"American Idol" Finalist Tamyra Gray Will Play Mimi in Rent

By Kenneth Jones
May 4, 2007

Tamyra Gray, the popular first season finalist of "American Idol," will join the cast of Broadway's Rent May 29, playing Mimi Marquez.

Gray, who finished in fourth place on "Idol," will don latex pants in the show through Nov. 25 at the Nederlander Theatre.

After "American Idol," Tamyra Gray landed a recurring role on the hit television series "Boston Public" as well as guest spots on shows such as "What I Like About You" and "All of Us." She's no stranger to Broadway: Gray made her Broadway debut in the Bollywood-themed musical Bombay Dreams.

She penned the songs "I Believe" for "Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino (who is now on Broadway in The Color Purple) and "You Thought Wrong" for first season champion Kelly Clarkson. Gray also appeared in the film "The Gospel."

As previously reported, original Rent stars Adam Pascal (Roger) and Anthony Rapp (Mark) will re-create their roles on Broadway July 30-Sept. 9. Pascal and Rapp also re-created their roles in the 2005 movie version of the musical, which has book, music and lyrics by he late Jonathan Larson.

Rent plays at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM & 7 PM. Tickets, priced $45-$100, can be purchased by calling TicketMaster at (212) 307-4100. A limited number of $20 tickets are available day of performance at the box office.