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Tuesday
Jul152014

Call Answered: Scott Coulter: Here She Comes Again: 54 Below Does Dolly Parton

Scott Coulter"Call Me Adam" chats with MAC and Bistro Award winner Scott Coulter about directing Here She Comes Again: 54 Below Does Dolly Parton on July 27 at 9:30pm. This very special evening will feature the music of the legendary Dolly Parton as 54 Below (254 West 54th Street - cellar) pays homage to the talents of a woman who literally changed pop and country music forever. Click here for tickets!

In addition to Scott, featured performers include Lisa Asher, Carole J. Bufford, Tim DiPasqua, Natalie Douglas, Alex Getlin, Mary Lane Haskell, Jessica Hendy, Lisa Howard, Fay Ann Lee, Lucia Spina, Gabrielle Stravelli, and KT Sullivan.

1. On Sunday, July 27 at 9:30pm, you are directing Here She Comes Again: 54 Does Dolly Parton. What made you want to direct an evening of Dolly Parton music? I have always loved Dolly Parton. I was raised in Tennessee (grew up in Nashville) and country music has always meant a lot to me. For my money it's the only music (outside of Broadway) being written today that still focuses on melody and story and of all the country music songwriters Dolly reigns supreme.

2. For over 40 years, Dolly Parton has been entertaining audiences with her music. How did you decide which songs you wanted to feature? The thing I love about Dolly is that while she is a world-famous, iconic entertainer, it's her songwriting that truly sets her apart. In picking songs for the show I tried to choose material that showcased that fact. She's really an underappreciated master songwriter so while "9 to 5" is represented so is a perfect gem like "Down from Dover" which tells the heartbreaking story of a pregnant teenage girl waiting for her lover to return. It's an incredible song.

3. Why is 54 Below the perfect venue for your evening of Dolly Parton music? What does the space offer that another one might not? 54 Below is intimate and elegant and contemporary all at the same time. Dolly's songs are really musical stories and they are going to play beautifully in the space.

Dolly Parton4. What excites you most about directing this evening and what challenges do you think you might face as the director? I'm most excited about having some of Dolly's biggest hits presented or heard in a new way. For example, "Jolene" is being sung by Fay Ann Lee, an incredible Asian-American actress. The song is about a woman begging her rival to leave her man alone. The lyric says the singer can not compete with Jolene whose

"beauty is beyond compare 
With flaming locks of auburn hair 
With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green"

I think the idea of Fay singing this song will impact the song in a new way. And Fay's version is chilling.

Dolly Parton5. How has Dolly Parton and her music influenced your own music? Well I've always been drawn to story songs and songs that take the audience on some sort of emotional journey. Dolly's music does just that.

6. Which Dolly Parton song speaks to you the most? Well, I must say I have always loved "I Will Always Love You." It's so simple and so right. And for me Dolly's version is -- and alway will be -- the best. I love me some Whitney but Dolly owns this song. I also really love "Down from Dover." That's such a killer song.

7. How did you pick the performers you wanted to par take in the evening? Who did you want to be part of this evening that wasn't available? The very first call I made was to Carol Hall who wrote The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. I asked her to come sing "Hard Candy Christmas" and was very sorry to hear that she'd be away the night of the concert. I am a HUGE fan of Carol Hall. In fact, to this day the only fan letter I've ever written was to her. 

Everyone else I asked said 'yes' so I'm a lucky guy. I asked a bunch of fiercely talented vocalists who know how to tell a story. That's what you need for an evening of Dolly Parton. 

Scott Coulter8. Since you are directing Here She Comes Again: 54 Does Dolly Parton, what do you get from directing that you do not get from singing/songwriting? What made you want parlay into directing? I guess I've been directing almost as long as I've been singing. I stared singing around four or five and directing shows for the neighborhood kids around six or seven. To me they've always gone hand in hand. I truly believe that every song is a story and it's up to the singer to make sure that story is being told. That's what a director does too. Plus, I like to arrange all the songs musically so I stick my hands in everywhere.

9. Who or what inspired you to become a singer/songwriter? I've just always been singing -- as long as I can remember. And my favorites have always been the ladies: Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Olivia Newton-John, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Linda Ronstadt, Whitney Houston, Oleta Adams, Bette Midler, Trisha Yearwood, Wynona Judd. God, that says a LOT about me, huh? I love them all though. They taught me how to sing. I sang along with them note for note, phrase by phrase.

10. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Dolly Parton. :) And I do love Trisha Yearwood and Wynona Judd.

11. What's the best advice you've ever received? Just keep on keeping' on. Just do your thing. Don't let anyone ever stand in the way of your joy.

12. What have you learned about yourself from being a singer/songwriter/director? I've done a lot of teaching over the last few years and I love it. I get to work with young performers -- late teens, early twenties -- a lot and I get excited by the journeys they are taking or are about to take. It reminded me of the path I took to get to where I am and how everything you do leads to the next thing, the next step. It's really amazing for me to look back and trace how I got from there to here. And most of it had to do with saying 'yes' time and time again.

From being a singer I've learned what a gift it is to be able to touch someone and move them in an honest genuine way. Music is such a healing force and I'm happy to be able to share in musical experiences.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

13. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I would love to fly. For me that's what singing is like and I would love to fly up, up and away.

14. How do you want to be remembered? I want to be remembered as someone who smiled a lot -- and who loved to sing.

Scott Coulter Singing, Photo Credit: Krissie FullertonMore on Scott:

For his work in cabaret, Scott Coulter was awarded both the 2001 Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Award, as well as the 2001 Bistro Award for Outstanding Male Vocalist. He received a 1997 Bistro Award for the revue Get Your Tickets Now! and his debut solo show won the 1998 MAC Award for Male Debut. Time Out New York picked Coulter’s Unexpected Songs as one of the "Best of 1999." Coulter’s self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording and was chosen as the best recording of the year by Scott and Barbara Siegel of Theatre Mania and Jeff Rosen of Cabaret Scenes magazine. He won two 2007 Nightlife Awards including Outstanding Male Vocalist. Scott has appeared at Town Hall in the 1949, 1953, 1954, 1962, 1964, and 1968 editions of the popular Broadway by the Year series and can currently be heard on the Bayview recordings of the 1949, 1953 and 1962 performances. Other Town Hall appearances include Sentimental Journey: The Songs of World War II, From Brooklyn to Hollywood, All That Jazz: A Tribute to Kander & Ebb, and the critically acclaimed Broadway Uplugged. Since 1997, Scott has performed around the country with award-winning songwriting duo Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich in their many revues and tours, and with composer Stephen Schwartz, Liz Callaway, and Debbie Gravitte in the revue Stephen Schwartz & Friends. Scott toured the U.S. as "Jinx" in Forever Plaid and was in the world premiere of Floyd Collins, directed by Tina Landau at the American Music Theatre Festival. His regional theatre credits include Into the WoodsIn TrousersCotton Patch GospelPump Boys and Dinettes, and As Bees in Honey Drown.

He has directed many shows for the Town Hall in New York, and along with Michael Kerker and ASCAP, has produced Michael Feinstein’s Standard Time at Carnegie Hall. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Tuesday
Jul082014

Call Answered: Leanna Creel: Bayside! The Musical!

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Leanna Creel as "Zack Morris" and "Tori Scott" on NBC's "Saved By The Bell"Known for playing "Tori Scott" on NBC's #1 teen drama Saved By The Bell, "Call Me Adam" chats with actress, director, and writer Leanna Creel about being the featured guest star in the unauthorized hit Off-Broadway musical Bayside! The Musical! from July 10-12 at Theatre 80 in NYC (80 St. Marks Place at 1st Avenue). Click here for tickets! 

We also discuss starting her own film company, motherhood, and what she hopes to be rememered for.

For more on Leanna be sure to visit http://www.creelstudio.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

1. On July 10, 11, and 12 you will be the featured guest star in the unauthorized hit Off-Broadway musical Bayside! The Musical!, a parody of TV's #1 teen drama Saved By The Bell. What made you want to be part of this musical parody? Well, it looks hilarious. And of course, SBTB is such an inviting comedic target.

2. What do you hope audiences will come away with after seeing you in Bayside! The Musical!? I hope they get a good laugh, especially at my expense.

3. What excites you about stepping back into the role of "Tori Scott"? I'm not sure how much I'll be back, but I'm considering wearing a black leather jacket. I've avoided that for years.

4. Who do you still keep in touch with from Saved By The Bell, if anyone? You know, I don't really keep in touch with anybody, but I've run into Mario a few times over the years. I get a zillion likes when I post a picture of him on Facebook.

5. Shortly after Saved By The Bell ended it's run, you left acting and started working behind the scenes, both producing and directing, eventually creating your own production company, and now photography studio. What made you want to leave acting and work behind the scenes? What do you get from working behind the scenes that you did not get from acting? I acted all through undergrad and grad school. In fact, took off a quarter while I was at UCLA to do the show. This is how I paid for my education, but I've always been drawn BEHIND the camera more than in front.

6. In 2008, you married your partner Rinat Greenberg and shortly after, Rinat gave birth to your son. How do you balance a career and motherhood? It can be tough sometimes, because I travel quite a bit. However, having my own business has been a great way to make sure the schedule works as well as can be.

7. How do you stay grounded in an industry that has lead others down darker roads? I didn't start acting until I was 15, and I've noticed that the kids that "went down darker paths"….usually started a lot younger when it was more difficult to keep a balanced perspective.

Leanna Creel as "Tori Scott" on NBC's "Saved By The Bell"8. What's the best advice you've ever received? The most important thing is to keep the most important thing, the most important thing.

9. What have you learned about yourself from your career and being a mother? This would take a novel!! One thing I do know, is that I learn from my boys every day and that they have made me a more patient and demonstrative person.

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

BONUS QUESTION:

11. What do you want to be remembered for? Excellent question. Personally, I want to make a difference in people's lives, and to be remembered as a kind and generous person. As for work, to choose material that inspires hope. I'm a sucker for hope.

Leanna Creel, Photo Credit: Rocki PedersenMore on Leanna:

Leanna Creel started acting for TV when she was 15, moving on from acting after earning an MFA in Film and TV from UCLA’s Independent Producer's Program. From 1996-2000, Leanna Co-founded Ignite Entertainment which financed and produced 10 feature films, working with emerging talent such as Will Ferrell, Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Natasha Lyonne, Peter Facinelli, and Ben Stiller. In 2000 Lionsgate acquired Ignite Entertainment.

2000-2003, Leanna wrote and directed several award winning short films including Offside and Prom-troversy! starring Jane Lynch. 

Traveling around the world led her back to her childhood passion for photography, and she started Creel Photo in 2004. After creating hundreds of web and educational videos, she expanded her company to Creel Films in 2007. To encompass the expanding array of projects beyond just photography and video, and to develop original IP, Creel Studio was formed in 2013.

Saturday
Jul052014

Call Answered: Kevin Spirtas: Mr. Confidential NYMF 2014

Kevin Spirtas, Photo Credit: Denice Duff - http://duffimages.comBest known for playing "Dr. Craig Wesley" on NBC's Days of Our Lives, "Call Me Adam" chats with actor and producer Kevin Spirtas about starring as Bob Harrison in NYMF's 2014 production of Samuel Bernstein's Mr. Confidential from July 21-27 at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre in NYC (480 West 42nd Street).

Before TMZ and Gawker, there was Bob Harrison’s Confidential Magazine. Its scandal and showbiz fizz went viral, fab 50s style, outselling T.V. Guide and Time Magazine. But scrape away the hype, whipped cream, and dirt, and what do you have? A mostly true story about heart, innocence, and family loyalty, set to a sexy, swinging, Big Broadway beat. But sshhh! Keep it confidential...Click here for tickets!

For more on Kevin be sure to visit http://www.kevinspirtas.com and follow him Facebook and Twitter!

1. From July 21-27, you are going to be starring in Mr. Confidential in the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). What made you want to be part of this show? First of all — MR. CONFIDENTIAL is a good old fashioned style musical with great songs and musical numbers that help tell a great story. It’s style and presentation of telling a story is my favorite way to tell a story and is a good fit with my style of acting and performing. Not to mention, Bob Harrison, the creator of Confidential Magazine, was the true inventor and Father of tabloid magazines as we know them today...He is a fascinating character and I couldn’t pass up a role like Bob!

2. What excites you about being in a new musical and in the NYMF festival? Always having the opportunity of doing a new musical and creating/putting your stamp on something new is very exciting.

The real Bob Harrison (Left) and Kevin Spirtas as Bob Harrison (Right), Photo Credit: Michael Tobias (left photo) and Jeremy Blair (right photo)3. What do you identify most with about your character of "Bob"? Bob Harrison really just liked to have fun - even with his work! And he was really a good guy, though somewhat misunderstood. He was a serial creative, not unlike like myself, with incredible drive, and always had an a knack to reinvent himself and come back from his low points and failures...Like the lives of a cat! He always had another new and exciting idea to make, or create, or invent. My career has had some extraordinary highs as well as some equally extraordinary lows...But like Bob, I have a good sense of vision and perseverance and I just try to keep going with what I like to do and think might be a fun way to create and entertain.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Well the obvious thing would be for people to walk away knowing who Bob Harrison was-- I never knew about him or his family, or his legacy for that matter, until I dove into this show! But mainly I want audiences to be entertained!

"Mr. Confidential's" Kevin Spirtas and Amy Bodnar, Collage includes photos by Jeremy Blair, Rob Sutton, and courtesy Michael Tobias.5. Since Mr. Confidential centers around the scandal/showbiz fizz magazine Confidential Magazine, what is the most unusual thing you've ever read about yourself and where did you read it? Somewhere, somehow, someone got the idea about me starting out as a stunt man and breaking into the biz that way. (NOT TRUE) But of course— since it’s out there, and in print, it must mean that it is true!!!! LOL!

6. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Gene Kelley, in Singing In The Rain and The Pirate...Who else is there?

7. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Jim Carrey! I believe he is one our master talents on the planet. I’m serious!

Kevin Spirtas, Photo Credit: Denice Duff - http://duffimages.com8. What's the best advice you've ever received? I love the Maya Angelou quote: "When you know better— You do better!"

9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Usually (9 times out of 10)... whatever the character (I am playing) is going through or working through something in his life — I have that same aspect or lesson in my life to be learned or work through as well. As my character learns or heals = so do I...And on some level, perhaps the audience does too.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Time travel would be awesome, yes! (Is that a super power?) If not... Perhaps leaping tall buildings in a single bound would be fun!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to stay in shape? Chocolate Chip Cookies.

12. Boxers or Briefs? I like Briefs – but I think Bob Harrison was probably a boxer kind of guy! Maybe even commando?...which I am not against either :)

13. How do you want to be remembered? Just that I was able to accomplish my personal best while I was here...and while doing so I was able to touch other’s hearts as they have touched mine. Or maybe that I had the best abs in the world...That would be a much better thing to be remembered for, yes?

Kevin Spirtas, Photo Credit: Denice Duff - http://duffimages.comMore on Kevin:

B'way: The Boy From OzMeet Me In St. Louis, A Chorus Line. Regional: HairsprayCompanyDamn Yankees, and Into the Woods. Off B'way: Silence! The Musical, Loaded. TV/Film: NBC's Days of Our Lives (Dr. Craig Wesley), FriendsL.A. Heat,V.I.P.Fired UpSilk StalkingsQuantum LeapEmbrace the DarknessStriking Resemblance, and Green Plaid Shirt. Featured opposite Sir Ian McKellen in Apt Pupil, and Ben Affleck in the director's cut of Daredevil. Broadway producer credits: Finian's Rainbow (Revival 2009), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (2012). World tours of his one-man musical shows: Night & Days,Jersey Men, and Let There Be Love.

Friday
Jul042014

Call Answered: Laura Pedersen: This Will All Be Yours, 2014 Midtown International Theatre Festival

Laura Pedersen"Call Me Adam" chats with playwright Laura Pedersen about her new play This Will All Be Yours, about the silent decline of America's farming community, which runs in the 2014 Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) from July 17-August 7 at the The Barrow Group Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor, between 8th & 9th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

For more on Laura be sure to visit http://laurapedersenbooks.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

1. What made you want to write This Will All Be Yours? It's a story that happened all around me while I was growing up in Western New York, locally and throughout the country. An entire way of life disappeared and the result was a great deal of displacement, uncertainty and unhappiness. Despite the size and scope of this shift, the disappearance of the family farm doesn't seem to have merited much artistic attention. I'm not sure that someone currently in their twenties would even know that it had happened.

2. What excites about having this show in the Midtown International Theatre Festival? The MITF is professionally operated. Therefore it's pleasant to attend since you don't have to step over actors changing in hallways or worry about the weather (we're indoors) or finding a restroom. It's a terrific workshop environment leading up to the performances in that we have the time and space to experiment with different ideas. And it's a fantastic showcase if you'd like to take your piece to the next level. I think it's also a wonderful way for all these talented actors, directors, and musicians to be seen by agents, producers, press, other writers, etc.

3. How do you feel MITF will foster this show in a way another festival would not? I can speak from experience as I've had previous shows in the MITF which went on to future incarnations. It also gave me a way to work out some spots I wasn't completely happy with before finalizing the scripts. Additionally, John Chatterton has so much experience in every aspect of the theater that he creates a terrific working environment for us while bringing in the public, press, scouts, and even potential investors. He fills an important niche in Manhattan because it's incredibly difficult and expensive to mount a show these days.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing This Will All Be Yours? As a storyteller my number one hope is for people to be entertained. I think the best stories are where you see a bit of yourself or someone you know in one or more of the characters. This show is about dealing with change and I think that's rather universal so I hope people will relate and consider how they've experienced major shifts in their lives. I'm interested in food and nutrition and maybe at some level people will consider where their meals come from, but many New Yorkers (and people in general) are already very knowledgeable in this area. They care about what they put in their bodies, how land is used, how animals are treated, and how workers are compensated.

Laura Pedersen with her parents5. Since This Will All Be Yours is about the vanishing of America's farming community, how have you been affected by this disappearance? I watched it happen in my own backyard. I remember eating delicious locally grown fruit when I was young and then moving to Manhattan at age 18 and buying fruit in the supermarket that I expected would be like what I ate growing up. It certainly looked beautiful (and was expensive) but there wasn't any flavor. Where had the flavor gone? Why would people rather eat fruit that had been picked green and shipped from South America if it was going to taste like wet socks. Someone also decided to take the seeds out of watermelon so it'd be easier to eat. And the flavor went out right along with the seeds. (Plus some of the best moments of my childhood were watermelon seed spitting contests).

6. What are you looking forward to about having this cast bring your show to life? This cast is made up of terrific actors but they are professional singers as well. I think the original songs performed for the first time by this cast are going to amaze people. Unlike a Broadway show where you usually have a lot of glitz and busyness, these songs will be more like intimate cabaret performances and that will be wonderful. In fact, I'm almost certain that at least one star is going to be born on July 17th.

7. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright? I've always loved stories. After I work out an idea I decide how it best presents -- as a newspaper column, magazine article, short story, novel, play, etc. I think I've written a little of everything except for acrostics and shadow puppetry. There was no question from the start that This Will All Be Yours was meant to be for the stage and have music, told in a simple way a la The Fantasticks.

8. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? As a writer I spend most of my time alone. But as far as directors and editors go I enjoy working with people who love what they do and are in general enthusiastic about the importance of the arts in all of our lives. Ludovica Villar-Hauser has directed several of my plays and I love her energy and creativity. She's able to provide that along with organization and diplomacy, which is a real trick in my experience.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? The best advice I ever received was from a woman working the airline counter at JFK airport during the blackout of 2003. She said, "I've learned that the only thing I can control is my own behavior." However, I believe the philosopher William James may have been thinking of New York when he wrote, "Wisdom is learning what to overlook."

10. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I've never performed with a group of actors on a stage. I've given sermons and lectures and done stand-up comedy. I've learned that it's harder than it looks and so I have the greatest admiration for all those who trust a piece of work enough to give themselves over to an audience. How lucky we are!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Is declining chocolate a super power?  If not, it should be.  I'm just a girl who can't say no.

12. What do you want to be remembered most for? In the Prayer of St. Francis it says, "Where there is sadness let me sow joy."  I would love to go on my journey having made a few people laugh. I know I made my high school principal laugh because he said so when he suspended me for sneaking jokes into the school anthology.

Laura PedersenMore on Laura:

Laura Pedersen is an author, humorist, and playwright. She was also the youngest person at age 20 to have a seat on the American Stock Exchange, while earning a finance degree at New York University’s Stern School of Business. She wrote about that experience in her first book, Play Money, which received rave reviews and became a bestseller. At age 25, she was the youngest columnist for The New York Times.

Glamour magazine named Laura one of ten "Outstanding Young Working Women" in 1990. In 1994 President Clinton honored her as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. Laura has appeared on national television outlets such as CNN, Oprah, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Today, Primetime Live, and Late Night with David Letterman. She has also performed stand-up comedy at The Improv, among other clubs, and writes material for several well-known comedians. She has an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Canisius College.

Laura’s books have won many awards and honors, including the Three Oaks Prize for Fiction, a B&N "Discover New Voices" selection, and a Borders "Original Voices" selection. Her fiction includes Going Away Party, the Hallie Palmer series (Beginner’s LuckHeart’s DesireThe Big Shuffle; and Best Bet), the romantic comedies Last Call and Fool's Mate, and a collection of short stories called The Sweetest Hours.

Buffalo Gal, a humorous memoir about growing up in the economically devastated Rust Belt during the 1970s, was named best autobiography by ForeWord magazine, received an honorable mention from The Eric Hoffer Book Award, and an honorable mention at the New York Book Festival. Buffalo Unbound, humorous essays about the current revitalization of Laura’s hometown and the Western New York area, won the Indie Book Award in the Humor/Comedy category and was an International Book Award finalist in the categories of Travel Essay and Humor. Other nonfiction books include Trains, Planes, and Auto-Rickshaws and Life in New York: How I Learned to Love Squeegee Men, Token Suckers, Trash Twisters, and Subway Sharks.

Laura’s first children’s book, Unplugged: Ella Gets Her Family Back, was a Mom’s Choice Awards Gold recipient and won several other awards for its message about families and technology. Unplugged received a Skipping Stones magazine Honor Award for respecting multicultural and ecological awareness in children's literature, was selected by the United Methodist Women's Reading Program Committee for their children's book list, and won a bronze for best picture book for children of all ages in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.

Laura’s latest children's book, Ava's Adventure, is about the power of the imagination to entertain, and also features a multicultural family. Her children’s stories are developed around young people creating solutions for their problems without adult intervention.

Laura’s award-winning plays have been performed in festivals and Off-Broadway. Her full-length musical This Will All Be Yours (lyrics and music by Charles Bloom) premieres at the Midtown International Theatre Festival July 17-August 7, and her award-winning full-length play, The Brightness of Heaven, opens at New York’s Off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre in October of 2014.

Laura is also an ordained minister who occasionally gives sermons at Unitarian Universalist churches and fellowships around the country and in Canada. She belongs to the Authors Guild, the international literary association P.E.N. and is an honorary member of the Twentieth Century Club.

Thursday
Jul032014

Call Answered: Crystal Kellogg: Cloned! NYMF 2014/Kinky Boots 1st National Tour

Crystal Kellogg"Call Me Adam" chats with rising actress Crystal Kellogg about starring in the 2014 NYMF production of Jacey Powers, Dan Wolpow and Adam Spiegel's Cloned! from July 7-15 at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre in NYC (480 West 42nd Street). Click here for tickets!

We also discuss Crystal being cast in the first national tour of the Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots! Click here for Kinky Boots tour tickets!

For more on Crystal be sure to vist http://www.crystalkellogg.com and follow her on Twitter!

1. From July 7-15 you will starring in the NYMF production of Jacey Powers, Dan Wolpow and Adam Spiegler's Cloned! What attracted you to this show? As soon as Tom Wojtunik (our director, who I had just worked with at APAC in Allegro) told me about the show, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The script is hysterically funny and perfectly chaotic. Who wouldn't want to be involved!?

2. What do you identify most with about your character? How do I identify with playing a 90s icon?? If I had a nickel for every time I've been asked that.... :) Well, that's simple - like her, I do everything myself.

3. What do you like about being part of NYMF in a new musical? This is my NYMF debut! I love being in new musicals. There are no comparisons to consider. Everyone just gets to play and create from scratch.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Cloned!? I hope their cheeks hurt from laughing too much.

Eric Mann (front) and Alex Goley (back) in "Cloned!", Photo Credit: Andrew Barry Fritz5. Since Cloned! is about, well, cloning yourself, what would you do with 2 versions of yourself? Good question! First thing that comes to mind-pranking my sisters. Oh! And scoping out Starbucks stores to find the shortest line.

6. The show also potentially incorporates teleporting. If you could have the power to teleport, where would you go? I would most definitely go back to when I was about 10 years old and put a stop to the haircut my mom decided to give me herself. That mullet still haunts me. 

7. You were just cast in the first national tour of Kinky Boots. What was it like when you found out the news? What are you looking forward to most about going on tour with this hit show? Yes! I was on a public bus at the time and I'm sure I looked like a crazy person from the huge smile on my face and the occasional "hee hee hee!"s that escaped my mouth. Then I called my family. I was very excited. There are so many things I'm looking forward to. I know a couple people in the show already so I'm sure that will be great. There are many people I haven't seen around the country for a long time and I'll get a chance to see them. I also just love the show. It is so much fun and has such a great message. I'm ready to strap the boots on and get KINKY!!

Crystal Kellogg in APAC's production of "Allegro," Photo Credit: Paul Fox8. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I think it's in the genes. My whole family sings. My parents were in theatre in high school and college. The same for my older sisters. I just followed in their footsteps.

9. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? High hopes! I would love more than anything to work with Meryl Streep. Her work is so grounded and inspiring. I would even settle for a chance to pick her brain.

10. What's the best advice you've ever received? Be yourself. It means so much more than just those two words.

11. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I've learned to stop thinking so much and just feel. If it feels good, I'm doing something right. 

BONUS QUESTIONS:

12. Aside from teleporting, if you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Telekinesis. It would actually make cleaning fun.

13. What do you want to be remembered for? Perseverance and love for what I do.

Crystal KellogMore on Crystal:

Crystal is so happy to be making her NYMF debut! She was last seen in The King And I (Anna) at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Other credits include: Because Of Winn Dixie (Sunny) a new musical by Duncan Sheik and Nell Benjamin - Arkansas Rep Theatre, Allegro (Jenny Brinker) also directed by Tom Wojtunik - APAC, The Sound Of Music (Maria) - Surflight Theatre and Westchester Broadway Theatre (u/s), The Full Monty (Pam) - Riverside Theatre, Grease (Sandy) and The Little Mermaid(Ariel u/s performed) - Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Nine (Luisa u/s) starring Robert Cuccioli - Westchester Broadway Theatre. TV/Commercials: Person of Interest on CBS, Athenos Feta Cheese National commercial nominated for TruTV's Funniest Commercial of the Year. Up next? The First National Tour of Broadway's Tony Award Winning Kinky Boots!!