The Samaras Sentinel
Online Issue No. 3, Spring 2003
 
 
 
 
The Sentinel Spotlight
 
ANDY BLANKENBUEHLER
The 3 hats of Andy... To performing and choreographing, add directing! His huge B’wy revue just opened at Caesar’s Palace...FANTASTICO, Maestro Director/Choreographer!!! Where does he find the time? Don’t forget, Andy’s in Man of la Mancha on the Great White Way! A B’wy regular, he also appeared in Contact in Spring ’02, then went on the road doing his dream role, Riff, in the national tour of West Side Story. Mr. 3 Hats...but does he have a life? As a matter of fact, yes! Andy’s getting married in May and just bought a new place.
 
 
AMY MILLER
Tapping in the New Year, Amy caps a busy ’02 in the first Nat’l tour of 42nd Street. See Amy dancing in the Broadway.com commercial that debuted nationally during the 2002 Tony Awards! She also danced in Anything Goes and Footloose at Theater by the Sea last summer and danced in the Chicago Day Parade. I love a parade when Amy dances!
 
 
IRA M. SAKOLSKY
You’ve got our vote, Ira! Grammy alert! The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t is up for a Grammy! The CD with music and arrangements by Ira and featuring John Lithgow has been nominated for Best Spoken Word Recording with Music. Little known fact: Stephanie and husband, Ryan, laid down background tracks...but no acknowledgment necessary at the Grammy Ceremony, Ira!
 
 
LESLIE ANN HENDRICKS
Girls just wanna have fun... This reporter enjoyed Leslie as the Kid in Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd at Musicals Tonight in December! Impishness becomes her, and the summer will see Leslie Ann as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and Chava in Fiddler on the Roof. This is UFO work...outer space? Well, close.... Utah Festival Opera, where she has garnered a following from past performances as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Maria in Sound of Music.
 
 
KEO NOZARI
Keo goes mainstream? “Go Out,” his debut single will be released in March. The pop-dance song was produced by Ellis Miah for the Orange Factory (the team that has generated hits ranging from clubland’s Dolce to the legendary Yoko Ono to Euro pop star Billy Crawford to The Backstreet Boys “The Call” remix). “Go Out” (A snippet can be heard at www.keonozari.com.) has begun circulating among downtown DJs and already received some critical buzz in several magazines. Keo has been making promotional appearances (such as Barracuda on New Years Eve) to promote the single, and it was recently played on “Live with Regis & Kelly” as celebrity entrance music for actress Julia Stiles.
 
 
RON DeSTEFANO
Get that buzz going...you, too, can be a bee! Stephanie told that to Ron, and it worked! Ron has been appearing as Buzz the Bee with the Little Orchestra Society's LOLLI-POPS concert series. Buzz is a busy bee, educating 3 to 5-year-olds about the different instruments found in the brass family...no, kids, kazoos are NOT brass instruments! But how can Ron just turn around and be an evil genius (Roderigo, Babes in Toyland at Stamford Center for the Arts) when he was just a honey of a bee? Frightening versatility...breaking out in hives here! (groan...) February finds Ron back at the Geva Theater in Rochester to workshop Philosophy of the World, a new musical based on the girl group, The Shaggs. Ron plays Austin Powers...no, just kidding! By the way, see Buzz the Bee on home video in The Orchestra: A Happy Family by visiting www.MisterMaestro.com. Like I always say, “Go, Ron!”
 
 
LIZ PATEK
Quelle trio! Rudy Giuliani, Tara Lipinski...and Liz! They all teamed up in the mix for “A Holiday Tribute to NY” in Houston, Texas. Texas? Well, Liz has been traveling....also Cabaret at Arkansas Rep and Sugar Babies at Bridgeport’s Downtown Cabaret. AND she finally got her Equity card. Conga-rats, Liz!
 
 
ALLYSON TURNER
Allyson likes B’wy and vice versa! Following her ’02 debut in The Boys from Syracuse last August she will return in a premiere, The Look of Love. Previews begin in April for this Burt Bacharach revue. (We’ll back-a-Bacharach that features Allyson!) Dunno if she Knows the Way to San Jose, but she knows the way to Broadway!
 
 
CHRIS WAGLEY
“Practice, practice, practice!” The old saying worked - Chris got to Carnegie Hall! Tenor Chris Wagley debuted at the famed musical hall during the holiday season as a featured soloist with the New York Gay Mens’ Chorus. AND he was such a success he literally stopped the show. Way to go, Chris!
 
 
CAITLIN CARTER
Bits’a this, bits’a that... Versatile Caitlin enjoyed varied fare in ’02 with Pajama Game with the Encore Seiries; the Kennedy Center Honors for Chita Rivera; the “Mancini project;” portraying a prison inmante (shades of her Chicago days!) on “One Life to Live;” and a Lysol commercial! (Hmmm. “Soaps” and Lysol - no need to clean up THAT act!) Caitlin begins ’03 with an important reading of Pal Joey and maintains irons in the fire. Hot, hot, hot!