? I was around when MAC was started! It means I am very very old! lol Lennie Watts, President of MAC, has asked me for a few years to be the host...and I've had to cancel because of out of town work. THIS YEAR, I made sure I was going to be in town by booking around the dates at Mama's!!! And I wouldn't miss it for anything! So many friends who all started at the same time are gone. So many amazing artists are still here.....and it is always a good thing to celebrate the NOW! Happy I am still here at this moment to celebrate!!

7. With Mason at Mama's you are returning to the room at Don't Tell Mama that you opened with Nancy LaMott. What memories do you have of the time you performed together? I honestly don't remember much about the time...except I was so happy! I am not one who remembers a lot about specific times in my life, that was Brian's job when we were together! Believe it or not, I am asking some of the people who were there to tell me things they remember! I just stink at remembering!

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I have learned that I ain't such a bad person after all!

9. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? To have a very fast metabolism!!!

10. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? Grey Goose Vodka, 3 olives....and a limo ride home after seeing Chris Denny and me at Mama's in March! I would call it 3M (Mason at Mama's in March: 3M).

Karen MasonMore on Karen:

Karen Mason has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, television, and recording: and "has few peers when it comes to ripping the roof off with her amazing voice that knows no bounds!" (TheatreScene.net) Karen is a ten-time MAC Award winner and has won the MAC Award for Major Female Vocalist of the Year for six consecutive years. She has also won the 2006 Nightlife Award for Major Female Vocalist and has three Bistro Awards.

Karen most recently garnered rave reviews starring as "The Queen of Hearts" in WONDERLAND on Broadway She originated the role of "Tanya" on Broadway in Abba's MAMMA MIA!, and was awarded a 2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress. Her other leading roles include "Norma Desmond" in SUNSET BOULEVARD, which she performed to critical acclaim and standing ovations on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; "Velma von Tussel" in the final Broadway company of HAIRSPRAY; "Monotony" singer, "Mazeppa" in JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY; "Rosalie" in CARNIVAL (another Drama Desk nomination); plus featured roles in Broadway's TORCH SONG TRILOGY; and PLAY ME A COUNTRY SONG.

Karen Mason in "Show Queen: Life after Wonderland"Karen won the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND, and starred Off-Broadway in her own show KAREN MASON SINGS BROADWAY, BEATLES AND BRIAN.

Her television appearances include the hit dramas ED and LAW & ORDER: SVU. Film credits include SLEEPING DOGS LIE and A CHORUS LINE.

In regional theatre, Karen starred in the 1st National Tour of A CHRISTMAS STORY as "Miss Shields," in the world premiere of the stage production of WHITE CHRISTMAS, (playing the Rosemary Clooney role at St. Louis Muni Opera), SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida), GYPSY (Sundance Theatre in California), the world premiere of ONE TOUGH COOKIE (Apple Tree Theatre in Chicago), HEARTBEATS (Goodspeed Opera House in NY) and COMPANY (Huntington Theatre in Boston). Most recently in New York, Karen starred in the one-woman musical about Dorothy Parker YOU MIGHT AS WELL LIVE.

Karen MasonKaren has headlined Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Feinstein's at The Regency, Rainbow & Stars, the Algonquin, Arci' Place, The Supper Club and The Ballroom in NYC; The Cinegrill and the UCLA/ASCAP Concert Series in Los Angeles; The Plush Room in San Francisco; and Davenport's in Chicago.

She has shared concert stages with Michael Feinstein, Jerry Herman, Chita Rivera, Luciano Pavarotti, Rosemary Clooney, Liza Minnelli, and John Kander & Fred Ebb, among others. Karen has given concerts in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Brazil, Scotland, Tokyo and Osaka. Her starring symphonic performances include The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Michael Berkowitz, The Philly Pops with Peter Nero, The New York Pops with Skitch Henderson, The Oklahoma Philharmonic with Joel Levine, the premier performance of The Chicagoland Pops, The Indianapolis Philharmonic, and the St. Louis Symphony with John McDaniel.

Karen MasonHer highly acclaimed recordings include her newest single, IT'S ABOUT TIME, written by Paul Rolnick and Shelly Markham; her 2009 MAC AWARD-winning Right Here/ Right Now, 2005's The Sweetest of Nights, the MAC Award-winning When The Sun Comes Out, as well as three other CDs: Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!, recorded live at the West Bank Cafe Better Days, featuring songs by her longtime composer/arranger, Brian Lasser (including the 1998 Emmy Award-winning song "Hold Me"); and Not So Simply Broadway. Karen has been featured on the soundtrack of the original cast CD of Wonderland Jeffrey (Varese Sarabande), the studio cast recording of Wonderful Town (JAY Records), the original cast album of And The World Goes Round (RCA Victor), The Child In Me, Vol. 1 (Harbinger Records), and Lost in Boston ll (Varese Sarabande).

Wednesday
Feb252015

Call Answered: Facetime Interview with Broadway newcomer Micah Stock from It's Only A Play

"Call Me Adam" went backstage at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre for an exclusive interview with Broadway newcomer Micah Stock who is making his Broadway debut in Terrence McNally's hit show It's Only A Play starring Matthew Broderick, Martin Short, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham, Katie Finneran, and Maulik Pancholy. Click here for tickets!

