Adam Pascal made his Broadway debut playing the HIV-positive rock guitarist "Roger" in the ground-breaking new musical, Rent. His performance was called "the golden-voiced, meditative soul" of the show and earned him a Tony Award nomination, a Theater World Award, and an Obie Award. He went on to originate the role of "Radames" in the Elton John and Tim Rice musical Aida and play "Emcee" in the final Broadway performances of Kander and Ebb's Cabaret. Eventually, he ventured into the world of film to appear in SLC Punk, School of Rock and Temptation. In 2000, Pascal returned to his rock roots with a solo recording contract on Sh-K-Boom Records. He released two solo rock albums, Model Prisoner - for which he wrote 10 of the album's 12 songs - followed by Civilian, inspired by his children and the effects 9/11 had on his family and the world.