Rent Filming for Nationwide, Cinematic Broadcast to Begin Aug. 20

News   Rent Filming for Nationwide, Cinematic Broadcast to Begin Aug. 20
The Aug. 20 performance of the landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent, which is currently playing its final weeks of a 12-year-run at the Nederlander Theatre, will be filmed.

Will Chase, who plays Roger, in the final cast of Broadway's Rent.
Will Chase, who plays Roger, in the final cast of Broadway's Rent.

A Columbia Pictures spokesperson confirmed to that nine cameras will capture the 8 PM performance of the Tony Award-winning Jonathan Larson musical. Those same cameras will also record the show's final performance on Sept. 7.

A composite of the best performances from those two evenings — including what will likely be emotional moments from the final Broadway show — will subsequently be broadcast in movie theatres nationwide. Audiences around the country will have the chance to view the Broadway production of Rent Sept. 24 and 25 (evening screenings) and Sept. 27 and 28 (afternoon screenings).



The filming is part of a new business venture launched by Sony Pictures Releasing, which is entitled The Hot Ticket. The Hot Ticket, according to a press release, will "distribute event programming, including popular music concerts, the performing arts, and sporting events in high definition digital projection to select movie theaters nationwide."

The cast of Rent currently includes Tracie Thoms as Joanne, Will Chase as Roger, Renee Goldsberry as Mimi, Eden Espinosa as Maureen, Michael McElroy as Collins, Adam Kantor as Mark, Justin Johnston as Angel and Rodney Hicks as Benny with Shaun Earl, Andrea Goss, Marcus Paul James, Telly Leung, Tracy McDowell, Jay Wilkison, Gwen Stewart and Destan Owens. Hicks and Stewart were both in the original company of Rent and have rejoined the cast to close the show. Rent, which has book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, is the seventh longest-running show in Broadway history.

Rent, directed by Michael Greif, opened on Broadway April 29, 1996, following a sold-out, extended limited engagement at Off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop. The musical went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award.

Rent is one of only seven musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

As previously announced, a new tour of Rent — starring original cast members Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal — will kick off in January 2009. For more information about the tour click here.

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