The three winners in the recent contest will attend Broadway's Rent March 2, work with the show's casting director March 3 and audition for the producers, culminating in an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" March 4-5.
As previously reported, the winners are Mark Christine of Massillon, Ohio and the University of Michigan; Aliza Kennerly of Newark, New Jersey and Princeton University; and Chris Legentil of Washington Township, New Jersey and Rowan University.
The three will meet the Rent company after the March 2 performance. Rent's director, Michael Greif, casting director Bernard Telsey, and producers Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, and Allan S. Gordon will be present for auditions that follow a Telsey work session.
Rent's producers and casting directors have held open call auditions for roles in the show's Broadway and touring productions throughout the country since the show's beginning in 1996. The wannabeinrent.com talent search, which was designed to reach people who might not be able to get to an open audition, "continues the musical's tradition of looking for and finding exciting new talent as it has done from its very beginning," according to the announcement. Over 1,000 young actors registered and from them 15 finalists were chosen. Their auditions were posted at the wannabeinrent.com website and the three winners were selected by a vote of visitors to the site. About 100,000 discrete votes were cast.