Rent Plays 3,000th Bway Performance July 11

News   Rent Plays 3,000th Bway Performance July 11 Broadway's smash musical, Rent, hits a rare milestone July 11 when it plays its 3,000th performance at the Nederlander Theatre.

The achievement will be celebrated by the company privately July 12, a spokesperson told Playbill On-Line. The musical by composer-lyricist-librettist Jonathan Larson won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Larson died of an undiagnosed heart ailment before he could see his show make it big.

The musical, shepherded to Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum and Allan S. Gordon, has played North American tours and productions in Toronto and London. The show premiered Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop.

The musical is a rock and roll take on Puccini's La Bohème, set in Manhattan's East Village in 1996. There, a drag queen, HIV-positive lovers and frustrated artists and intellectuals struggle with themselves and outside forces to reach happiness in a world where there seems to be no past and no future — "no day but today," as they say in the show.

The current cast features Mayumi Ando, Maggie Benjamin (Maureen), Matt Caplan (as Mark), Frenchie Davis (late of "American Idol," and the "Seasons of Love" soloist), Mark Richard Ford (at Tom), Colin Hanlon, Stu James, Justin A. Johnston, Kendra Kassebaum, Darryl Ordell, Todd E. Pettiford, Kenna J. Ramsey (Joanne), Andy Señor (as Angel), Cary Shields (as Roger) and Krystal L. Washington (as Mimi).

Michael Grief directs. Boko Suzuki is conductor. Musical arrangements are by Steve Skinner.