Antonique Smith Subs for Tamyra Gray in Rent

News   Antonique Smith Subs for Tamyra Gray in Rent
 
Tamyra Gray, who joined the cast of Broadway's Rent in May, was recently injured during a performance of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical.

Gray, a first season finalist on "American Idol," pulled a hamstring while performing the role of dancer-muse Mimi Marquez. The singing actress will be out of the musical at the Nederlander for the remainder of the week of July 9, according to a spokesperson for the show. Antonique Smith is now playing the role; Gray is expected back in the show next week.

After "American Idol," Tamyra Gray landed a recurring role on the hit television series "Boston Public" as well as guest spots on shows such as "What I Like About You" and "All of Us." She's no stranger to Broadway: Gray made her Broadway debut in the Bollywood-themed musical Bombay Dreams.

She penned the songs "I Believe" for "Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino (who is now on Broadway in The Color Purple) and "You Thought Wrong" for first season champion Kelly Clarkson. Gray also appeared in the film "The Gospel."

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As previously reported, original Rent stars Adam Pascal (Roger) and Anthony Rapp (Mark) will re-create their roles on Broadway July 30-Sept. 9. Pascal and Rapp also re-created their roles in the 2005 movie version of the musical, which has book, music and lyrics by he late Jonathan Larson. Rent plays at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM & 7 PM. Tickets, priced $45-$100, can be purchased by calling TicketMaster at (212) 307-4100. A limited number of $20 tickets are available day of performance at the box office.

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