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Adam's Call: Bayside! The Musical! I'm So Excited: A Parody That Works

I had the best time this past Friday night at Bayside! The Musical!, the unauthorized musical parody of NBC's #1 teen drama Saved By The Bell. This show is very well written, acted, and directed! I have seen quite a few parody shows out there, but none of them have come close to the perfection of Bayside! The Musical!

Bayside! The Musical! hit all the big plot points and guest stars of the Saturday morning show. From "Miss Bliss" to "Tori Spelling" to "Tori Scott" and even "Becky The Duck," everyone is included in this musical comedy. So many fun memories were brought back as I watched this spoof. The writers of the show, Bob and Tobly McSmith, really paid attention to the detail of what would make a great satire! As much as the dialogue and acting poke fun at the hit show, the songs add a lot to the mockery. 

Call Me Adam and John Duff ("AC Slater")at "Bayside! The Musical!"Call Me Adam and Adriana Spencer ("Jessie Spano") at "Bayside! The Musical!"What helps make Bayside! The Musical! even more fun is the talented cast comprised of Sam Harvey ("Zack"), Katie Mebane ("Kelly"), John Duff ("Slater"), Adriana Spencer ("Jessie"), Shamira Clark ("Lisa"), Justin Cimino ("Screech"), Seth Blum ("Mr. Belding"/"Max"), and Amanda Nicholas ("Every other student at Bayside"). These actors deserve the standing ovation, huge applause, and rousing cheers they get at the end of the show! With spot on impersonations, this cast was still able to bring just enough of themselves into their roles to make me appreciate Bayside! The Musical! as its own entity! 

Paul C. Focazio, Leanna Creel, Call Me Adam at "Bayside! The Musical!"On the particular night I went, Leanna Creel, who played "Tori Scott" in the last season of Saved By The Bell was the featured guest star (other featured guest stars having included Dennis Haskins "Mr. Belding", Dustin Diamond "Screech Powers", and "Mr. Dewey"). Since Saved By The Bell ended, Leanna has gone behind the scenes creating her own film company and photography studio! It was great to see her acting once again and able to make fun of the character she has made so memorable. The sold-out crowd equally agreed!

I can't even begin to fully describe just how enjoyable this show is! As other featured guest stars come into the show, you bet, I will be going back to school yet again! Bayside! The Musical! is an evening of pure fun and laughter! 

Bayside! The Musical! plays at Theatre 80 in NYC (St. Marks Street & 1st Avenue). Click here for tickets and follow the show at and on Facebook and Twitter!

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Adam's Call: "Zana, Don't" at 54 Below in NYC: I Think We Got Love

Cast of "Zana, Don't" at 54 Below: Jonathan Tessero, Dana Steer, Enrico Rodriguez, Darius Nichols, Amanda Ryan Paige, Devanand Janki, Anika Larsen, Robb Sapp, Shelley Thomas and Gregory Treco.A big THANK YOU to Veri Krassner who invited me to join her at 54 Below in NYC for the class reunion of Zana, Don't, featuring the original cast of the great 2003 Off-Broadway show. Watching this concert made me feel as though time has stood still...the cast's energy, excitment, and love for this piece has held the test of time! I love that 54 Below put on this reunion concert. I hope this evevnings shows will give some movement to bring another NYC life to this show!

Class reunion of "Zana, Don't" at 54 Below in NYCFor those of you who don't know, Zana, Don't was fun musical, ahead of it's time in 2003, where being gay was the norm, the students of Heartsville High put on a musical about straights in the military (as this was during the time of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"), and two students who's love is forbidden fall in love. The message of Zana, Don't still holds true today because it's a show about self-accpetance, love, and standing up for what you believe in.

I could tell how happy the cast was to be together again! It's as if they had picked up right where they left off. Their chemistry was infectious and everyone was in tip top shape and sounded amazing! The cast featured Anika Larsen, Darius Nichols, Amanda Ryan Paige, Robb Sapp, Dana Steer, Shelley Thomas, and Gregory Treco, with music direction by Jonathan Tessero. It was great to see some still shots from the original Off-Broadway run flash along the TV monitors during the show. It really helped create that feeling of "time standing still."

