James Barbour The Star Power Hour
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"The Star Power Hour" is a sit-down internet talk radio show where all the aspects of the Arts and Entertainment world are discussed with some of the most amazing people in the industry. James brings in top professionals in the industry to discuss the best practices, techniques and strategies to make it in show business. Guests also share their current and upcoming projects that they’ve worked on or are working on.
James Barbour was nominated for the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Sydney Carton in the Broadway musical version of A Tale of Two Cities, and won the Sarasota Magazine Best Actor Award for the Asolo Rep pre-Broadway production. He has starred on Broadway in such Tony-Award winning shows as Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as The Beast, Carousel as Billy Bigelow, Urinetown as Officer Lockstock and as Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre (Drama League Award nomination). He also appeared in the Broadway production of Cyrano and the national tour of The Secret Garden.
His voice can be heard on the upcoming international recording of A Tale of Two Cities, the PS Classics recording of Assassins, the Sony Classical cast recording of Jane Eyre, The Gift on Geffen Records, the upcoming release of Frank Wildhorn’s Dracula, as well as on the live CD recording of his self-produced stage show Broadway in Concert (for which he won an LA WEEKLY Garland Award).
His television credits range from the pilots of “The District,” “Just Shoot Me” and “Flashpoint” to appearances on “Sex and the City,” “Ed,” “That’s Life,” “Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein” (PBS), “Beauty and the Beast: A Concert on Ice” (CBS), the PBS mini-series “American Experience: John & Abigail Adams” (playing Thomas Jefferson) and the upcoming film version of A Tale of Two Cities for public television.
Film credits include Alchemy (Tribeca Film Festival and ABC Family) starring opposite Tom Cavanagh and Sarah Chalke; Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights, Waiting for Lefty, The Tell-Tale Heart and Twinkle Toes with Sally Kirkland.
As an author and producer, James is responsible for creating three concert series, James Barbour: The Holiday Concert and Love Songs (both at New York City’s famed Sardi’s Restaurant) and Back From Broadway/Broadway in Concert (the latter in conjunction with Steinway Concert Artist Hershey Felder).
Mr. Barbour is considered one of the most sought-after performers on Broadway today. He is on the A-list of actors asked to develop new works for the industry’s leading writers and composers including Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Frank Wildhorn, and Christopher Durang to name a few. He is currently developing a new musical concert called The Romantics.
His voice can be heard on the cast recordings of JANE EYRE, ASSASSINS and A TALE OF TWO CITES as well as his own CD’s BRING ME GIANTS and THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS.
Mr. Barbour is also the host of the critically acclaimed international radio show THE STAR POWER HOUR on the Empowerment Channel of www.VoiceAmerica.com.
Mr. Barbour has worked tirelessly in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and is on the Artists’ Committee of The Actors Fund.
Jennifer Aspen starred in the Darren Star dramedy “GCB” (Good Christian Belles), premiering Sunday March 4th, at 10pm on ABC. Kristen Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb and Annie Potts are among the ensemble cast. Jennifer first came to public attention starring as ‘Daphne’ on FOX’s popular drama “Party of Five.” Most recently, she was featured in a recurring role on FOX’s Emmy winning hit “Glee” and won a SAG honor for her work on the show. She was a series regular on four other shows: ABC’s “Bob Patterson,” USA’s “Claude’s Crib,” NBC’s “Come to Papa,” and opposite Rodney Carrington on ABC’s comedy “Rodney”. She has also guest-starred on several shows including “Friends,” “”The Closer,” “CSI,” Guest Jennifer Aspen
Grant Cardone is an international sales expert, sales trainer, motivational speaker and NY Times best-selling author. He is known for customizing sales programs for organizations of all sizes and has positively affected hundreds of thousands of people and organizations worldwide. Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and individuals use his techniques and systems to increase their effectiveness and value in the marketplace. Cardone is the star of the reality TV show TurnAround King and is featured regularly on Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, and CNN. He has been speaking to audiences around the world for over twenty-five years on sales, success, finance, real estate, and motivation. His dynamic energy and his humorous and fast-paced delivery keep audiences entertained, intrigued and involved. Cardone has written four books to inspire those who want to achieve success: Sell to Survive, The Closer’s Survival Guide, If You’re Not First You’re Last and The 10X Rule. Guest Grant Cardone
