Rent-Heads Can Snag Podcasts About Their Favorite Rock Musical

News   Rent-Heads Can Snag Podcasts About Their Favorite Rock Musical In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Rent, fans can learn more about their favorite Broadway musical with help of online audio interviews known as Podcasts.

Rent: The Podcast launched on iTunes on March 21, and has offered a new podcast interview each Monday.

"Podcasts" are online audio interviews. The Rent podcasts feature original cast members, producers, staff, fans, and family members of the show's late creator, Jonathan Larson. They "will reminisce about the project's long and heartbreaking journey from the mind of a creative genius to the force that helped redefine theatre."

Rent: The Podcast offers "never-before-heard anecdotes, off-stage dramas, and private memories from the people who experienced it firsthand," according to the producers. "They will remember the life of Larson and offer insights into the work that only time can reveal.

Original cast members, including Jesse L. Martin, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp (who was featured in the inaugural interview), and Daphne Rubin-Vega, "reflect on the impact Rent had on the American cultural landscape and reveal the intimate, emotional impact the material has had on their lives."

"American Idol" contestant Frenchie Davis and other members of the current Broadway cast also offer stories and backstage anecdotes. In separate podcast interviews, "fans will also get the behind-the-scenes perspective from the creative and producing forces who guided the project from Off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop to the bright lights of Broadway."

Those behind the scenes "detail the path the show has taken over the last decade and the strategies used to market the show, and reflect on the impact Rent will ultimately have on the history of Broadway."

Fans, a.k.a. Rent-heads, are also featured in an interview that "will take us into the community of followers who have forged deep and intimate friendships based on their mutual love of the landmark musical."

Rent: The Podcast interviews were conducted by Cara David, senior newswriter for Broadway.com; Rob Kahn, theater writer for Newsday; and Danielle Monaro, co-host of Z100's "Elvis Duran and the Z Morning Zoo."

For those not hip to technology, "Podcasts allow broadcasts available through the internet to be downloaded from websites to computers, iPods, or other personal audio players. They are particularly popular for television series, reality shows, long form feature segments, and celebrity interview formats."

Users can log into the Rent website, www.SiteforRent.com, and click on the podcast icon on the main page or go to the iTunes Music Store's Podcast Directory and search for Rent: The Podcast.

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Rent's 10 years on Broadway will be celebrated April 24 with a gala benefit concert featuring the original cast (and surprise guests) on stage at the Nederlander Theatre. On April 25, the celebration continues with a special admission price of $20 for all seats at the Nederlander.

The official anniversary of the opening is April 29.

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Rent, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, opened at Broadways Nederlander Theatre 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, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Recently Rent became the seventh longest running show in Broadway history, surpassing Miss Saigon.