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Monday
Apr062015

Call Answered: It's Only A Play Facetime interview with Tony Award Winner Katie Finneran

"Call Me Adam" went backstage at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre for an exclusive interview with Tony Award winner Katie Finneran about returning to Broadway to star in Terrence McNally's hit show It's Only A Play starring Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham, T.R. Knight, and Broadway newcomer Micah StockClick here for tickets!

For more on Katie be sure to follow her on Twitter!

Call Me Adam's Facetime interview with Tony Award winner Katie Finneran:

Katie FinneranMore on Katie:

Broadway: AnniePromises, Promises (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Awards); Noises Off (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Awards); MauritiusCabaretThe Iceman Cometh; Neil Simon’s ProposalsThe HeiressMy Favorite YearTwo Shakespearean ActorsOn Borrowed Time. New York: NY Philharmonic’s CompanyLove, Loss, and What I WorePig FarmArms and the ManBosoms and NeglectA Fair Country. TV: Bloodline (Netflix – March release), The Michael J. Fox Show, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Wonderfalls. Films: NY Philharmonic’s Company, Bewitched, You’ve Got Mail, Night of the Living Dead.

Friday
Apr032015

Call Answered: 54 Below Interview: Seth Sikes Is Still Singing Judy Garland

"Call Me Adam" chats with singer and director Seth Sikes about his upcoming 54 Below concert Seth Sikes Is Still Singing Judy Garland on April 16 at 7pm. After two sold-out shows, Seth returns to 54 Below for a third concert celebrating the most beloved songs of Judy Garland, some of them in her key! Click here for tickets!

For more on Seth, follow him on Twitter!

1. You are returning to 54 Below on Thursday, April 16 with your show Seth Sikes Is Still Singing Judy Garland. What are you looking forward to most about your return to 54 Below? Singing several new, fantastic songs with a seven-piece band, some of which are rarely performed. I mean, who gets to sing the best songs in the world with a seven-piece band?

Seth Sikes performing at 54 Below2. What do you like best about performing at 54 Below? It's such a chic room. Patti LuPone has most of the other 7:00 slots the week of my show. Just a few months ago, Lorna Luft (Judy's daughter) sang there. The company makes me feel fancy. Also when I'm standing on stage singing "The Man That Got Away" like Judy does in the night club in A STAR IS BORN, I feel a little bit of cosmic magic.

3. This concert was conceived by you and Tony-Award winning lyricist Lisa Lambert with music direction by Gary Adler and orchestrations by Matt Aument. The evening is directed by Eric Gilliland. How did you come to work with everyone? They're all drinking buddies, song-addicts, and Judy fans, so a lot of the ideas came out of singing together at piano bars and parties. I like to throw piano parties and force everyone to sing. They're all great talents, so I've been in good hands.

Seth Sikes 54 Below4. As the title of the show states, you will once again, be performing an evening of Judy Garland songs. With her vast catalog of music, how did you decide what which songs you wanted to perform? Judy sang pretty much every standard at some point. I wish I could "Sing them all, and stay all night!" In the end, I chose the songs that tug at my heartstrings, songs that I associate with various love affairs and heartbreaks, and of course songs that best show off my voice.

5. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Seth Sikes Is Still Singing Judy Garland? I hope some people who have never heard these songs before will leave interested in this great, old material. And I hope everyone leaves thinking of Judy, because the more we remember someone, the more they're still with us, somehow.

Seth Sikes6. As a young child growing up in Paris, Texas, when did you discover Judy Garland? What was it about her that captivated you so much? My aunt had an old VHS tape of SUMMER STOCK. I watched it several times a week and became obsessed with Judy. As a boy I used to dance around singing "Get Happy" which probably embarrassed my dad, who's a baseball coach. 

I'd never heard anything like her voice before; I still haven't. And I can't get over it. It's this unexplainably overwhelming emotional reaction that comes over me when she sings. I learned later that a vast amount of other people share this same feeling, but no one has satisfactorily explained to me what it is exactly. When she opens her mouth she also opens a vein.

7. In addition to being a singer, you are also known for your directing work. What do you get from singing that you do not get from directing? You get the spotlight with one and not with the other.

Seth Sikes singing at 54 Below8. Besides Judy Garland, who or what inspired you to become a performer/director? I'm almost embarrassed to say that Liza was also a big inspiration. She represented New York—and show business—and so it was with her in mind that I moved to the city. Sondheim's musicals also changed my life. I guess my idols are almost cliché, but there's a reason why they're cliché: they're geniuses.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Steve Sondheim told me that, in lieu of school, the best way to learn about the theater was to get in the rehearsal room with the best people in the business.

10. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer/director? Performing again (after having not been on stage for more than ten years) I have realized that I am just as neurotic and competitive as every other stereotypical crazy singer, at whom I used to roll my eyes. It's terrifying to imagine that you might open your mouth on stage and nothing, or something horrible, will come out. It can make one crazy.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Who could ever stop wishing they could fly?

12. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? It's a twist on a SideCar called a TrolleyCar.  It has tequila in it, a ZING to it, and makes you get happy. One must drink it wearing periwinkle gloves, like Judy's in "The Trolley Song."

Seth SikesMore on Seth:

Seth Sikes's directing credits include BUNKED! (Outstanding Musical at the New York Fringe Festival) and The 7th Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant. He was the Assistant Director of The Nance (Broadway), Tribes (Off-Broadway), Pageant (Off-Broadway), and Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (at Lincoln Center). As a performer he appeared in Fame on 42nd Street (Off-Broadway).

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.