Chicago - Pride Films and Plays' annual fall benefit, Simply Sensational, will feature Broadway musical theater star NICK ADAMS, who originated the role of Adam/Felicia in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, in its American premiere on Broadway. Prior to PRISCILLA, Adams had major roles in the hit revivals of A CHORUS LINE, GUYS AND DOLLS, CHICAGO and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and leads in productions at top U.S. regional theaters including Paper Mill Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse and North Shore Music Theater in the New York metro area, and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Adams has also been active in film and television work, with roles in the films SEX AND THE CITY 2, and AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, and the TV series SMASH, AS THE WORLD TURNS, and THE GUIDING LIGHT.
The festivities will take place in The Broadway, the 85-seat venue at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for the benefit at $75, and include reserved center-section seating for the 7:15 pm performance. General Admission tickets are $50 and include the performance and a post-show dessert reception.
SELECT tickets are also available for a $1,000.00, which includes 2 VIP tickets and admission for two to a show rehearsal with Nick the night before the benefit.
For tickets call 1 800 737 0984 or purchase on line at www.pridefilmsandplays.com .
Simply Sensational features musical direction by Robert Ollis, and is directed by David Zak.
The evening benefits the programming of Pride Films and Plays, and the ongoing renovation of the Pride Arts Center.
NICK ADAMS originated the starring role of Adam/Felicia in the Tony winning Broadway musical PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT ( Winner of two Broadway Audience Choice Awards, American Theater Hall of Fame Honoree, Astaire Award nominee ) Also on Broadway: A CHORUS LINE ( Larry ), GUYS AND DOLLS ( Liver Lips Louis, Original Revival Cast ), CHICAGO ( Mary Sunshine standby ), LA CAGE AUX FOLLES ( 2010 Tony Winning Revival, Original Broadway Cast ), and THE PIRATE QUEEN ( Original Broadway Cast ). On tour, he was the final actor to star as Fiyero in the First National Touring production of the Broadway hit WICKED.
TV and Film credits include: SEX AND THE CITY 2, AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, SMASH, AS THE WORLD TURNS, GUIDING LIGHT, DANCING WITH THE STARS, ROSIE LIVE, IT COULD BE WORSE, THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, REGIS AND KELLY, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, THE VIEW, THE MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, multiple telecasts of THE TONY AWARDS, and Keith on season two of GO-GO BOY INTERRUPTED.
Concerts: NEW YORK POPS 30TH ANNIVERSARY ( Carnegie Hall ), SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD ( NYC, Director Jeff Calhoun ), Naples Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Birdland, NYC Gay Men's Chorus, Boston Gay Men's Chorus, Feinstein's at The Niko San Francisco, Feinstein's 54 Below, Highline Ballroom.
Regionally he's been seen starring as Gabey in ON THE TOWN ( Gateway Playhouse ), Prince Eric in THE LITTLE MERMAID ( Paper Mill, PCLO, Kansas City Starlight ), and Magaldi in EVITA ( North Shore Music Theatre ). Mr. Adams has instructed several master classes nationwide & internationally, has served on the guest faculty of The Boston Conservatory Musical Theatre Dance Intensive as well as The Broadway Dreams Foundation, and is regarded as a Capezio Dance Athlete. Nick has been featured in several national media outlets including Vanity Fair, DNA Magazine, OUT, Paper Magazines' Beautiful People issue and the covers of Dance Spirit and Instinct Magazine.
Recordings: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, THE PIRATE QUEEN, SEX AND THE CITY 2, DEE DOES BROADWAY, CROSSROADS BROADWAY COMPILATION ALBUM. BFA, Boston Conservatory. www.NicholasAdams.com @thenickadams
ABOUT PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS
Pride Films and Plays changes lives through the generation of diverse new work ( or work that is new to Chicago ) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, film screenings, and special events. We foster long term relationships with artists to create programming that is as diverse, unique, and complex as the community we represent. In 2015, Huffington Post called PFP "A powerful and empowering entity." The company acquired its two performance spaces at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway in July 2016, renaming the spaces the Pride Arts Center.
Pride Films and Plays is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago's City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, Proud to Run, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation and Alphawood Foundation.
PFP is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. Pride Films and Plays is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and The League of Chicago Theatres.
For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com or call 1.800.737.0984.
ABOUT PRIDE ARTS CENTER
Pride Arts Center ( PAC ), operated by Pride Films and Plays, opened in 2016 and consists of two performance spaces: The Buena at 4147 N. Broadway which has 50 seats and The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway which has 85 seats. PAC has become an important part of the arts environment in the Buena Park neighborhood and beyond by hosting events including After Orlando, Bechdel Fest, SheFest and the 525,600 Minutes Cabaret. Additional tenants in 2017 include Walkabout Theater, New American Folk Theater, Cor Productions, Underscore Music Theater, 20% Productions, About Face Youth Theater, Another Door Productions, and of course Pride Films and Plays.
For more information about space at Pride Arts Center, visit www.prideartscenter.com, or www.pridefilmsandplays.com .
For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com or call 1.800.737.0984 .