For more on Micah be sure to follow him on Twitter!

Call Me Adam's Facetime Video Interview with Micah Stock:

 

Micah StockMore on Micah: 

Broadway Debut. Off-Broadway: World Premiere of Terrence McNally’s And Away We Go (The Pearl). Regional: Sundance Theatre Lab, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Film: King Kelly (Official Selection: SXSW, Puchon Film Festivals). TV: Pan Am, Law & Order: SVU, and a recurring role on NBC’s Deception. Education: BFA, SUNY Purchase Conservatory.

Thursday
Feb122015

Call Answered: Sutton Foster: New York Pops: One Night Only

Sutton Foster, Photo Credit: Laura Marie Duncan"Call Me Adam" chats with two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster about making her Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York Pops and Music Director/Conductor Steven Reineke on March 13, 2015 at 8pm in NYC (57th Street and 7th Avenue)! Joining Sutton for this very special concert will be her Violet co-star Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry and Little Women co-star Megan McGinnis. Click here for tickets!

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

1. On March 13, you will be making your solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, lead by Steven Reineke. What does it mean to you to be making your solo debut at Carnegie Hall alongside one of the greatest orchestras in the country? It's CRAZY! I had a bucket list that I wrote when I was 15. I think the very first thing on it was "sing at Carnegie Hall." I feel incredibly honored and humbled. I've been doing concerts with my music director Michael Rafter for the past 5 years...all over the country...but it's usually just me and him on the piano or a small combo. To stand in front of 75 + piece orchestra and hear these arrangements that we have been working on come to life on this level is UNREAL.

Steven Reineke and The New York Pops, Photo Credit: Johanna WebberSteven Reineke conducting, Photo Credit: Richard Termine2. What excites you about performing with Steven Reineke again? What do you enjoy most about working with him? Steven has been fantastic and is a real collaborator. Michael and I came in with ideas and Steven was so on board. He is a fantastic conductor and leader and makes it easy.

3. If you had to give someone who has never seen you perform one reason to come see you in this one night only concert, aside from it being your Carnegie Hall solo debut, what would you tell them? Well this show isn't just about me. It's about the New York Pops - it's about Steven and Michael and my friends Megan McGinnis and Joshua Henry who are joining me. What I am most proud about is that it really is a collaboration and everyone gets a moment to shine.

And there are arrangements and orchestrations that just blow my mind. So if I had to give someone a reason to come - it would be to hear these songs performed in a way you have never heard them before.

4. What do you hope audiences learn about you from seeing you perform in this one night only concert that they might not know from seeing you in a Broadway show? The cool things about these concerts is that audiences get to see "me." I'm not playing a character or wearing a costume. I'm me. I also get to choose the material I want to sing...the words I want to say. It's more exposed but also very freeing.

Joshua HenryMegan McGinnis5. While this is your solo debut, you will be joined on stage by two very special guests, your Violet co-star and two-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry and your Little Women co-star Megan McGinnis. How did you decide that you wanted Joshua and Megan to share the stage with you? What are you looking forward to about reuniting with them? I knew I wanted to bring some friends along because it would be less scary! Megan and I recorded a duet of a song called "Flight" written by Craig Carnelia. That was the first song I knew I wanted to do. So asking Megan was crucial. Then during Violet I told Joshua "I have an idea." There's a youtube video of a song and dance routine that I thought would be fun for Joshua and I to do. I pitched it to him and he said YES. So I do a duet with each of them and they each have a solo in the show.

Sutton Foster, Gavin Creel, Sheryl Lee Ralph in "Thoroughly Modern Millie"6. I can't do an interview with you, without asking you about one of my all time favorite Broadway shows Thoroughly Modern Millie. First, what did you enjoy most about starring in that show? What went through your head as you went from ensemble performer to leading the show to winning the Tony Award? Was that whole experience the moment you felt as though you made it? That's a BIG question. Honestly the whole Millie experience was a blur. My entire career changed in a phone call when Michael Mayer called me out of town and told me the role of "Millie" was mine if I wanted it. From then on I was kind of like "WHA????" The whole experience taught me a lot. Taught me how to do 8 shows a week, how to be a leading lady - but I don't think I felt like I had "made it."  I felt like I still had a lot to learn. I stayed with the show for 2 years cause I felt like I still needed to figure her out.

Sutton Foster in "Anything Goes"7. What's the best advice you've ever received? To be kind.

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I feel most home, most brave,  most myself when I'm performing or working.

9. How do you want to be remembered? As someone who never stopped growing or learning or getting better.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? To fly.

BONUS QUESTION:

11. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what would the ingredients be? Ha! Oh my. Well it would probably be a boulevard - which is a Negroni but with Bourbon/Whisky. Maybe we could call it a Sutton Place.

