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It’s hard to out belt the bellhop. Try it, it can’t be done! Jay Klaitz from Broadway’s hit comedy LEND ME A TENOR, knows well that this is true. We got Jay to give us his favorites when he isn’t hopping and belting across the stage. See what he had to say.



1. Top three songs that are most played on your iTunes/iPod right now (or name the three songs you always find yourself listening to.)

Gorillaz, “Kids With Guns” – one of my favorite bands. The new album is incredible, too. Gorillaz are SO great live.

03 Kids With Guns

Wilco, “Red Eyed & Blue” – my all time favorite band. Jeff Tweedy is the best singer/songwriter around…

Tesla, “What You Give” – the most underrated 80s rock band…and my personal favorite from that genre.

Tesla – Time’s Makin Changes_ The Best Of Tesla – 11 – What You Give

2. Name the three TV Shows that are the highest priority on your DVR (or name three television shows on “your must” watch list)?

LOST – what do we do now? A single tear just ran down my face.



30 ROCK – obviously the funniest show on TV.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER – everyone is great on that show, but I’m a big fan of both NPH & Jason Segal.

3. What are the next three movies in your Netflix/Blockbuster queue (or name the last three movies you watched at home)?

 I’m just gonna name a few of my favorite movies… THE BIG LEBOWSKI,




4. What website is your current online addiction?

FUNNY OR DIE …for obvious reasons.


5. What’s the last book you purchased for yourself to read?

 Dave Eggers’ “WHA T IS THE WHAT“. Incredible book…Eggers is one of my favorite authors.

[Click on the photo to get the book]


[Watch ‘Dave Eggers’ wish: Once Upon a School’ speaking at TED]


6. Name an NYC attraction (shop, café, bar, museum, gallery, park) you would recommend to people who have just moved to the city.

There’s a great bar called BERRY PARK,  in Williamsburg. It’s got a modern beer hall kind of vibe, kick-ass beers on tap, and an awesome roofdeck.

[Click on the picture to find out more about BERRY PARK]


7. Name the place you hope to visit when you go on your next vacation.


[Click on the picture. If you want to go to GREECE]




8. Favorite show on Broadway right now, or theatrical event?

Whatever madness is happening backstage at LMAT is my favorite theatrical event…

Take a ‘Backstage Tour of Lend Me a Tenor with Mary Catherine Garrison’CLICK HERE

9. What is the one role (musical theatre, straight play, television, film, opera, ballet) you MUST play before you die?

I played the M.C. in CABARET in high school…I’d love to reprise that role someday. It’s so fun to be so sleezy and shameless…


10. Name one thing you want to accomplish in the next six months.

 A legitimate vacation.

[Click ‘On Vacaction’ for a legitimate vacation]


Ken Ludwig’s comedy LEND ME A TENOR stars Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub, Justin Bartha, Brooke Adams, Mary Catherine Garrison, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jay Klaitz, and Jan Maxwell, and is directed by Stanley Tucci. LEND ME A TENOR is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street).

LEND ME A TENOR plays the following schedule: Tue at 7, Wed-Sat at 8, Wed & Sat at 2, Sun at 3.

Ticket Prices: $121.50 and $86.50 at all performances except Saturday at 8 PM when they are $126.50 and $86.50. All prices include a $1.50 facility fee. Tickets are available through Telecharge (212 239 6200) or at www.Telecharge.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @LendTenorNYC

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SHORT TAKES with JERSEY BOYS’ Sebastian Arcelus

Sebastian Arcelus plays the awesome role of Bob Gaudio in Broadway’s 2006 Tony Award winning smash hit musical JERSEY BOYS.  We thought it would be fun to get to know one of Broadway’s recognizable neighbors over at JERSEY BOYS. Sebastian had some fun things to say. See his responses from our questions.


1. Name the three TV Shows that are the highest priority on your DVR (or name three television shows on “your must” watch list)?

