By Kenneth Jones
21 Jan 2010
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Following visits to Toronto (Jan. 12-24) and Madison, WI (Jan. 26-31), Rent, produced by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum and Allan S. Gordon, will close Feb. 7 after its weeklong run at Sacramento's Community Center Theatre.
Original Rent cast members Pascal (as Roger), Anthony Rapp (as Mark) and Gwen Stewart ("Seasons of Love" soloist) reprise their roles for this tour, which began on Jan. 6, 2009, in Cleveland, OH.
By close, the current tour will have played 373 performances in 39 cities.
Rent, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, won the Best Musical Tony Award. Inspired by Puccini's La Bohème, Rent "tells the story of a group of young artists struggling in New York's East Village in the early 1990s and the obstacles they face, including AIDS, homelessness, poverty, lack of healthcare and homophobia."
Closing the production with Pascal and Rapp who reprise their award-winning roles, and Stewart, are Nicolette Hart (Maureen Johnson), Justin Johnston (Angel Schunard), Lexi Lawson (Mimi Marquez), Michael McElroy (Tom Collins), Jacques C. Smith (Benjamin Coffin III), and Merle Dandridge (Joanne Jefferson). The ensemble is rounded out by Toby Blackwell, Shaun Earl, Adam Halpin, Trisha Jeffrey, Joshua Kobak, MiRi Park, Andy Senor, Caren Tackett, Shelly Thomas, Brandon Uranowitz and John Watson.