Jim Caruso made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in the smash hit Liza’s At The Palace!, singing, dancing and celebrating the music and arrangements of the late, great Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. The show was honored with a 2009 Tony Award for Best Special Event and the recording was nominated for a Grammy. For his nightclub work, Caruso has won six MAC Awards and two BackStage Bistro Awards for sold-out shows at Birdland, Arci’s Place, The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, and The Russian Tea Room. He has also performed at clubs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Palm Beach and London. Guest Jim Caruso
Robert Cuccioli: is currently performing in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark as Dr. Norman Osborn and The Green Goblin. Robert made his Broadway debut as Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, and, is best known for his critically acclaimed performance as the duel title roles in the Broadway hit Jekyll & Hyde, for which he received a Tony nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award, FANY Award and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award. Off-Broadway credits include Temporary Help, Enter The Guardsman, And The World Goes ‘Round (1991 Outer Critics Circle Award), Gigi, The Rothschilds, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris and Dietrich & Chevalier. Equally respected for his work in the Classics and Contemporary Plays as well as Musicals, Robert has performed at such notable Regional Theatres as The Guthrie (Antony & Cleopatra), Paper Mill Playhouse (1776, Oklahoma, Lend Me A Tenor, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound Of Music), The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (Amadeus, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Carnival, Othello), The Shakespeare Theatre of DC ( Hamlet, Lorenzzaccio 2006 Helen Hayes Award Nomination), the McCarter Theatre (Fiction, The School for Scandal), George Street Playhouse (The Seafarer, A Moon To Dance By with Jane Alexander) and most recently at the historic Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC (1776). Television: White Collar, Sliders, Baywatch, The Guiding Light. Film: Woody Allen’s Celebrity, and the independent film The Stranger. Robert is featured on the original cast recordings of Jekyll & Hyde (Atlantic), And The World Goes ‘Round (RCA Victor), Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris (Ghostlight), The New Picasso (Black Forest Productions) and released his debut solo album The Look Of Love October 2012. www.robertcuccioli.com. Guest Robert Cuccioli
Andromeda Edison has worked in marketing for almost twenty years, almost exclusively in book marketing since 2011. She works with indie authors, providing services from editing to social media marketing and everything in between. Two of her authors books have reached the Amazon best seller list. She has also just published her own book of poetry on Amazon and is currently working on a collection of short stories. Andromeda can be found at the follow places: Website: www.independentwords.com Twitter: twitter.com/romie Facebook:www.facebook.com/independentwords Guest Andromeda Edison
Anthony Fedorov is a Ukranian-born American singer, songwriter, and actor. Since earning fourth place on AMERICAN IDOL's season four in 2005, Anthony has built an impressive list of credits in stage musicals including Roger in the off-Broadway RENT revival, the Prince in CINDERELLA with Nashville Symphony Orchestra and most recently Rolf in THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Paper Mill Playhouse. His debut sold-out NYC cabaret featured songs from his favorite stage roles, early pop influences as well as select songs from his debut EP, and a fun recap of songs from his IDOL stint. After earning fourth place on the wildly successful singing competition, Fedorov made his stage debut in 2007 in the off-Broadway production of THE FANTASTICKS. He also went on to star in six productions of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Guest Anthony Fedorov
Andy Fickman is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. Daily VARIETY named Fickman one of the “DIRECTORS TO WATCH.” FADE-IN MAGAZINE referred to Fickman as a “Renaissance Man,” and listed him as one of the “100 PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD YOU NEED TO KNOW.” Andy’s latest project is the smash hit family comedy Parental Guidancefrom 20th Century Fox/Walden Media. It’s all-star and award-winning cast includes Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Bailee Madison, Tom Everett Scott and Gedde Watanabe. Guest Andy Fickman
EPIC recording artist Morgan James devoted her initial post-Juilliard years to working her way into NYC’s most legendary clubs—and into several prominent roles on Broadway, most recently, Motown: The Musical. Celebrate with Ms. James the release of HUNTER, her debut studio album on Epic Records. Guest Morgan James
Steve Kaplan is one of the industry’s most respected and sought-after experts on comedy. The artists he’s taught, directed, or produced have won Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and WGA awards. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, and Yale, Steve created the HBO Workspace and the HBO New Writers Program. He has served as a consultant to such companies as DreamWorks, Disney, Aardman Animation, HBO and others. His new book is THE HIDDEN TOOLS OF COMEDY: The Serious Business of Being Funny. Guest Steve Kaplan
