Lazar was born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Lazar is of Jewish descent. He graduated from Cherry Hill High School West where he first started singing and performing in musicals while excelling academically and in track and field as a discus and javelin thrower. Lazar attended Duke University, where he earned a BA magna cum laude, while completing the prerequisite classes for medical school and taking the MCAT. After being accepted as one of only two masters candidates at the elite University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), he put plans for being a surgeon on hold, earning an MFA in musical theater before moving to New York City.
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