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adam recently appeared in the New York premiere reading of for tonight at the new york musical theatre festival (nymf). the production was so well received, that it became the first reading EVER to be asked to extend. go inside the studio in this video of the demo recording of the act 1 finale, "home."

 

Bio

Adam Theodore Barry was born on September 11th, 1984 in San Jose, California.  The youngest of six, his upbringing was influenced by a colorful, creative group of siblings and wonderfully supportive parents.  His first recorded performance was in the backyard of his childhood home, singing Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You" into the garden hose.  He began taking dance classes at age six, and gymnastics at age eight, but performing eluded him until halfway through high school, when he landed the most solos in a Broadway Concert Revue. At 16, he auditioned for his first full-scale musical theater production, Hello, Dolly!, with Children's Musical Theatre of San Jose and was cast as Ambrose Kemper.

He spent the next four years fine-tuning his performance skills, training and performing with the highly competitive and reputable Children's Musical Theatre, and trained outside in private voice lessons and dance classes.  He appeared as lead roles in several of CMTSJ's shows, including Jekyll and Hyde, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Footloose, The Will Rogers Follies, and Miss Saigon. After taking his foray into community theater, Adam performed many lead roles with local community theaters, appearing in shows such as Gypsy, Baby, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story, and The Producers.

After taking time to establish a career as a certified personal trainer, the need to perform returned after watching the film Every Little Step, documenting the creation of the musical sensation A Chorus Line and the casting process of the 2006 revival.  Energized by the emotional journey he witnessed on-screen by longtime theater vets and fresh-faced Broadway hopefuls, he made the decision to re-focus his passion and attention on nurturing his theatrical career and taking the leap into professional theater.

In 2010, Adam's visceral performance as Angel Dumott-Schunard in the iconic rock-musical RENT earned overwhelming critical acclaim, and propelled his career into professional warp-speed.  He soon after Photo by Mark N. Kitaokajoined the cast of Becoming Britney with Center REP in Walnut Creek, for the West Coast Premiere of the 2008 FringeNYC hit.  Shortly thereafter, he accepted the role of Sonny Malone in the first regional production of Xanadu, and became a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association.  Since then, he has worked steadily with a variety of regional theater companies and proven himself a versatile and diverse performer, taking on parts ranging from 80's hearththrob to an Indian fakir, a radiant drag queen to hot-tempered, macho Italian. Adam has appeared as a soloist for cabarets and symphonic concerts, has worked as a print model, and was a member of the vocal trio Party of Three.

In 2013, Adam moved to New York City where he completed a condensed musical theater conservatory with CAP21.  Since then, NYC has become his new home, and he has participated in projects with New York Theatre Barn and Fundamental Theater Project. Shortly thereafter, he traveled to Indianapolis to perform in Marc Robin's production of Cats, and is currently performing on board the Norwegian Breakaway in their productions of Rock of Ages and Burn the Floor.