Do You Hear the People Sing

Do You Hear the People Sing

Sat, 05/04/2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

With glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, the 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Miserables will be on stage at the Auditorium Theatre May 7-12. Join Host Robert Hammond and his guest Richard Todd Adams for this week’s  Stage Notes. A graduate the Juilliard School of Music, Adams is the foreman and the understudy for Jean Valjean and Javert.  He’ll talk about the process he goes through regularly when he’s called on to perform either role in a moment’s notice.  In 2004, Adams placed 1st in the Lotta Lenya Competition.

Richard Todd Adams recently came "full circle" as he returned to PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, playing the Phantom on the United States national tour. He had previously been on the tour for all of 1998 and 1999 as Raoul, both with that same national tour as well as the Los Angeles company of PHANTOM.

Adams in the role of the Phantom of the Opera

He made his Broadway debut in 2005 in Andrew Lloyd Webber's WOMAN IN WHITE, appearing in the ensemble and also understudying and performing the role of the villainous Sir Percival Glyde. He then was a part of the ensemble of the Alain Boublil/Claude-Michel Schoenberg musical THE PIRATE QUEEN -- first in its Chicago out-of-town tryout and then on Broadway in 2007. He understudied the roles of Donal and Bingham in that production, but never went on. A native Texan, Richard received his Bachelors of Music from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and his Masters in Music from The Juilliard School. He won the 2008 Jeff Award (Chicago's version of the Tony's) for his portrayal of Javert in LES MISERABLES at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, alongside fellow PHANTOM cohorts John Cudia and Kathy Voytko. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in BERLIN TO BROADWAY WITH KURT WEILL as the Tenor at the Triad Theater, Michael John LaChiusa's LITTLE FISH at Second Stage, and David Friedman's LISTEN20TO MY HEART at Studio 54. Regionally, he has starred as the title role(s) in JEKYLL AND HYDE at three different theatres: the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Bethpage, Long Island, Seaside Music Theatre in Daytona Beach, Florida, and the John W Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island. In the latter production, he met his future wife, Maria Eberline. Other regional highlights include Percy in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, Father in RAGTIME, Dickinson in 1776, and Ravenal in SHOWBOAT. He spent nearly two years with the show 2 PIANOS, 4 HANDS, portraying both the roles of Ted and Richard, with his friend Tom Frey. They took the show to the Ordway Center in St Paul, Minnesota, to Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York, to the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville, Florida, and to theatres all across Canada. The two actors also starred together in BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR at Geva Theatre, alternating the roles of Billy and the Piano Player every two performances. He was honored to be the winner of the 2004 Lotte Lenya Competition through the Kurt Weill Foundation, appearing in concerts at Lincoln Center and in Germany as part of the award. He thanks his parents, his wife, and newborn son, Nathaniel Emmitt, for all their love as well as a big thank you to all fans and audiences across the United States and Canada.