If you just can’t get enough info on Adam Lambert, how about this from the April 20 editions of the New York Post:
“AMERICAN Idol”-favorite Adam Lambert is about to rewrite the mythology of TV’s most successful talent show ever.
He was not a waitress or a college student or a church singer before becoming the run-away choice to win this year’s edition of “Idol.”
Before there was “Ring of Fire” and “Tracks of My Tears,” Adam Lambert put himself through the Hollywood school of hard knocks.
Looking back, it would seem that everything he did was to make himself ready for that MGM musical moment when he first hit the “Idol”stage.
“I used to call him ‘Apple Pie’ because he was strawberry blonde and freckled and as cute as he could be,” says Scarlett (just Scarlett), the featured singer of the LA glam revue “The Zodiac Show” who spent six months in 2002 with a 20-year-old Lambert, as part of a touring cast of the musical “Hair.”
“Halfway through the tour, he had black nail polish, eyeliner, the hair and the fashion.” She marvels, “He just kind of morphed into this rock star. It was fabulous.”
In 2004, when Adam strode into his first rehearsal of “The Ten Commandments” – an L.A. musical that starred Val Kilmer – with his throbbing rock-star vibe, the director was worried.
“Adam was supposed to be a slave,” Scarlet explained. “It was very worrisome.”
But, come opening night, Adam’s one big number – “Is Anybody Listening?” – “blew the roof off the joint,” she said.
In the Los Angeles company of “Wicked,” where Lambert settled next, he played Fiyeros – the prince who falls in love with Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. In his duet with her, “As Long As You’re Mine,” Broadway actress Eden Espinosa told Broadway.com, “he was one of only two Fiyeros I know who would do optional notes higher than Elphaba’s in the song!”
Next, Lambert went back to work with Scarlett, who invited him to take part in The Zodiac Show.
“He just blossomed in that moment,” Scarlett says. Dressed in a stage ensemble of peacock feathers, glitter, and a tight corset, she recalls, “he sang ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ and he meant it.
“He felt what it was to be empowered, and to be everything without any restriction.”
It was during that show that Lambert met up with a guitarist for Madonna, Monte Pittman, according to “The Zodiac Show” co-creator and director Lee Cherry.
For the revue, they co-wrote a song called “Crawl Through Fire.”
Lambert’s outrageous, gender-bending performance, immortalized on the web via You Tube, prepped fans for the photos of Lambert kissing men that turned up on the internet as soon as Adam made the “Idol” finals.
“It reminded us of Prince and Madonna,” Cherry says, “the way you don’t have any dirt on them because they wear it on their sleeves.
“It comes down to how that individual can transcend stereotypes,” he says.
If “The Zodiac Show” helped Lambert connect to his bad-boy self, the West Hollywood-based Upright Cabaret taught him how to connect with an audience.
Adam hesitated when producers Chris Isaacson, and Shane Scheel, both 32, approached Lambert to perform at their cutting-edge cabaret in late 2006.
“The audience is so close, that’s not really what I do,” Lambert told them, “I’m definitely a bigger kind of act.”
But once he worked in the more intimate setting, Lambert learned how to engage an audience up close.
“I think that’s what’s separating Adam from the pack on ‘Idol,'” says Scheel, “that he knows how to look into that camera and engage America.”
On New Year’s Eve, after he’d been selected for “Idol” but before the show began to air, Lambert performed a 30-minute set on the Upright Cabaret stage, closing with a wild performance of Prince’s “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore?”
“There’s a thing that people do at the Upright Cabaret,” explains Scheel, “they throw shoes at the stage.”
By the end, the audience was up on its feet, he said. Their stocking feet.