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Friday
Nov182016

Call Answered: Facetime Interview: Gary Busey & Catherine Russell: Perfect Crime

From the set of the Off-Broadway show Perfect Crime, "Call Me Adam" gets inside the mind of Oscar nominee Gary Busey who will join Perfect Crime star Catherine Russell for two weeks only! We get the low-down on what makes this long-running show a killer!

Gary Busey's run in Perfect Crime is produced by Dan Demello. Gary will be in Perfrect Crime from 11/21-12/4 at The Theater Center (1627 Broadway/210 West 50th Street). Click here for tickets!

For more on Gary be sure to visit http://www.garybusey.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more on Perfect Crime visit http://www.perfect-crime.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Call Me Adam's interview with Oscar Nominee Gary Busey & Catherine Russell:

Thursday
Sep292016

Call Redialed: Klea Blackhurst: Real Actors of NYC

Klea BlackhurstKlea Blackhurst's voice has been radiating in my ears for years! I was thrilled to get to first interview Klea last year (2015) when she starred in the concert version of Stephen Cole and David Evans' show Merman's Apprentice at Birdland. 

Now, it's a joy to catch up with Klea as she gets ready to star in the new, original musical The Real Actors of NYC, about an infuriated trio of musical theatre actors determined to make it on Broadway by any means necessary. In The Real Actors of NYC, "Mumz" has a 30 year old grudge that it’s time to settle. When a "Young Marge" casts her friend instead of the amazingly talented "Young Mumzy Taylor," it sets in motion a lifetime of disappointment and shattered dreams for "Mumz." She loses her mind and creates her own reality. Now she has the chance to get back at the one person who screwed her over and ruined her life. Watch out: it’s going to be a bumpy ride and digits (fingers) will be lost in the process!

The Real Actors of NYC plays at the Anne L. Bernstein Theater at The Theater Center in NYC (50th & Broadway) Thursdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 4:45pm and 10:30pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Klea follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

For more on the The Real Actors of NYC visit http://www.therealactorsofnyc.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube!

1. This September you are starring in the open run of the new original Off-Broadway musical The Real Actors of NYC. What initially attracted you to this show? THE INVITATION TO JOIN…Since then it’s been a non-stop love fest. I listened to "Mumz" number, "Goodnight, My Pretties," and it really captured a love of theatre that I understand at a very deep and slightly delusional level. Sometimes you land a job and wonder "how could it possibly have taken this long to find this group of friends."

2. What do you relate to most about your character "Mumz"? The feeling of nostalgia for a world that never was…New York 30 years ago. Was I ever really that young? Why did I ever let my feelings get hurt and stay hurt?

3. What is one trait of "Mumz" you wish you had in your own life? Total fearlessness as the sum total of time and trouble.

4. The Real Actors of NYC is about an infuriated trio of musical theatre actors determined make it on Broadway by any means. With that premise in mind, what is the craziest or most conniving thing you've done to get an audition or role that you've really wanted? Sadly, I’ve never been conniving enough. I only THINK about going all out, but lack the courage to follow through. Once upon a time, I thought about climbing to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge with a banner that said I wanted to play "Mama Morton" on Broadway or I was gonna jump. I thought the Weisslers might actually admire that and give me a shot.

Klea Blackhurst and Lorinda Lisitza in "Real Actors of NYC"5. Your character, "Mumz," holds a 30-year grudge against the casting director who did not cast her when she was starting out. If you are holding a grudge against someone, now is your chance to clear the air. What would you say to this person if they were standing in front of you? Would you forgive them or if you were at fault, would you apologize to them? One of the people who did the most emotional damage in my mind was actually standing in front of me a few weeks ago, an agent I’d met with a lifetime ago. Rather than go into the grudge, something about being told I was too fat to be working in show business circa 1988. I decided it was a therapy issue and took it to a professional!! The real truth is I did the damage to myself by letting his words hurt me. If I approached him now, he probably wouldn’t even remember the remark and of course I look back at my resume photo and see I was an adorable young lady just walking out into the world for the first time. I wish I’d laughed in his face and left the meeting. Instead I believed him.

