Mr. Lips To You
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.