Tomball native stars in ‘Spamilton’
The road to perform at the Hobby Center took Adrian Lopez through five states.
Now through June 9, Lopez takes the stage in his hometown as the lead actor in “Spamilton: An American Parody.”
While attending Stephen F. Austin State University, Lopez, 23, was a runner on a cross-country scholarship.
“Primarily, my goal was to make it to the Olympics,” he said.
Growing up in Tomball, he sang and played guitar and piano with his father and brother.
He also learned to play drums and the saxophone.
Lopez worked up the nerve to try out for a play as a student at Klein Collins High School.
“I just wanted to take a bite at it and see if it was for me. I remember shaking and just trying to read the lines. I think I was just mumbling,” he said.
Gradually, auditioning for other productions helped him get over his initial stage fright.
After graduating from high school and attending college, Lopez said he eventually knew he wanted to pursue musical theater.
“I decided cross-country and track wasn’t my thing anymore. I auditioned for my first musical my freshman year and got a part and that made me fall in love with musical theater. It wasn’t something I always knew I was going to do,” he said.
His first role was as Robin’s Lead Minstrel in “Spamalot.”
After transferring to Sam Houston State University and graduating in 2018, he attended a residency program at the Open Jar Institute in New York City.
Eventually, he was able to audition for “Spamilton: An American Parody,” a spoof of the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” created by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Since the show debuted in December, Lopez has performed in Ohio, Nevada, Maryland and Florida before coming to Houston.
“It almost feels like a dream. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but never thought I would get to do it so soon to come to my hometown and lead a show. That’s kind of crazy to me still and I’m still pinching myself about it. It’s really neat. It’s also kind of terrifying,” he said.