07 Sep 2008
Playbill.com offers a look back at the original Broadway cast of Rent in honor of the musical's closing performance on Sept. 7.
The Jonathan Larson musical, which was directed by Michael Greif, began performances April 16, 1996, and officially opened April 29 at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre.
The original cast included Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Fredi Walker with Gilles Chiasson, Rodney Hicks, Kristen Lee Kelly, Aiko Nakasone, Timothy Britten Parker, Gwen Stewart and Byron Utley.
Here is a look at the stars as the footlights first brightened:
Taye Diggs, Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Anthony Rapp, Jesse L. Martin and Wilson Jermaine Heredia
Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega
Jesse L. Martin, Anthony Rapp and Taye Diggs
Fredi Walker, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Idina Menzel and Jesse L. Martin
Rodney Hicks, Byron Utley, Kristen Lee Kelly, Gwen Stewart and Timothy Britten Parker
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.