Author, actor, singer-songwriter – the only life for Adam-Michael James is a creative one. Writing song lyrics, working on a novel, and winning Drama awards in high school, AMJ went on to broadcasting school and amassed five years of radio experience, first as a deejay at Florida country station WDKC, then as writer, producer, and air talent for “IMRU”, a weekly newsmagazine for KPFK in Los Angeles. AMJ’s “IMRU” efforts earned him a Golden Mike Award for Best Entertainment Reporting.
AMJ’s two published novels are “Undo the Deed,” a time travel story with a child abuse theme, and “Extra Extra!: Memoirs from a Piece of Human Furniture,” an anecdotal guide for background actors based on his own experiences in Hollywood. AMJ has also done script analysis for several Hollywood production companies, and he puts these skills to use writing opinion columns regularly for the soap opera web site, soapcentral.com.
Collaborating with Emmy-nominated composer Leo Marchildon, AMJ wrote the book and lyrics for “The Nine Lives of L.M. Montgomery”, a multimedia musical drama based on the life of the famed “Anne of Green Gables” author. Other theatrical exploits include playing Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau in a workshop of “Trudeaumania”, Pirelli in the ACT production of “Sweeney Todd”, Philip in “Relatively Speaking” (also for ACT), and Lumiere in the Fandango Musical Players production of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Rue la Rue Cafe is a Golden Girls themed cafe eatery located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The restaurant was conceived and is operated by Michael LaRue, a close confidante of one of the four “Golden Girls”, Rue McClanahan (1934 – 2010) while McClanahan’s son Mark Bisch is a partner.
La Rue, who inherited many of the star’s personal belongings, in turn decorated the restaurant with them (including her 1987 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series), as well as pictures of McClanahan (one each from the decades of her entertainment career) and other memorabilia related to the hit show.In an ironic twist of fate the establishment is located inside of the Sofia storage building.