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Adam Pascal (born October 25, 1970) is a Jewish American actor and singer, best known for his Tony-nominated performance as Roger Davis in the original cast of Jonathan Larson's musical Rent on Broadway 1996, the 2005 movie version of the musical, and the Broadway Tour of Rent in 2009. He is also known for originating the role of Radames in Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida and for playing the Emcee from the 1998 revival of Cabaret.

Early life and stage work

Pascal was born in The Bronx, New York and grew up in Woodbury, Nassau County, New York, with his mother and stepfather, Wendy and Mel Seaman.[1] He was raised Jewish.[2] Before his interest in music, he was a personal trainer. Although he began as a rock musician playing in a number of bands (such as Mute) formed with his schoolmates, Pascal became drawn to the musical theater. A friend of his from high school, who at the time was dating fellow Syosset graduate Idina Menzel, mentioned Rent to him. On a whim, he auditioned and was cast as the HIV positive rock guitarist Roger Davis. His powerful tenor voice and his performance in Rent earned him a Tony nomination, a Theater World award, and an Obie Award. He left the show on November 2, 1997, but went on to reprise Roger when Rent opened in London.

The role helped Pascal gain fame on Broadway, and he was cast in the Elton John and Tim Rice musical Aida as the Egyptian general Radames with the original and final casts[3] (former Rent castmate Idina Menzel would co-star as Amneris in 2001), and Kander and Ebb's Cabaret, closing the show as the Emcee (closing cast)[4]. He also participated in several charity performances, including Chess in 2003 (playing the American, Freddie Trumper)[5], Hair in 2004 (singing "I Got Life")[6], and the 24 Hour Plays in 2005[7]. He returned to Aida in 2004 to close the run of the show as Radames[8][9].

Along with original Broadway Rent cast member Anthony Rapp (Mark Cohen), Pascal returned to Broadway to star as Roger in Rent from July 30 to October 7, 2007[10]. In January 2009, he and Rapp reprised their originating (and film) roles as Roger and Mark in another Rent tour titled: "Rent: The Broadway Tour", which played in many cities in the United States and Canada, as well as stops in Japan and South Korea. At the tour's Detroit, Michigan stop in February, Pascal suffered two herniated discs in his neck and was on medical leave for a week. Cary Shields, an understudy and also a Broadway Rent veteran, filled in. Pascal has since made a full recovery and is back performing.[11] .

Pascal reprised the role of Frederick Trumper, aka "Freddie, The American" in the London concert version of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall on the 12 and 13 May 2008. His Rent and Aida co-star Idina Menzel played the role of Florence[12]. This performance was recorded; it has been televised, first on American and British television on June 17, 2009, and repeatedly in America on PBS stations as part of that network's "Great Performances" series; and has been released on DVD.[13]


Pascal felt that he was looked upon solely as a Broadway singer, and thus returned to his rock and roll roots with a solo recording contract on Sh-K-Boom Records, which was founded by his Aida costar, Sherie Rene Scott and her husband Kurt Deutsch[14]. He has released two solo rock albums, Model Prisoner (2000)[15], Civilian (2004)[16], as well as a collaborative rock album "Blinding Light" (2008) with pianist, Larry Edoff[17]. He also contributed a cover of Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" to the CD Broadway Cares: Home for the Holidays (2001)[18], the end credits song,Winter Light, from the movie Noel (2004)[19], and the song Perfect Place on the album Listen which showcases songs written by adolescents who stutter (2009)[20].

On July 4, 2006, Pascal took part in the Macy's Fourth of July Celebration. He sang during the traditional fireworks display. He also took part in both the fifth and tenth anniversary celebrations of Rent on Broadway in 2000 and 2005, respectively.

Pascal formed the band "Me and Larry (Edoff)" in 2006. The two musicians began composing and performing original material and reworked Broadway songs in small venues throughout the US. Pascal won the 2007-2008 Golden Icon Award for Best Small Venue Concert. The band's first CD, Blinding Light, was released in May 2008 on Pascal's own label. The CD is available at concerts and through the band's website[21] (where a direct digital download is available).

In 2008, Pascal recorded a ballad entitled "Eva Wanted" with Broadway veteran and recording artist Maya Days. Pascal and Days co-starred in Aida on Broadway in 2000. Days is also a veteran of Rent on Broadway and in the UK, as well as the first National Tour, playing Mimi[22].