Mr. Kimball received a Tony Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (MEMPHIS), as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Nominations. Other Broadway: John Lennon in Lennon, Milky-White in Into the Woods, The Civil War, Good Vibrations. Off Broadway: Irish Repertory’s Finian's Rainbow, Playwright’s Horizon’s My Life with Albertine, and the 2000 revival of GODSPELL. Regional: Sweeney Todd, Baby, Little Fish. Chad won the Bistro Award for his cabaret at ARS Nova, reprised later at Joe's Pub. He is a Graduate of The Boston Conservatory. More at Chad Kimball Guest Chad Kimball
Baritone, Gabriel Manro has been called “a new kind of baritone: not lyric, not helden, not Kavalier, not Bariton-Martin — none of those. Rather, he’s a knock-down baritone.” --Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice. Indeed, Manro regularly sings dramatic baritone roles - most recently: Don Carlo in La forza del destino with West Bay Opera and Andrei Shchelkalov in the Russian masterpiece Boris Godunov with Utah Festival Opera. Opera News declared West Bay's production a success “thanks to the major casting coup of baritone Gabriel Manro as Don Carlo. Gifted with a striking, sinister baritone that remains strong, even and sonorous throughout the range, he tore into Verdi's music with a vengeance.” --Opera News. Guest Gabriel Manro
Chris Masterson is best known for his role as ‘Francis’ in FOX’s Emmy award-winning hit comedy, "Malcolm in the Middle." The show received amazing reviews, was named by the Television Critics Association as "Program of the Year - Comedy" and was also a recipient of the Peabody Award. Guest Chris Masterson
KEVIN MCGUIRE: played Ernest Hemingway in Matthew Barney's epic film RIVER OF FUNDAMENT. He also starred in the Broadway, National and International tours of LES MISERABLES, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE SECRET GARDEN, JANE EYRE. Off Broadway appearances include, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, THE SEAGULL, HAMLET, BIG MAGGIE directed by Donal Donnelly,MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING,A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM,IL CAMPIELLO,THE GREEN COCKATOO,ROMEO and JULIET(New York Public Theater). Kevin was the Artistic Director of The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall for nine years acting in or directing over fifty plays and musicals. Born in Cambridge,New York raised in Hoosick Falls,New York Education:St. Mary's Academy, Hoosac School, Circle In The Square Theater School, The Juilliard School. Guest Kevin McGuire
Minister Tony Mohammad
Minister Tony Mohammad and talks about his Peace Ride which is changing the face of East Los Angeles and how he has united cultures in a movement toward Peace. Guest Minister Tony Mohammad
Composer Michael Mott who burst onto the Broadway scene directly from the world famous BMI composers workshop Guest Michael Mott
James C. Mulligan (born 1978) is an Irish American artist and actor best known for painting celebrity fine art and commercial murals. Mulligan was born in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He grew up in Los Angeles and Orange County, California, where he attended High School at Capistrano Valley Christian School and the South Orange County High School of the Arts. He has three brothers, Peter, Sam, and Michael. PAINTING CAREER Mulligan was attending the University of California, Los Angeles, as a theatre major when he was hired to work in the art department of the Walt Disney Company. His projects there include concept design for both characters and theme park shows and attractions. Mulligan now spends a great deal of his time creating fine art for icons such as the Elvis Presley estate, Chuck Jones characters, Disney, Buck Rogers, and Tarzan. His solo shows at Planet Hollywood, the Aria and Bellagio properties broke all records for sales for a solo artist. His work is widely sought by celebrities, and his work resides in the collections of stars such as Oscar Winner Richard M Sherman (composer, Mary Poppins), Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, the Presley family, Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner, Neil Patrick Harris, Chuck Liddell, and many others. Guest James Mulligan
Marisol Nichols' distinguished credits demonstrate her versatility both in film and television. She has quickly become one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood, working with some of the most prominent actors and directors in the business. The recipient of a Golden Eagle Award for Most promising Actor or Actress, Nichols also earned an ALMA nomination for Outstanding Actress for her starring role in The Princess & the Marine (2001) (TV). On the small screen, Nichols can be seen starring in 24 and GCB as well as ABC's innovative legal drama "Blind Justice" (2006). Nichols has been receiving critical acclaim for her role as a passionate lawyer, Sonya Quintano, who is fighting for the wrongly accused. "Nichols brings spirit and even a [dash] of sizzle to the proceedings, and easily manages to be the most magnetic presence around" - The Washington Post. The show also stars Kyle MacLachlan. Guest Marisol Nichols