Class reunion of "Zana, Don't" at 54 Below in NYCI had a smile on my face throughout the whole evening becuase Zana, Don't is a feel good show! One of the best parts of the evening was watching the audience sing along and dance in their seats. There was a lot of love at 54 Below and I hope that love continues to flow!

Let's bring Zana, Don't back to where it belongs...on stage in NYC!

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


Adam's Call: 92Y Talks: Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons on Broadway: Inspiring, Informational, Incredible

Cast of "Mothers and Sons" with playwright Terrence McNallyWhen I found out the cast and creatives of Broadway's Tony Nominated Play Mothers and Sons (Tyne Daly, Terrence McNally, Sheryl Kaller, and Bobby Steggert) were going to be part of the 92nd Street Y Talk Series, I knew I simply had to be there. I have seen this powerful show twice already and while I was already eager to see the show a third time, after tonight's discussion, I need to get back there sooner rather than later! I was so inspired and moved by what I heard tonight.

Perez Hilton, Photo Credit: Angelo KritikosThe evening was moderated by celebrity entertainment blogger Perez Hilton. As far as I know, this was Perez's first time moderating a panel discussion like this and I have to say he did a great job! He asked very inquisitive questions, took questions from the audience, and made the evening very relaxed and fun.

Some of the highlights of tonight's evening that resonated with me was learning that Terrence McNally wrote Mothers and Sons with Tyne Daly in mind as the mother "Katharine Gerard" and Bobby Steggert in mind as the younger lover "Will Ogden." For his process of writing, Terrence likes to write for a specific actor with whom he would like to play the role(s) he's writing for. As far as whether or not the actor will actually play the role is a whole other story, but in the case of Mothers and Sons, both Tyne and Bobby jumped at the opportunity to work with Terrence once again. Terrence also discussed in his process of writing a show that he writes about something specific. In Mothers and Sons, Terrence feels the show is about the coat and the process of "Katharine" taking it off and putting it back on. Tyne agreed and went on to say that she feels "Katharine" can't ever quite get the coat to fit right. It's an interesting insight that I didn't pay as much attention to the first two times around, but now I will take a closer look at this when I go back to see it.

Sheryl Kaller, director of Terrence McNally's "Mothers and Sons" and Call Me Adam, Photo Credit: Paul C. FocazioAt one point during the discussion tonight, someone described the show as a gay play, but director Sheryl Kaller doesn't think of the show as a gay play. Some of the characters in the show just happen to be gay. She describes the show as a play about family, grief, and love. I couldn't agree more. As I stated earlier, I have seen this show twice and I do believe it's a show about family, learning how live after you lose someone close to you and how to love again. There are so many layers to this show that the themes in the show are universal to everyone. 

Bobby Steggert and Call Me Adam, Photo Credit: Paul C. FocazioI also enjoyed learning that Bobby identifies with "Will's" smartness, his love of writing, and that he's a good guy. I have read a few articles that Bobby has written for the Huffington Post and he provides a real insight into himself and his place in this world. Since reading some of Bobby's work, I have an even stronger admiration for him. I aslo agreed with Bobby on the fact that this show is so timely and the freedoms that the gay community have now would not have happened without the rallying of generations before us.

Grayson Taylor, Tyne Daly, Bobby Steggert, and Fred Weller, in "Mothers and Sons" on BroadwayTyne Daly brought a lot of insight to her character "Katharine." She talked about how she feels "Katharine" is stuck in her beliefs and her upbringing. I concur with this. "Katharine" is stuck, but it's wonderful to watch her growth throughout the show. Tyne also talked about being nominated for a Tony Award and while she likes being recognized by her peers, she doesn't take it further than that because then it can create a divisiveness amongst the cast. I thought that was very humbling of her.

Fred Weller and Tyne Daly in "Mothers and Sons" on BroadwayEveryone on stage tonight agreed that Mothers and Sons is a show that will stay with you. It's a show that opens up dialogue for many topics. It's a show that leaves you wanting more, wondering what happens to these characters in the coming years. It makes you really analyze each character. It's a show that gets you to participate whether you laugh or cry during the show and/or have conversations afterward. 