Klea Blackhurst6. What is one role that you were not cast in that you really wanted and to this day feel you deserved? I can’t even go there. There is one situation unfolding right now that makes me want to burst into tears.

7. As a result of not being cast at a young age, "Mumz" has suffered a lifetime of disappointment and shattered dreams. What is one shattered dream that you have endured? How have you recovered from it or what steps are you still taking to recover? Oh, I’ve had so my disappointments and shattered dreams. One biggie is the failure to bring The Nutty Professor into New York. We had a premiere in Nashville in 2012. It ended up being Marvin Hamlisch’s final score. He and Rupert Holmes had just started collaborating and they were magical together. I was hand picked as a "21st Century Kathleen Freeman" in the words of Jerry Lewis, who was adapting and directing. So that felt like something special. "Kathleen Freeman" was a truly brilliant character actress and thought it was a sign that my character years had arrived. I thought the tables might be turning and I’d finally get a Broadway show and be part of the popular kids club.

Klea Blackhurst, Photo Credit: Kevin Alvey8. This event also caused "Mumz" to lose her mind and create her own reality. When has there been a time in your life when you had to come up with your own reality? What reality did you design for yourself? My whole world is my creation. It’s the only way to survive a life in the arts. It’s all going to be alright in my world. I say yes to just about every opportunity in my world, because it takes me to the right place.

9. If Klea today, gave advice to "Mumz" at any stage of her life, what stage would you advise her on and what would you tell her? I would go to the young "Mumzy," hitting NYC for the very first time, still young enough to see it all as possibility and magical. I’d take her by the shoulders, make eye contact and BEG her to take none of what’s about to happen personally.

10. In our interview last year, you mentioned that you would like to improve your exercise consistency by 1% better everyday. How has that improvement been going? If well, what have you done? If you haven't been consistent, what has been preventing you from getting there? I think I’m doing 365% better! I’ve become mindful by wearing a tracker on my wrist and meeting my goals there. I also go to Weight Watchers. My steps are up and my weight is down. I love it.

Klea BlackhurstMore on Klea:

Klea Blackhurst just completed the title role in the world premiere of Hazel at Drury Lane in Chicago. Klea starred in Goodspeed Opera’s 50th anniversary production of Hello, Dolly! and the world premiere of the Marvin Hamlisch/Rupert Holmes musical, The Nutty Professor, directed by Jerry Lewis. Theatre: NY- A Tree Grows in BrooklynBingoBy JupiterRadio GalsOil City Symphony; Regional credits include Annie Get Your Gun/Glimmerglass Opera, Call Me Madam/42nd Street Moon,Chicago/Pioneer Theatre Company in her hometown of Salt Lake City and several productions of Anything Goes. TV/radio: Former prosecutor, "Shelby Cross" on Onion News Network, The Knick, Sesame Street, and Prairie Home Companion. Known for her Ethel Merman tribute, Everything The Traffic Will Allow, her other shows are Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke’s Broadway and Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael, in collaboration with Billy Stritch. With Jim Caruso, their annual Christmas show at Birdland is in its seventh year. She’s appeared in legendary halls from The London Palladium to Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert Hall to Jazz at Lincoln Center and with symphony orchestras from Atlanta to Philly. Klea is a charter member of the Jerry Herman Legacy Concerts and a distinguished Alumna of the University of Utah.

Wednesday
Sep142016

Call Redialed: Melissa Errico: Return of "Funny! I'm A Woman with Children"

Melissa ErricoI simply adore Melissa Errico! I'm thrilled she answered my call yet again as her show Funny! I'm A Woman with Children returns to Feinstein's/54 Below after a triumphant sold-out first run! It was great catching up with Melissa as we delved deeper into the creation of this show, motherhood, marriage, and balancing family life with a demanding career.

