Timeline

1981 – 2008

1982
January 29, 1982
Adam Mitchel Lambert is born in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1983
Adam’s family moves to San Diego, California, where they settle in the community of Rancho Bernardo.

1985
Adam’s brother Neil is born.

1986
Adam’s family moves to the neighboring community of Rancho Peñasquitos in the northeastern part of the city of San Diego.

1988
August 1988
Adam starts attending Deer Canyon Elementary School in Rancho Peñasquitos, California.

1992
Adam is cast as Linus in San Diego’s Lyceum Theater’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. This is his first “gig”. From the age of 10 to 17, he will participate in 3-4 musicals a year as part of the Children’s Theatre Network (now MET2), including “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Peter Pan”, “Big River” and “The Secret Garden”.

Adam attends his first concert, featuring Paula Abdul. He loved her “Shut Up and Dance” remixes tape, which he played over and over again.

1993
June 1993
Adam graduates from Deer Canyon Elementary School.
August 1993
Adam starts attending Mesa Verde Middle School in Rancho Peñasquitos, California.

1996
Adam performs the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at San Diego’s Lyceum Theatre.

June 1996
Adam graduates from Mesa Verde Middle School.

August 1996
Adam starts attending Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Peñasquitos, California.

1998
Summer 1998
Adam is part of the ensemble cast of “Hello Dolly!” and “Camelot” at the Starlight outdoor theatre in Balboa Park.

1999
Adam goes on a cruise to Mexico with the Mt. Carmel High School Choir.

Spring 1999
Adam plays the role of Uncle Archibald in Mt. Carmel High School spring musical “The Secret Garden”, where his interpretation of “Lily’s Eyes” earns him a standing ovation every night.

Summer 1999
Adam plays the role of Freddie Trumper in the musical “Chess” presented at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, CA. He performs the lead song, “Pity the Child”.

2000
Spring 2000
Adam plays the role of Frederic in Mt. Carmel High School spring musical “Pirates of Penzance”.

April 2000
Adam travels to New York with the Mt. Carmel High School Classical Vocal Ensemble. They perform at the Lincoln Center.

June 2000
Adam graduates from Mount Carmel High School. He sings at the graduation ceremony. [Video]

Summer 2000
Adam plays the role of Captain Hook in the musical “Peter Pan” presented at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, CA. He also plays in the “Music Man”.

August 2000
Adam starts to attend California State University Fullerton as a Theatre Arts major, but drops out after five weeks. He had been too busy rehearsing for “Grease” to attend classes.

September 2000
Adam is cast as Doody, the youngest of the Burger Palace Boys, in the musical “Grease” presented at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, CA. He sings “Those Magic Changes” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Queen”.

Fall 2000 – Winter 2001
Having to support himself, Adam finds a retail job at Macy’s, at the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana, CA. He stays there about 6 months.

2001
Adam moves to North Hollywood with some friends. He can’t find a job and feels miserable.
Adam is hired by Holland America as the lead singer on the MS Amsterdam cruise ship for 10 months, where he performs in a 6-person musical revue. He travels around the world. After the end of his engagement, he goes back to Los Angeles to pursue a career in musical theater.
http://nctimes.com/articles/2009/07/15/entertainment/music/ze7c43910daaad6a5882575eb00579d92.txt
Eber Lambert, Adam’s father, goes through a midlife crisis and separates from his wife.
http://adamlambert411.blogspot.com/2009/06/eber-lambert-adam-lamberts-father.html

2002
Adam performs in several Civic Light Opera shows in Orange County and in Los Angeles. He signs up with a manager who finds him various contracts.

2003
Winter 2003
Adam joins the cast of the musical “On the Twentieth Century” produced by Reprise! and presented at the UCLA Freud Playhouse in Los Angeles at the beginning of 2003, with Bob Gunton, Carolee Carmello and Mimi Hines in the leads.