Cast of Terrence McNally's "Mothers and Sons"I could go on all night about what I found interesting from this panel discussion. The best way to get the full effect of what I've written here is to just go see Mothers and Sons and experience this rich play for yourself. I, personally, am so excited to go back and see Mothers and Sons for a third time with this new found insight into the show.

Mothers and Sons plays on Broadway at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). Click here for tickets! 

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Adam's Call: 92nd Street Y Lyrics & Lyricists: Panning For Gold: Great Songs From Flop Shows: Where I Want To Be

David Zippel and Call Me Adam, Photo Credit: Jeremy AbramThis past Saturday, May 31, 2014, I got to attend the final installment of the 92nd Street Y's Lyrics & Lyricist 2014 series. This show's title Panning For Gold: Great Songs From Flop Shows was just that...lots of great songs from shows that did not fare well on or Off-Broadway. What did fare well was this evening of music! Hosted by David Zippel (Tony Award winner, two-time Oscar and Grammy nominee, and three-time Golden Globe nominee), the show featured a host of  the talent: Brent Barrett, Lorna Luft, Christiane Noll, Jessica Lea Patty, Lillias White, and Tony Yazbeck! In addition to being so engaging, David was very humorous and humbled when it came around to having his songs from flop shows performed.

Lillias White sining "The Oldest Profession" at 92nd Street Y's "Lyrics & Lyricist" concert, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffWhen I found out the line up prior to attending the show, I was already excited! I am a huge fan of Brent, Christiane, Lillias, and Tony. I had seen them all previously in various concerts or shows, so to get to see them all on stage at once, was a real treat! I was very excited to finally get to see Lorna Luft live on stage and hear her sing as well as be introudced to Jessica. I was very happy with everything!

I was actually quite surprised at how many songs I knew throughout the evening. My favorite moments were Lillias singing "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most,"  "Here's That Rainy Day," (from Carnival in Flanders) and "The Oldest Profession" (from her Tony Award winning turn in The Life). It's no wonder Lillias has had a career in both Broadway, Film, and Television.

Tony Yazbeck and Call Me Adam, Photo Credit: Jeremy AbramI also really enjoyed Tony and Jessica's duets of "You've Got Possibilities" (made famous by Linda Lavin from It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman), "Marry Me/A Quiet Thing" (from The Rink and Flora, The Red Menace), and "Paula (An Improvised Love Song)" (from The Goodbye Girl). Their voices sounded great together and what a pair of dancing feet those two have! They kicked it up everytime!

Brent Barrett and Call Me Adam, Photo Credit: Jeremy AbramBrent has one of the richest male voices I have ever heard. It was great to get to hear those vocals on "Where I Want To Be" (from Chess), "Love Changes Everything" (from Aspects of Love), and "All The Things You Are" (from Very Warm for May) with Christiane.

Christiane Noll singing at 92nd Street Y's "Lyrics & Lyricists" concert, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffI had seen Christiane in Chaplin and I thought she was remarkable. So it was great to get to hear that beautiful voice once again! She also shined on "Glitter and Be Gay" (from Candide), "Good Thing Going"/"Not A Day Goes By" (from Merrily We Roll Along) and her duet with Jessica "Cold Hard Cash" (from Marilyn, yes long before the days of SMASH).

Last but not least, was Lorna. I am so happy I got to finally experience that voice. It's so powerful! Lorna raised the roof on "Time Heals Everything" (from Mack and Mabel).

Christiane Noll, Tony Yazbeck, Lillias White, Lorna Luft, Brent Barrett, Jessica Lea Patty singing at 92nd Street Y's "Lyrics & Lyricist" concert, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffWhile I loved hearing everyone sing separately, I loved, loved loved, the group numbers "Little Old New York"/"New York, New York" (from Tenderloin/New York, New York the film) and "You There In The Back Row" (from 13 Days to Broadway). This group harmonized really well together and still each number allowed them to show what they got that makes them special. There is just two performance left, today (Monday, June 2) at 2pm & 7:30pm. Click here for tickets!

The 92nd Street Y really hits it out of the park with their Lyrics & Lyricist series. I can't wait for the 2015 season to kick off January 10-12 with A Good Thing Going: The Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration!

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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!