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

Sunday
May252014

Adam's Call: Garage Theatre Group's production of Spring Awakening: The Bitch of Living

This Memorial Day weekend I took an afternoon trip out to Teaneck, NJ to see Anthony Crouchelli in Garage Theatre Group's production of the Tony Award winning musical Spring Awakening. When I initally saw the show Off-Broadway, I wasn't a huge fan of the show, but knowing how talented Anthony is, I decided to give it a second chance.

After seeing the Garage Theatre Group's production of Spring Awakening, I have to say, I am eager to get the cast recording, as I finally fell in love with the music that so many have been raving about for years. The show has a very moving, powerful, and timely story, but unfortunately, I didn't connect to it as much as I would have liked. I think that is because there were only a few actors I felt did a stand-out job portraying their characters and those are who I'd like to highlight.

Dan Deweever and Anthony Crouchelli in Garage Theatre Group's production of "Spring Awakening"Let's start with Anthony Crouchelli, who played "Melchoir" (the role Jonathan Groff played on Broadway). I had seen Anthony sing in a few concerts here and there, so I knew he had a great voice, but this was my first time seeing him in a full theatrical production. Anthony Crouchelli is the true definition of a leading man! From his acting to his voice to his dancing, he has it all, including a slamming body he's starting to show off more! Ariel Nicholson, who played "Wendella" (the role Lea Michelle played on Broadway) also caught my attention. Her voice is soulful, big, and is going to take her far! Marci Elyn Schein and Osborn Focht also impressed me as the "Adult Women" and "Adult Men" respectively. Their transformations between characters were seamless.

Anthony Crouchelli and the cast of Garage Theatre Group's production of "Spring Awakening"Just because I may have not enjoyed this produciton as much as I had hoped, doesn't mean someone else won't enjoy it more. I am glad I saw this production as it made me fall in love with the music and I got to see a handful of talented actors.

Spring Awakening runs through June 1 at The Beacon Theatre at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ (960 River Road). Click here for tickets!

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

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!