"Dancing with the Stars" Winner Scherzinger Set for Hollywood Bowl Rent; Ensemble Announced

By Andrew Gans
June 4, 2010

Nicole Scherzinger, solo artist, lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls, and this season's winner of "Dancing With the Stars," will play Maureen in the Hollywood Bowl's upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent.

She joins the previously reported Vanessa Hudgens as Mimi, Emmy winner and Grammy nominee Wayne Brady as Tom Collins, Next to Normal's Aaron Tveit as Roger, Spring Awakening's Skylar Astin as Mark, Collins Pennie as Benjamin (“Benny”) Coffin III, Tracy Thoms as Joanne, Pacific Overtures' Telly Leung as Angel with original Broadway Renter Gwen Stewart.

The newly announced ensemble comprises Yassmin Alers, Eric B. Anthony, King Aswad, Susan Beaubian, David Burtka, Kathy Deitch, Sam Given, Rachael Harris, Tricia Kelly, Ethan Le Phong, Kristolyn Lloyd, Zarah Mahler, Laura Mixon, Jason Paige, MiRi Park, and Brandon Wardell.

Stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris, an Emmy nominee for his work in "How I Met Your Mother," will make his musical directorial debut with the summer production. Harris has a long association with the Jonathan Larson musical: He played Mark Cohen in both the Los Angeles and second national touring productions of the Tony-winning Rent. His performance garnered him a Drama League Award.

Tim Weil, the original musical supervisor and conductor for Broadway's Rent, will be the musical director for the Hollywood Bowl's fully staged production. Jamal Sims will choreograph.

Three performances of Rent will be seen at the famed California venue Aug. 6-8. The Bowl has presented acclaimed productions of Les Miserables and Guys and Dolls in recent summers.

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood, CA. For more information visit HollywoodBowl.com or call (800) 745-3000.