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Thursday
Dec102015

Adam's Call: The Color Purple on Broadway: Shook Me To My Core

It's been a little over a month since I've been so moved or inspired by a piece of theatre. The Color Purple on Broadway shook me to my core! It was only intermission and I had already wanted to make plans to see this show again! 

Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks, and the cast of "The Color Purple"Allee Willis', Stephen Bray's, and Brenda Russel's music/lyrics hit hard! I felt each word resonate within me. I love that this production is scaled down from the original Broadway run. It made me connect even more with the story and emotions running throughout the show. To watch "Celie" go from feeling like she was worthless to having so much self-awareness/esteem is something everybody can relate to. 

Cynthia Erivo gives it her all and then gives even more. She is fantastic as "Celie." She IS "Celie!" Her acting is equisite! Her voice is like no other! Her performance got deep under my skin. There is a reason "Celie" sings "I'm Here" and hearing Cynthia sing that song made me say, yes indeed, Cynthia IS here! I mean how many performers get a standing ovation midway through the show? Not many, but Cynthia deserved it!

Jennifer Hudson and the cast of "The Color Purple"Danielle Brooks is terrific as "Sofia." I love Danielle as "Taystee" on Orange is the New Black, but seeing her in The Color Purple made me see her in a completely different light, showing off her acting chops in a way she doesn't get to demonstrate on Orange is the New Black. She has an amazing singing voice and her "Hell No!" has become my new anthem. 

To see Jennifer Hudson live on stage and hear that voice sing was pure delight! The whole cast is fantastic! They are one of the reasons I loved this show so much! From all their performances, I could tell how much each of them truly enjoy being in this show.

Call Me Adam at "The Color Purple"The Color Purple is powerful! It's inspirational! It sends out a positive message about self love! It's a show everyone must see!

The Color Purple plays at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre in New York City (242 West 45th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and at http://colorpurple.com!

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

Saturday
Nov142015

Adam's Call: Tamara Tunie: MASH UP at Feinstein's/54 Below: Tune In

Tamara Tunie performing in "MASH UP" at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffWednesday, November 11, 2015 was the first time I had heard Tamara Tunie sing. That day will not be my last! From the moment Tamara walked on stage at Feinstein's/54 Below, I was captivated. Not only did her shining smile welcome me with open arms, but her beautiful vocals engulfed me right away! From there, it was one amazing moment after another. 

Tamara hit all the right notes in her show MASH UP, a collection of her best moments from her cabaret shows LEGENDS from the BURGH and YES, I SING! Tamara celebrated the music of Lena Horne, Henry Mancini, Phyllis Hyman, Steven Sondheim, and George Benson. Getting to hear the stories of how each of these artists have touched Tamara's life made the show all that more personal. That is one of the things I loved most about Tamara's concert...In a room filled with well over 100 people, Tamara knew how to connect in with us individually, making us feel as though she was giving each one of us a private concert. 

Tamara Tunie performing in "MASH UP" at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffTamara Tunie and Call Me AdamThe other thing I loved about Tamara's show MASH UP was her movement between musical genres...from Jazz to Blues to Broadway, Tamara sang them all! She started the night off with Peggy Lee's "I Love Being Here With You," which was a terrific way to get everyone in the mood for this fantastic show!

With just one show left, I can't encourage you enough to TUNE IN to Tamara Tunie's MASH UP at Feinstein's/54 Below on Sunday, November 15 at 7pm! Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Tamara about MASH UP, click here to read it!

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

Tuesday
Oct272015

Adam's Call: Mathieu Blue: Falling Into Blue at The Metropolitan Room: 2 Thumbs Up

Mathieu Blue and Call Me Adam at Mathieu's show "Falling Into Blue" at The Metropolitan RoomLike the picture to the right, I give Mathieu 2 thumbs up! I was completely blown away by Mathieu Blue tonight at his Metropolitan Room show Falling Into Blue. Let me just say, I fell, deep and hard for Mathieu's talent and vocals! This guy is the real deal! A great mixture of original songs and covers, Mathieu had the Metropolitan Room in the palm of his hands. The crowd was eager and excited for him and I can easily see why!

Mathieu's vocals are rich, strong, and soulful! He captivates a room, not only with his good looks and stories, but his gift of music! He had the room singing along to such covers as "Iris" (Goo Goo Dolls), "Halo" (Beyoncè), "You're Still The One" (Shania Twain), and "Rolling In The Deep" (Adele). I feel, if you can cover Adele well, you got what it takes! Mathieu, did Adele well, in fact he did it better than well. The audience went wild for him after this song! Another favorite song of mine Mathieu covered was "I Am Ready For Love," as sung by India.Arie (though I know of it because the great Ellen Greene did a cover of it on her album "In His Eyes"). Mathieu hit all the right notes on this song! 

Mathieu Blue and Call Me Adam at Mathieu's show "Falling Into Blue" at The Metropolitan RoomMathieu Blue outside The Metropolitan RoomWhat also makes Mathieu a great entertainer are the stories he tells in between songs. He is a big believer in love and the road to love, but also he's had his fair share of heartbreak. Two of his original songs deal with these ideas. First, he sang "Here," the title song to his debut EP. "Here" was inspired by an elderly couple he saw on the news after their house was devoured by a hurricane. They were more happy to have each other than the fact that they just lost their home and belongings. Like Mathieu says, "When you find true love, that is all that matters." The next original song he performed was "Everytime," a terrific song about being on the path to love when dating someone and then all of a sudden, boom, the relationship ends and you are left figure out the why. I think we've all had scenarios like this and Mathieu conveys those feelings of loss perfectly.

