Fargo, ND: Â It is not every day a Broadway professional visits the FM area, but it is starting to become a tradition at the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre. This summer FMCT will welcome Broadway superstar Adam Pascal to work with its Broadway Lights production of RENT. Pascal will workshop with the 14-19 year-old FMCTâ€™s cast as a part of its Education Enrichment Initiative. He will also grace the FMCT in a single concert performance on Monday July 18th at 7:30 pm. Â Pascal was nominated for the Tony Award, and a Drama Desk award for his performance in RENT, as well as winning the Theatre World Award for his performance. Pascal also played the lead of Radames in Broadwayâ€™s Aida and as the Emcee in the Broadway revival of Cabaret.
Last summer FMCT launched the Broadway Lights series with Jason Robert Brownâ€™s 13: a new musical. Mr. Brown was the first artist to appear in the Education Enrichment Initiative.
FMCTâ€™s Broadway Lights program is a performance and training ground for bright young artists with exceptional musical theater talent, stage presence, and a discipline that makes them stand out among their peers.Â This program will immerse young artists in the creative process, while using the arts for advocacy and positive social change.Â Through the production of a contemporary theme-based musical, students will grow as artists, as well as members of the larger community.
The Education Enrichment Initiative takes the mission of Broadway Lights even deeper to expand the education components of the program, and partners young artists with working professionals.
Adam Pascalâ€™s Live Concert performance:
- July 18th, 2011 â€“ 7:30 pm
- TICKETS now available at www.fmct.org (green ticket information areas are at numerous locations throughtout the site)
Broadway Lights RENT performance:
- July 28, 29, 30, 4, 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 pm
All performances are held at the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre. Adam Pascal tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.fmct.org or at FMCTâ€™s Box Office at (701) 235-6778. All tickets are reserved seats.
RENT ticket prices are $14 for Adults, $10 for Seniors/Students, $6 for Children.
FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING RENT – visit www.fmct.org
If you are an exceptionally talented 14-19 year-old performer and would like to challenge yourself to grow even more as a performer, you can find information for the auditions for RENT at www.fmct.org Auditions are April 25 and 26 at the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre. Only actors cast in the production will have the opportunity to work with Adam Pascal while he workshops the Broadway Lights Production of RENT! (if you cannot attend the auditions due to distance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an alternative audition.
VIEW video of Adam by visiting this link.
Adam Pascal was born on October 25, 1970, in the Bronx and raised in Syosset, New York. He started singing in various heavy metal and hard rock bands when he was 12, and has been singing in bands, as a solo artist, in movies or on the Broadway stage ever since. In high school, Adamâ€™s bands played at local clubs and parties on Long Island, and performed in various Battle of the Bands competitions. In later years, the band name changed and the music evolved, and the band moved on to play in New York City clubs like CBGB and China Club. In 1995, the band, then called Mute, recorded a self-titled album that was released in Japan by Zero Corporation. Through the various phases of the band, Adam continued to write his own music. In 1995, Adam tried out for the then unknown, off-Broadway production of Rent. He landed the role of Roger Davis â€“ one which he would reprise a few years later in London, in the 2005 movie version of Rent, and again 11 years later for a limited run on Broadway during the summer of 2007. He was nominated for a 1996 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for his role as Roger. While in New York, Adam also played gigs with The Adam Pascal Band. In 1998, Adamâ€™s career expanded to the big screen in SLC Punk! Then in 2000, Adam was cast in the lead role of Elton John and Tim Riceâ€™s Aida as Radames. In May of that year, his debut solo album, Model Prisoner, was released on Sh-K-Boom Records. Also in 2000, Adam co-produced the hit off-Broadway play Fully Committed with fellow former Rent cast member, Jesse L. Martin. In October 2003, Adam once again visited the Broadway stage, this time as the Emcee in Cabaret, as part of the closing cast. He played the lead singer of a rock band in 2003â€™s School of Rock and is on the movieâ€™s soundtrack. Adamâ€™s second CD, Civilian, was released in November 2004. After 2004â€™s musical Temptation, his reprisal of the role of Roger in the movie version of Rent in 2005 brought a new generation of fans not only to the Broadway show and its music, but to the original cast as well. Since 2005â€™s Rent, Adam has appeared in a 2006 episode of Cold Case and he has worked on two films Goyband and American Primitive. When Adam returned to the Rent stage in July of 2007, he helped the show regain the excitement and buzz it hadnâ€™t seen in many years. Adamâ€™s latest project, a CD entitled Blinding Light to be released in early 2008, is a collaboration with writing partner Larry Edoff. In the last year, the new band Me and Larry have been writing and touring and recording all in preparation for the new CD and the 2008 tour. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.