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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The new Off-Broadway production is once again helmed by its original Tony Award-nominated director, Michael Greif. Greif's new cast includes Adam Chanler-Berat, Annaleigh Ashford, Margot Bingham, Nicholas Christopher, Arianda Fernandez, Marcus Paul James, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Corbin Reid, Michael Rodriguez, Matt Shingledecker, Ephraim Sykes, Ben Thompson, Michael Wartella, Morgan Weed, Sean Michael Murray, Xavier Cano and Genny Padilla. Greif's creative team includes choreographer Larry Keigwin; music supervisor Tim Weil (who also provides additional arrangements); set designer Mark Wendland; costume designer Angela Wendt; lighting designer Kevin Adams; sound designer Brian Ronan; projection designer Peter Nigrini; musical director Will Van Dyke; musical arranger Steve Skinner; casting director Telsey + Company; technical supervisor Brian Lynch; and production stage manager Monica A. Cuoco.
Rent's original concept and additional lyrics are by Billy Aronson. The dramaturg was Lynn M. Thomson.
New World Stages is at 340 W. 50th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Rent performs Mondays and Wednesday through Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 7:30 PM, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 PM. Tickets ($69.50-$89.50) may be purchased by visiting siteforrent.com or telecharge.com; by phoning (212) 947-8844; or by going to the New World Stages box office.
For box office hours visit newworldstages.com/boxoffice.html. For more information about Rent, visit siteforrent.com.