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THEATER BUFF: Charlie Williams of “Peter Pan Live” & More!

December 17th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. Extra special thanks must go to Andrew Glaszek, who is not only a former buff himself, but the man who helps find our talented men each month. For December, we’ve got an extra-talented, extra-handsome, extra-special package to put under your Christmas tree…

Charlie Williams. Photo by Daniel Robinson.

Charlie Williams. Photo by Daniel Robinson.

Name: Charlie Williams

Hometown: Cary, North Carolina

The best & worst parts of doing Peter Pan Live on television were: The worst part was the commute. We filmed in a sound stage out in Bethpage, Long Island. It’s a little over an hour commute each way on the Long Island Railroad. That means a lot of early mornings in Penn Station and a lot of late nights on the train. I live in Hell’s Kitchen so I’m not used to such a long commute! The best part was definitely the people. We had such a special cast and I really feel like we all became true friends through the entire process. I miss them all!

When I was a performer at the Kennedy Center Honors (airing Tuesday, December 30th on CBS), I was most starstruck meeting: Pentatonix. I’m a huge Pentatonix fan and we were dancing backup for them on the honors this year! It was great meeting them and finding out that they’re just as cool and down to earth as they seem to be.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: I would love to own my own design firm and help facilitate the design and completion of artistic spaces. Or a fire fighter. Read more…

THEATER BUFF: Evan Siegel of “Cabaret”

November 19th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For November, we are especially thankful for this handsome, talented and verbally dexterous man of the month…

Evan Siegel. Photo by Mark Jenkins.

Evan Siegel. Photo by Mark Jenkins.

Name: Evan Siegel

Hometown: Delmar, NY

Current Show/Role: Cabaret; Han/Rudy

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: The incredible cast and crew. I am beyond fortunate to work with such a warm, close-knit, and caring group of people. It is truly a joy to go to work every day, and to tell a timely and poignant story alongside people for whom I have boundless admiration, respect, and love.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: A few years ago, I was in Miami rehearsing for a cruise ship contract. I was required to learn mountains of material, including solos in Italian, Spanish, German, and Swahili. To complicate matters, I also had to miss 10 days of rehearsal to sing a series of benefit concerts in Zimbabwe with Teatro, an international platinum-selling vocal quartet. So one morning, I desperately rehearsed my daunting multi-lingual ship repertoire for a few hours, and then began a 50-hour voyage from Miami to New York to London to Johannesburg to Zimbabwe. This was my first time performing with Teatro, so I learned the entire 90-minute set in the airspace between North America, Europe, and Africa.  Zimbabwe was mind-blowing, and we raised $50,000 for a child cancer relief organization called Kidzcan. Then I flew from Zimbabwe to Johannesburg to Cairo to New York to Miami, slept for a few hours, was back at rehearsal by 8 a.m., and a few days later flew to Italy for six months through the Mediterranean, Arabia, India, and Africa. I think I’m still recovering! Read more…

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THEATER BUFF: Bobby Pestka of “Aladdin”

October 15th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For October, we’re using up one of our three wishes to meet…

Bobby Pestka.

Bobby Pestka. Image via Bobby Pestka.

Name: Bobby Pestka

Hometown: Born in the Philippines and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona

Current show/role: Aladdin / Ensemble

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: Being a working actor. Having a set schedule and going to work every day to a great group of people and doing what I love most. To catch a dream and live it.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: During my senior year in high school, I landed my first professional job as a “swing” in Legends In Concert, a Las Vegas show based in Waikiki, Hawaii. I was going to school half day and performing two shows each night. I remember squeezing in homework whenever I could… on the bus, between shows and even backstage at times. I couldn’t wait for Graduation Day to arrive, so then I could just focus on dancing.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: Renting kayaks to tourists or running my own beach bar on some beautiful island.

If I could be any Disney character for a day (other than Aladdin), I would want to be: Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Oh, to be a part of that (underwater) world! lol Yes, definitely, Ariel! Read more…

THEATER BUFF: Adam Kemmerer of “Fabulous!”

September 17th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For September, we’ve got a guy who is truly fabulous…

Adam Kemmerer. Photo by Chasi Annexy.

Adam Kemmerer. Photo by Chasi Annexy.

Name: Adam Kemmerer

Hometown: Catasauqua, Pennsylvania

Current Show/Role: Rock Henderson in Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: Listening to the waves of laughter my castmates get every night.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: I was in a production of Forever Plaid in New Hampshire. I think we had to learn the music and choreography in 3 days. I remember a lot of cursing and gentle sobbing. But it turned out to be one of my favorite productions of all time.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: I’ve always wanted to be a police officer. Someone that can help his community. So I think a NYPD detective would have been fun. I’d settle for playing one on TV though.

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? I like intermission best. You get to take stock of how your show is going and make adjustments for the audience you have that day and you also have one more act to get it right! Read more…

THEATER BUFF: Erik Altemus of “Pippin”

August 20th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For August, we’re getting back to nature with our man of the month…

Erik Altemus. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia.

Erik Altemus. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia.

Name: Erik Altemus

Hometown: San Ramon, California

Current Show/Role: Pippin / Lewis (Pippin us)

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: TThe blend of musical theater and circus.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Playing Kurt in The Sound Of Music with a 105-degree temperature. Thanks to my Mom for the intermittent cold presses and TLC.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: A professional wild food forager!

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? Curtain Call, straight up.

