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Meet the Folks from ACAPPELLA the Musical!

 Hey AcaFans! We hope you are filling your summers with lots of fabulous a cappella!

Today, we are bringing you an interview about an a cappella opportunity you need to get onto your schedule this week: ACAPPELLA the Musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival!

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What is ACAPPELLA the Musical, and who is making it happen?

ACAPPELLA is a groundbreaking piece of theater melding two exciting art forms together. Musical theatre meets a cappella in this romantic musical comedy for all ages. The project was conceived and is being produced by Greg Cooper. Award-winning Atlanta playwright Vynnie Meli has woven an engaging story around the soul-stirring music of The Acappella Company. [More about the Creative Team here! We see you, Evan Feist. -AFB]

A gospel singer leaves home, going from the “music of praise” to the “music that pays.” A jaded roadie rushes him away from an arena full of screaming fans while a forgotten and ignored old man on a street corner belts some beautiful blues just because it feeds his soul. Jeremiah realizes that somewhere along the way, it became more about the money than the music. He goes back – to family, to friends, to the woman he left behind, but can he? Is it love or just nostalgia? He returns to the place where everything is familiar, except that nothing is. He learns that he has to find his own way home.

Introduce us to the cast! What previous a cappella (contemporary or otherwise) experience do they have, or what groups have they been a part of?

Our cast is made up of both Broadway veterans and several vocal band members with a ton of a cappella experience. Featured in the company are Virginia Woodruff (Violet, Leap of Faith, The Color Purple, All Shook Up, Smokey Joe’s Café), Cheryl A. Freeman (The Who’s Tommy , Disney’s Hercules), Tyler Hardwick, Anthony Chatmon II, Miche Braden and Darilyn Castillo have joined the cast of ACAPPELLA. Rounding out the company are Katrina R. Dideriksen, Gavyn Pickens, Emily Goglia (SoCal Vocals, Element), Rachel Gavaletz, Janelle McDermoth (UPenn Off The Beat, RANGE), Darryl Williams, Alex Koceja and Garrett Turner. [More about the Cast here! -AFB]

Tell us about the Acappella Company and how they got involved with your project.

Every vision has a genesis. And the vision for ACAPPELLA The Musical launched with some of the most soul-stirring music ever created! All of the songs featured in the production were originally produced by The Acappella Company – more commonly known as Acappella. Acappella has sold well over three million units and toured every continent on the globe since Keith Lancaster – songwriter, producer, and original lead singer – formed the group in 1982.

Believing in the awesome versatility and flexibility of the human voice, this renowned vocal group can fill a large concert hall with beautiful, intricate music without ever plucking a string or beating a drum. Acappella’s current model, launched in August 2014, combines the talents of the ministry’s past and present singers on concerts and albums. The group’s lineup will vary from event to event, showcasing vocalists from multiple eras of Acappella Ministries’ 32-year history in fresh new combinations. Acappella has featured special lineups for reunion concerts and other select events in the past, but is now in position to make that a permanent fixture for fans to enjoy.

Melissa Lancaster, Keith’s daughter, is currently Vice President of the group and oversees much of the current line production. She can hardly contain her passion for music. “I’m sort of a workaholic – mainly because I love what I do! I grew up on a bus touring with my family for my dad’s singing group. I saw the whole country at an early age, and now I can’t stay put. It made me a gypsy so I have to travel and sing or I get antsy!”

Melissa has served as a both an invaluable resource and a constant source of inspiration for the show!

What style(s) of a cappella music will acafans be treated to? How did you select the songs?

We’ve got something for everyone! Gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, soul, hip-hop – you name it! The Acappella Company has recorded 24 albums in their long history, so it was like diving into a treasure chest! We tried to select songs that would be effective in the telling of this timeless story.

Where can acafans see ACAPPELLA the Musical?

New York City! Performances run Tuesday, July 7 at 7:00 pm, Friday, July 10 at 5:00 pm, Saturday, July 11 at 9:00 pm, Sunday, July 12 at 12:00 pm, Tuesday, July 14 at 1:00 pm at the PTC Performance Space – located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues on the South Side of 42nd Street).

Is there an opportunity to meet you and the cast after the show, and maybe get some autographs?

Sure, if you can catch us! We’re usually hanging around in the lobby after each show. Come and say “Hi!”

The show starts  TONIGHT, July 7, and runs through the July 14. How do acafans buy their tickets?

Easy! Simply visit our website: www.acappellathemusical.com – Hurry! Tickets are going fast and opening night SOLD OUT!

So, AcaFans – who’s going (we are)?! Be sure to let us know, and tell us all about it!

You can read more interviews about ACAPPELLA the Musical from our fellow

aca-bloggers:
VocalBlog: Acappella – The Musical (Exclusive Interview)
Acatribe: The Long Journey Behind Acappella The Musical

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AcaFanBase & Popappella: A #SpideyBoys Interview

A Joint Interview by AcaFanBase and Popappella

Hello, fellow acafans!  We’ve been away from the blog for awhile, but we’re back with something very exciting…

If you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, you may have noticed us stalking our new obsession with some Broadway boys singing a cappella: #SpideyBoys!

UPDATE: The Spidey Boys have changed their name to Apollo Link! Same guys, new name!

