Today, we shine the spotlight on Adam Flowers, who plays the role of Vittorio in our upcoming production of Sweet Charity.
Adam is thrilled to be making his Hillbarn Theatre debut. Adam has performed principal tenor roles in opera houses throughout North America, Hawaii, and Japan. In July 2006 he completed a five year Artist-In-Residency for Opera San Jose, performing over 32 roles. He is currently a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus. His Musical Theater credits consist of Charlie Dalrymple in Brigadoon for Davis High School’s Spring Musical during the first Clinton Administration.
You play the role of the Vittorio in Sweet Charity, what, if anything, do you have in common with your character? And how are you different?
I think one thing I *try* to have in common with Vittorio is not trying to be too impressed with myself. Vittorio is this big star surrounded by fawning sycophants, but he is actually pretty grounded. I am not a big star, but I’ve found that in my professional life that I’m at my best when I’m open to the idea that I don’t have all (or any) of the answers & I need to listen to what others are saying instead of being satisfied with my own ideas or accomplishments. I am different from Vittorio in that, despite all my efforts, I’m not Italian.
What inspired you to accept a role in Sweet Charity?
I was recommended by an operatic colleague’s wife who has a connection to the company. The overwhelming majority of my professional engagements in my career have been Operas or classical music. The last time I was cast in a musical was as Charlie Dalrymple in “Brigadoon” in my senior year of high school. But I love Musical Theater, especially song & dance shoes like Charity & “Guys & Dolls,” “Pal Joey,” “Singing in the Rain,” just to name a few, so I jumped at the chance to give it a go.
What do you think the audience will be discussing on their way home after seeing Sweet Charity?
They will be discussing many of the wonderful performances by the talented cast, but I think many audience members will be abuzz about Oscar trapped in the elevator. David Blackburn is hysterical.
When did you discover your love for the theatre?
I saw a Great Performances tv broadcast of Placido Domingo in “I Pagliacci” when I was 13. I was hooked.
How did you get started in theatre?
I fought it kicking & screaming. I was in a musical in high school & sang in the high school jazz choir, but it wasn’t until I was in college & performing in San Jose State’s Opera Workshop that I realized that the stage was my home. I was hired in as a resident artist at Opera San Jose & have never looked back.
What do you love about performing on stage?
I love that there are no edits or do-overs. You have to make it work. That’s where the magic comes from. Inspired performances aren’t perfect performances. I also love the act of collaboration. I don’t have a competitive bone in my body, & that aspect of my personality shines when I’m onstage. You can’t let your colleagues down. You have to give them all you can so that they shine. I love the alchemy of collaboration in the moment.
What is your favorite and most memorable role you ever played? Why?
My favorite role I’ve played is Gherman in Tchaikovsky’s “Queen of Spades.” It’s barn-burner of a role, a tour de force for the tenor. He goes slowly mad & kills himself onstage. What’s not to love?
If you could pick one actor/actress to perform with on Broadway, who would it be?
Savion Glover. I’m in awe of anyone who can dance like that. I can’t manage more than some tame lindyhopping.
Do you have any wacky rituals you do before curtain call?
I’m usually cracking wise backstage. Also, I try to embody SF Giants broadcaster & former pitcher Mike Krukow’s admonition to “act like you’ve been there before.” & not be too grandiose or puffed up. A simple bow & a smile.
What is one thing you are incredibly proud of?
My family. I had the good fortune of being born into & then marrying into two (now one) amazing families.
What is one fact or fun thing or special/hidden talent that we don’t know about you?
I am obsessed with Jerry Lewis & I have seen every episode of Magnum P.I. at least twice.
Who would you want to be stuck in an elevator with?
Hunter Pence, right-fielder for the San Francisco Giants. Watch the video to learn more.
Don’t miss your chance to see Adam Flowers in Sweet Charity May 5-29, at the historic Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City. Tickets available at hillbarntheatre.org
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