April-May 2003
Adam plays the role of Pakulski and is the understudy for the role of Ethan O’Dowd in the musical “Empire” presented at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles. The show plays to sold out audiences and gets excellent reviews. Nominated for three LA Theatre Ovation Awards, it wins the award for Best Choreography.
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/88172-Empire_State_Building_Is_the_Star_of_New_Musical_Empire_Rising_in_Stamford_Sept._19-26

June 26 – November 9, 2003
Adam joins the European tour of the musical “Hair” for six months (produced by Wolfgang Bocksch Concerts). He plays the role of Margaret Mead, the tourist lady, as well as a member of the Tribe. He is also the understudy for the role of Claude. The show travels to Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Amsterdam and Italy. Adam starts out as a cute strawberry-blonde, freckled boy, but half-way through the tour, he morphs into a rock star. He dyes his hair black, starts wearing guyliner and black nail polish, changes the way he dresses and experiments with drugs.

2004
March 2004
Adam plays the role of Charlie Dalrymple in the musical comedy “Brigadoon” produced by Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars, and presented at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. His performance in “Come to me, bend to me” is breathtaking.
Audio recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJYyqzUr6jU
Review: http://www.houstonpress.com/2004-03-25/culture/lost-in-translation/

June 18 – July 25, 2004
Adam plays the role of Phil Mackey in the musical comedy “110 in the Shade” at the Pasadena Playhouse.
http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/110intheshade.htm

September 12, 2004
Adam performs “Is Anybody Listening” at the 24th annual Chabad L’Chaim – To Life! Telethon. The co-host, Mindy Sterling, invites him to perform at her son’s Bar Mitzvah. [Video]

September 21 – December 5, 2004
Adam is cast as Joshua and performs alongside Val Kilmer who plays the role of Moses in “The Ten Commandments: The Musical” at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. The show begins previews on September 21 and opens on September 27. His solo song, “Is Anybody Listening?”, gets the best reviews. [Performances]
Reviews:
New York Times: http://theater2.nytimes.com/2004/09/30/theater/reviews/30ten.html?_r=1
Talkin’ Broadway: http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/la/la157.html

December 15, 2004
Adam performs “A change is gonna come” in the Zodiac Show at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater. [Video]

2005
March – September 2005
Adam joins the national tour of the musical comedy “Wicked” as part of the ensemble cast and as an understudy for the role of Fiyero. The tour opens at the Canon Theatre in Toronto, Ontario from March 9 to April 24, 2005. It then goes to Chicago’s Ford Center for the Performing Arts from April 29 to June 12, 2005, then to Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre from June 17 to July 31, and to the San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre from August 4 to September 11.
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/91616-Wicked_Cancels_First_Toronto_Preview_Due_to_Block%27s_Injury.html
Review: http://www.torontostage.com/reviews/wicked.html

August 29, 2005
Adam performs Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” in a duet with Eden Espinosa at the One Night Only Cabaret, a special fundraiser event with the touring cast of the musical comedy “Wicked” presented at the Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco.
Review: http://www.sfbaytimes.com/article_p.php?article_id=4077
Audio recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hqePZQRdDA

August 30 – September 4, 2005
Adam attends the Burning Man Festival (held in Black Rock City, Nevada) for the first time.

November 29, 2005
Adam performs “Shir Lashalom”, “The Prayer” and “As You Walk With Me” with Maya Haddi and Noa Dori at the 2005 “Celebration of Life” tribute concert to slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, held at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, CA. Shir Lashalom is the song Rabin sang just before he was shot to death. With Freddie Schiftan (guitar), David Kontesz (drums), Smadar Galor (bass), Leo Chaliapov (saxophone), David Garret (cello), Sharon Farber (piano) and the Tova Marcus choir. Artistic director: Erga Schiftan. Music director: Sharon Farber. MC: Dennis Prager. [Videos]

2006
Summer 2006
Adam plays the role of a blond football jock in the sexy adult revue “Debbie Loves Dallas” directed and choreographed by Jennifer Lopez’s ex husband Cris Judd and presented at Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino and Resort. The show has some topless scenes and is presented to an over 21 crowd only.
Adam records a demo of “Quiet Desperation” from the musical “Pump Up the Volume” for Jeff Thompson and Jordan Mann.