Funny! I'm A Woman with Children returns to Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue) on September 20-21 & 23-24. Click here for tickets!

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

For more on Feinstein's/54 Below visit http://54below.com and follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

1. This September, you are returning to Feinstein's/54 Below with your show Funny! I'm A Woman with Children. You just premiered this show in April, what made you want to do it again so quickly? Well, it sold out and they invited me back. The show feels good to do and is an exciting sing, so if it's good for me and fun for you, why not do it?

2. For someone who came to the initial run of Funny! I'm A Woman with Children, why should they come back? What is one reason someone who has not seen this show come see it? To see what I rent from Rent the Runway OF COURSE. No seriously, I have special guests this time, a new last third of the show AND I never remember what stories I told so I'll undoubtedly be telling new tales with a new energy. I'm in such a different place since last spring. Every six months, I have a new personality. My kids grow an INCH overnight, why shouldn't I?

Director Robbie Rozelle and Melissa Errico3. Once again, you are teaming up with Robbie Rozelle as your director. You have worked with Robbie for a while now. What do you love about working with him? What is one funny moment that happened between you and Robbie during the formation of this show or during rehearsals? I like working with him because he helps me sing songs that he knows the AUDIENCE really want to hear from me. I love jazz, I love heady film theme songs, I love deep Sondheim; but Robbie sometimes says "Lets sing this song everyone loves" or "let's stretch you and sing some hard cool new tune by Tom Kitt or Jason Robert Brown." Robbie keeps me in tune with all the great new shows & new songs.

Funny? Hmmm. He's always funny. He says when I don't remember my lyrics, he starts taping on his iPhone for Instagram. The minute I sense a camera is rolling, he says something clicks in and my memory is perfect. My game face goes on!

Melissa Errico at Feinstein's/54 Below4. In our last interview about this show, we talked about some of the more fun times as a mother and what your secret was to a successful marriage. Since this show talks about the ins and outs of motherhood/marriage, let's go in the opposite direction and talk about the outs. What is the most challenging part about being a mother and being a wife? Um, having kids and a husband. Nuff said? Ok, add that there are only 24 hrs in one day. That's rough.

5. Every time we talk, you always have so much going on! How do you balance motherhood, marriage, and work? How do make sure you give your family the time they need when you have so much going on with your career? I sacrifice sleep. I eat anything that's fast to find. I text. I'm as organized (domestically, the dull stuff like dentist appointments and school forms) as the military. The kids come first in every way imaginable. Sleep comes last. I aim to not say that, I know that's not a long term plan.

6. Since the first part of the show's name is Funny, what is the funniest thing to have happened to you during a show of yours? I was so tired recently I forgot which arm I was using and I went to drink my microphone instead of my water glass.

Melissa Errico Family7. If you were asked to write a song called "Funny! I'm A Woman with Children," what points would you want to make sure got written into the song? Mommy knows that the best way to love you is to work on mommy. To forgive herself. To grow. To not be too hard on herself. To laugh at how we cannot control life, and to expect chaos. If you expect chaos, you cannot be too tense. And life gets vibrant and full of surprises you allow. Let your socks be mismatched. Not matching is way better style.

8. As a mother yourself, what traits of your mom do you see in your own mothering skills that have made you stop and say, "Oh my gosh, I'm becoming my mother"? She enjoyed a party.

9. Of the lessons you've taught your children, which ones do you hope they impart on their children, should they have kids of their own? That learning takes time. Every day is progress. You can't become good at anything overnight.

10. In our first interview together, we talked about our favorite Long Island hangouts as children. Now, as a grown-up, what are your favorite Long Island hangouts? I'm more East now, if I go to the island--I love the Hamptons. I even like Sunset Beach even if it's a little "euro" now, lots of Ibiza energy. My kids went to the bathroom there recently during dinner and came back after a long time. They said "sorry mom, it took so long because a guy and girl were in the bathroom TOGETHER for a while."

