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Broadway Star Known for His Roles in "Rent" and "The Last Five Years"

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Few actors can say that their first gig out of college was on Broadway, but Adam Kantor can. After turning down callbacks for Rent's national tour to finish school, Kantor was cast as Mark in Broadway's last run of Rent.

How did he get the part?

"I ask myself that every day," Kantor says.

Kantor met Rent's director, Michael Greif (C81), when Greif came to Northwestern and directed the American Music Theatre Project's In the Bubble in summer 2007. Greif cast Kantor as the lead in that show.

He then recommended Kantor for the national tour of Rent, and Kantor auditioned but declined a callback to focus on finishing his degree.

Kantor, again with Greif's encouragement, then auditioned for the Broadway production, acting out a monologue by Mark, one of the lead characters and the narrator of the show. The monologue, which opens the show, was one of four pieces he prepared for his Rent audition.

During the audition Greif told Kantor, "Now do it as if you're talking to a stadium filled with artists your age who are like you."

He took the direction and tried the monologue again. "Michael said half-jokingly that that performance is why I got the part," Kantor says. "The way I took the direction and changed impressed them."

After earning the part, Kantor, who completed his theater degree last December and wrapped up a certificate in music theater, withdrew from the theater department's Senior Showcase. He now lives on the Upper East Side in Manhattan.

"I'm the youngest one in the entire company, from the backstage crew to the stage managers. … I'm the youngest person in the building," he says. "It's a bit overwhelming, but everyone seems to believe very strongly that I'm exactly where I should be, and I should be fine."

Rent, which has been running for 12 years, is a well-oiled machine. When Kantor stepped onto the stage March 24, his presence marked the only change in an experienced ensemble. (In April the producers extended Kantor's contract through the show's closing, Sept 7.)

"I don't think there is a program out there that would prepare anybody for this particular type of experience of being put into a show," he says. "But in terms of preparing myself as an actor, I think I utilized Northwestern's program in such a way that I feel prepared."

Originally from Great Neck, N.Y., Kantor played his first role in sixth grade: Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors. His first big lead was Daddy Warbucks in Annie, and that was just in seventh grade. At Northwestern he was one of only two freshmen to be in the cast of the Dolphin Show.

Since then he's been in many Northwestern productions. His role in Rent marks his first professional production.

The jump to Broadway has made Kantor contemplative about his success as an actor.

"The same way a mathematician enjoys solving a really hard problem, I embrace solving a complex role," he says. "It makes sense that I'm into acting because I've always had an interesting dichotomy of wanting to be a silent observer and loving to watch people … but at the same time a deep desire of wanting to have attention, to be seen and heard."

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Adam Kantor

Broadway Star Known for His Roles in "Rent" and "The Last Five Years"

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Few actors can say that their first gig out of college was on Broadway, but Adam Kantor can. After turning down callbacks for Rent's national tour to finish school, Kantor was cast as Mark in Broadway's last run of Rent.

How did he get the part?

"I ask myself that every day," Kantor says.

Kantor met Rent's director, Michael Greif (C81), when Greif came to Northwestern and directed the American Music Theatre Project's In the Bubble in summer 2007. Greif cast Kantor as the lead in that show.

He then recommended Kantor for the national tour of Rent, and Kantor auditioned but declined a callback to focus on finishing his degree.

Kantor, again with Greif's encouragement, then auditioned for the Broadway production, acting out a monologue by Mark, one of the lead characters and the narrator of the show. The monologue, which opens the show, was one of four pieces he prepared for his Rent audition.

During the audition Greif told Kantor, "Now do it as if you're talking to a stadium filled with artists your age who are like you."

He took the direction and tried the monologue again. "Michael said half-jokingly that that performance is why I got the part," Kantor says. "The way I took the direction and changed impressed them."

After earning the part, Kantor, who completed his theater degree last December and wrapped up a certificate in music theater, withdrew from the theater department's Senior Showcase. He now lives on the Upper East Side in Manhattan.

"I'm the youngest one in the entire company, from the backstage crew to the stage managers. … I'm the youngest person in the building," he says. "It's a bit overwhelming, but everyone seems to believe very strongly that I'm exactly where I should be, and I should be fine."

Rent, which has been running for 12 years, is a well-oiled machine. When Kantor stepped onto the stage March 24, his presence marked the only change in an experienced ensemble. (In April the producers extended Kantor's contract through the show's closing, Sept 7.)

"I don't think there is a program out there that would prepare anybody for this particular type of experience of being put into a show," he says. "But in terms of preparing myself as an actor, I think I utilized Northwestern's program in such a way that I feel prepared."

Originally from Great Neck, N.Y., Kantor played his first role in sixth grade: Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors. His first big lead was Daddy Warbucks in Annie, and that was just in seventh grade. At Northwestern he was one of only two freshmen to be in the cast of the Dolphin Show.

Since then he's been in many Northwestern productions. His role in Rent marks his first professional production.

The jump to Broadway has made Kantor contemplative about his success as an actor.

"The same way a mathematician enjoys solving a really hard problem, I embrace solving a complex role," he says. "It makes sense that I'm into acting because I've always had an interesting dichotomy of wanting to be a silent observer and loving to watch people … but at the same time a deep desire of wanting to have attention, to be seen and heard."

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  • How much does it cost to book Adam Kantor?

    Booking fees for Adam Kantor, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Adam Kantor, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Adam Kantor?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Adam Kantor for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Adam Kantor for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Adam Kantor or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Adam Kantor or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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