The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical Rent opens Nov. 18 in Boston, its first production outside New York.
The producers of the Jonathan Larson musical on Broadway will transport the entire original cast to Boston, to sit in the audience the opening night of the second company at the Shubert Theatre.
It will be the first time the original cast will have seen the show in its entirety from the other side of the footlights. The arrangement was made possible because the Boston cast opens on a Monday night, when the Broadway cast has off.
The cast for Rent in Boston includes Carol Burnett's daughter, Carrie Hamilton (of TV's "Fame"), and also features Cristina Ablaza, Stephan Alexander, Christian Anderson, C.C. Brown, Luther Creek, D'Monroe, Julie P. Danao, Ray Garcia, Sean Keller, Sylvia MacCalla, Lambert Moss, John Eric Parker, James Rich, Daniel J. Robbins, Simone, Amy Spanger, Schele Williams, and Queen Esther.
Hamilton will play Maureen Johnson, the role performed by Idina Menzel in New York. As for the story's central lovers (played on Broadway by Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega), Mimi is played by "Simone;" Roger by Sean Keller. Angel is played by Stephan Alexander (Wilson Jermaine Heredia has the role in NY), and Mark (Anthony Rapp in NY) is played by Luther Creek. Trivia buffs will note two strange coincidences involved with the opening. The Broadway production opened at the Nederlander Theatre (named for one of Broadway's "big three" theatre-owning companies), which had just undergone a renovation. The Boston company will open at the Shubert Theatre (also named for one of the "big three") which also just underwent a renovation.