STEP FORWARD ENTERTAINMENT

A MULTI-FACETED ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LED BY ROBERT R. BLUME
SPECIALIZING IN PRODUCTION AND TALENT MANAGEMENT 

  STEP FORWARD ENTERTAINMENT  
  Production & Talent Management

STEP FORWARD ENTERTAINMENT
A MULTI-FACETED ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY SPECIALIZING IN PRODUCTION AND TALENT MANAGEMENT & REPRESENTATION

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW 2017-18 THEATRE SEASON AND THE 63RD ANNUAL DRAMA DESK AWARDS AS I CELEBRATE BEING A CURRENT CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!  
WATCH THE  62ND ANNUAL DRAMA DESK AWARDS 

HOSTED BY MICHAEL URIE * THAT WAS HELD AT TOWN HALL, NYC 
CLICK ON LINK TO SEE BROADWAY WORLD NEWS STORY

Nominations were held on April 29th - See the List of Nominees 

PHOTOS OF ROBERT R. BLUME  -  2017 Drama Desk Awards

At Nominations

at 

Feinstein's/54 Below and 

Awards After Party @ Marriott Marquis  

(Left) with Peter Filicia (Nominator; Author and Host of annual Theatre World Awards); 

Stuart F. Margulis (Drama Desk Financial Advisor); 

Kea Chan, (Philippine Celebrity Singer)


                     (Right) with Lynn Cohen (Actress, Hunger Games, Sex and the City, etc.)  & husband Ronnie and Director Nominee Rebecca Taichman (Indecent) 

(Left) with Jon Jon Briones (Nominee, The Engineer / Miss Saigon) and Gretchen Shugart (CEO, Theatermania / Managing Executive Producer, Drama Desk Awards)  (Center) with Nancy Anderson (Nominee, The Pen)   (Right) with Kea Chan and Gerard Alessandrini (Nominee, Spamilton)  

ROBERT R. BLUME, JR KNAUF, DAVID S. STONE 

in association with MICHAEL KATZ & JENNY BROWN 

will present

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE  starring Christina Bianco

Directed by Steve Zuckerman

Casting by Stephen DeAngelis

General Management by Frankel Green LLC

FOR BROADWAY THE 2017-2018 SEASON!

(L) JR Knauf, Christina Bianco, Michael Katz, Robert R. Blume (R ) David Stone/Jenny Brown



PROUD TO A PRODUCER ON ON KENTUCKY AVENUE 

A Celebration of Atlantic City's Famed Club Harlem    

 

Excited to be  Consulting Producer on the Broadway Bound Musical Story of the Legendary Mae West COME UP 'N SEE ME 
The Musical which recently completed sold out readings at the York Theater, NYC 

Step Forward Entertainment's longtime Client in the Art field, Philippe Valy has entered into a partnership with Fashion's, Nick Tordella to launch a new line of VALY APPAREL.  It was the centerpiece of a fundraiser for the Family Services of Westchester last Tuesday in partnership with Scarsdale Jeweler, Sam Lehr Jewelers

BLACKTIE MAGAZINE COVERED THE EVENT

(AT RIGHT) Actor Michael Douglas signs Valy designed Drama Desk Awards Dress.

Celebrity Philippine Singer/Client  Kea Chan was excited to meet and talk with Miss Saigon star and fellow Filipino, Jon Jon Briones at Drama Desk Nominees Reception at the Marriott Marquis.


See Photo Feature and article on this event at 


          TheaterLife.com

WELCOME TO THE "OUT  AND ABOUT..." 

            A BI-WEEKLY COLUMN BY BOB BLUME 


Sponsored by www.ForTalent.com (a FREE place for young talent to promote themselves)


As I attend many events while enjoying the nightlife in NYC, LA and elsewhere, and I am always asked to share my stories, I thought it might be fun to share experiences with you!

My Column now appears below  along with photos and/or videos of interest ..... Hope you enjoy!                                         


Photo Above:  Bob Blume, hanging with LEGENDS  (L) to (R) Ervin Drake, Helen Gallagher, Edith Drake, Carmen Delavallade and Margo Champion a few years ago at a Duke Ellington Center for the Arts function in NYC.  

(Left) Giuseppe Bausilio, Anthony Salvador Lewis, Marya Coburn and Kea Chan 

at  Ma-Yi Theatre Company Gala!


(Right) Associate Manager and Client, Dawn Aneada walks the Runway at DC Competition during Agent Walkoff

(Above)  Associate & Client, Dawn Aneada in front of Acting Student Attendees at DC Conference pose with ForTalent.com promo sheets after successful class in TV Commercial!