Melissa ErricoMore on Melissa:

Melissa Errico, Tony Award nominee, has starred on Broadway, on network Television and Film and is an accomplished recording artist and musical concert performer. This year she was seen as the character "June" on Showtime's acclaimed new drama Billions starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. Last season, Melissa played the recurring role of "Catherine" on the Stephen Soderbergh show The Knick for Cinemax, and had guest arcs on Blue Bloods and The Good Wife. Her Broadway credits include starring roles in My Fair Lady, Dracula, White Christmas, High Society, Les Misérables, Anna Karenina and Amour for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Tony Award. She starred in Stephen Sondheim's Passion and Sunday in the Park with George. She has released three studio albums: Blue Like That (EMI Records) produced by Arif Mardin, Legrand Affair (Ghostlight) produced by Phil Ramone, and Lullabies & Wildflowers (VMG/Universal Records) produced by Rob Mathes; and a recent 3-song digital single More Lullabies & Wildflowers to benefit her charity. Through everything, she stays devoted to her loving family including her husband, tennis player Patrick McEnroe, their three young daughters, and one Yorkie!

Sunday
Sep112016

Call Answered: Facetime with the cast of The Fantasticks, Off-Broadway's longest running show

"Call Me Adam" gets some Facetime with the cast of The Fantasticks, Off-Broadway's longest running show! I help welcome Days of Our Lives star Peter Reckell to the cast (he plays "El Gallo, The Narrator" through September 25) as well getting up close and personal with Andrew Polec "The Boy, Matt" and Madison Claire Parks "The Girl, Luisa" and have a rare talk with the show's silent character "The Mute," played by Drew Seigla.

The Fantasticks plays The Theater Center/Jerry Orbach Theater (210 West 50th Street, 3rd Floor, between Broadway &  8th Avenue). 

For more on The Fantasticks visit: http://fantasticksonbroadway.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Call Me Adam's interview with the cast of The Fantasicks:

Wednesday
Aug312016

Call Answered: Eric Millegan: From FOX TV's "Bones" to Musical Theatre and More

Eric MilleganEric Millegan as "Zack Addy" on FOX TV's "Bones"I love a versatile actor, one that has worked in film, television, and theatre. What I love more is an actor, whom after being on a hit show, still comes back to the stage. This is just one reason I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to interview Bones' Eric Millegan. It was great geeking out with him on musical theatre, getting to the bare essentials of his time on FOX TV's hit show Bones as well as learning about his struggles and how he hopes to improve his life by one percent better everyday!

Eric's latest film, Lady Peacock is currently available on Hulu and Amazon Instant Video. Also, in the interview below, Eric has some "Bone" chilling news to share!

For more on Eric follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

1. You have been performing since you were seven years old. What or what inspired you to become a performer? I really don't know. I've enjoyed singing for as long as I can remember. When I was very young, I asked my Mom if I could be an professional actor when I grew up and she said yes.

Eric Millegan and Estelle Parsons in "Harold & Maude: The Musical" at Paper Mill PlayhouseEric Millegan in his very first show "Amahl & the Night Visitors" at Eugene Opera2. You have such a rich history in theatre and have moved into film/television. What do you like about working in each medium? Like I said, I love singing so obviously, I love doing musicals. Unlike film and TV, you get immediate feedback from the audience so that's fun but I also really love TV and film. You get to create something natural and real. You really dive into the role. It's also fun to work intensely on a scene and once you nail it, it's over, you move onto the next scene. And there's always something new, unlike theatre where you're doing the same thing over and over again.

3. One show you starred in as a child was Oliver. The most famous part of the show (at least in my mind) is when "Oliver" asks for more food, saying, "Please sir, may I have some more?" To which "Mr. Bumble" replies "MORE??" When was there a time in your life when you wanted more of something and someone responded with a similar tone of "MORE?" as if they felt you weren't entitled to more. I've always wanted more acting jobs but they're not easy to come by. There is A LOT of rejection.

