If you have seen the motion picture Rent as many times as I have, then you are well aware of the talent of Adam Pascal. He portrayed rock musician Roger Davis in the film, after having already done so in the Off Broadway, Broadway and London editions. His career has also featured roles in such hits as Cabaret, Aida, Memphis and Disaster.
When Noelle Hannibal of In The Wings Promotions told me that she was bringing Pascal to Montreal to teach two exclusive masterclasses on Wednesday, August 10, I persuaded her to make a personal connection so I could fire away some questions his way. During the workshop, participants will work on musical theatre and pop selections. Enrollment is extremely limited and open to participants who will each have one-on-one time with Pascal, as well as auditors who can observe and learn from the audience. The masterclass will conclude with a Q & A with Pascal, along with a short performance.
Pascal’s journey with Rent finally came to conclusion when in 2009 he reprised the role one last time along side Anthony Rapp, in Rent The Broadway Tour, which travelled all over the U.S. as well as Japan and South Korea. Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS
In 2000, Pascal was cast as Radames in Elton John and Tim Rice’s then new Broadway musical Aida, for which he received a Drama League award. He starred as the final Emcee in the Roundabout’s Broadway Production of Cabaret, was Huey Calhoun in Broadway’s Memphis, Billy Flynn in Broadway’s long running hit Chicago and most recently completed his run creating the role of Chad in Broadway’s hit musical comedy “Disaster. Among the other films he has appeared in was the School of Rock.
I asked Pascal whether of all the roles he has played, was that of Roger(for which he got a Tony nomination) was the most significant?
“Well actually because of my lack of theatrical stage experience at the time, I was too naive to recognize the significance of it,” he responded. “That came much later. The role that was most impactful on me was playing Emcee in Cabaret. It changed my life and exposed me to the possibilities of what I was capable of as an actor and performer.”
Rent debuted on Broadway in 1996. The entire cast was reunited in 2005 for the motion picture. What was it like to be in both productions? “It was an honor,” said Pascal. “That kind of casting almost never happens and I felt extraordinarily lucky to have been asked. I feel a special kinship to being in the movie as I have met many people over the years since who have only seen the movie and were moved by it in many of the same ways that fans of the stage production had been. Growing up I had never seen Hair on stage, however I loved the film and was very affected by it. It feels somewhat like coming full circle to now be a part of something that has the same effect.”
These days Pascal says he is focusing a lot of attention on his family. Career-wise, he tours around the country playing shows and doing master classes. “I am always looking for the next musical theatre project and following unexpected opportunities that occasionally spring up that I find interesting,” he says
As for his Montreal master class, Pascal says those attending can expect a unique perspective on the business “as the way I got into it was very unusual at the time. Also I hope to provide students with useful practical instruction on performance, auditions and understanding who they are and what is unique about them.”
In The Wings Promotions was founded by Hannibal in 2011 and provides public relations for theatre companies and events in and around Montreal. Recent masterclasses included Andrew Chappelle of Broadway smash Hamilton, Kyle Dean Massey, Seth Rudetsky and Natalie Weiss. Recent productions include The Who's Tommy, Chess: In Concert, Corner of the Sky: The Music of Stephen Schwartz and many others.
The masterclass will take place at Studio CETM, 2205 rue Parthenais, Montreal on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 6:00PM – 10:00PM. To participate, the fee is $195 and to audit the class, the fee is $75.
For more information or to register, visit www.inthewingspromotions.com/masterclass-series.html or email email@example.com.