JENNY POWERS Broadway credits include Rizzo in the most recent revival of Grease and Meg in Little Women. Theatre highlights: Veronica Franco in Dangerous Beauty (Pasadena Playhouse), Gina in Happiness(Lincoln Center); Diana Devereaux in Of Thee I Sing(Encores!); Young Phyllis in Follies(Encores!); Sydney Sharp in It’s a Bird..It’s a Plane..Its Superman(DTC); Alice B. Toklas in Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein (AboutFaceTheate / MCA); Isabella Andreini in The Glorious Ones (Pittsburgh Public); Bounce (Kennedy Center, Goodman)TV/Film: The Good Wife, Mercy, Law & Order: CI, Six Degrees, Nurse Jackie, All My Children, Chris Rock’s I Think I Love My Wife. “Gonna Make You Love Me” is her debut solo/duet album with husband, Matt Cavenaugh. www.Jenny-Powers.com Guest Jenny Powers
Andrew Schaefer entered the entertainment industry after a career as a Semi-pro Quarterback. Starting in community theatre he later moved toward the film market and has now successfully produced and starred in the new Indie film MOONSHINE KINGDOM. He can be seen in the upcoming NIKE commercial as well as the "Tech The Halls" Radio Shack commercial currently airing on television this Holiday season 2013. Guest Andrew Schaefer
Kevin Shinick is the creator and main voice talent for MAD, the hit Warner Bros. comedy series airing on Cartoon Network. He earned an Emmy Award and three Annie Awards for his work as a writer/producer and voice talent on ROBOT CHICKEN, including a third this month for 2012's ROBOT CHICKEN: DC COMICS SPECIAL. Shinick has written comics for both Marvel and DC, and is also an actor with recent appearances on GRIMM and David E. Kelley's MONDAY MORNINGS. Guest Kevin Shinick
Native Californian, Joshua Shultz has experienced a life in the arts ever since he first discovered a passion in drawing and painting at a young age. While working on a music video project for Band of Horses in 2010, the production team lost a cinematographer, which is where Josh Shultz first held a camera and taught himself on the spot how to handle it. After experimenting with filmmaking and uncovering his ability to truly capture his visions on film, he became interested with photography and all that goes with it. Falling in love with photography, he turned his hobby into a rewarding career shooting fashion, art, landscapes, performers, and bands. Highlights of some of his accomplishments: Directed the Fashion Film Bowie staring Celebrity Actor Edwin Hodge. Directed videos for Paramore, Ryan Phillippe, Peter Facinneli, Amanda Crew, Portugal. The Man, Nichole Galicia, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Grouplove to name a few. Photo shoots with: Imagine Dragons (Published in Rolling Stone), The 1975 Top British Band Peter Facinelli from Twilight, Actor Ryan Phillippe, Amanda Crew Star of such films “Charlie Saint Cloud with Zac Efron and New HBO Show Silicon Valley, Nichole Galicia from Django UnChained, Edwin Hodge Star of The Purge and Red Dawn, Aldis Hodge Star of TV Leverage, Jason Dohring from Veronica Mars show and movie, Chloe from the band KITTEN,, Grouplove Top band signed with Atlantic Records, Lyndon Smith from Parenthood. He produced Music Video for Brandon Boyd from Incubus; Cinematographer on Band of Horses Film at Beach Boys Studio in Big Sur; Produced the FILM FIREFLY the Short for Transatlantic. Joshua currently runs Bellus Magazine which covers Music, Film, TV, Fashion, Beauty, Health and charities. Bellus is already in 5 cities and 2 counties. www.joshuaschultz.com Guest Joshua Shultz
Sprirtas is, perhaps, best known to millions around the world as television’s dashing “Dr. Craig Wesley,” a character he portrayed, for 7 years on NBC's Emmy Award Winning drama: Days of Our Lives. After becoming a huge fan favorite, Spirtas was cast to play his "Days" role opposite Matt Leblanc's “Dr. Drake Ramoray” on NBC's, Friends. Spirtas’ career began, at 18, when he landed his first professional job as Mike ("I Can Do That") Costa, in Michael Bennett’s Broadway seminal musical: A Chorus Line. Sprirtas has also starred on Broadway and Regional tours including: Hairspray, Meet Me in St. Louis, Company, Damn Yankees and Into the Woods. A tribute to Sprirtas’ high-octane talent came in 2003 when he was cast (over hundreds) as the stand-by for Hugh Jackman in Broadway’s smash hit musical, The Boy From Oz. His television and film credits include: L.A. Heat, V.I.P., Fired Up, Silk Stalkings, Quantum Leap, Embrace the Darkness, Striking Resemblance, and Green Plaid Shirt. Sprirtas has been featured opposite Sir Ian McKellen in Bryan Singer's, Apt Pupil, and Ben Affleck in Mark Steven Johnson's director’s cut of Daredevil. Sprirtas can also be seen starring in those fantastic cult classic slasher sequels: Friday the 13th VII, Subspecies II, and Subspecies III, Wes Craven's, The Hills Have Eyes II, and Albino Farm. In October 2009, Sprirtas made his debut as a Broadway producer with the critically acclaimed revival of Finian’s Rainbow. He was also one of the producers on the smash hit Broadway musical, Priscilla-Queen of the Desert. While continuing his work in film and television, Sprirtas tours the world with his highly acclaimed one-man musical shows: Night & Days, Jersey Men, and Let There Be Love. For CDs, DVDs, and more information: www.kevinspirtas.com Guest Kevin Sprirtas