Film work

Pascal made his film debut in SLC Punk! (1999), and also appeared in School of Rock (2003) and Temptation (2004). The audio for Temptation, a musical, was recorded live on set during filming. In late 2005, he, along with five others of the principal cast, reprised their roles in the film version of Rent, directed by Chris Columbus. Pop idol Justin Timberlake campaigned heavily to Columbus and the producers for the role of Roger,[23] but Columbus insisted that only the original cast members could convey the true meaning of Rent. The film released on November 23, 2005.

In the independent movie Falling Star (formally titled Goyband), Pascal stars as a former boy-band icon who is booked to play a show at a kosher hotel, but ends up shocking the guests with his sexy show. Fans were invited to participate in the movie as extras for the concert scenes. His co-stars are Amy Davidson, Cris Judd, Tovah Feldshuh, Dean Edwards,Tibor Feldman and Natasha Lyonne. Goyband originally premiered at the Jerusalem Films Festival in December 2008. Its North America premiere was July 2009, on Long Island. The movie was bought by distributor, MarVista Entertainment, which retitled it Falling Star.[24]

Pascal has also completed filming for another independent movie, American Primitive, about a gay couple who try to hide their relationship from family and neighbors in 1973, a few years following the Stonewall Riots.[25]

Disney has been planning a major motion picture adaptation release of Aida in 2010. According to Jim Hill Media, Beyoncé Knowles is in talks with Walt Disney Studios to star in the title role alongside Christina Aguilera as Amneris. It is unknown if Pascal will be asked to play his familiar role of Radames in this adaptation.[26]


Pascal had a guest role as Dennis Hofferman, a murder victim, on an episode of Cold Case, with Tracie Thoms, his co-star from the film version of Rent. The episode, called "Willkommen", originally aired on April 2, 2006, and revolved around an amateur production of Cabaret.[27]

Pascal provided the narration and sang a song in the double-length episode Tale of the Mighty Knights for the show The Backyardigans. The song is called I'm Not an Egg Anymore, and is the final song of the episode.[28]

Personal life

On December 19, 1998[29], Pascal married Cybele Chivian, daughter of Eric S. Chivian, M.D., Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School and 1985 Nobel Prize winner. They have two sons, Lennon Jay (born October 2001)[30] and Montgomery Lovell (born February 2004)[31].

Due to their children's food allergies, Cybele created nutritious, enjoyable, safe recipes, which she included in her book The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook: Two Hundred Gourmet & Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family[32]. Cybele has also published a second book in December 2009, titled The Allergen-Free Bakers Handbook[33].


  • "Mute" - ca. 1994
  • "Model Prisoner" - 2000
  • "Civilian" - 2004
  • "Blinding Light" (with Larry Edoff) - 2008

Stage credits

  • Rent (Original US & UK casts) - Roger Davis (1996-1997 [New York], 1998 [London])
  • Aida - Radames (Original cast) (1998-2000)
  • Fully Committed (off-Broadway) - Co-producer (2000)
  • Cabaret - Emcee (October 2003 - January 2004) (Closing Cast)
  • Aida - Radames (2004) (Closing Cast)
  • Hair (2005) (Actors' Benefit Concert)
  • Chess - Freddie (2005) (Actors' Benefit Concert)
  • 24 Hour Plays (2005)
  • Rent (Broadway) - Roger Davis (2007)
  • Alive in the World (2008)
  • Chess (London) - Freddie (2008)
  • Drift - (2008)
  • Rent (US national tour) - Roger Davis (2009)


Year Film/television Role Other notes
1999 SLC Punk! Eddie
2003 School of Rock Theo
2004 Temptation Nicholi
2005 Rent Roger Davis appeared with most of the original stage cast members
2006 Cold Case Dennis Hofferman TV series, appeared alongside Rent co-star Tracie Thoms
2008 American Primitive Theo Independent film
Single Drop of You Himself Music Video
Falling Star (formerly titled Goyband) Bobby Starr Independent Film


  1. Green, Blake (2000-03-17). "THEATER / A Star Is Torn / Though he's playing the lead in a second Broadway musical, Adam Pascal remains a rocker at heart". Newsday.'s+playing+the+lead+in+a+second+Broadway+musical%2C+Adam+Pascal+remains+a+rocker+at+heart&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  2. Elkin, Michael (2000-04-27). "Pyramid Power: Bronx-Born Adam Pascal makes a passion play for 'Aida'". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  23. "Rent Film Success Bodes Well for Future Movie Musicals". Broadway World. 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  24. . 
  26. "Beyoncé to Star in Aida Adaptation?". Coming Soon Media. July 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 

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