Chess in Concert

Principal Artists

ADAM PASCAL (Frederick)

Adam Pascal 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, Adam'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 1996, Adam tried out for the then unknown, off-Broadway production of Rent.  He landed the role of Roger Davis - 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, Adam'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 Rice'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 2003's School of Rock and is on the movie's soundtrack.  Adam's second CD, Civilian, was released in November 2004.

After 2004'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.  Adam's latest project, a yet-to-be-titled CD 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.