Dana Stackpole is the creator and owner of Body Affinity and the Body Affinity workout. Dana’s professional career as a dancer has spanned over 21 years, with 7 seasons at the American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov and 4 years with the San Francisco Ballet. She transitioned into a career on Broadway where she performed leading roles in such Tony award winning shows as CAROUSEL, ON THE TOWN and the Billy Joel -Twyla Tharp sensation MOVIN’ OUT. Other Broadway credits include, theTony award winning CONTACT and the epic Broadway smash, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. She discovered GYROTONIC® while healing from an injury and experienced amazing results in rebuilding strength and mobility. After continuing practice in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® her dancing rose to a new level. Due to her enthusiasm in the power and possibilities afforded by Gyrotonic training she made the decision to become a teacher. Dana is certified in both GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® and has also received certification on the ladder and jumping stretch board. Dana is currently teaching privately in the Los Angeles Area. Guest Dana Stackpole
Two-time Emmy Award winning actress, Michelle Stafford, stars in the #1-rated "The Young and The Restless," viewed by over 20 million people every day in some 20 countries worldwide. Michelle joined the cast in 1994 and has since developed "Phyllis" into one of the most popular and vivacious characters to date. Guest Michelle Stafford
Amy is successful in many areas. Her single, “Dance of Life,” was just released and “Let it Rain” came out in 2012. Amy plans to tour in 2013. Her work as an actress led to producing. December brought the premiere of “Crossroad,” an edgy, faith-based feature which Amy produced and co-stars. It won 5 Dove Foundation Awards for its strong, inspiring message of redemption, forgiveness, and faith. She’s Executive Producer, Co-Creator and Host of the new series, “Good Samaritans,” placing ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances to see how far they are willing to go to help their fellow man. Amy Weber Productions has produced “The Strangers,” “Spa Adventures” and “In Da Cutz.” She wrote “An Insider’s Guide to Making it in Show Business” sharing experiences as an actress, model, host and producer, as well as a model/commercial agency owner for 5 years. Amy was a star in the WWE “Smackdown” and is still recognized for her ability to combine beauty, wit and athleticism. Guest Amy Weber
Multi-Grammy and Tony Award nominated composer/producer Frank Wildhorn's works span the worlds of popular, theatrical, and classical music. In 1999, he became the first American composer in 22 years to have 3 shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War. Also for Broadway: Dracula, Victor/Victoria, Wonderland, and Bonnie & Clyde. Produced Harlem Song at the Apollo Theatre and served as music director for the Goodwill Games in NYC (1998). He wrote the song “Gold” for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Some of the artists who have recorded and performed Frank’s works: Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, Freddie Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Molly Hatchet, Blues Traveler, Trace Adkins, Patti LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne. The Broadway revival of Jekyll & Hyde is currently on a national tour and will open on Broadway in April 2013. Guest Frank Wildhorn
Joel Zwick directed My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. Recent films include Fat Albert and Elvis Has Left the Building. Mr. Zwick directed the Broadway production of George Gershwin Alone at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Mr. Zwick began his theatrical career at La Mama E.T.C., as director of the La Mama Plexus. He has directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Broadway touring companies. He and Hershey Felder have collaborated on Monsieur Chopin, Beethoven as I knew him and Maestro. Currently, Mr. Zwick is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most prolific director of episodic television, having the direction of five hundred and eighty five episodes to his credit. These include having directed twenty-one pilots, which have gone on to become regular series. He currently directs Shake It Up for the Disney channel. Previous New York productions have included Dance With Me (Tony nomination), Shenandoah (Broadway national tour), Oklahoma (national tour) and Cold Storage (American Place Theater). He acted in the original New York production of MacBird. He directed Esther (Promenade Theater, NY), Merry-Go-Round (Chicago and Las Vegas), Last Chance Saloon and Woycek (West End, London). Mr. Zwick has taught drama at Yale University, Brooklyn College, Queens College, Wheaton College, and the University of Southern California. He is a graduate (B.A., M.A.) of Brooklyn College. Guest Joel Zwick