In order to accommodate the load-out of Rent and the Sept. 14 load in of Having Our Say, CA's La Jolla Playhouse will end Rent one day earlier than anticipated, on Sept. 13.
. Rather than lose one performance, the Jonathan Larson Tony and Pulitzer winning musical will actually gain one, since the producers have added 2 PM matinees Sept. 10 and Sept. 12. (All tickets are $65 for the new matinees, $75 for the Saturday night final show, Sept. 13). The show began July 1 and opened July 13. La Jolla Artistic Director Michael Greif repeats his Obie-winning direction of Jonathan Larson's alternative-rock retelling of the La Boheme story. The show can only run through Sept. 13 because then it goes on a national tour with the same cast, starting in Los Angeles.
Here is the La Jolla/tour cast of Rent:
Neil Patrick Harris (Mark) - best known for playing Doogie Howser M.D. on TV, he also starred Off-Broadway in James Lapine's Luck, Pluck & Virtue. Mark, the documentary film-maker, is played by Anthony Rapp on Broadway.
Sharon Brown (soloist on "Seasons Of Love") - played Effie in Dreamgirls on Broadway.
Wilson Cruz (Angel) - played Ricky on TV's "My So-Called Life." D'Monroe (Benny) - played in the Boston company of Rent.
Also in the cast are Carla Bianco, Kevyn Brackett, Hallie Bulliet, Monique Daniels, Laura Days, Leigh Hetherington (Maureen), Sala Iwamatsu, Owen Johnston II, Christan Mena (Roger) Christopher Patric, Kenna Ramsey (Joanne), Julia Santana (Mimi -- the role originated by Daphen Rubin Vega), Andy Senor, Curt Skinner, Paul Oakley Stovall and Brent Davin Vance.
Auditions were held in L.A., San Diego and New York. "People flew all over the country for these auditions," La Jolla associate spokesperson, Mary Lee Warning said.
Greif's entire New York design team -- set designer Paul Clay, costumer Angela Wendt, lighting designer Blake Burba and sound designer Kurt Fischer -- recreate their work at La Jolla. The production is being billed as the centerpiece of the theatre's 50th anniversary season.
Tickets to the La Jolla Rent can be purchased through the box office, at (619) 550-1010. For the rest of the season, which includes the world premiere of Barry Manilow's musical, Harmony, refer to the La Jolla Playhouse regional listing on Playbill On-Line.