Mathieu Blue performing at The Metropolitan Room, Photo Credit: Lou RefanoThe hour plus show went by in the blink of an eye, which I know means I had an amazing time! I could have listened to Mathieu for hours more. And that is the sign of a great performer...they leave you wanting more. Mathieu sure left me wanting more! Luckily, he is scheduled to be back at The Metropolitan Room on Monday, December 21 at 9:30pm for his first ever holiday show, with an original holiday song just for us! Be sure to get your tickets today!

What else can I say about Mathieu Blue, except, buy his EP Here, watch his video for "Everytime" below, and come see him live! He's one performer you don't want to miss!

If you missed my interview with Mathieu about his EP and concert, click here to read it!

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

For more on Mathieu be sure to visit http://www.mathieublue.com and follow him on FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram, and SoundCloud!

Mathieu Blue "Everytime"

 

Saturday
Oct242015

Adam's Call: Aaron Mark's "Empanada Loca" starring Daphne Rubin-Vega: Recipe for Success

Daphne Rubin-Vega as "Dolores" in Aaron Mark's "Empanada Loca"This is certainly the week for shows! Aaron Mark's Empanada Loca, written for and starring two-time Tony Award nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega, is another must see show! Inspired by the legend of Sweeney Todd, Empanada Loca is being presented by LAByrinth Theater Company and playing at The Bank Street Theater in NYC.

The combination of Aaron's writing and Daphne's talent is a definite recipe for success! From the moment the lights went out and the rumbles of the subway train were heard, I was taken into "Dolores'" world and was kept there the whole time. The set up of how "Dolores" got to living in the tunnels of the subway was perfectly written by Aaron. There were so many twists and turns in this show, I didn't want to leave! From drug-dealing to being an ex-con to now living far below the city streets, "Dolores" has seen and done it all. 

Daphne Rubin-Vega as "Dolores" in Aaron Mark's "Empanada Loca"Daphne Rubin-Vega as "Dolores" in Aaron Mark's "Empanada Loca"Daphne does more than embody the character of "Dolores," a woman who has lived a life, she IS "Dolores!" There was not one moment in the show when I felt I was watching Daphne Rubin-Vega the actress. I only saw "Dolores" and that is a testament to the powerful performance Daphne is giving in this show as well as to Aaron's writing. Daphne is giving a performance of a lifetime!

Empanada Loca is the second show in Aaron's trilogy, the first being Another Medea, which starred Tom Hewitt. Aaron is definitely a rising playwright to watch! His writing is dark, sometimes uncomfortable, but always filled with just enough humor to help you through. Aaron is daring for bringing such captivating shows to the stage, re-imaging these classics for today's audiences and he's doing it with premier talent!

I was so captivated watching Empanada Loca that I can't wait to see it again! I'm telling you, this is one show that is worth the train ride into the tunnels of the subway system's unknown!

Empanada Loca runs through November 8th only at Bank Street Theater (155 Bank Street, between Greenwich and Washington). Click here for tickets!

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

Saturday
Oct242015

Adam's Call: Shakina Nayfack: POST-OP: Spirits Don't Break

Shakina Nayfack performing "POST-OP" at Joe's PubThere is a new anthem being shouted from the stages of Shakina Nayfack's new show, POST-OP, "Manifest Pussy!" Maybe it's not a new anthem, but it's not something I've heard discussed on a regular basis. In this show, Shakina is opening herself up and exposing herself in a way more people should. When you live an authentic life, there is a constant glow around you, and that glow is illuminating from Shakina! Her new one-woman show POST-OP, still in development, at The Wild Project in New York City's East Village, is about Shakina's pilgrimage to Thailand to have her gender reassaignment surgery, from her final night in NYC through her KickstartHer campaign to her arrival in Thailand to her surgery to life today as the woman she was born to be.

I am so proud of Shakina for living her truth and showing others it's okay to be who you truly feel you are meant to be. As tattooed on her chest, "Lie still on the day of Pain and the day of Joy will greet You!" This quote could not be more true for Shakina. 

Shakina Nayfack, Photo Credit: Susan Rosenberg JonesShakina Nayfack performing "POST-OP" at Joe's PubThe thing I like best about Shakina is her honesty. Her rawness. Her courage. Her strength. And mostly, her authenticity. Shakina is Shakina. She doesn't sugar coat anything. She tells it like it is and you know exactly what she is feeling. She is the real deal and this show is no exception! I laughed. I cried. I was transported. I felt as though I was on this pilgrimage with Shakina from beginning to end. Shakina moved me in ways no one else has before. 

There are fun upbeat songs like "B.N.P." to mantra's like "Spirits Don't Break," to heart-tuggers like "Down The Shower Drain." There is so much to this show, more than I could ever fully convey here. This show really sums up Musical Theatre Factory's slogan "We're Working On It" because it's shows like this that they are presenting. Shows that speak to everyone. Shows that make you feel. Shows that move you. Shows that take you outside your comfort zone. Shows that change you. The best way to experience this tour de force, also known as POST-OP, is to go see it for yourself!

Shakina Nayfack performing "POST-OP" at Joe's PubIn this developmental stage, POST-OP has just 2 performances left at The Wild Project (195 East 3rd Street, between Avenue A & B) on Saturday, October 24 at 8pm and Sunday, October 25 at 7pm! Click here for tickets!

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

For more on Musical Theatre Factory visit http://mtf.nyc and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

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