TOP Concerts: Rent's Adam & Daphne In Concert

February 18, 2014

Show Info

"Adam Pascal has an enhanced, effortless-seeming radiance that should quickly turn him into a matinee idol for a new generation. His shimmering sensuality is ideally complemented by the more shadowy eroticism of Daphne Rubin-Vega, who gives off a transfixing blend of street swagger and mortal fragility."
- The New York Times

Broadway stars Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega – the original “Roger” and “Mimi” from Broadway’s RENT - are together again! In the years since the pair first met and performed together in the ground-breaking Broadway sensation RENT, they’ve become two of the most well-respected and well-loved performers in musical theatre. Now, they join forces on ZACH Theatre’s Topfer Stage for a stunning concert experience that draws from their collective past while moving forward together and showcasing their amazing, expressive voices and commanding, charismatic stage presence.

Pascal and Rubin-Vega first met during the iconic, groundbreaking Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play RENT, handpicked by the late Jonathan Larson for the roles of “Roger Davis” and “Mimi Márquez,” respectively. The Bronx-born Pascal went on to star in the Elton John and Tim Rice musical Aida, in addition to starring roles in Cabaret and Chess, and has also acted in major films School Of Rock and Temptation. He has released CDs Model Prisoner, Civilian, and Blinding Light, in addition to developing a stage version of Queensryche’s Operation: Mindcrime. Pascal recently starred on Broadway in the Tony Award winning Memphis as well as Chicago.

Rubin-Vega is perhaps best known for the roles she originated, specifically “Mimi” in RENT and “Conchita” in Anna in the Tropics, both Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway shows for which she was nominated for the Tony Award. She also originated the roles of “Rahmi” in Gum and Sofia in Two Sisters and a Piano, as well as starred in the Broadway revivals of The Rocky Horror Show and Les Misérables, and most recently, she played Stella in the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. Her film credits include Wild Things, Skeleton Woman (NY Independent Film Award), Sex and the City, Rachel Getting Married, Life on the Ledge, Virgin, Justice and I Like It Like That.

In possession of possibly the most powerful pipes of any genre, Pascal routinely raises ovations mid-song with his soaring, emotional delivery. Rubin-Vega was a member of the girl group Pajama Party, whose single “Yo No Se” was number One on the Billboard Dance Charts, and has since contributed to various musical projects, including her notorious version of “Feliz Navidad” for Broadway Cares and her club smash cover of “Rocketman”.

Not just offering two solo sets, the ADAM & DAPHNE IN CONCERT experience will feature the pair interacting and singing in each other’s sets, and thrilling the fans with not only Jonathon Larson’s timeless RENT songs, but also performing a mash-up of Broadway songs, hits by classic rock bands and their own compositions.

With a special appearance by ANDREW CANNATA, star of ZACH's production of RENT!

New Improved Sandy…

a compelling performer who loves to engage her audience with personal provocative and deeply emotional content. sandra is a sports fanatic detroit lions & tigers. venus and serena williams inspire her to take it to the limit. her dog george a rescue from Tennessee is a constant source of joy. travel abroad, morocco, paris, london rome inspiring. delicious food, free range, sustainable, farm to table is a passion. the word that best describes her lifestyle is Schawazee! on the move, a fastidious housekeeper, folder of laundry and organizer keeps her on point. fashion comes into play but does not rule her in any way. short car trips up the california coast clear her mind. but she keeps a new york state most of all. up late up early. humming whistling and on the move.

Sandra Bernhard began her career at L.A.'s famed Comedy Store in the ‘70s, and since then has written and starred in numerous one-woman shows, acted in movies and on television, recorded albums and authored books.

Her first one-woman show, the groundbreaking Without You I'm Nothing, ran for 6 months off-Broadway in 1988 and served as inspiration for the film and Grammy-nominated album of the same name. The critically acclaimed I'm Still Here… Dammit! opened off-Broadway in 1997, moved to Broadway a year later, and was filmed for an HBO special. The New York Times described Bernhard as a "living, breathing bonfire" and applauded the show, calling it "an angst driven, foul-mouthed, poison-laced joy ride that banks and careens frenetically through the worlds of fashion, celebrity, rock, and religion." In 2006, Bernhard's Everything Bad and Beautiful also opened to raves. "Give the dame her due, it's invigorating to be in the presence of a true original." (New York Times, 6/06) Her most recent show, I Love Being Me, Don't You? played to sold-out crowds for an extended run last summer in Los Angeles. The album version of the show was released on Rooftop Records last fall, and she has been touring it with since. "She has chutzpah to spare, but it's her articulate intelligence that earns our attention … It's [her] combination of glamour and accessibility that accounts for Bernhard's enduring appeal," wrote the Los Angeles Times.

From 1991-1996 Bernhard played Nancy Bartlett—the first openly gay character on a network sitcom—on Roseanne. And she has had guest starring or recurring roles on numerous other shows, among them: Good Christian Belles, Hot in Cleveland, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Crossing Jordan, Law & Order: SVU, Will&Grace, The Sopranos, The L Word, Ally McBeal, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Richard Pryor Show. She has appeared more than 30 times on Late Night with David Letterman and has been a regular guest of Howard Stern's since the early ‘80s.

Bernhard's film credits include Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics, Nicholas Roeg's Track 29, Hudson Hawk, Dinner Rush, and Dare.

Bernhard's music albums include: I'm Your Woman (Polygram, 1986), Excuses for Bad Behavior (Epic, 1994) and the world music album Whatever It Takes (Mi5). She has also sung with or opened for various musical acts, including: The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper, and the Scissor Sisters. Other notable performances include her participation in the Stormy Weather Benefit, the Rainforest Benefit, and The Elton John Tribute for Broadway Cares. "She has musicality to die for," the L.A. Times wrote recently, "a voice that swoops from the bluesy basement to a top-floor falsetto and a campy soulfulness that can compellingly reinterpret the Isley Brothers' "That Lady" or just go nuts with "Lady Marmalade."

Bernhard has also written three books: Confessions of a Pretty Lady (Harper&Row, 1988), Love, Love and Love (HarperCollins, 1994), and May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra? (William Morrow,1998). Her work has also been published in numerous magazines, including, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, Interview, and Spy.

"A performer of stunning originality. Funny but foxy, super smart and slightly mad!" (WCBS) Bernhard's live performances are a thrilling hybrid of stand-up comedy and rock ‘n roll, a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary and cabaret. "The experience is like hanging out with a hip and funny friend who never fails to lift you up with her outrageous freedom." (Los Angeles Times, 8/11)

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Please Note: Ticket price is not refundable. Late-comers are seated at the discretion of the House Manager. Unclaimed seats at curtain time are subject to release to patrons on standby.

Not just offering two solo sets, the ADAM & DAPHNE IN CONCERT experience will feature the pair interacting and singing in each other’s sets, and thrilling the fans with not only Jonathon Larson’s timeless RENT songs, but also performing a mash-up of Broadway songs, hits by classic rock bands and their own compositions.


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Please arrive early for parking.

2 Shows Only at 7:00pm and 9:30pm.

**Please note: VIP tickets for the 9:30pm performance include a Champagne meet and greet with Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega.

Executive and Development Guest Passes cannot be used for TOP Concerts
Bar opens 90 minutes before showtime. Drinks welcome inside the theatre.

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