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#SpideyBoys are (L to R): Brandon Rubendall, Adam Roberts, and Jake Odmark

We, along with our good friend and fellow a cappella blogger, Popappella, were able to catch up with the very busy #SpideyBoys to get some of our burning questions answered.  Enjoy!

AFB & POP: Who are the #SpideyBoys, and how did the group get started?

#SpideyBoys: The #SpideyBoys are Brandon Rubendall, Adam Roberts, and Jake Odmark. They met as castmates in Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark on Broadway in 2012. Brandon and Adam were aerialists and played The Lizard and Carnage, respectively, while Jake played Flash and was the cover for Peter Parker. (Fun note: All three of us wore the Spidey suit at one time or another!) We sang for the first time during the Christmas season in 2012. We sang Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas just for fun – learning our parts during intermissions.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, arranged by Jake Odmark

AFB & POP: Introduce yourselves and let us know how you got started in music.  

#SpideyBoys:

Jake Odmark as Spider-Man!Jake Odmark (@jakeodmark on Twitter and Instagram) went to college as a trumpet major originally, eventually switching to voice/music theater which earned him a degree in voice. He also plays piano. His parents are both instrumentalists, along with his three siblings (two sisters and a twin brother) who are all still working in the music industry. Music has always been part of his soul and to have an outlet like the #SpideyBoys to not only sing with but arrange for is a dream come true!

Brandon Rubendall as Spider-Man!

Brandon Rubendall (@Brubendall on Twitter and Instagram) grew up as a dancer and a musical theater nerd. Skipping college after high school, he decided to put himself out there and attempt to make it on his own. Without any real professional training, shortly after graduation he was able to break into the theater scene regionally. It was doing shows across the country where he was able to get real life training to prepare him for what was to come. After his Broadway debut in the Original Cast of Spider-Man, Brandon went on to dance behind artists like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Madonna to name a few. It wasn’t until after his second Broadway show closed that he realized singing was just as much of a passion as dancing.

Adam Roberts as Spiderman!Adam Roberts (@adamant9 on Twitter and Instagram) was born into a musical family, his father a singer/guitarist and grandfather in the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, so it was inevitable that he’d follow suit and pursue his dream of performing onstage for the masses. He began working professionally at age 10 and went on to further his education, receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University.

 

AFB & POP: What are each of you doing now?

#SpideyBoys: Jake Odmark is performing as Harry in the Broadway company of KINKY BOOTS!

Brandon Rubendall has recently returned to his regional roots playing Al in A Chorus Line at Weston Playhouse.

Adam Roberts can currently be seen as one of the Players in Pippin on Broadway and harmonizing with the #SpideyBoys in his spare time.

AFB & POP: Who would you say is your current fanbase for the #SpideyBoys?

#SpideyBoys: Our fan base is anyone that loves music! We have a lot of Broadway fans because that’s, of course, where we first started. However, we have a lot of a cappella fans as well! Through the wonders of social media, we strive to expand our fan base every day.

AFB & POP: Did you anticipate this much attention?

#SpideyBoys: Of course not! The first song/video we did was for our own entertainment, and that’s it! Adam and Brandon knew Jake arranged music in his spare time, so they asked him if they could sing something, purely for fun. When it all came together, we knew we had something special, for sure, but there was no way we could have anticipated this much attention. Our first video (Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas) was shared over 500 times on Facebook… in less than a week!

Latch (opb Disclosure ft. Sam Smith), arranged by Jake Odmark

AFB & POP: How do you select your songs?

#SpideyBoys: Since we are all working in different shows now, we are rarely all in the same place. So, we have a text thread going almost all the time and if there is a hot new song that one of us likes, we’ll send it in the text thread to the others to see what they think. When we all agree on one, that usually means it’ll be our next.

Jake does all the arranging. He has been arranging choral and a cappella music for about nine years now and definitely has a passion for it!

AFB & POP:   Are you keeping the name #SpideyBoys, even though the show has closed?

#SpideyBoys: You know, at first we all agreed that this name was accidental and that we were going to change it at some point. But now? We’re not so sure. We are starting to like the name! It represents where we met, it’s different and definitely won’t be confused with other bands or groups, and it’s got kind of a cool ring to it, don’t you think? The #SpideyBoys might be staying! (We did add a hashtag – it’s very important to note that!)

AFB & POP: Can we expect recordings soon?

#SpideyBoys: Absolutely! Brandon is away for a few more weeks, but when we get back in late August… be on the look out! Do you have any requests?

AFB & POP: Do you have any exclusives for AcaFanBase and Popappella?

#SpideyBoys: You know, we have a pretty killer version of the Star Spangled Banner that we learned way back when. We could probably give AcaFanBase and Popappella a little snippet of that when Brandon gets back! We’ll tweet you!

Chandelier (opb Sia), arranged by Jake Odmark

Well, acafans, what do you think? Will you join us in our stalking obsession with the #SpideyBoys? Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram: @jakeodmark, @brubendall and @adamant9!

Big news! #SpideyBoys will be performing LIVE for the first time at BroadwaySpotted’s 5th Anniversary Party on August 30th. Buy tickets here!

Also, be sure to follow the blog of our friend and partner in this interview, Popappella, and also like Popappella on Facebook and follow @Popappella on Twitter.

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