4. Another show you have starred in several times is The Most Happy Fella. When do you say to yourself, this moment or this time spent with makes me "The Most Happy Fella"? I love love love The Most Happy Fella. So many great songs of so many different styles. I played "Herman" in college and then I was "Clem" at St Louis Rep and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. It's fun singing "Standing on the Corner." Great song. When I'm working on Bones, I feel very grateful to get to work on such a great show. That certainly makes me a most happy fella.

Eric Millegan and the cast of FOX TV's "Bones"Emily Deschanel and Eric Millegan on FOX TV's "Bones"5. For five years, you starred on FOX's hit series Bones as "Zack Addy." What did you relate to most about "Zack"? What is one quality about "Zack" that you wish you had, but don't? Well "Zack" is obviously very smart and I used to be smart when I was younger. I skipped the 7th grade and went on to be Valedictorian in high school but I don't feel very smart nowadays. It's weird and hard to explain. But I've always been good at playing smart people and those are often the kind of roles I go up for. I'm not sure there is any quality about "Zack" that I wish I had. I'm pretty happy with who I am.

6. What were your top three funniest moments on the set of Bones?

1) There are two games we used to play on the set. One is "Who's working?" Sometimes, it seems that everyone is waiting around for something to get done before we shoot the next take. So we look around to find who is working. The other is "Who's sleeping?" It can be fun to see if you can find anyone on the set who is sleeping.

2) Emily Deschanel and I used to sing on the set and one day we got a little out of control singing songs from Annie and we sort of got in trouble. The 1st AD came over to us and said "We love it when you sing. We love it. But we need you to not sing."

3) Emily and I always laugh when we look back at a certain scene where I had to do this little dance while she said her line because of the way the camera was moving. I had to step to my right and back and then forward and back. And it's a very serious scene and it was sort of ridiculous. We look back on that and laugh about it all the time.

Eric Millegan and the cast of FOX TV's "Bones"Eric Millegan7. As a result of being on Bones you have traveled all over to Paris Manga, San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, Collectormania Milton Keynes (UK), LA Times Festival of Books, Wonder Con (Anaheim), and Space City Comic Con (Houston). What is it like to attend these events and meet your fans? I love love love it. Being paid to travel and meet with fans who love you is obviously a great experience. And I've made some good friends along the way.

8. There is talk that you might be returning to Bones for the 12th and final season. Can you reveal to fans if that comeback is happening and if so, what's it like to know that so many people have begged and pleaded for your return? Yes, I am returning for the 12th season. In fact, I have already shot episode 1 and Emily directed. It's a great episode. I think the fans are going to love it. The fans' support throughout the years has been overwhelming to me. Making money and acting is great of course, but honestly, when I found out I was coming back to the show, I was most happy for the fans. They deserve to see "Zack" again.

Eric MilleganEric Millegan as "Zack Addy" on FOX TV's "Bones"9. What has been the best part about being an actor? What has been the most challenging? First and foremost, it's the work itself. I really love acting and when I get a chance to do it, it's wonderful. It's also great to have people come up to you on the street and tell you how much they've enjoyed your work. The most challenging thing about being an actor is finding work. It's not easy. I'd love to do another series when Bones is done but it's very competitive and it's hard to book those jobs. I have a great manager and great agents and great publicists so I look forward to working with them to find that next project.

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? Oh wow. I think the thing I need and want to focus on more is my writing. I have a play and a screenplay in the works (I've written two other screenplays) but I've gotten lazy. They're really good projects and I need to get back on track and put in the work in to get them done.