August 28 – September 4, 2006
Adam attends the Burning Man Festival, held in Black Rock City in the Nevada desert. He performs in “The Big Black Man Show” at Center Camp Cafe with Alanna (aka Allan Louis).

December 23, 2006
Adam performs live for the first time as the lead singer of a rock band called “The Citizen Vein” at the Cat Club in Hollywood. The band also includes 3 other musicians: Monte Pittman (guitar, vocals), Tommy Victor (guitar, vocals) and Steve Sydelnik (drums). Over the next six months, they perform in different venues around L.A., such as the Knitting Factory in Hollywood and The Pitcher House in Hermosa Beach.

2007
February 2007 – October 2008
Adam is part of the Los Angeles production of the musical “Wicked” at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA. He is an understudy for the role of Fiyero (played by Kristoffer Cusick) and is part of the ensemble cast.

March 3, 2007
Adam performs with his band, “The Citizen Vein”, at the Cat Club in Hollywood. [Video]

April 19, 2007
Adam performs with his band, “The Citizen Vein”, at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood.

May 12, 2007
Adam performs with his band, “The Citizen Vein”, at The Picher House in Hermosa Beach. [Videos]

July 11, 2007
Adam performs “As Long As You’re Mine” with Julie Reiber at Universal Studios’ Blues Brother Stage in Hollywood, as part of “Wicked Wednesdays”, a live promotional series for the musical “Wicked” (he replaced Kristoffer Cusick at the last minute). [Video]

August 27 – September 3, 2007
Adam attends the Burning Man Festival, held in Black Rock City in the Nevada desert. He performs in an impromptu musical revue called “The Big Black Man Show”.

September 21, 2007
Adam performs a Hebrew-English version of “The Prayer” with Temple of the Arts cantor Ilysia Pierce on Kol Nidre, the holiest evening of the Jewish calendar, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
http://www.templeofthearts.org/ThePrayer.html

September 24, 2007
Adam performs ‘Dust in the Wind’ on Upright Cabaret’s Hollywood Nights Encore performance. Joining Adam on the piano is music director Bryan Perri. The show is produced by Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel. [Video]

October 15, 2007
Adam performs “Heaven on their Minds” from Jesus Christ Superstar at the “Valley Musical Theater Presents: Broadway Unplugged” event presented at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The show also features many of his “Wicked” castmates. [Video]

2008
February 21-22, 2008
Adam performs for two nights at the Upright Cabaret at the Viceroy Hotel in Palms Springs. He’s taking time off from “Wicked” due to an injury. [Videos]

March 28, 2008
Adam performs Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” at the Upright Cabaret grand re-opening at Mark’s Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA. Music director Gerald Sternbach accompanyies him on the piano. The show is produced by Hollywood impresarios Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel. [Video]

May 19, 2008
Adam Lambert performs Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” with a group of dancers at Art 4 Life Benefit in Yucca Corridor, Los Angeles, CA. [Video]

July 17, 2008
Adam auditions for American Idol at the Cow Palace in Daly City near San Francisco, California. He sings Michael Jackson’s “Rock with You” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in front of judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson. Although Simon Cowell finds him too theatrical, he gets 4 votes and a ticket to Hollywood.
Video montage of Adam’s audition: http://adamlambertobsession.blogspot.com/2009/06/looking-back.html

September 9, 2008
Adam sings “Crawl through fire” at the Zodiac Show presented at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood. He co-wrote the song with Monte Pittman, Madonna’s guitarist. [Video]

November 10-14, 2008
Adam and 146 other American Idol contestants invade the Kodak Theater for American Idol’s “Hollywood Week” elimination rounds, which were broadcast in February 2009.

November 21, 2008
Adam performs a glam version of “Kiss and Tell” at Club 740 in downtown Los Angeles with two dancers. [Video]

November 22, 2008
Adam performs a glam version of “Kiss and Tell” at the Society nightclub with two dancers. [Photos]

December 31, 2008
Adam performs a 30-minute set including OneRepublic’s “Come Home” and Prince’s “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore” at Upright Cabaret’s 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Blowout at Mark’s Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA. [Videos]