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Adam Pascal Plays Songbook Salon at Southampton Arts Center

Adam Pascal, the Broadway star whose onstage credits include originating the roles of Roger Davis in Rent and Radames in Aida, performed Saturday at Southampton Arts Center in Southampton Village.

Pascal performed as part of the Songbook Salon, a series in collaboration with Guild Hall. He was accompanied on piano by Larry Edoff, and together they go by meandlarry.

The show was like a retrospective of Pascal’s career, though it also included his interpretations of popular songs. The setlist included a couple of Pascal’s original songs, and new arrangements from Broadway and pop music, such as “Maria” from West Side Story and “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel. Pascal opened with Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and closed with his solo from Rent and in between played his favorites from Chess, by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of Abba, and from Cabaret, in which he portrayed the Emcee.

Pascal shared a number of anecdotes from his life. Many guests were surprised to learn Pascal is a Long Islander. He grew up in Syosset. He recalled visiting the Hamptons as a high schooler— underage drinking on the beach at Neptune in Hampton Bays. 

After his set, Pascal joined guests for a reception in the Southampton Arts Center lobby.

Southampton Arts Center co-chair Whitney Stevens, director Michele Thompson, Adam Pascal, board member Paul Travis, program associate Allison Bourquin and Mark Fichandler.
Southampton Arts Center co-chair Whitney Stevens, director Michele Thompson, Adam Pascal, board member Paul Travis, program associate Allison Bourquin and Mark Fichandler. Photo credit: Brendan J. O’Reilly
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