                                   Late July 2017 edition .........."OUT  AND ABOUT..." A BI-WEEKLY COLUMN BY BOB BLUME 

                                             Sponsored by www.ForTalent.com (a FREE place for young talent to promote themselves

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Look forward to attending and judging at the upcoming Barbizon Midwest Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana!  Recently attended IMTA, NY and The Industry Network in Los Angeles.  


Awards Season 2017 is history now but had fun attending the fabulous Drama Desk Awards; the terrific Theatre World Awards and watching the Tony's from the comfort of my home.   My favorites were Hello Dolly!, Come From Away and Oslo!


Excited that, Cagney, where Robert Creighton gives an unbelievable performance as James Cagney to the point of "eerie"  will be opening in Los Angeles at the El Portal in October 2017.  Kudos to Producer, Riki Kane Larimer for bringing it there.


Speaking of Los Angeles, during my recent trip, friend and agent, Amy Lord took me to see her client Ronnie Marmo in a 1-man show about Lenny Bruce directed by Joe Mantegna entitled, I Am Not A Comedian....I Am Lenny Bruce!


Got the jump on next season by seeing The Government Inspector (very, very funny) and the very controversial Julius Caesar at The Public Theatre in Central Park where client, Melissa Rakiro was one of the ensemble members.  Also saw the powerful, Napoli, Brooklyn and Marvin's Room!


Enjoy the rest of July and early August!  Look forward to seeing you "Out and About"!

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF ROBERT R BLUME AS TEACHER, MANAGER, CONSULTANT AND PRODUCER

Step Forward Entertainment & ForTalent.com Seminar
  as Acting Coach

German TV Feature
Robert R Blume as 
Talent Manager

Australian TV 

Feature Robert R Blume as

Broadway Consultant

Robert R Blume Welcomes
The Audience to Drama Desk Awards as Exec Producer




BOB BLUME EDUCATES YOUNG TALENT ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF JOINING FORTALENT.COM TO PROMOTE YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST AND MEET OTHER ARTISTS AT ALL LEVELS! 

(Pictured: Bailey Swain of Dallas with Bob)


AND IT IS FREE!!!       A GREAT TOOL AT NO COST!!

* M O S T  C U R R E N T  H E A D L I N E S *

SERGE LEVIN  (in the middle) 

on the set of  THE AMERICANS


Client Rhianna Radick on the set of The Perfect Murder episode where she had the lead role of Detective Vetter!  This is her second lead role appearance on the show in two years!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ANTHONY SALVADOR LEWIS ON HIS SUPPORTING ROLE IN THE FORTHCOMING UNIVERSAL FILM  HALORAN MANOR TO BE RELEASED ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS SUMMER!


ANTHONY PLAYS A MAN OF THE CLOTH - FATHER MATOS!

CLIENT - KEA CHAN debuts in America at Feinstein's/54 Below in the Siegel Entertainment production of BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS!  She performs the hit song from Miss Saigon, "I'd Give My Life For You"

Client Krystin Goodwin (now working out of FOX Radio Network in Los Angeles) appeared in 2 episodes of the new CBS show, BULL.  (PICTURED RIGHT)

AND IN FINAL EPISODE OF LAST SEASON'S BLACKLIST

Click here to see her BLACKLIST appearance!


Hear one of reports on Fox Entertainment News/Sirius XM Radio

Meet Step Forward Entertainment's London based client, screen/stage/radio actress,  DAPHNE ALEXANDER


She was a 3-year regular on the hit BBC TV show, CASUALTY and has played an assistant to Pierce Brosnan and Milla Jovanovic in featured roles in major films and was a featured actress in the HBO mini-series, HOUSE OF SADDAM!.  

See below for Daphne in scene with Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Hutton, Kim Cattrall in The Ghost Writer film.

At right, see part of Kingsborough Community College Arts Center promo for their program.  On Kentucky Avenue, which played there last season, is featured in promo!

CONGRATULATIONS to client JONATHAN O'REILLY (see video on right) on his acting in the role of Young Tristan in TRISTAN und ISOLDE at THE METROPOLITAN OPERA!   This is Jonathan's 2nd acting job in an opera at THE MET and he is only 8 years old!!!  See Article about the Opera!

This past season he also had 3 appearances on the Amazon TV show BLINDSPOT as the Boy with Scar


RENN WOODS, Screen, Stage and Music Star 

The Wiz, Roots, Hair, Beauty and the Beast, Car Wash, The Jerk, (many albums, etc) at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood after filming an interview for TNT and TruTV regarding back story of the feature film THE JERK starring Steve Martin where Renn played his daughter. Look for Renn to open in a new musical in NYC this year!

