ADAM: Not really. I mean, the pigeonholing that I was worried about was the musical theater pigeonhole--and, obviously, Aida is another musical theater project. But, also...when I was doing Rent, when it first started, I was a lot younger physically and emotionally, and I think that I had a lot of preconceived ideas about what a true rock-and-roller was. You know what I mean? I was very concerned about maintaining that integrity. But as I got older, experienced a little bit more, and went through a lot these past five years, I've realized that it was only myself that was really pigeonholing me. I can, as well as anyone else, do whatever I want. And if it's quality work, quality material, people will accept it. So, I figured: "I love doing musical theater, I've had success at it. I should keep doing it because people seem to enjoy it, I've enjoyed doing it, and, at the same time, it will be a good avenue for me to pursue my own music." I think I'm lucky that I've kind of created my own niche. There are all of these actors over in Hollywood--they all look alike, they're all vying for the same roles, and I'm so not interested in that sort of thing. I think I offer something different than those guys. They can't sing like I can sing, they don't do what I do. I feel like my music is what distinguishes me from other performers. I'm confident that I can offer something unique.
TM: One way in which you're unique is that you've branched out into so many fields. Aside from your other accomplishments, you're a co-producer of Fully Committed Off-Broadway.
ADAM: That was pure luck. We just happened to come across this show way back in the workshop stages of it, and it was so good. We couldn't believe that nobody was doing anything with it. So, Jesse Martin [Rent's original Tom Collins] and myself kinda got behind it. I do want to continue to produce; because I did have success at it my first time out, I'd like to keep doing it! My wife is a playwright, and I'd like to produce some of her work.
TM: Producing, acting, directing--and now you're a rock artist again. Your first solo album, Model Prisoner, is getting rave reviews. You're breaking the rule that people in the entertainment business can only do one thing at a time.
ADAM: Yeah. It's sort of silly, but that's this country. I don't think it's like that in the rest of the world. Here, people like to categorize you.
TM: The Ford assembly line...
ADAM: Yeah, exactly! You're either this or you're that. And you know what doesn't help? What doesn't help is a lot of actors who say, "Oh, I wanna make music now," and they make music and it sucks. So, when you are an actor and you can make music, people have a much harder time accepting it. With some actors, it's not about this burning desire to make music; it's about, "I just want to be a bigger star than I already am."
TM: How has your agent responded to your branching out?
ADAM: Well, my agent has known from the very beginning what I truly love to do, which is to play music and to play my own music. So she's been completely supportive of that from the very beginning.
TM: What should your fans expect from your set at Alice's DownUnder?
ADAM: It's gonna be me and the Hedwig band [The Inch Worms of Hedwig and the Angry Inch fame] just rocking out, doing Hedwig songs. I know the guys are a little bit bummed, because they wanted to get away from the Hedwig stuff, but it's probably gonna be the only opportunity I'll have to do that music that I love so much. I'm such a huge fan of Hedwig, and this will be my only shot to do it with the band that played the show. I said to them, "Look, guys, you've just got to stick it out one more time!" So we're gonna do about four, maybe five songs from the show.
TM: For your more obsessed fans, who like to ignore your famously happy marriage, do you plan to perform bare-chested at this concert as you do in Aida?
ADAM: [Laughs] It's possible! I haven't exactly decided what I'm going to wear yet, but it's definitely possible.
TM: Have you consulted Sh-K-Boom Records, your label, about the appropriate marketing of the event?
ADAM: They would probably want me to do whatever I could to sell tickets and to sell records. But, you know, I want to be comfortable, and I want to represent myself the best I can. I was never one to sort of put on a costume when I was playing my own music. So, we'll see.
TM: If you do decide to take your shirt off in the concert, we'll try to have TheaterMania spread the word to your fans.
ADAM: Well, terrific. Thank you. I appreciate that!
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