Just last month, Adam Brown was a nominee for Chicago’s prestigious Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principle Role for his work in Jackalope Theatre’s production Long Way Go Down. Now the 23 year old Walden Theatre alumnus (’08) has earned a big break. He joins the company of Tony-winning Best Musical ONCE for 2-3 weeks of rehearsals in New York after which he’ll take over the Broadway production’s role of Eamon, the second male principle in the cast.
The process to earn the role began six months ago in Chicago, when Brown auditioned with casting agent Jim Carnahan for the upcoming national tour of Once. Carnahan told him he belonged in the show, but he’d have to figure out where to put him. After months of waiting, Brown finally got a callback–followed quickly by a ticket to New York and a demanding final round of auditions that included Irish and Czech accents and playing guitar, bass, piano, drums, ukulele, melodica, and harmonica.
After impressive auditions for the touring show, Brown was offered the Eamon role in the Broadway production to replace a departing original cast member. He was happy to accept.
Honors and big roles aren’t new for Brown, who was involved with Walden Theatre for nine years and in 2007 placed first overall in the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition, where he performed Sonnet 130, Shylock from The Merchant of Venice, and a cold reading of Berowne from Love’s Labour’s Lost. While at Walden Theatre, Brown performed key roles in The Winter’s Tale, Misalliance, King Lear, The Grapes of Wrath, Romeo and Juliet, and many others.
In addition to his time with Walden Theatre, Brown graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University in 2012 with a BFA in Acting and from the Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School in 2008. In addition, local performance credits include three years in A Christmas Carol with Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Snow Queen with StageOne, The Winter’s Tale with Bellarmine University, and many commercial spots.