He's still as good-looking as he was in his days, and was introspective and thoughtful as we covered a wide variety of topics. If it's a good part, I'm not in the dressing room too much! But moving back here isn't the right choice for us. I've found that I'm good at interpreting something that someone else originated and making it my own. I've been sober for almost four years, and I definitely was somebody who said something and did another and I spent many years living like that.
Is there something that you bring with you to every dressing room? We've been out there for ten years, so my kids have their lives and their friends out there. And as long as people keep responding positively to the work that I do onstage, then I'm going to strive to do it and keep getting better and expanding my perceived abilities. So now I just try to be good to my family and be honest and act in a way that I didn't act when I was using.
He also participated in several charity performances, including Hair (singing "I Got Life"), Chess (playing the American, Freddie Trumper), and the 24 Hour Plays in 2005.
He returned to Aida in 2004 to close the run of the show as Radames.
For many '90s teens, Daphne Rubin-Vega was the ultimate It Girl—a Broadway star with the voice of a rock goddess, the clothes of a rave princess, and the moves of a Fly Girl. I'm just happy that it allowed people to express themselves to be who they were. we had two or three versions of the show, and we always knew it was special, but that would be a Broadway hit?
And so, like I said, I want to walk the path that I think I need to walk, keep my head down and stay out of other people's business.He left the show on November 2, 1997, but went on to reprise Roger when Rent opened in London.The role helped Pascal gain fame on Broadway, and he was cast in the Elton John and Tim Rice musical Aida as the Egyptian general Radames with the original and final casts (former Rent castmate Idina Menzel would co-star as Amneris in 2001), and Kander and Ebb's Cabaret, closing the show as the Emcee (closing cast).I'm not as much at the mercy of the fickle finger of fate. Then my mother was ill in '96 and then she died in '97. I don't mean to be dramatic, but being motherless is transformative. I jumped a verse, but I got called back on the spot. The music from Rent was written and composed by Jonathan Larson, who died at 35. It was at the middle of rehearsal and he had met an actress friend of mine, and they had become friends. He had been a little unlucky in love, and she had had a very famous ex-boyfriend, so that was kind of intimidating to him. So where it sits in my heart is with the most profound gratitude and place of honor. Honestly, because I grew up in theater, I was around gay people from a young age.This brings us to your current musical Without You, which is based on your memoir, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical 'Rent.' Tell us about it. The book itself was such an intense experience to write and was very fulfilling. I was late to my audition because I was coming from the memorial service for a friend, which I always thought in retrospect was this wild coincidence. He was just asking me for advice in this kind of junior high school way -- like how he should approach her and if I thought she had felt the same way. The weird thing for me looking back is that I have no memory of when the labels or the words "gay" or "lesbian," etc., entered my vocabulary. I was 14, and I started fooling around with a 17-year-old kid from my high school at a friend's house. So, from when she confronted me and was a little disturbed by what had happened -- and she wasn't disturbed from a moral point of view, but because she felt like he had taken advantage of me because he was a little older -- it was clear it wasn't all right.