Rent 20th Anniversary Tour Launches Tonight

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The 20th anniversary national tour of the landmark Broadway musical Rent kicks off September 12 in Bloomington, IN.
Kaleb Wells, Skyler Volpe, Danny Harris Kornfeld and Jasmine Easler
Kaleb Wells, Skyler Volpe, Danny Harris Kornfeld and Jasmine Easler

The 20th anniversary national tour of Jonathan Larson’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent launches September 12 in Bloomington, IN. Additional cities have also been added to the itinerary of the non-equity touring production.

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The cast features Danny Kornfeld as Mark Cohen, Kaleb Wells as Roger Davis, Skyler Volpe as Mimi Marquez, Aaron Harrington as Tom Collins, David Merino as Angel Dumott Schunard, Katie LaMark as Maureen Johnson, Jasmine Easler as Joanne Jefferson and Christian Thompson as Benny Coffin III.

Completing the ensemble are Bryson Bruce, John Devereaux, Tim Ehrlich, Sammy Ferber, Paola Hernandez, Alia Hodge, Natalie Lipin, Jordan Long, Michael McClure, Timothy McNeill, Futaba Shioda and Alexis Louise Young.

HOW THE RENT TOUR WILL BE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU KNOW

Evan Ensign restages the tour based on original direction by Michael Greif. Original Broadway creatives Marlies Yearby (choreography), Angela Wendt (costume design) and Tim Weil (music supervision and additional arrangements) are joined by Jonathan Spencer (lighting design), Keith Caggiano (sound design), MiRi Park (associate choreographer) and Matthew E. Maraffi (adapting original scenic design by Paul Clay) to make up the creative team for the tour.

The current tour itinerary follows:
Bloomington, IN — September 12-14
Lexington, KY — September 16-18
Dallas, TX — September 20-October 2
Gainseville, FL — October 4-5
Daytona Beach, FL — October 6
Ft. Lauderdale, FL — October 7-9
Durham, NC — October 11-16
Nashville, TN — October 18-23
North Charleston, SC — October 25-26
Wilmington, DE — October 28-30
Easton, PA — November 1
Burlington, VT — November 2
Concord, NH — November 3
Orono, ME — November 4
Portland, ME — November 5
Brookville, NY — November 6
Springfield, OH — November 8
Erie, PA — November 9
Huntington, WV — November 10
Kalamazoo, MI — November 11-13
Syracuse, NY — November 15-17
Scranton, PA — November 18-20
Newport News, VA — November 21-22
Des Moines, IA — November 25-27
Sioux Falls, SD — November 28-29
Fort Collins, CO — December 1-3
Pueblo, CO — December 4
Costa Mesa, CA — January 6-8
San Diego, CA — January 10-15, 2017
San Luis Obispo, CA — January 17
Modesto, CA — January 18
Portland, OR — January 20-22
Los Angeles, CA — January 24-29
Arcata, CA — January 31-February 1
Folsom, CA — February 2-5
San Francisco, CA — February 7-19
Seattle, WA — February 21-26
Kennewick, WA — February 27
Midland/Odessa, TX — March 2
San Antonio, TX — March 3-5
Jackson MS — March 7
Knoxville, TN — March 10-11
Paducah, KY — March 12
Grand Rapids, MI — March 14-16
East Lansing, MI — March 17-19
Athens, OH — March 28
West Lafayette, IN — March 29
Charleston, WV — March 30
Baltimore, MD — March 31- April 2
Akron, OH — April 4-5
University Park, PA — April 6
Boston, MA — April 12-23
York, PA — April 25
Utica, NY — April 26-27
New Haven, CT — April 28-30
Elmira, NY — May 2-3
New Brunswick, NJ — May 5-6
Binghamton, NY — May 7
Cedar Rapids, IA — May 17
Rockford, IL — May 18
St. Louis, MO — May 19-21
Fargo, ND — May 30
Bismark, ND — May 31
Omaha, NE — June 2-4
Minneapolis, MN — June 6-11
Fort Wayne, IN — June 13
Evansville, IN — June 14
Memphis, TN — June 16-18
Washington, DC June 20-25

Click here for complete tour dates and tickets.

According to production notes, “A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters-love.”

The show received its world premiere Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop February 13, 1996, and transferred to Broadway April 29, 1996, where it ran for 5,123 performances, making it the 11th-longest-running show in Broadway history. Rent won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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(Updated September 12, 2016)

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