Original Broadway Cast in "Rent" through 4/12

Thu. April 2, 2009 12:00 AM by 365gay.com

Limited engagement March 31 - April 12, 2009 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre

Chicago, IL - Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to present the Chicago engagement of RENT, produced by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, and Allan S. Gordon, for a limited engagement March 31 to April 12, 2009. Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, and Gwen Stewart will reprise the roles they originated on Broadway in RENT at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre.

Joining Pascal and Rapp, who reprise their award-winning roles, and Stewart, are Nicolette Hart (Maureen Johnson), Justin Johnston (Angel Schunard), Lexi Lawson (Mimi Marquez), Michael McElroy (Tom Collins), Jacques C. Smith (Benjamin Coffin III), and Haneefah Wood (Joanne Jefferson). The ensemble is rounded out by Karmine Alers, Toby Blackwell, Adam Halpin, Trisha Jeffrey, Josh Kobak, Telly Leung, Caren Lyn Manuel, Jed Resnick, Andy Senor, Yuka Takara, and John Watson.

Pascal, Rapp, and Stewart originated the roles of Roger Davis, Mark Cohen, and "Seasons of Love" soloist, respectively, at New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway. Justin Johnston (Angel), Michael McElroy (Collins), and Stewart were all members of the final company of RENT, which played its last performance on Broadway September 7, 2008.

RENT, The Broadway Tour, is directed by Michael Greif, who received 1996 Tony and Drama Desk nominations as well as the Obie Award for RENT, and choreographed by Marlies Yearby who received a Tony Award nomination for her work on the musical. Tim Weil, the show's original music supervisor and conductor, serves as music supervisor.

RENT, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996 following a history making, sold out, extended limited engagement at off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop. The musical went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for drama. RENT played its final performance at the Nederlander Theatre on September 7, 2008 after playing 5,124 performances and 16 previews. RENT is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history and grossed over $280 million during its Broadway run.

Tours of RENT have crisscrossed the country almost continuously since late 1996 and the U.S. national tours have grossed over $330 million. The musical has been translated into every major language and been performed on six continents, including in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Performances of RENT are as follows:

Tuesday, March 31 at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m. Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 5 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.

Individual tickets range in price from $25 to $80. A select number of premium seats are also available. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.); the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400; all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores); and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. Tickets are available to groups of 20 or more by calling (312) 977-1710.

For more information on RENT visit www.SiteForRent.com or www.BroadwayInChicago.com

This article originally appeared on 365gay.com. Republished with permission.