NYC Return of Rent Will Star Annaleigh Ashford, Adam Chanler-Berat, Arianda Fernandez

By Kenneth Jones
June 8, 2011

Adam Chanler-Berat, late of Next to Normal and Peter and the Starcatcher, will play documentary filmmaker Mark Cohen in the Off-Broadway relaunch of the rock musical Rent, producers announced on June 8.



The Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony Award-honored 1996 musical by the late Jonathan Larson began Off-Broadway before moving to Broadway and international fame. Original director Michael Greif will again direct. The revival begins an open-ended run July 14 (opening Aug. 11) at New World Stages in midtown Manhattan.

The new cast of Rent also includes Annaleigh Ashford (Maureen Johnson), Margot Bingham (Alexi Darling, Roger's Mom, and others), Nicholas Christopher (Tom Collins), Arianda Fernandez (Mimi Marquez), Marcus Paul James (Mr. Jefferson, Paul, and others), Tamika Sonja Lawrence (Mrs. Jefferson, woman with bags), Corbin Reid (Joanne Jefferson), Michael Rodriguez (Angel Schunard), Matt Shingledecker (Roger Davis), Ephraim Sykes (Benjamin Coffin III), Ben Thompson (Christmas caroler, Mr. Grey, The Man, and others), Michael Wartella (Steve, Gordon, Waiter, and others) and Morgan Weed (Mark's Mom and others). Also in the company are Sean Michael Murray, Xavier Cano and Genny Padilla.
 

Annaleigh Ashford

As previously reported, Greif's creative team includes choreographer Larry Keigwin; music supervisor Tim Weil; set designer Mark Wendland; costume designer Angela Wendt; lighting designer Kevin Adams; sound designer Brian Ronan; and projection designer by Peter Nigrini.

New World Stages is at 340 W. 50th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.

Rent will perform Mondays and Wednesday through Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 7:30 PM, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Preview prices are $65-$85; prices after Aug. 12 are $69.50-$89.50.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting siteforrent.com or telecharge.com; by phoning (212) 947-8844; or by going to the New World Stages box office.

For box office hours visit newworldstages.com/boxoffice.html. For more information about Rent, visit siteforrent.com.