CONGRATULATIONS to client JULIETTE KIDA who just completed filming her lead role as "bad-ass coke-snorting thief" in the Dallas location, Indie Thriller, THE DRIP produced by New Hope Pictures.  

MEET SOME SFE  CLIENTS

(slideshow)

  • Keyona Young
    Keyona Young
  • Larry Swartz
    Larry Swartz
  • Cara Jeannette Shaffer
    Cara Jeannette Shaffer
  • MaryNell Smith
    MaryNell Smith
  • David Serero
    David Serero
  • Natalie Ramos
    Natalie Ramos
  • Caleb Plummer
    Caleb Plummer
  • Serena Pallottini
    Serena Pallottini
  • Kevin Nunes
    Kevin Nunes
  • Bernice Noorlag
    Bernice Noorlag
  • Roberto Morean
    Roberto Morean
  • Ellie McRae
    Ellie McRae
  • Sheba Mason
    Sheba Mason
  • Dina Lukmanova
    Dina Lukmanova
  • Paul Skye Lehrman
    Paul Skye Lehrman
  • Mya Laman
    Mya Laman
  • Fern Katz
    Fern Katz
  • Cara Guglielmino
    Cara Guglielmino
  • Kristen Gray
    Kristen Gray
  • Tatiana Espaillat
    Tatiana Espaillat
  • Mauna Kea Chan
    Mauna Kea Chan
  • Nathan Hunt Bullard
    Nathan Hunt Bullard
  • Ava Yu Brinkman
    Ava Yu Brinkman
  • Becky Barker
    Becky Barker
  • Daphne Alexander
    Daphne Alexander
  • Alexis Chevalier
    Alexis Chevalier
  • George Butts
    George Butts

Samantha von Sperling has a column each month in Times Square Chronicles!  Read one of her latest columns here!

 Congratulations to Client, DAVID SERERO who has just landed a role on a new film, ON SETTLING DOWN to shoot later this month!  Also will be appearing at a reading at the Friars Club.

CONGRATULATIONS to client MILLA ILIEVA who is featured in new Medicare Fraud commercial being seen all over broadcast TV.      Watch the commercial at Right.....

PAUL SHEEHAN FEATURED IN ZOMBIES MUSIC VIDEO FOR "ANY OTHER WAY"

MEET ALEXIS CHEVALIER
ACTOR / PLAYWRIGHT/FILMMAKER
FRENCH BORN, GRAND NEPHEW OF THE LEGENDARY FRENCH FILM STAR - MAURICE CHEVALIER

Enjoy the Singing of Actress/Singer ANGEL ROSE (formerly toured with Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion and sang with Dizzy Gillespie & Stevie Wonder!

CONGRATULATIONS to client Robby Ramos was a featured actor in, ALPHA 66 ; now getting a production off-Broadway; co-starred  in an off-Broadway production of Mother****r With A Hat! and was featured in a Reading directed by FRANK LANGELLA.  Also landed a role in a new INDIE film THE BURIED GIRL!


Juliette had a small role in the new Richard Linklater film, Everybody Wants Some!!  And she recently married her actor-sweetheart, Nathan Bullard (also a Step Forward client)... Congrats!!

Client EVAN BRINKMAN as Allister in TRAINWRECK now on DVD, HBO and Amazon!!!
Evan pictured with Oscar/Golden Globe Winner, Brie Larson who played his mom!

STEP FORWARD ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTIONS - FUTURE AND RECENT

BROADWAY AFTER DARK - Review of ON KENTUCKY AVENUE 

Bringing it back to NYC for a limited run soon!


A hit at the


HOLLYWOOD

FRINGE


SKITSO! 

A New Comedy Show

Starring 

Jim Dailakis


Directed by Charles Messina                      


SEE PRESS RELEASE!


A Nobody who dreamt of becoming a Somebody. or three, maybe more. When you’re a bullied, weak and tiny Greek Australian boy, have the physique of a stick insect, resemble a pretty girl, talk to yourself more often than is considered normal, inspired by American icons and want to be Chinese; your choices in life are often limited to becoming a comedian, an actor or comedian.   

