Destan Owens to Return to Broadway's Rent

News   Destan Owens to Return to Broadway's Rent Singer-actor Destan Owens, a long-time presence in the Broadway production of Rent, will return to that Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at the Nederlander Theatre Aug. 11, Playbill.com has learned.

Destan Owens
Destan Owens

Owens will once again step into the role of Tom Collins for a week's run through Aug. 17. When Michael McElroy returns to the role, Owens will stay with the production as a Swing until the musical plays its final performance on Broadway Sept. 7.

In addition to Rent, Destan Owens has been seen on Broadway in Smokey Joe's Cafe and Chicago. His other theatrical credits include The Who's Tommy, Dreamgirls, Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story, Soul Possessed, It Happened in Little Rock, Carmen, Trouble in Tahiti and A Little Night Music. Owens' screen credits include "Marie and Bruce," "Get Rich or Die Trying" and "Across the Universe."

The cast of Rent currently includes Tracie Thoms as Joanne, Will Chase as Roger, Renee Goldsberry as Mimi, Eden Espinosa as Maureen, Michael McElroy as Collins, Adam Kantor as Mark, Justin Johnston as Angel and Rodney Hicks as Benny with Shaun Earl, Andrea Goss, Marcus Paul James, Telly Leung, Tracy McDowell, Jay Wilkison, and Gwen Stewart. Hicks and Stewart were both in the original company of Rent and have rejoined the cast to close the show.

Rent, the East Village-set rock musical about artists and lovers struggling to be heard and connect, plays the Nederlander Theatre. The late Jonathan Larson wrote its book, music and lyrics.

The musical won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Visit www.siteforrent.com for more information.

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As previously announced, a new tour of Rent — starring original cast members Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal — will kick off in January 2009 in Cleveland, OH.