This year, Camp Broadway is delighted to bring you an AWESOME New Year’s gift: inspiring tips about life on stage from two of Broadway’s most successful pros!
The first is Adam Pascal, who most recently played the saucy, sassy Shakespeare in the delightful musical SOMETHING ROTTEN! which had its final performance on January 1st (But don’t worry, it’s going on tour, and you can catch it in a city near you starting January 10th!).
Mr. Pascal is also known for his iconic role of Roger Davis in RENT (a role earning him a Tony-nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, as well as Drama League and Obie awards.) He played this role in the Off-Broadway, Broadway, West End Premiere, and “RENT The Broadway Tour” productions, as well as in the popular movie version. His other Broadway credits include Radames in AIDA (for which he won a Drama League award), Emcee in Studio 54’s CABARET (closing cast), Theo in SCHOOL OF ROCK, Freddie Trumper in CHESS the musical in London (the DVD is available here!), Huey Calhoun in MEMPHIS, and Billy Flynn in CHICAGO. He also co-produced the show FULLY COMMITTED off-Broadway. His albums, “Model Prisoner” and “Civilian” (courtesy of Sh-K-Boom Records), are now available, in addition to his newest album: “Blinding Light”. His several movie roles include those in “SLC Punk!”, “SLC Punk 2”, “Punk’s Dead” and “The Devil’s Carnival Alleluia”. In addition, he is the co-owner of Cybele’s Free-to-Eat with his wife, Cybele Pascal: a company producing cookies that are free of the top 8 allergens, so that children with allergies don’t miss out on yummy snacks.
Check out the wonderful positivity and wise words of the legendary Adam Pascal!
CB: What is the most fun you’ve ever had onstage?
Mr. Pascal: “There are so many moments! But I think that every new show is the most fun you’ve ever had—at least for me. So, every time I do a show… I always say the same thing. The most fun I’ve ever had is the show I’m in right now!”
Mr. O’Malley is a Tony- and Drama Desk- nominated actor whose Broadway debut was understudying the roles of William Barfee, Leaf Coneybear, and Douglas Panch in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. He has appeared Off-Broadway in NOBODY LOVES YOU (Drama Desk Nomination) and LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE at Second Stage Theater. His most famous Tony- and Drama Desk- nominated role was playing Mormon Elder McKinley in Broadway’s THE BOOK OF MORMON. His résumé also boasts numerous movie and television roles, including “Dave and the Sweethearts” lead singer in the movie Dreamgirls, and Michael in the FX network sitcom Partners. The opening night of his show, PUB CRAWL (a coming-of-age story about growing up with his single mom and the frequenters of one of Cleveland’s local Irish pubs), was a packed audience at Joe’s Pub in at the Public Theater in Manhattan. And, he is the Co-Founder of “Broadway Impact“, a company devoted to inspiring members of the theater community to help educate and advocate for marriage equality. Check out Mr. O’Malley’s podcast here.
Also check out what Mr. O’Malley told Camp Broadway about life on the stage:
CB: What is the most exciting thing you’ve done onstage?
Mr. O’Malley: I would say, just getting to have an audience like the Hamilton audience. They’re so exciting!
CB: What is one piece of advice you want to give to teens interested in the arts?
Mr. O’Malley: My advice: keep trying, and keep working at your craft. Act because you love it, and not because you hope people notice you. Do it because it’s a wonderful thing to do every day!
Make a resolution for 2017 to spread kindness and act as a positive example for everyone around you. Take a tip from the pros: stick with your passion, be grateful for your gifts, and live in the moment.
And remember: a new year means new goals. Whether it’s singing along to a cast album, writing your own script, or starring on Broadway, you can do whatever you put your mind to!
Happy New Year, from Camp Broadway!
Thank You to Adam Pascal and Rory O’Malley, from Anna Allport and Camp Broadway, for the gifts of their words!