Sutton FosterMore on Sutton Foster:

Sutton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer who has performed in 11 Broadway shows – most recently the revival of Violet – and originated roles in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek The Musical, and her Tony Award-winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She was first seen on television on Star Search at age 15, and has more recently starred in Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Bunheads and appeared in Johnny and the Sprites, Flight of the Conchords, Sesame Street, Law and Order: SVU, and Royal Pains. As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter, featuring songs from her debut solo CD, Wish, as well as her follow up CD, An Evening with Sutton Foster: Live at the Café Carlyle. She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, Joe’s Pub and many others. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Steven ReinekeMore on Steven Reineke:

Steven Reineke is the Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Principal Pops Conductor Designate for the Houston Symphony, beginning in the 2017-2018 season. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton and Pittsburgh. As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world. A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City with his husband Eric Gabbard.

Steven Reineke conducting The New York Pops, Photo Credit: Johanna WeberMore on The New York Pops:

The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Under the leadership of dynamic Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music. The orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall. The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children’s hospitals and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun. Visit www.newyorkpops.org for more information. Follow The New York Pops on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Tuesday
Feb102015

Call Answered: Aaron David Gleason: 54 Below: Midnight at 9:30

Aaron David Gleason, Photo Credit: Prospect Photography"Call Me Adam" chats with actor, producer, and singer/songwriter Aaron David Gleason about his upcoming show at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue) Midnight at 9:30 on February 18 at 9:30pm! Click here for tickets!

Midnight at 9:30 is an evening of songs from every genre about "midnight." Joining Aaron in this special evening are his Tony Award winning mother Joanna Gleason, Chris Sullivan, Lucas Papaelias, Brittain Ashford, Or Matias, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Andromeda Turre, Daniel Ballen, and David Ballen.

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

1. On February 18, you are presenting Midnight at 9:30, an evening of songs about Midnight. What are you most excited for about this concert? Getting this crew together. I'm a huge fan of these other artists.

2. What made you want to produce an evening of songs about Midnight? What does this bewitching hour mean to you? My first band was called The Midnight Radio, of course I was inspired by Stephen Trask's song. That song encapsulates all of Hedwig's emotions at that time. It's heavy and exalting all in one. As for "midnight songs": Funny, that a lot of songs with that word in it end up being blues. The non-blues ones end up being epic. Once you get into that subject matter, there's no messing around. You must have something to say. When I posted that I wanted suggestions on songs with "midnight" in them, I got about 100 replies.

3. What do you love most about performing at 54 Below? Nice ambiance. Great history. The other people performing on a nightly basis there are incredible. It's been a fantasy to play there.

Joanna and Aaron Gleason performingAaron and Joanna Gleason in Aaron's music video for his song "Mastermind"4. Joining you on February 18 will be a host of Broadway performers including your mother, Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason, whom you have performed with before at 54 Below. She was also featured in your music video for your song "Mastermind." What are looking forward to most about having your mom as part of this evening? What do you like most about performing with her? My mom asked if she could make soup for everyone. I said, "I've had your soup, how about you sing one song." She agreed to that deal. All kidding aside, I'm as much a fan of hers as anyone. Her interpretations are inspired and inventive. Some people try in vain to distill her talents -- that's pretty tough because she is so nimble and electric.

5. Some of the other performers performing with you in Midnight at 9:30 are Chris Sullivan, Lucas Papaelias, Brittain Ashford, Or Matias, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Andromeda Turre, Daniel Ballen, and David Ballen. How did you decide that you wanted these particular performers to be part of this concert? This is my favorite part. These artists all have something that's impossible to pin down. Anytime I saw them perform, they changed the way I saw theater. I saw Brittain and Or in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, and it blew my mind, to be honest. Lucas and I used to play basketball, before I knew anything about the guy. Then, I see ONCE and he damn near steals the show. Nikka and I grew up together, and her mother and my mother were in I Love My Wife. Nikka has infectious charm. I'm a big fan of The Knick, and Chris Sullivan is incredible on that show.  He also happens to sing blues and folk like a mountain man. The Bailens are an up and coming great band and Drew Cooper, my MD, is literally my next door neighbor. I heard his playing coming through the wall, and thought, yeah I have to get that guy. Andromeda and I were in a reading of The Happy Hooker, and she knocked my socks off with her killer energy and voice.

Aaron David Gleason6. What do you hope audiences come away with after attending Midnight at 9:30? Their money's worth. Just having a nice night out. Excitement. Whimsy.

7. In addition to performing in Midnight at 9:30, as mentioned earlier, you are also producing the concert. What do you get from producing that you do not get from performing? Ownership, for better or for worse.

8. What's the best advice you've ever received? If someone ever tells you their way is the only way, it probably isn't.

9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? It's what I live for, totally, completely. It CAN make you take a long look in a close mirror, which is fairly horrifying at first, but then you learn to be at peace with it. What I've learned most though, is that if I go too long between performances, I start to lose my sense of self.

Aaron David Gleason, Photo Credit: Prospect Photography10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? The ability to play music at a high level.

BONUS QUESTION:

11. If you could create a signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? The Midnight Special. Ingredients: Gin, Bitters, Grand Marnier.