Well, sadly, our DVR is currently getting a breather…as LOST has finally come to an end. My wife and I have been glued to our TV for years now (mostly in awe…though occasionally screaming at it in frustration). But, all in all, we bought into it…and, despite the lack of sufficient answers, we admit to getting emotional there at the end…or was it the beginning…or when Locke found the hatch…or when the island disappeared?! AAAH! Those damn numbers!!!

Modern Family is a must. Crazy funny.


And I embarrassingly admit to recording “The Wheelhouse.” It’s a lame daily local sports show on SNY. Steph (Stephanie J. Block) has somehow trained herself to fall asleep to this one. Seriously.


2. Name the last three movies you watched at home)?

Last 3 we watched at home…um…

Man on Wire


The Fantastic Mr. Fox


You Don’t Mess with the Zohan


3. What website is your current online addiction?

Anything dealing with REAL ESTATE.

[Click on the picture for more on REAL ESTATE Blogging!]


4. What’s the last book you purchased for yourself to read?

“Free for All: Joe Papp, the Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told”

written by Kenneth Turan and Joseph Papp.

I’m only 100 pages in, but I’m amazed. The NY theater history, the inspiring anecdotes, the reverence shown and the risks taken…it’s really something special.

[For more on this book, click on the photo]


5. Name an NYC attraction (shop, café, bar, museum, gallery, park) you would recommend to people who have just moved to the city.

Don’t even unpack your bags. Go to Citi Field. Be a METS fan! There are too many Yankee fans in NYC…

But while you’re there…ignore the surroundings…unless of course you need an auto body shop. In which case, you’re in luck. Oh, and don’t mind the name of the town. FLUSHING MEADOWS. It’s ironic and funny.

Then again, so is being a METS fan…trust me, I know.

[Click on the photo to find more METS information]


6. Name the place you hope to visit when you go on your next vacation.

We hope to make a trip to URUGUAY sometime next year. I’ve got tons of family there, and PUNTA DEL ESTE specifically during the summer months (our winter) is a must…it’s like the French Riviera of the southern cone of South America.

[Visit URUGUAY, click on the photo]


7. Favorite show on Broadway right now, or theatrical event?

RED. I was somehow bizarrely able to attend a Tuesday night performance last month when those manhole covers blew up 52nd street and shut down our show for a couple of days…

[Want to see RED on Broadway, CLICK HERE]


 JERSEY BOYS is the recipient of the 2006 Tony Award® for Best Musical and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical. The Original Broadway Cast Recording, produced by Bob Gaudio, received the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty.

Tickets to JERSEY BOYS are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area, online at Telecharge.com, and at the August Wilson Theatre box office (245 West 52nd Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Group sales tickets available by calling (877) 5-Dodger / (877) 536-3437. Performance schedule: Tuesday evenings at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm.

For more information, visit the web site for JERSEY BOYS


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 Playing the role of Man #1 in the Off-Broadway hit, ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THE 39 STEPS, Jamie Jackson actually plays more than “one man.” However, Jamie did give us a little more of his “only” self as he did these Short Takes. Take a look at what Jamie Jackson had to say! 









1. What Broadway show, book and movie are you recommending to friends these days?

I haven’t seen a lot on Broadway for a while, but I would highly recommend West Side Story – you can’t do much better than a Bernstein score, a Sondheim lyric and Laurents at the helm.


[Click on the photo to check out WSS’ website]


Books. I love Neil Gaman, and would highly recommend American Gods.

[Click on the photo to find out more about AMERICAN GODS]


Movies? I recently watched Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story on DVD and would suggest it to anyone who wants to get mad – REALLY mad.



2. What country (other than the US) would you most like to visit?

Home – Australia. It’s been far too long!


