Original Rent Stars Rapp and Pascal Will Return to Larson's Bohemia This Summer

News   Original Rent Stars Rapp and Pascal Will Return to Larson's Bohemia This Summer Adam Pascal mentions on his MySpace blog that he and original Rent co-star Anthony Rapp will return to the Broadway production of Jonathan Larson's show in the roles that earned them acclaim.
Anthony Rapp in the original Broadway company of Rent.
Anthony Rapp in the original Broadway company of Rent. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Tony nominee reports that they'll join the troupe at the Nederlander Theatre July 30 for six weeks.

A spokesman for the show confirmed the casting May 3.

Pascal and Rapp re-created their stage roles for the film version of the Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-honored property. Pascal was Tony nominated as Best Actor in a Musical for playing rock singer-songwriter Roger in the La Boheme-inspired 1996 show. Rapp played pal Mark Cohen, an aspiring filmmaker pulled in many directions as his East Village neighborhood and friendships change in the age of AIDS.

Among subsequent gigs, Pascal (himself a musician-singer) would later appear in Broadway's Aida and Rapp played the title character in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway.

Both Pascal and Rapp appeared in the 1995-96 New York Theatre Workshop Off-Broadway production of Rent that was swept on a wave of praise to Broadway in 1996. Michael Greif directed.

Larson, the show's young composer-lyricist-librettist, died on the eve of the Off-Broadway bow. The cause was a then-undiagnosed heart ailment.

For more information about Broadway's Rent, visit www.siteforrent.com.

Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal in the original Broadway company of <i>Rent</i>.
Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal in the original Broadway company of Rent. Photo by Joan Marcus