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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.

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: