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Here's what I've enjoyed seeing or reading so far...hope you enjoy them as well!

Saturday
May242014

Adam's Call: Teresa Fischer: Destinations & Detours: A trip worth taking

On May 13th, 2014, I had the pleasure of seeing Teresa Fischer's Destinations & Detours (directed by Frank Calo, with Musical Direction by Paul Chamlin) at Sophie's in NYC! I have only known Teresa for a few months now, seeing her perform a song here and there, (which was enough to ask her to be the vocalist for my radio show theme song, "It's Showtime with Call Me Adam," written by Andrew David Sotomayor, who arranged several of the songs in Destinations & Detours), but to see her perform a full cabaret show was a night I will always remember.

Teresa's vibrant performance style is infectious and only made me want her to sing more! She has strong vocals and picked a great set of songs to take the audience on the ride of her travels from Missouri to New York! One of the things I liked best about Teresa's show was that the songs she sang were almost all upbeat and positive. So many cabaret singers perform ballad-heavy shows, but Teresa's set was a welcomed change. From what I've seen so far, Teresa works with arrangers that really get her vocal style and in this case they were Paul Chamlin and Andrew David Sotomayor. My favorite selections were "Hero In Your Hometown" by Mary Chapin Carpenter, "I Know This Town" by Cheryl Wheeler, "Feels Like Home" by Randy Newman, "One Blade Shy of A Sharp Edge" by Nancy Griffith, "Outbound Plane" by Nancy Griffith and Tom Russell, "Travelin' Thru" by Dolly Parton, and "Let The Mystery Be" by Iris Dement.

If you are looking to take a vacation that will rejuvinate you, then purchase your ticket to Teresa Fischer's final show of Destinations & Detours on Tuesday, June 3 at Sophie's in NYC (318 West 53rd Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Teresa Fischer talking about this show on It's Showtime with Call Me Adam, then click here to listen to it at your leisure!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Tuesday
May202014

Adam's Call: Jeremy Abram: Hit a Home Run with Out of the Game at The Duplex

With a soulful, powerful, and electrifying voice, Jeremy Abram hit a home run with his show Out of the Game (directed by Tracy Stark) at New York City's oldest cabaret and piano bar, The Duplex!

I am so glad I got to attend Jeremy's show. I had interviewed Jeremy on my radio show, It's Showtime with Call Me Adam in April, and at the time, I had only heard a few clips of Jeremy sing from previous shows he had done, but I knew then, he had a great voice. Well, tonight, I learned he doesn't have a great voice, he has an incredible voice who sang the songs of Carole King, Anita Baker, Darius de Haas, and many others.

The Duplex was a great spot for Jeremy to perform at. The intimate theatre allowed the audience to really experience the strength of Jeremy's vocals up close in addition to his positive energy and sexy smile he flashed so often. The room was filled with many adoring fans who couldn't get enough of Jeremy. 

After seeing Jeremy's show tonight at The Duplex, I can easily say that I'm a fan and look forward to attending many more of his concerts!

For more on Jeremy be sure to follow him on Twitter @jermaliciousdef!

If you missed my interview with Jeremy talking about this show, click here to take a listen!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Friday
May022014

Shakina: One Woman Show at Sophie's NYC: Live Out Your Truth and Speak From Your Soul

I haven't been so moved by a show as I was tonight at Shakina's One Woman Show at Sophie's in NYC! A show about truth, strength, self-love, acceptance, and empowerment from living as your true self. No one demonstrates this fact better than Shakina. Growing up a boy while wanting to be a girl, Shakina took us on an emotional, heartfelt, raw, and honest ride of her journey to becoming the woman she is meant to be!

Shakina SingingWith songs written by some of today's rising and established composers/lyricists such as Joe Iconis, Joel  Waggoner, Sam Salmond, and Julianne Wick Davis, Shakina weaves her story together perfectly! I laughed. I cried. I was moved. I was inspired. I think I have to go as far as to say this is one of the best written, directed, and performed solo shows I have ever seen. Shakina's story is tight, to the point, and mesmerizing.

These are just a few of the powerful lines I heard throughout the night: "We live in bodies that are betraying us." "When you meet someone, are you going to affirm their dream, reject it, or ignore it." "I walk the streets prepared for the impact."

This last line moved me the most because for as confident and self-assuured as Shakina is, it shows a real vulnerability that I didn't expect.

ShakinaI'm glad Shakina brought One Woman Show to Sophie's. The intimacy of the room leant itself to bringing me even more into the depths of this captivating story. 

With just one show left, of her extended run, tomorrow, Friday, May 2 at 11pm, I can't urge you enough to go see what it really means to live out your truth and speak from your soul! Sophie's is located inside the Broadway Comedy Club at 318 West 53rd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Shakina about One Woman Show on It's Showtime with Call Me Adam on YTP Radio, listen to it here at your leisure: http://ow.ly/woAj1

For more on Shakina be sure to visit http://shakinanayfack.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

Let's all affirm Shakina's dream of becoming the woman she is by donating to her KickStartHer campaign to help her raise money to have her gender reassignment surgery. Campaign runs through May 31, 2014!


Sunday
Oct062013

Adam's Call: New York Pops featuring Chris Botti: Rockin' Good Time

Adam Rothenberg/Call Me Adam and Chris BottiCarole Radziwill ("The Real Housewives of New York City") and Adam Rothenberg/Call Me AdamI had another splendid evening at Carnegie Hall listening to the New York Pops as I attended their 31st opening night season. Lead by New York Pops' Musical Director/Conductor Steven Reineke, the concert featured Grammy Award winning instrumentalist Chris Botti, who, along with his band, really rocked Carnegie Hall! The evening was a slightly different sound than the usual New York Pops concert, but it welcomed change. Check out some pics below to the fun we all had afterward!

Click through photo gallery below. Credit: Call Me Adam/Adam Rothenberg

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Friday
Aug162013

Adam's Call: Review of Varla Jean Merman's Twice Upon a Mattress: Will My Prince Ever Come at Provincetown's Art House Theatre: Comedic Insight into Finding Your Place in the World

Varla Jean Merman in "Twice Upon A Mattress...Will My Prince Ever Come" at the Art House in Provincetown, MA 2013The Art House is another great spot in Provincetown for shows. From Broadway performers to drag shows, The Art House is lighting up the town with delight!

On this trip, I took in Varla Jean Merman's newest show Twice Upon A Mattress...Will My Prince Ever Come? In this hilarious look at princesses of a certain famous children's brand, Varla Jean Merman scored big with songs and comedic moments. She looked deep behind these woman with humor and insight into how each princess waits for her prince to come. Throughout this show, Varla uses the various princesses to help her find her place in the world, something we are all looking for, of which, some of us have found. It's quite interesting to watch Varla's journey to figure out where she belongs.

Varla's take on popular songs of this famous children's brand is quite enjoyable. She hit all the right notes with her parodies. Her comedic timing is hilarious! Varla plays with and off of the audience very well, making everyone feel as though they are part of the show.

Adam Rothenberg, Varla Jean Merman, Paul C. Focazio after "Twice Upon A Mattress...Will My Prince Ever Come" at the Art House in Provincetown, MAIf you are looking for your place in this world, come feel the love of Varla Jean Merman's Twice Upon A Mattress...Will My Prince Ever Come? at the Art House in Provincetown, MA (214 Commercial Street) through August 31. Click here for tickets!

For more on Varla be sure to visit http://www.varlajeanmerman.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!