To escape the constant teasing, beatings and the harshness of his elementary school reality, Jim found solace, peace and comfort watching American TV shows. From his first comedic inspiration, Bugs Bunny, and a desire to be just like his American movie star heroes, he promised himself to be an Academy award-winning A-list actor, the next Bruce Lee and the second fastest martial artist in the world. In SKITSO! these icons all pay him a visit in an effort to help him live out his dreams and to become a stronger, better, faster more motivating force. He plays all of them; over 25 stars and celebrities as well as original characters.  Join Jim Dailakis on this entertaining, fast paced, animated hilarious, dramatic, sad, happy, definitely crazy and inspirational journey where he continues failing his way to success.


POSTER and PRODUCTION PHOTOS -West Coast Client, CODY DERR's 
 One Heart - 2016!  Now doing the Festival Circuit!

Cody Derr (L) pictured with Bob Blume in Beverly Hills. Cody is represented by Amy Lord of SALT Models and Talent in Los Angeles

A D D I T I O N A L  R E C E N T   E V E N T S

SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM RECENT YEARS

Joseph Barry, Robert R. Blume, Ilona Oltuski

presented

ADRIENNE HAAN 

in 

TEHORAH

In  SOLD OUT Concert 

Weill / Carnegie Hall

 NYC 

“Adrienne Haan is an all-round entertainer of the highest calibre" ..The New York Times


Tehorah means pure in Hebrew and was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations at the United Nations in New York. Featuring music of 1920s Weimar Berlin, Yiddish klezmer music, as well as more contemporary music sung in Hebrew, it is a heart wrenching and promising musical story about war, loss, hope, love and forgiving.


Adrienne Haan is a German singer, known for her historically accurate and deeply emotional Night Club Acts sung in English, German, Yiddish and French.

She has performed throughout Europe earning acclaimed reviews from some of the Continent‘s most esteemed newspapers.


Her passion belongs to the music of the 1920’s and 30’s, inspired by her fascination for the time between the two World Wars, the so-called dance on the volcano; the Weimar Republic. Based on her interest for culture, history, politics, art and poetry, Adrienne is a time traveler who feeds upon the energy of the world surrounding her.

EUROPEAN STAR CHANTEUSE 
ADRIENNE HAAN *  
A HUGE SUCCESS AT  
with
Special Art Exhibit and Stage Appearance by 
 Acclaimed French Artist 
A Robert R. Blume and Joseph Barry Production

Bob Blume with Tehorah co-producer Ilona Oltuski, German Ambassador to the UN, Harald Braun, Adrienne Haan and Austrian Ambassador to the UN, Martin Sajdik

Robert R. Blume co-Executive Producer
61ST ANNUAL DRAMA DESK AWARDS 
HELD ON JUNE 5, 2016
WATCH LAST YEAR HERE!
with its Host

2016 Drama Desk Awards Media

Co-Executive Producer, Robert R. Blume interview at 2016 DDA Pre-show Press (far Left) and with Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominee, Benjamin Walker of American Psycho at the Nominations Press Reception! (near left)

2015 Drama Desk Awards Media                                2014 Drama Desk Awards Media

MORE ABOUT OUR CLIENTS!


Meet Client, Christina Pazcoguin!  A talented actress, Christina recently moved back to NYC from Los Angeles with Husband, Actor  Scott J. Campbell 


Christians featured in this funny Dunkin' Donuts Commercial on Comedy Central that she did while in Los Angeles!

See Local TV feature on Client, Jamie Petrone above and see her special feature on The Today Show!

Jamie also has a recurring background role on Madame Secretary as a State Dept Advisor.

Bi-coastal client HILLARY HICKAM (in partnership with West Coast based manager, Andy Rooney of Midwest Talent Agency) just signed to play the Lead Role in new Indie TIF Written and Directed by Ari Bustin that will shoot in mid August, 2016.


Hillary is also a  Beverly Hills Veternarian in addition to her acting chores.  Here she is enjoying the company of Elton John at his recent OSCAR party!

Hillary is also represented commercially in LA by HRI Agency.


See photo slideshow to the left!

