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New Father Balances Lead Role in Musical as New Dad

By Benjamin Woodard | April 26, 2013 9:47am

ROGERS PARK — Adrian Aguilar has performed in dozens of musicals, more times than not in the lead role.

But his most recent performance, as the womanizing singer-dancer Joey Evans in "Pal Joey," wasn't at all like the others.

On March 8, Aguilar's first son, Ian, was born just days before rehearsals began.

"It's not easy," said the 27-year-old, inside his garden-level apartment in Rogers Park. He said he owes it to his wife, Brianna Borger, for easing the sleep deprivation new parents often experience.

"Whenever she knew I was just done, she let me sleep the whole night," he said.

"Pal Joey," which is going into its opening weekend at Stage 773 in Lakeview, is about a "bad guy" who cheats his way through life while chasing after women, all in the hopes of becoming a true star and own a nightclub, Aguilar said.

"This show is about a dirty, lying son of a bitch," he said.

The show, presented by Porchlight Musical Theatre, runs through May 26.

Tickets are $41 and show times are at 8 p.m. on Fridays, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.