Adam Epstein was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2004-2005 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his talent in musical theatre. At the young age of 28, Epstein won the 2003 Tony Award for the smash hit musical Hairspray. In addition, Hairspray was named Best Musical of 2003 by the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League, and the New York Drama Critics Circle. Hairspray also won seven Tonys, including awards for Best Score, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Direction.
A Miami Beach native, Epstein was drawn to musical theatre from a young age. He acted in productions of Broadway Bound, Jesus Christ Superstar and the The Wiz, and often attended productions at Miami Beach’s Jackie Gleason Theatre of the Performing Arts with family and friends. He remembers Sandy Duncan flying across the stage in Peter Pan as a defining moment, one that first got him interested in pursuing a career in the theatre.
When Epstein graduated from high school, he attended New York University. Unsure about his future as an actor, he earned a degree in political science, but gravitated back toward the theatre.
In recent years, additional credits have included Broadway revivals of The Crucible (Tony nomination), Amadeus (Tony nomination), and the Tony Award-winning revival of A View From the Bridge. Epstein also co-produced the Boston production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and is excited about his upcoming musical, Cry-Baby, another collaboration with filmmaker John Waters (Hairspray). He was invited to be a guest professor in the spring of 2004 at New York University, his alma mater, where he will teach a course on producing musicals for the commercial Broadway theatre.