Evan on His NYC Visit For Film Premiere Red Carpet * After Party * Signage for the Movie * Benjamin's SteakHouse

  • Evan with Amy Schumer at Tavern on the Green after party
    Evan with Amy Schumer at Tavern on the Green after party
  • Evan with Bill Hader at Tavern on the Green after party
    Evan with Bill Hader at Tavern on the Green after party
  • Evan with Manager, Bob Blume at Benjamin Steakhouse
    Evan with Manager, Bob Blume at Benjamin Steakhouse
  • Evan with family outside Benjamin Steakhouse
    Evan with family outside Benjamin Steakhouse
  • Evan with LeBron James at Tavern on the Green after party
    Evan with LeBron James at Tavern on the Green after party
  • Evan Brinkman at Benjamin Steakhouse
    Evan Brinkman at Benjamin Steakhouse
  • Evan with signage for film in NYC Subway Entrance
    Evan with signage for film in NYC Subway Entrance
  • Evan with Judd Apatow at after party
    Evan with Judd Apatow at after party
  • Evan on the red carpet with his press rep from ZTPR
    Evan on the red carpet with his press rep from ZTPR
  • Evan with Mike Birbiglia
    Evan with Mike Birbiglia
  • Evan at Red Carpet
    Evan at Red Carpet
  • Evan at red carpet
    Evan at red carpet
  • Evan with Producer Barry Mendel and Vanessa Bayer
    Evan with Producer Barry Mendel and Vanessa Bayer
Evan with Amy Schumer at Tavern on the Green after party
Evan with Amy Schumer at Tavern on the Green after party

Client, Jonathan O'Reilly, a 9-year old actor with a lot of experience!  His TV/Film credits include two TV appearances on BLINDSPOT as a principle; young Peter Madoff in the film MADOFF; young Falcone in GOTHAM; and additional roles in UNFORGETTABLE, ELEMENTARY, LAW AND ORDER SVU, THE GOOD WIFE, THE KNICK, THE LEFTOVERS, ROYAL PAINS, THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA among others!

COMPLETELY NORMAL  starring client JENNY GRACE as Gwen 

Recently was named Best Narrative Feature at Metropolitan Film Festival and  had special screening at Hoboken Film Festival, Middletown, NY    /      NOW ON AMAZON PRIME!

SYNOPSIS:

An awkwardly dark, romantic comedy set in Queens, New York. The film follows two very strange people. Greg, a hopelessly awkward romantic who takes things a bit too far in his mind and in real life, he could be described by some (perhaps all) as a stalker. Gwen, is a young woman trying to survive in New York City as a cleaning woman. Her personality disorder leaves it hard to accomplish most things, or even consider a love life. Greg spots Gwen on the subway and is immediately smitten. Gwen doesn’t realize it yet, but she has a very secret admirer.


Jenny recently completed season as a featured performer in the web series Producing Juliet! with an ISA Nomination as Best Ensemble! 


Actor/Model Alex Eckstorm - Modeling Portfolio

Congratulations to Jennifer Laine Williams 

co-starring in the new, soon to be released INDIE film THE WIDOWERS.     

 (click here to see trailer)

Pictured with Richard Lovejoy

Clients in partnership with Richard Francis Management:

Hope Gardner - 18 year old Actress/Model in Kansas City, MO

Brianna Kruis - 17 year old Actress/Model located in San Diego

Jeannette Faye - 24 year old Actress located in New York

Krystin Goodwin - Actress & Video Host located in New York

Bri De Meo - LA based Actress/Model

Raphael Katz - French Child Actor attending Miami University in Florida

*BULLET POINT*  ADDITIONAL CLIENT NEWS AND UPDATES!

* Samantha Safdie appearing as Eve in new Indie film RENDER TO CAESAR!


* Rachel Cora Wood has a small role in Summer Crockett Moore produced series, THE BIG DOGS!


* Krystin Goodwin relocates to Los Angeles where she remains as an Entertainment Reporter on FOX Radio with daily reports 12noon-8pm EDT


* New client (with Co-Manager Dawn Aneada) Isabella (Izzi) Mays has signed with Innovative Artists Agency!


* David Serero performing in concerts around the world and landed a role in the new Indie, ON SETTLING DOWN!


* Jenny Grace shot an Exxon test spot via her agent, Ann Wright Representatives. Also to play the role of Sarah in new SAG Indie Feature, THE HARD SONG.


* Serge Levin performed in an episode of the FOX TV hit, THE AMERICANS.


* Eric Garduno featured in TV show DUELS IN MIAMI to film early summer.


Rhianna Radick Played Detective Vetter, lead role in a new, TV episode of THE PERFECT MURDER (Season 4) after appearing in a recently aired episode on Season 3 on Investigation ID; she is both a featured actress and singer of her own composition in the new Indie film by Phillyborn Productions to be released shortly; and was featured in both an ACURA and TIMEX commercial.  Also recently modeled for UnionBay in NYC; 


Stephanie ver Eecke  just finished shooting an Investigation Discovery episode titled "A Dirty Little Secret" produced by Red Marble Media;  a Hidden Cam promo as a spy on the street and 3 other commercials.  

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