Uncompromising Artistry Productions presents the production, which runs through Aug. 30 at Paradise in Augustine's.
Directed by Nicola Murphy with choreography by Newsies' Tommy Bracco, the cast features Rapp's If/Then castmate Janet Krupin as Maureen as well as Johnny Newcomb (The Last Ship, American Idiot) as Roger.
"We have such an amazing group of talented artists and also really genuine, down to earth, authentic people which was really important to us as a creative team to find because this piece is so much about community and they're so confident in themselves as people and as performers in what they can bring, and I think we did a really good job with that," director Murphy said of the cast.
The cast also includes Magdiel Cabral as Mimi, Jonathan Christopher as Tom Collins, Thomas Green as Angel, Michael Quadrino as Mark, Lyonel Reneau as Benny and Tanika Roberts as Joanne with William Ferdinand, Injoy Fountain, Deanna Giulietti, Joseph Spinelli, Michael Jayne Walker, Gretchen Wylder, Matt Engle and Chris McLleish. Eilidh O'Carroll and Phil Ryan are swings.
Rent premiered on Broadway in 1996. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe production seeks to "recapture the immediacy of this modern day classic" with the help of Rapp. The creative team also includes Matt Engle (assistant director), Keiji Ishiguri (musical director), Steven Royal (set/lighting designer), Viktor Luna (costume designer), Simon Shaw (sound engineer) and Stefanie Harris (production consultant).
Uncompromising Artistry Productions artistic director Samantha Cunha added, "This production is as relevant today as it was in 1996. With this reputation comes many challenges, but we are up to the task - presenting this piece in a way that is as urgent and pulsing as ever with a stamp on it that says, 'This is ours.'"
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