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Broadway veteran Adam Pascal on 'Rent,' rock and his latest role

Broadway veteran Adam Pascal on 'Rent,' rock and his latest role


Adam Pascal is perhaps best known for his role as bohemian musician Roger Davis in the stage and screen versions of the musical “Rent.” But Pascal has performed in a number of other Broadway shows — including “Pretty Woman,” based on the 1990 film starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

The touring production of the musical about a charismatic prostitute, a ruthless businessman and their improbable but uplifting romance comes to the Fox Theatre on Nov. 16.

Recently, Pascal spoke with the Post-Dispatch about the show and his career. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Q • You’ve appeared in musicals including “Cabaret,” “Memphis,” “Something Rotten!” and, of course, “Rent.” What’s it like to be a Broadway performer?

A • It was a career path that I didn’t originally set out on. I grew up playing in rock bands. But once I started doing theater — “Rent” was actually my first show — that put me on this path that I think, in many ways, I always belonged on. Quite frankly, it felt more comfortable than playing in bands. It felt so much more natural. And it just seemed like that was where my abilities, whatever they may be, come together in the best way. I’m incredibly fortunate.

Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal

Anthony Rapp (left) and Adam Pascal in "Rent" in 1996

Q • In the touring production of “Pretty Woman,” you play businessman Edward Lewis opposite Olivia Valli as prostitute Vivian Ward. But you also took on the role during the show’s Broadway run, right?

A • That’s correct. I was asked to come in and play the part a couple of times. I had a very brief opportunity to do it on Broadway.

Q • Has that background helped in portraying Lewis in the touring production?

A • It helped in the sense that I was certainly familiar with a lot of the show already. There have been a lot of little changes in the version that we’re doing now, as opposed to the version that I did on Broadway. It definitely helped, but I’ve had the opportunity to develop the character for myself.

Q • Vivian’s encounter with Edward is a life-changing experience. Do you see “Pretty Woman” as a riff on “Cinderella”?

A • I do see it as a “Cinderella” story. In the sense that love wins in the end.

What “Pretty Woman: The Musical” • When Nov. 16-28; performance times vary • Where Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard • How much $29-$115; proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test required • More info

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