Photo Archive: Celebrating Two Decades of Love; A Look Back at Rent on Broadway

Photos   Photo Archive: Celebrating Two Decades of Love; A Look Back at Rent on Broadway
 
The iconic Jonathan Larson rock musical Rent opened on Broadway on April 29, 1996. Playbill.com takes a look back at the original Broadway production and the many performers who passed through the show during its 12-year run.

Rent originally opened on Broadway in April 1996 and ran for over 5000 performances. The cast included Gilles Chiasson, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rodney Hicks, Kristen Lee Kelly, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Aiko Nakasone, Timothy Britten Parker, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gwen Stewart, Byron Utley and Fredi Walker.

The musical garnered 10 Tony Award nominations, winning four. It also took home the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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