Adam Lambert, the pop-rock singer making headlines for his continued stint as Queen’s temporary frontman, has his own professional history with Wicked. Before appearing on his star-making season of American Idol in 2009, Lambert performed in the show’s national tour and its Los Angeles production as both a member of the ensemble and as the cavalier Prince Fiyero.
The singer says that the experience of performing in the show helped shape his life as a professional musician, while not necessarily having a major impact on his musical stylings. “My work ethic was definitely fine-tuned because of this production,” he says. “I think that I made a lot of friends that I ended up working with in my solo career, actually. Dancers, choreographers, directors, people that I met in the company as fellow performers I ended up working with years later. It did really affect me in so many ways as a professional performer.”
Lambert also characterized the NBC special as a “crazy full-circle opportunity” — he first played Fiyero more than a decade ago, years before the run on “American Idol” that would make him famous. “It’s beautiful: so much has happened since I was cast,” he told Variety. Despite those successes – including a Grammy nomination, three solo albums, and an ongoing collaboration with Queen – “Wicked” still holds a special place in his heart.
“We were the first national cast, so that was right on the tail end of the Broadway production cleaning house at the Tonys. Very exciting! I knew that on my theater resumé, that would always have a shining spot,” he said.