Backstory: NYC-based Adams is a classically trained singer, dancer and actor known primarily for his theater work on Broadway.
Where You Have Seen Him: Originating the starring role of Adam/Felicia on Broadway in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; as Fiyero in the National touring production of Wicked; as Jimmy Fowlie’s love interest in the LGBT-themed comedy web series Go-Go Boy Interrupted (which recently won Queerty’s “Best Web Series” Award).
His Big Break: Back in 2008, he co-starred with Mario Lopez as Larry in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. When Lopez joined the cast, he was reportedly so intimidated by the younger, more muscular Adams’ physique that he requested Adams’ costume be changed to a bulky sweater. New York tabloids loved the alleged “feud” between the two hunks. “Although I wasn’t a principle in that show, it made the theater community take note like, ‘Who is this guy?'”, he says.
But Don’t Get Carried Away: Adams insists the rift between him and Lopez was all hype. “They made it seem like we were at each other’s throats backstage” he laughs. “I was hanging out with him after the show. We had a friendship develop” he insists. Adams actually introduced his good friend Courtney Mazza to Lopez and the two would eventually go on to become husband and wife. Lopez and Adams remain friends to this day.
“I’ve been really fortunate. I don’t take that for granted.”
Sure, he makes it look easy…BUT: “I’ve been really fortunate. I don’t take that for granted. I started out really focused on a dance career and I had to really fight to make the transition from ensemble work to playing roles” he says thoughtfully. “It’s a tough business, there’s not a day where you don’t have to hustle and it doesn’t ever really get easier. But what I get out of it completely justifies the means.”
On Originating A Starring Role On Broadway In Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: “That’s the dream… I think that’s the ideal for any actor. You don’t have to fill anybody else’s shoes, you create it from the ground up. That show was so over the top and ridiculous….the things I got to do…. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to top that,” he says.
Hands Off: Sorry guys, he’s taken. Adams has been in a relationship for several years with fellow actor Kyle Brown.
Why We Love Him: In addition to his talent, Adams has tirelessly given his time to several LGBT and AIDS related charities, hosting NYC’s AIDS Walk kickoff, singing with the NYC and Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, and performing in the annual fundraisers Broadway Bares and Broadway Backwards.
You can follow Adams on his Twitter @TheNickAdams or Instagram @thenickadams
Greg Lewis is a pop culture and entertainment vulture. As a freelance writer living in LA, he’ll never run out of material, even if he runs out of Xanax.