[Click on the photo: Go to Austrailia]


3. What musical theatre character would you most like to be stranded with on a desert island? Why?

I’d like to be stranded with Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd. If she can make a tasty meat pie out of hapless barbershop victims, just imagine what she could do with a couple of old coconuts and a stray castaway!  
Wait a minute… let me rethink that…



4. What’s your favorite NYC hotspot? (restaurant, bar, museum, neighborhood)

I love the new Brooklyn Bridge park at sunset. It’s nestled right under the Brooklyn Bridge and has a beautiful new rolling grassy hill from which to watch the sun sink behind lower Manhattan’s sleek glassy towers. You can also get the world’s best ice cream there at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory at Fulton Landing.

[Click on the photo to find out more about Brooklyn Bridge Park]


5. What’s your favorite Alfred Hitchcock film?

What an idiot, I am! I don’t really know many Hitchcock films – how embarrassing. I will have to say The 39 Steps out of pure ignorance.  
My favorite line from that film is the one shouted by an old chap in the audience at the music hall. He calls out repeatedly, “What causes pip in poultry?” Apart from knowing how to scare the bejeesus out of us, Hitchcock also must have had a great sense of humor!


Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS is currently playing at the New World Stages/ Stage 1 (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).

Adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken, THE 39 STEPS is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.  

THE 39 STEPS features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously attempt to reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock’s 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes.


Tickets ($89.50 – 69.50) are available through Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.  Student rush is available for $27.50.   All prices include a $1.50 facility fee.  Performances are Monday, Wednesday – Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 and 7:00 PM. 

For every performance until May 31st, 39 tickets are available for $39 only!

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Short Takes with JERSEY BOYS’ Jarrod Spector

Jarrod Spector

Jarrod Spector is currently starring as ‘Frankie Valli’ in JERSEY BOYS at the August Wilson Theatre. We asked him a few questions. Here are his answers along with a few extra bits of our own.   

1. What Broadway show, TV show and movie are you recommending to friends these days? 
It’s technically Off-Broadway, but Roundabout’s The Understudy is terrific. I’m a huge Justin Kirk fan and the three of them (Justin, Julie White and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) make a great ensemble. Quick, funny, and exactly the kind of escape you’re looking for in a play.


I’ve been on a “Dexter” kick, but as that show is already hugely popular, I’ll put in a little plug for “The League,” on FX. I’m an admitted fantasy football junkie but that show is hilarious regardless.        

And movies…if you haven’t seen Inglorious Basterds and you like Tarantino you must see this movie. Christoph Waltz’s performance is phenomenal        



2. What’s your favorite Broadway show tune? Why?        

Oh that’s tough. Here’s a confession: I am not a musical theater buff. Yes, I said it. Not a pretty thing to admit, considering my current employment, but there it is. Nonetheless if I were to pick a favorite it would be “Mack the Knife” from The Threepenny Opera. Just a cool creepy song–and the swing versions done by Bobby Darin and others are great.        


3. What musical theatre character would you most like to be stranded with on a desert island? Why?        

Well now that he’s been made an official musical theater character I’m going to have to be pragmatic and say Tarzan. I have great faith in his ability to keep us alive.       


4. What’s your favorite NYC “hotspot”? (restaurant, bar, museum, neighborhood)  My local Italian is called Celeste (502 Amsterdam Avenue at West 74th Street). Amazing homemade pasta, the prices are right, and the owner is a show–he goes back and forth between here and Italy and he’s always bringing something special back, anything from Italian mussels to special pistachios he uses for gelato.       

5. What’s the last song you downloaded to your iPod?        

“All For Leyna” by Billy Joel.       

JERSEY BOYS opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005.  The JERSEY BOYS National Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006, played a record-breaking run in Los Angeles and is still breaking house records in cities across North America.  There are seven current productions of JERSEY BOYS:  New York, London, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, a US National tour, and Melbourne, Australia. 

Short Takes with SHREK THE MUSICAL’s Ben Crawford


Ben Crawford

Ben Crawford is currently starring as ‘Shrek’ in SHREK THE MUSICAL at the Broadway Theatre. We asked Ben a few questions and here are his answers along with a few extra bits of our own.       





