Who’s Andrew Martin?

Upon choosing to study musical theatre intensively as a child and teenager, both in local classes and at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts for three summers, Mr. Martin made his professional stage debut as a founding member of the internationally-acclaimed TADA! Youth Theater in 1984. Since that time, he has appeared on stages throughout the New York area and the Northeast as well as film and television.

In the late 1980s, he shifted his career slightly to include cabaret performance, garnering in the process a 1994 MAC Award nomination for Outstanding Male Musical Comedy, but in 1990 also became an entertainment reviewer and contributor for Night & Day Magazine as well as a weekly broadcast on New York Entertainment Digest on WRTN-FM. He has since been a reviewer for the weekly New York Native newspaper and eventually contributed to Back Stage and New England Entertainment Digest among myriad other publications, and also briefly co-hosted the “Cabaret Corner” segment with Roy Sander for the PBS program “New York Theatre Review,” broadcast in 1995 on WNYE-TV Channel 25. He also, in 1991, launched the nationwide magazine CaB which, though most largely focusing on cabaret and standup comedy, also covered theatre, film, television, recordings, jazz, performance art, dining, wine, travel, and every other cultural medium before closing the magazine officially in 1996.

By the mid-1990s, he shifted his performance career yet again to include work as a standup comedian and celebrity voice impersonator, and subsequently garnered acclaim for shows at the Comic Strip, the Comedy Cellar, Gotham Comedy Club, the Improvisation, Boston Comedy Club, the Duplex, Stand-Up NY and many other leading local laugheries. In 2001, he became a founding member of the sketch comedy group The Mistake, and along with founder Ken Scudder is currently the last remaining original member of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed company; Mr. Martin won a 2005 Spotlight-On Award for Outstanding Special Musical Material, and the group also won several awards in other categories over the following two seasons.

In 2007, Mr. Martin collaborated with Corbin Ross on the screenplay “Exit Laughing,” a biographical script about the late comedy legend Allan Sherman. He is currently developing scripts for two other true-life entertainment biopics; one is “Static: The Lena Zavaroni Story” and the other is “Everything is Beautiful: The Life of Dorothy Squires.” A fourth, “A Girl Named Timi,” focuses on the life and career of singer Timi Yuro. In 2009, Mr. Martin completed a script for an hour-long comedy pilot geared for cable television, entitled “Breach of Conduct,” which now hopes for release as a Web series beginning in early January of 2014.

He also garnered a 2010 Planet Connections Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Harwitz E. Green in “Green! The Musical” at the Gene Frankel Theatre, and followed with a theatrical appearance as the Butcher in “Son of a Butcher” by Grant Harrison, directed by Julian Leong as part of the annual “FrightFest” at 13th Street Repertory. More recently, he created the role of The Contestant in the worldwide premiere of the one-man short play “The Entry,” presented as part of the 9th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival in New York City and directed by Carol Polcovar, with a script by legendary playwright and off-Off-Broadway co-founder Robert Patrick (“Kennedy’s Children,” “T-Shirts,” “Blue is for Boys,” etc).

And he continues a career in entertainment journalism, contributing reviews of theatre, cabaret and books to  http://www.NiteLifeExchange.com/, and in twice-weekly broadcasts on WPAT 930 AM, late Mondays/early Tuesdays at 1:15 AM Eastern and Fridays 7 PM Eastern; live webstreams are available every week at those times at http://www.wpat930am.com/.

Most recently, Mr. Martin has begun to find renown as a film historian. His first book, “All For The Best: How Godspell Transferred From Stage To Screen,” about the 1972 filming of the musical mega-hit, was published by BearManor Media in November of 2011 to critical acclaim. He eagerly awaits publication of his book, “Scene Stealers: The Supporting Actors and Actresses No One Could Ever Forget,” and will follow with “Sepia: The Great Black Cinematic Actresses From the Silent Era Through the Present.”

Comments
  1. Stephan says:

    Congratulations!!! I love the look of it too. Did you see that I subscribed?
    Cheers,
    Stephan

  2. fred alex blumberg says:

    Wonderful photo and intro now speak to us oh great one… I cant wait!

  3. StevenL says:

    Very nice, even the tabs above my browser have turned from blue to gold.

  4. Chatter on, Devine Mister Please continue to enlighten and entertain!

  5. Linda Phillips says:

    No one writes quite like you Drew. Loved it!

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  7. Zach says:

    Hi Andrew,

    My name is Zach Davis. I am one of the Appalachian Trail hikers who arrived to the scene of your friend Michael Guerette’s body. First off I would like to send my condolences. Judging from the overwhelming volume of loving feedback following his death, it is readily apparent that Mike was a great guy. What a terrible loss.

    Secondly, I am currently in the process of writing a book about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, and would like to include Mike’s story. In his last entry in one of the trail registers (a notebook is left at every shelter on the AT for hikers to write a short note about their day), Mike signed his “today is a great day to be alive”. I wish to highlight Mike not only as a great individual, but a true inspiration as to how other hikers should hike the trail.

    If you wouldn’t mind sending me a quick e-mail, I have a couple of quick questions I would like to ask before I proceed with this.

    Thank you greatly.

    Zach
    theGoodBadger@gmail.com

  8. Gregory Kennell says:

    Forgive me for not including CABmagazine in the historical development of Cabaret Scenes. I arrived on the scene,,, as it awere, in 1995 and the first bonafide issue of the magazine was Jan. 1996.

    Realizing presently that ymart phones are a dumb llpl ace to try to write!

    xoG

  9. Wendi Scheer says:

    I really enjoyed your interview with the women from the TV show “Starting Over”. Are you aware of a way to get copies of episodes of the show? If so, please email me at wscheer889@aol.com. Thanks!

    • Hi, Wendi. I loved writing that piece. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to get copies of the episodes. My only advice would be for you to contact Bunim-Murray Productions. Good luck and Happy 2015!

      • AMoffer says:

        Andrew,

        so sorry I didn’t get to hook up for the Joe F tribute was pretty sick. Was trying to reach you to see I fy ou had any time for an interview on 11th sort of last minute. Let me know if you have time n the 2nd or 11th of March.

        AMOffer 212 541 9625

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