The Broadway musical Rent will set a new long-run record at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre April 4 when the musical plays its 807th performance, surpassing 1955's Inherit the Wind.
The Nederlander, located on Manhattan's West 41st Street, opened in 1921 as the National Theatre. Among the long-running hits that played the National were the original stage Grand Hotel in 1930, The Little Foxes in 1939 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1962.The theatre changed names to the Billy Rose Theatre and the Trafalgar in recent years. Hits since 1980 include Whose Life Is It Anyway? and Lena Horne: A Lady and Her Music. As of April 4, Rent, which opened on Broadway April 29, 1996, will have run longer than them all.
In other Rent news:
* Broadway orchestra ticket prices rise to $80 for weekend performances after June 30, while more mezzanine ticket prices will drop to $35.
* The London production of Rent is currently in rehearsals for a May 12 opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Four members of the original cast are featured: Tony-winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia as Angel, Anthony Rapp as Mark, Adam Pascal as Roger and Jesse L. Martin as Tom Collins. -- By Robert Viagas