1.What Broadway show, TV show and movie are you recommending to friends these days?      

Broadway: Hair       

TV Show: Hoarders” on A&E      

"Inglorious Basterds" poster

Movie: Inglorious Basterds       
















    2.What’s your favorite Broadway show tune? Why?     

“The Beauty Is” from The Light in the Piazza.  I love Adam Guettel, and this song speaks to me- I think it displays Guettel’s talents perfectly.       

3.What’s the last song you downloaded to your iPod?       

Marcus Johnson‘s album A Smooth Jazz Christmas      

 [Here’s the link to the album on Amazon.com]       

 4.What’s your favorite NYC “hotspot”?        

Cafe Frida  368 Columbus between West 77th & West 78th. AMAZING Mexican food- & they create their own awesome drinks!   

Cafe Frida

5.What musical theatre character would you most like to be stranded with on a desert island? Why?     

Milky White from Into The Woods – cuz I’d probably get pretty hungry…     





SHREK THE MUSICAL is playing at the Broadway Theatre now through January 3, 2010. For more information on SHREK, CLICK HERE.   

Ben Crawford as 'Shrek.' Photo by Joan Marcus

Short Takes (Holiday Edition) with IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS Cast Member Madeleine Rose Yen


Madeleine Rose Yen is currently appearing as ‘Susan Waverly’ in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, which is currently playing at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. BBB asked Madeleine a few questions about how she spends her holidays. Here are some of her answers along with a few other bits of our own.







1. What’s your favorite holiday movie? 

My favorite holiday movie would have to be “A Christmas Story” or “Home Alone.” 

2. What’s the one thing you most hope to find under the tree this year?

Well I love to design clothes and there are these kits from Project Runway where you spin the wheel to a clothing challenge and you have to design it.  And there’s a make up kit where you can use real make up on paper mannequins to design their make up.

[BBB note: Here’s the link to the design kit on Amazon.com]












3. What NYC attraction is your favorite during the holidays? 

Ice skating outside. 


4. Do you own any Christmas/Holiday Albums? 

Elvis!  I love Elvis Presley!

5. What singer would you most like to see record a Holiday Album?

Emily Osment


6. What Holiday traditions does your family have?

We do fondue on Christmas Eve…my favorites are cheese and chocolate and we get to open one present and it’s always new pajamas!

[BBB Note: here’s a link to Swizz, a Midtown fondue restaurant we’ve visited]













7. What’s your favorite Christmas song?

“The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) the Nat King Cole original.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, featuring Madeleine is currently playing at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre through January 3, 2010.

Short Takes with STOMP’s Jason Mills

Jason Mills is currently featured in the cast of the long-running hit STOMP at the Orpheum Theatre. We sent him a few questions and here are his responses along with some additional info.






1) What is your favorite musical and TV show of all time.

MUSICAL: “Avenue Q ”

TV SHOW: “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (with “The Dukes of Hazard” a close 2nd)


2) What musical theatre character would you most like to be stranded with on a desert island?

I’m gonna have to go with Mary Poppins on this one. She’d keep a very tidy island, and she’s got a lot of good stuff in that bag…






3) If you could nominate anyone to be President of the United States, who would it be? 

   4) What’s the last song you downloaded?

Chico Mann‘s Manifest Tone Vol. 1. I downloaded the whole album and you should, too. (Click here to buy digital album from Amazon.com).

(BBB note: here’s Chico Mann’s Twitter account http://twitter.com/chicomann)

5) What’s your favorite NY restaurant?

This one’s hard – there’s just too many amazing restaurants in New York. If you want to experience a New York institution, eat at the Stage Restaurant on 2nd ave between St. Marks & 7th st (right next to STOMP!).

There were a lot more places like this when I first moved here 15 years ago – it’s one of the last of a dying breed.


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