By Carey Purcell
07 Feb 2014
Performances of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical begin March 12, prior to an official opening March 15. Rent continues through April 6.
"Based on the experiences of creator Jonathan Larson – and loosely inspired by the opera La Boheme – Rent follows a year in the life of a group of young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side," press notes state. "From a poet and a musician to a lawyer and a drag queen, their lives are intertwined as they fight to survive in the Big Apple and, in some cases, fight for their mortality from HIV. In the end, friendship, love and the ability to maintain their individuality keeps these souls together while providing the unforgettable narrative thread for this groundbreaking musical."
“The last show of the season it seems has been taking on a special significance,” artistic director Jim Corti said in a statement. “Our first season ended with Hair in the Age of Aquarius. Season two ended with Fiddler on the Roof and Tradition. For season three, our final production is Rent ending with Seasons of Love. These young bohemian artists are struggling to survive the harsh economic realities of New York City's Alphabet City circa 1991. The spectre of AIDS looms large. But the play is about measuring life in love. To celebrate and 'remember a year in the life of friends. Measure in Love. Seasons of Love.'"
Joining Mueller (Peter and the Starcatcher, Big River) and Michaels (Hair, Route 66) are Adaeze' Kelley (Chicago, Aida) as Mimi, Evan Tyrone Martin (The Color Purple, Violet) as Tom Collins, Andrea Prestinario (My Fair Lady, Gypsy) as Maureen, Kelvin Roston Jr. (Seven Guitars, Porgy and Bess) as Benny, Meghan Murphy (50 Shades! The Musical, From Doo Wop to Hip Hop) as Joanne and Sawyer Smith (A Chorus Line) as Angel.
Kasey Alfonso, Aaron Conklin, Lillie Cummings, Josh A. Dawson, Erika Diehl, Raven Monique Dockery, Joyee Lin, Gannon O'Brien, Michael Potsic, Neil Stratman and Adrienne Walker comprise the ensemble.
The creative team includes Kevin Depinet (set design), Jesse Klug (lighting design), Katie Spelman (choreography), Theresa Ham (costumes), Adam Rosenthal (sound), Sarah E. Ross (props), Dianne Morrisette (wigs) and Mike Meyer (filmmaker). Rose Marie Packer is stage manager, and Shawn Stengel is music director/conductor.
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