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Adam & Adam Pascal

On Monday, January 10, 2011, I had the fortunate experience of interviewing Adam Pascal after his and Anthony Rapp’s concert at Town Hall (click here for my review, Anthony’s interview is coming soon). On-stage Adam knows how to entertain and off-stage is no different. Personable and humorous, Adam was kind enough to take the time to answer my questions.

Best known for playing the original “Roger” in the Tony Award Winning musical “Rent,” which earned Adam a Theatre World Award, an OBIE Award, and a Tony Award Nomination, Adam has gone on to have quite a career! After “Rent,” Adam went on to originate the role of “Radames” in Broadway’s “Aida” by Elton John and Tim Rice and played the “Emcee” in the final cast of “Cabaret” by Kander and Ebb. In 2008, Adam starred alongside Josh Groban and Idina Menzel in London for two sold-out performances of the Tim Rice/ABBA musical “Chess” at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

In addition to theatre, Adam has released three solo albums…”Model Prisoner,” “Civilian,” and his latest CD “Blinding Light” and starred in such movies as “Rent,” “SLC Punk,” “School of Rock,” “Temptation,” and his two most recent films “Falling Star” and “American Primitive.” Adam is also hard at work on a musical for Broadway based on the concept album “Operation Mindcrime,” by the progressive rock band Queensryche.

Currently out on tour with Anthony Rapp in “Adam & Anthony Live” they have one more stop on their US Tour. January 29 at 8pm: The Irvine Barclay Theater in Irvine, CA

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Rock music inspired me to become a performer. I got hooked on rock music at 9 years old and shortly after that discovered I could carry a tune and then it just kind of went from there. I just always loved to sing and the harder I sang and the more blood vessels I burst in my neck trying to sing like all of these heavy metal singers I listened to growing up, the better it felt. It was such a feeling of expression and power. If I was feeling vulnerable, it made me feel strong. If I was feeling weak, it made me feel powerful. It’s always been that for me.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Hahaha…I have no idea. I’m so not a schooled singer in that way I couldn’t tell you. I’d just say high and low. Hahaha.

3. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Oh god, there are so many. God, that’s a good question. I would love to work with Jason Robert Brown. We worked a little bit together, but not on a full original production. I love his music and I love his work. I would also love to work with Stephen Sondheim and I would love to work with Michael Greif again. I’m always honored that anybody of note wants to work with me, so I’m open to working with anybody who has an interest in working with me.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? That’s good one too. “Grow up.” I can’t tell you how many countless people I’ve heard that from and it never sticks, but it’s always good advice.

5. What do you get from performing in a solo concert that you don’t get from performing in a Broadway show? For me personally, I’m much more exposed, much more naked. I get to play instruments and get to express myself in what is the most natural way for me to do it. Although, that being said, I’ve always felt a little more comfortable doing musicals than doing a concert and I think that’s because you can hide. You can hide behind a character. You can also hide behind somebody else’s material. I always had this opinion in the back of my mind where I was like, “I know I’m going to go out there and sing well and I’m going to do a good job and if they didn’t like the show, I didn’t write it. There’s a certain security in that. As long as I know people will come away and say that show sucked, but that guy was good, that’s the most I could do.

6. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I never had another career path. I never could do anything else, of value. That’s a really hard question to answer because I’d really be lost. I wouldn’t have a career, I would have a job.

7. Favorite way to spend your day off? At home. At home with my kids smoking weed.  Not smoking weed with my kids, but as two separate events.

8. Favorite way to stay in shape? P90X.

9. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs.

10. Favorite website? I love Broadway Stars. My wife always make fun of me because of the name. The name is misleading because it’s not really about Broadway Stars. It’s really an amazing hub for everything theatre related, whether it’s Broadway, Regional, West End. It’s so dense with information, so I check that site at least twice a day.

11. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Not really. I wish I did. The only talent I have is what I can do on stage. Anything else I wouldn’t classify as a talent…I can do light carpentry, light electrical, and light plumbing, certainly not talents.

13. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Hahaha…other than my wife, Jessica Biel, preferably more than once a night. I could dream about her over and over again.

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Zachary is a nineteen year old rising sophomore at NYU Tisch School Of The Arts at CAP21. Pursuing a BFA in Drama (Musical Theater), it has always been Zachary’s goal to achieve personal and professional success in theatre and film. Having survived Stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 15, he continues to fight to reach his dreams and certainly hasn’t let anything hold him back. He’s a laid back kind of guy, ready to work, and ready to make lasting relationships with his colleagues. He began his career at the age of ten working on numerous commercials and voice overs. He made his big break at the age of eleven when he took on the role of Gordon in Paramount’s film “School of Rock” starring Jack Black and Joan Cusack. Most recently he was seen in fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Bobby Cronin’s new musical “The Beaten Path” as the role of Jake. The production directed by Jessica Redish and produced by Erica Ruff, premiered at the Laurie Beechman Theater this past January and proved to be a great success. Currently, Zachary can be seen at the Papermill Playhouse’s performance of “Peter Pan” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Nancy Anderson) as the lost boy Nibs running from June 2nd through the 27th. After that he will participate in CAP21’s first Annual Summer Stock in New York throughout the month of July. He continues work and educate himself as his career progresses, and believes the most important part of his journey has been the love and support of his family. He continues to remember that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”-Lao Tzu. Look out for Zachary, he is certainly looking out for you! You can check him out on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/theinfant2

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Truthfully, I’d have to say my mother and father. They gave me the outlet to begin working in New York and have stayed my biggest fans since birth. I’ll never forget seeing my parents dance together in the living room when I was a child. That sight was worth more than any Broadway ticket. I just knew I wanted to give others that same feeling of joy and happiness that my parents gave to me.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low-Bflat High-(most days) C!

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I have impeccable knowledge of state capitals. I think that qualifies as a talent. haha.

4. Who do you consider to be your hero? My father, there’s no one in my life or in this world who I’d rather be like. He’s the type of person who will talk to anyone and brighten up their day. He’s shown me to live life to the fullest and to show love to those who need it most.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Dance and the occasional run.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

7. Favorite musician/singer? John Legend and Josh Groban. Their music is a frequent on my ipod.
…OH and Lady Gaga of course!

8. Favorite play/musical? Definitely In the Heights! Being Hispanic and having family living in Washington Heights definitely made it an amazing show to experience (on my Birthday!). I’d love to play Sonny one day!

9. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman… I dig strong women.

10. Zach’s added question: Favorite Quote? “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind… don’t matter” -Dr.Seuss

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