The best post-show cocktail in New York City is at: The Men’s Dressing Room at the Music Box Theatre. Read more…

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THEATER BUFF: Nick Cearley of “Pageant” & “The Skivvies”

July 16th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For July, we’re crowning a very special man of the month…

Nick Cearly with Lauren Molina of "The Skivvies". Photo by Michelle Blake.

Nick Cearley with Lauren Molina of “The Skivvies”. Photo by Michelle Blake.

Name:  Nick Cearley

Hometown:  Fairfield, Ohio (Between Dayton and Cincinnati)

Current Show/Role:  Pageant as Miss Great Plains and 1/2 of “The Skivvies”

The best part of the show I’m in now is:  Getting to take my make up off.  

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was:  Being a swing!

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be:  I don’t know how to do anything else.

The best pre-show dinner and post-show cocktail in town are at: I love Lillie’s supreme nachos.  And actually, I am a beer snob so I love Beer Culture right next to the theatre on 45th so I enjoy going there after the show.

After you’ve hit all the traditional sights of New York City, you should totally go to:  Sleepy Hollow (Tarrytown) in the fall.  The town turns into a Halloween love letter and the Pumpkin Blaze is something I look forward to all year long. Read more…

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THEATER BUFF: Mark MacKillop of “Broadway Bares”

June 18th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For June, we’ve got a special treat! To celebrate one of Broadway’s biggest charitable events of the year, we’ve got one of the men who will be raising big bucks—and temperatures—at Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! this Sunday, June 22.

Mark MacKillop. Photo by Mirko Fuhrherr.

Mark MacKillop. Photo by Mirko Fuhrherr.

Name: Mark MacKillop

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

The best part of doing Broadway Bares is: Getting to have an amazing time performingwith my friends while raising money for an amazing cause. [Please make a donation now to get Mark to his goal while supporting all the amazing work Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS does to provide essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.]

In order to prepare to go Bare, I’ve been: Going to the gym more, and blasting fundraising pleas on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter…haha!

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Probably being on tour for a whole year.  Staying true to the show and delivering 100 percent every night is constant work.  People always say how can you do one show somany times and not get bored, the answer is easy, it’s constant work to stay present and focused on the show, small things change every night so it’s exciting to be a part of that. Read more…

THEATER BUFF: Olaf Triebel of “Queen of the Night”

May 21st, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For May, we’ve got someone worth bending over backwards for…

Olaf Triebel. Photo by Heike Wippermann.

Olaf Triebel. Photo by Heike Wippermann.

Name: Olaf Triebel

Hometown: Born and raised in Hagen, Germany but living in Montreal, Canada for the past 14 years (when not on tour).

Current Show/Role: Queen of the Night, circus artist and artistic coordinator for the circus part of the show.

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: The stories you get to hear after the show from your cast mates about what has just happened to them during the show. Some of the stories are priceless but not meant for the general public! What happens at the Diamond Horseshoe stays at the Diamond Horseshoe.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Pretty much this one. It is a great show that can be very different from night to night. Because of the immersive nature of this show it depends so much on the audience and their willingness to let go and just go for it. You can have a shitty day and then have this one interaction with a guest that just totally makes your day (unfortunately sometimes you have a great day until you have this one interaction with a guest…) We are trying to stay vulnerable throughout the show as much as we can to not only ask the audience to be open for intimate and private experiences, but to [also] give them something real and intimate back. So the way people behave during the night can effect you a lot. Read more…

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THEATER BUFF: Alec Varcas of “50 Shades! The Musical”

April 16th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For April, we’re getting shady with our man of the month…

Alec Varcas. Photo by Travis Lane.

Alec Varcas. Photo by Travis Lane.

Name: Alec Varcas 

Hometown: Wolcott, CT
 
Current Show/Role: 50 Shades! The Musical / Elliot
 
The best part of the show I’m working on now is: The Cast. Everyone in the show is so funny and talented that I can’t help but have a great time when I come to work.
 
The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: My first paid job when I was 18. I got called in by a local theater that was having a crisis with someone leaving the show; therefore they needed someone to step in. I decided to do the show, started rehearsing at 4pm on a Friday, and went on at 8pm that night. I was so nervous and stressed out, but it surprisingly went very well.
 
If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: An Entrepreneur. I have my degree in marketing and have always been interested in business. I would love watching my ideas come to life, starting my own business, and being creative designing new products/services.
 

THEATER BUFF: Steven Wenslawski of “Nothing But Trash”

March 12th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month (or on special occasions like this, a week early!), a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For March, we’re making some sweet music with our man of the month…

Steven Wenslawski. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia for Next.

Steven Wenslawski. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia for Next.

Name: Steven Wenslawski

Hometown: Clayton, CA

Current Show/Role: Nothing But Trashroles - Johnny/Falcon

The best part of the show I’m in now is: The fun cast I get to work with!

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Probably my pre-equity apprenticeship at the Barn Theater in Augusta, Michigan. A typical hour of the day would find you rehearsing for a show, mowing a lawn, and cleaning a toilet. All between frequent applications of bug spray.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: In the orchestra pit, pounding the keys.

Places, intermission or curtain call? Curtain call. The sense of well-being that warms you after a performance free of mishaps.

The best pre-show dinner and post-shot cocktail in town are at: Best pre-show dinner for me is Chez Steven, because I do enjoy my own cooking. Post show I may take a nip at places like Industry or Flaming Saddles.

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