Mario Lopez talks about his former Broadway rivalry

By Greg Hernandez Nick Adams is one of the leads in the new Broadway show ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ which officially opens on March 20.

It’s the biggest role to date for this talented performer who first came to fame when he was in the most recent Broadway production of ‘A Chorus Line.’

In this excerpt from an article in ‘The Daily Beast,’ Nick and his co-star Mario Lopez talk about how Nick’s buff body had to be covered up once a not-quite-as-buff Mario joined the show:

He was playing the role of Larry, the dance captain, and for the first two years, things were going well. Every night, the ridiculously fit Adams walked on stage wearing a tiny tank top and some very tight tights. But when the producers of the flailing musical brought in actor Mario Lopez to play the lead in a last-ditch effort to sell more tickets, everything changed.

Soon after Lopez was hired, Adams was handed a baggy hoodie to wear over his tank top. He was also told his placement on stage would “change” from front and center to the back row, which in the theater world is right next to Siberia.

“I was like, is this a joke?” said Adams. “The whole cast looked at me like, what the hell is going on?”

He found out later the request came from Lopez’s people. It seems Adams’ bulging biceps were muscling attention away from the star.

“I went from being known within the theater community to a level we don’t ever experience when we start off on Broadway.”

“It did nothing but help me in the end,” said Adams.

Even though much has been made of the so-called feud, Adams and Lopez are close friends. Adams even introduced Lopez to his girlfriend and mother of his child, Courtney Mazza.

In his first public comment since the incident, Lopez told ‘The Daily Beast’ he never asked for any changes. “It was so not true,” he said. “As you can see, we get along great, we even work out together. That was my first foray into that world and I would never go around saying anything and demanding anything.”

Lopez says he has no idea who made the request, but suspects it came from an overly eager producer. When asked whether he was bothered by all the bad press, he said no. “I thought it was funny. We [Nick and I] both got a big kick out of it.”

To read more from this article go to Greg In Hollywood.

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