Adam Kantor is another one of our next generation actors on the up and up. Since he made his Broadway debut in "Rent," Adam has continued to raise the bar to new heights. He produced the 2009 Fringe Festival hit "A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959" (which starred fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participants Autumn Hurlbert and Lee Aaron Rosen) and is one of the founders of "Broadway in South Africa," a non-profit organization comprised of actors, singers, dancers, directors, musicians, and producers from New York City to help affect change in the world through art. Adam (along with Autumn) can currently be seen in the Off-Broadway show "Killing Women" at The Beckett @ Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave) until June 5, 2010.
1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My grandparents and parents, thankfully and oddly enough. They took me to see Broadway shows starting at the age of 4! As soon as I found a passion in performing, they were nothing but supportive. Their encouragement truly was a blessing for me.
2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Depends on the weather and my mood. Generally, a low F up to a B-flat in chest and up to a high F-sharp in falsetto.
3. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? There are many. All of the old British farts who are the best actors in the world...Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, etc.
4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can move my tongue incredibly fast, like a lizard. I do it in Killing Women. Check it ooouuuttt....
5. What's the best advice you've given someone, but not taken for yourself? Shut up and dance.
6. What's your proudest moment? My grandmother did a walk-on in RENT with me when I was playing "Mark". She was in the life support scene; an 85 year-old woman wearing a tank top with a peace sign on it. They put blue streaks in her hair, and she got to say her name coming up the stairs. "Steve, Pam, Lisa, LUCILLE!". We bowed together at the end of the show, and then she signed autographs with me outside.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I love playing tennis. My entire family plays. I used to play a bit competitively, and there was a time I thought I'd either wanted to be a famous actor or a famous tennis player. Then someone beat me in a tournament and I was like "screw this, I hate this feeling of rejection, I'll be an actor." Oh, the things we think....
8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers. I like celebrating my freedom.
9. Favorite website? broadwayinsouthafrica.org as my shameless plug.
10. "Gobots" or "Transformers"? I am embarrassed to say I have no idea what Gobots are. And, I'm not such a huge Transformers fan either....as a kid, I was much more entertained by the musings of my own imagination. I mostly sat alone in my room and spaced out. I do a lot of that now too...
11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Ooh well, if the weather's warm, I love going to Jones Beach with friends, and catching a concert there at night. And if it's cold, I'll sleep ridiculously late and dream I'm doing that.
12. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Splash mountain. It has everything a great ride should....great characters, a compelling plot, catchy music....oh and the drop is pretty sweet too.
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Adam Kantor, the final "Mark" in Broadway's "Rent" discusses "Rent" and other everyday details of his life and career!
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