An Interview with Adam Pascal

Yes, I am a grown man and am able to pretend that I am mature and down to earth most of the time, but right now I am very giddy about the Friday, January 8, 2021 episode of my radio show It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee in which I get to interview one of my idols – Broadway icon Adam Pascal.

Most people are aware of Adam from his Tony-nominated performance as Roger in the Jonathan Larson musical Rent and his reprisal of the role in the 2005 film adaptation by director Chris Columbus. Broadway fans will also recognize Adam from his starring roles in Aida, Cabaret, Chicago, Disaster!, Memphis, Something Rotten, and Pretty Woman.

I remember seeing Adam perform for the first time. The year was 1997, I was brought to New York when I was being considered to replace Adam in the Broadway cast of Rent. While I was there, the casting directors arranged for me to see one of Adam’s performances. I was floored by his amazing voice and charisma. I’ve been a fan ever since. To even be considered in the same vocal category with Adam was an honor. I’m not sure I deserve it, but it’s an honor all the same.

Although I had seven call backs, I never made the Broadway cast of Rent. But that doesn’t keep me from being a fan of the show and a fan of Adam. I am so thrilled that Adam is willing to spend some time with me and my listeners.

For our interview, Adam and I will discuss how he got started in the industry, what he’s learned over the course of his career, what he teaches in his one-on-one lessons and master classes, and how he approaches character development – whether that be for originating a role or coming in as a replacement. You really don’t want to miss this episode.

If you haven’t heard my radio show before, It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee airs every Friday at 3 PM Central on 101.5 FM in the Chicagoland area, and can be streamed from anywhere in the world by going to and clicking on the Listen Live icon.

You can also hear past episodes of It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee by going to: Other Broadway stars who have been on the show include Adam Jacobs who originated the title role of Disney’s Broadway production of Aladdin, Nathaniel Stampley who was most recently on Broadway as Old Deuteronomy in CATS, and Jimmy Nicholas, who appeared on Broadway in The Book of Mormon.

We have some exciting things coming up this year for It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee. I hope my loyal listeners and new listeners alike will enjoy what 2021 has in store. We have some great guests coming up, so keep listening. And if you have a suggestion for the show, please email us at

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Peace. Love. Trust.

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