Mr. Lips To You

3.18.2009

By Benjamin Ryan

Since he arrived on the Broadway scene two years ago, Nick Adams has attained a near-mythic status among Manhattan's theater queens -- appropriate, since one of the first sightings of his tight physique was in Broadway Bares' 2007 installation, Myth Behavior, in which he played the scantily clad Greek fertility god Pan.

The 25-year-old Pennsylvania native, who has appeared in Chicago and A Chorus Line -- not to mention a 2(x)ist ad campaign -- is now playing tough guy Liver Lips Louis in the revival of Guys and Dolls, which opened in March at New York City's Nederlander Theatre.

'I don't care if he's got the best body on Broadway -- he's a very talented man,' says Guys and Dolls choreographer Sergio Trujillo. 'And he doesn't have to stand in the back because Mario Lopez isn't onstage,' he adds, alluding to last year's alleged feud in which Adams's ripped Chorus Line costar felt so threatened that he forced Adams to wear a sweatshirt over his tank top.

'I'm the first to laugh at myself,' says Adams of the trappings of his newfound celebrity. For inspiration he looks to another Broadway hunk, Cheyenne Jackson: 'He's out and it hasn't limited the roles he plays.'

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