Chase's Broadway's credits include Rent, Lennon, Aida, The Full Monty and Miss Saigon. Regionally, he appeared in Andrew Lippa's A Little Princess, plus Assassins, Mame, Trask & Fenn, Son of Fire, and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (for which he was Jeff Award nominated as Best Actor). According to a recent Playbill bio, Chase is a classically trained conductor and percussionist who has worked with such classical music luminaries as John Cage, Robert Spano, John Adams, Gunther Schuller and Loren Maazel. Chase is married to comedienne Lori Chase. They are the parents of Daisy and Gracie.
In late January, Tim Howar takes over as Roger, Jan. 30-July 29.
In the last week in December, Joshua Kobak exits as Roger to concentrate on rehearsals for Tarzan, the new Disney musical opening on Broadway in spring 2006.
Rent, the musical by composer-lyricist-librettist Jonathan Larson will celebrate its 10th anniversary at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre in April. Michael Greif directed the musical, set in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan "at the end of the millennium." Inspired by the opera La Bohème, it tells of a family of bohemian friends and lovers struggling with romance, mortality and artistic integrity in the age of AIDS.
The current Broadway cast includes Matt Caplan as Mark, Destan Owens as Tom Collins, D'Monroe as Benny, Kenna Ramsey as Joanne, Justin Johnston as Angel, Antonique Smith as Mimi, Ava Gaudet as Maureen, Nicolette Hart as Mark's mom and others, Marcus Paul James as Mr. Jefferson and others, Frenchie Davis as Mrs. Jefferson and "Seasons of Love" soloist, Colin Hanlon as Gordon and others, Robin De Jesús as Steve and others, Shaun Earl as Paul and others, and Mayumi Ando as Alexi Darling, Roger’s mom and others.