Adam Lambert’s Broadway + Mt. Carmel High Friends

Look who’s got friends in high places (and by high places, we mean Broadway) who are cheering for him? It’s Adam Lambert, our favorite American Idol. It’s great to read these interviews on Adam’s Broadway background and we hope that Adam remain friends with these people if he goes on to win American Idol. Go, Adam.

Interviews, courtesy of, are after the jump. They’re must reads for Adam Lambert fans :-)

Porter, known for playing Bebe in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, appeared alongside Lambert in The Ten Commandments.

How did you meet?
I was actually onstage. I was doing The Zodiac Show [in Los Angeles], and there was this guy in the audience screaming for me and making me feel amazing. Best audience member of all time! It happened to be Adam. We hit it off backstage after the show, and soon after that were both cast in The Ten Commandments. We’ve been the best of friends ever since then.

Has he always been so stylish?
I’ve never seen him with the same hair twice or without cutting edge style. He’s a chameleon. He can be or do anything.

Favorite memory?
I remember being backstage at the Kodak Theatre [during The Ten Commandments] and hearing his vocal warm-ups through the air conditioning vents. These loud screams would come through the vents and you’d know Adam was ready to go.

Favorite performance?
He and I do The Upright Cabaret, a local cabaret show, together a lot. Last time he did it he sang “How Come You Don’t Call Me,” the Prince song. People’s shoes were flying onstage they were so excited! Every time I see him I expect him to be brilliant and then he’s a million times better than in my head.

Will he come to Broadway?
I think that theater is where his roots are and isn’t necessarily something he’d turn down, but right now his focus is on music and should be. Sometimes you have to live your dreams, and American Idol is the ultimate dream, which is to be a rock star. And he is!

Personal Song Request: “Dream On,” by Aerosmith. But he could sing the phonebook and it would be amazing.

Espinosa, known for her Broadway credits in Wicked, Brooklyn and Rent, appeared with Lambert in Wicked. She can be seen in concert at Joe’s Pub from March 22 to March 24

How did you meet?
Adam and I actually met through a friend of mine who I moved to New York with, but we really got to be friends when I did six weeks on the first national tour of Wicked with him, as well as time in the L.A. cast.

What did you think the first time you heard him sing?
In L.A., he was one of my favorite Fiyeros to sing “As Long As You’re Mine” with, because his voice is obviously just so gorgeous. He was one of only two Fiyeros I know who would do optional notes higher than Elphaba’s in the song!

Favorite memory?
I always teased him about is his eyeliner. It’s funny because he’s not wearing much on Idol yet, but I’m sure it’ll come back. During Wicked in the Shiz University scenes, I’d look over and Adam would always be the student with all this dark, smudgy, edgy eyeliner. And he would just be like, ‘Yup, that’s right.’

What kind of artist do you see him as?
Adam had a band in L.A. a long time ago. He’s just so versatile. He can sing a beautiful Styx ballad, or Janis Joplin or R&B, so I see him as a throwback to soul and rock with an avante garde, punk fashion edge. We don’t have anyone who has the guts to do that, so I hope the doors open for him.

What do you think when people say he’s too “theatrical” for Idol?
It’s silly! The judges are always asking for personality and individuality and showmanship, and that’s exactly what Adam gives every time. Before, the judges threw [his theater roots] in his face, but they’re not saying it anymore! Besides, being “Broadway” isn’t a bad thing—the pop performers who do come here all say how hard it is to do eight shows a week.

Personal Song Request: I want to hear him sing “What’s Up” by Four Non-Blondes. I think he’d rock it.

Kennedy, who appeared with Lambert in The Ten Commandments, was most recently seen on Broadway in Spamalot.

What did you think the first time you heard him sing?
Holy #@% was my first impression! This was in a cast [The Ten Commandments] of sick and ridiculous singers, and he was a real stand-out.

Favorite memory?
I remember how he took really good care of himself as an artist—took it all into consideration. He had an idea of a dreadlock-like wig for his character, and I think he even sketched it out. He seemed to really understand how to present his own talent, but was effortless about his voice. He just showed up and sang his face off. Ah, youth!

