Broadway Rent Gets New Mark and Roger; Rodney Hicks Is Benny

By Kenneth Jones
04 Oct 2007

Declan Bennett
Declan Bennett

Following the popular summer and early-autumn return of original cast members Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp to Broadway's Rent, the producers announced that Declan Bennett and Harley Jay will assume the respective roles of Roger and Mark on Oct. 8.

Rodney Hicks returned to the Tony Award-winning show Sept. 13, in the role of Benny. Rapp and Pascal will exit the show Oct. 7.

Bennett makes his Broadway debut direct from London, England, where he is an independent singer-songwriter, with a dedicated following on the U.K. underground circuit. His second solo album will be released in early 2008. His theatre credits include Rent (2006-07 national U.S. tour) and Boy George's Taboo (West End and U.K. tour).

Harley Jay makes his Broadway debut in Rent after playing Mark in the show's national tour. He has two albums out: a Broadway album called "Between 41st and 54th" and an original album entitled "This Isn't an Audition."

Rodney Hicks is an original Off-Broadway and Broadway cast member of Rent in which he created the role of Paul. He also played Peter in the Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. His Off-Broadway credits include The Nightshade Family, Jacques Brelů, From My Hometown and Irrationals.



Rent, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on 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.

Nederlander Theatre is at 208 West 41st Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.

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