Eric MilleganMore on Eric:

Eric Millegan began his musical theatre career at age 7, in the 1981 Eugene Opera production of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. He continued with the company in several other productions, including Madame Butterfly, La Bohème, Carmen, and Hansel and Gretel. Through his childhood, he appeared in productions of Oliver (twice), Annie, The Wizard of Oz, The King & I, Camelot, Bye Bye Birdie (twice), Snoopy, West Side Story, Cabaret, The Imaginary Invalid, Leader of the Pack, The Music Man (twice), Hello Dolly, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado, Gypsy, A Christmas Carol (three times) and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

At The University of Michigan, Eric performed in Pal Joey, Brigadoon, Quilt: A Musical Celebration, The Most Happy Fella, Sunday in the Park with George, and 42nd Street. He also worked two summers at the Forestburgh Playhouse, appearing in Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot (again), Jesus Christ Superstar, and Promises Promises.

Upon graduation from Michigan, he moved directly to NYC where he made his Off-Broadway debut in Schoolhouse Rock Live! at the Atlantic Theater. He followed that up with an Off-Broadway production of The Imaginary Invalid, a show he had done at Interlochen in his youth. He got his Equity card playing "Doc" in Garland Wright's production of Babes In Arms at the Guthrie Theater and as an understudy for the role of "Gus," went on once performing opposite a relatively unknown Kristin Chenoweth. Eric followed this up with roles in The Most Happy Fella (yet again) in a joint production at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park & the Repertory Theater of St. Louis and Big River (as the "Young Fool") at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

In 1998, he played "Kim McAfee" in Bye Bye Birdie: In Concert with an All Male Cast! in NYC. Then he went to Myrtle Beach, SC to play several roles including a dancing polar bear in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Immediately, in early 1999, he was the "mistress" of ceremonies in Broadway La Cage at the Hilton in Atlantic City, NJ. A few months later, he was cast as "Peter Pan" and "Hercules" in musicals on Disney Cruise Line but he quit during rehearsals. When he got back to NYC, he went to an open call for the 2000 Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar and was cast to play an apostle and to understudy Simon, a role he got to play 5 times.

With his career in high gear, he was cast to sing the famous "Aquarius" solo in the Encores production of Hair at City Center in 2001. He also began to work onscreen, guest starring in Law & Order: Criminal Intent's first season and Sidney Lumet's acclaimed series 100 Centre Street. His big screen debut came in his performance as "Ed Simone" in On Line which made its world premiere at the 2002 Sundance International Film Festival. Later, in 2002, he returned to his opera roots and played the role of "Older Brother" in the New York premiere of Jake Heggie's opera Dead Man Walking starring Joyce DiDonato at Lincoln Center. In the summer of 2003, he was cast to play a delivery boy on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. He was in one scene acting alongside Larry David, Mel Brooks, and David Schwimmer but it was cut in the editing room and never seen. His name still appears in the credits of that episode which has caused confusion for some of his fans. Throughout this time, he helped shape new works of musical theater, playing lead roles in workshops and readings of Mask, Spring Awakening, With Glee and Altar Boyz to name a few.

In summer 2004, he landed the biggest break of his career being cast as "Harold" opposite Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons' "Maude" in the world premiere of Tom Jones and Joseph Thalken's Harold & Maude: The Musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey in January 2005. After that closed, he moved to Los Angeles. Three weeks later, he was cast to play "Zack Addy" on the FOX TV show Bones. In 2006, he returned to Eugene, Oregon, to play "Frederic" in Eugene Opera's production of The Pirates of Penzance co-starring Christiane Noll and Richard White.. In July 2013, he brought his critically acclaimed cabaret show to the Wildish Theater in Springfield, Oregon. Eric's most recent film Lady Peacock is currently available to be seen on Hulu and Amazon Instant Video. Eric has an international fan following. He has appeared and signed autographs at Paris Manga, San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, Collectormania Milton Keynes (UK), LA Times Festival of Books, Wonder Con (Anaheim), and Space City Comic Con (Houston). His voice over work includes spots for Hotels.com and the 2014 GMC Sierra.