What do you think when people say he is too “theatrical” for Idol?
I don’t think he is Broadway at all… rock-inspired Broadway shows would be lucky to have him, but he is not out there singing “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning.” I remember thinking even back in The Ten Commandments days he should be on American Idol. He is a true pop artist and will certainly have his place on the top of the charts!

What kind of artist do you see him as?
Straight-up pop. I love his retro Duran Duran look. I hope he stays true to that!

Personal Song Request: It would make me so happy if he gave us some “Hungry Like The Wolf” by Duran Duran, or Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Actually? I think I would like to see him rock out “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning!”

Earley appeared in The Ten Commandments with Lambert. He was most recently seen on Broadway in A Tale of Two Cities.

How did you meet?
Doing The Ten Commandments, which was a really fun experience. Adam was probably head of the class as far as what he did and what he would bring to the table. It was extraordinary what he could do every night on that stage.

What did you think the first time you heard him sing?
It was in rehearsal for the show. When I first heard his big song it was a lot like what he’s doing on American Idol now. He’s just a freak—amazing voice that goes up and on for days. His main song in the show was one where I was onstage—I actually had to whip him with a whip, because I was the pharaoh and he was a slave—and there would be times where I was like, “Whoa! Did he seriously just sing that?”

Favorite memory?
The one thing I do remember is we were doing the show and he got offered the tour of Wicked. He was asking Lauren Kennedy and myself if he should do it because he didn’t know what to think of a tour. We were like, “YOU HAVE TO TAKE THIS JOB!” And I’m so glad he did.

What do you think when people say he is too “theatrical” for Idol?
People give him flak about being too “musical theater,” but almost every single Idol except Kelly Clarkson has done either a Broadway show or national tour. Even Ruben Studdard went on the road [in Ain’t Misbehavin’]! So no more flak about musical theater. As long as you’re good, you’re good.

Personal Song Request: “Defying Gravity.” I think he’d be baddass at that! And he could raise it up a third. So I’d say “Defying Gravity,” up a third.

Hilty, who appeared with Lambert in Wicked, stars in the new Broadway musical 9 to 5.

How did you meet?
We met on tour with Wicked, and then worked together again in the L.A. company [of the show]. Since he was the Fiyero understudy we got to have our little moments together onstage, whenever I was lucky enough.

What did you think the first time you heard him sing?
The first time he went on as Fiyero, I couldn’t believe it. I was warned before how amazing he was, but you can only be prepared for so much. It’s funny because we’d go out and do karaoke for fun, and the whole party would stop when he got up to sing. It was kind of, like, ‘He’s too good, I can’t go after that!’ He’s a joy to be around, so they’re very lucky to be around him out there in Hollywood.

Favorite performance of his?
It was always during karaoke. There’s a DVD of it somewhere. Oh, God. It was some rock song I’ll never remember the name of, but the whole bar—people we didn’t even know—just stopped. No one could believe what they were hearing. His voice is in a different stratosphere.

Favorite memory?
Oh, gosh. We were always doing silly things. What I can say is he’s an excellent board game player, and we always wanted him on our team. He always won everything.

What kind of artist do you see him as?
One of the great things about Adam is I can’t say he’s the next so-and-so. He’s so unique, and has such a special talent that I think he’s going to be the next Adam Lambert.

What do you think when people say he is too “theatrical” for Idol?
I think saying someone’s too musical theater is b.s.! Frankly, that’s offensive. It’s the easy way out to try and find something wrong with him when there’s nothing wrong. It also gives a stigma about who “Broadway” people are. I mean, we’re not people that overly indicate and put on a show wherever we go. I’m tired of people putting the “Broadway label” on someone as if it were a bad thing.

Personal Song Request: He’s done so much rock stuff, I’d love him to show off any slow tunes in general. People think they’ve seen what he can do, but you haven’t seen anything yet. I think he’ll show it off. He’s a smart cookie!

UPDATE: Adam Lambert in Mt Carmel High School

We brought you Adam Lambert’s Broadway friends, now here’s a report on Mt. Carmel High School featuring the school’s choir director (Nancy Gray?) and a friend of Adam’s.

Turns out that Adam is naturally blond but he died his hair black to get the rocker look. Haha. We are turning into not only Adam fans but Adam superfans.